My turn: One more for the road

It was the best of limes; it was the worst of limes. That’s bad, but how does one begin a farewell food column? As many of you may know, I’ve left Portales to take a reporter position at the Rio Rancho Observer. Thanks to those who contributed recipes, made comments or simply read the column, […]

My turn: High school reunion full of lessons

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It took awhile, but I’ve finally figured out that most people are pretty tough. It’s easy to assume that we are stronger than others — or at least stronger than others give us credit for. It’s harder to accept that we are not especially unique. It’s also easy to underestimate the easy-going. Until someone crosses […]

Bin Laden’s support also dead

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I have no guilt in celebrating “Osama bin Laden Got What He Deserved Day.” Even in the Muslim world, his support had fallen precipitously. According to the Pew Research Center, in the Palestinian Territories his support had fallen from 72 percent in 2003 to 34 percent in 2011; in […]

My turn: Never question misery?

Some Facebook friends frequently post such reassurances as, “God is good all the time;” “God works in mysterious ways;” “He has a reason for everything;” “It is not for us to question, only to trust him.” • Mean Irene’s recent visit to the East Coast was a wrist-slap compared to other acts of God’s goodness. […]

Building Resilience in Children: Contributing to the family and the community

“Building Resilience in Children and Teens"

Provided by American Academy of Pediatrics “Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings,” (American Academy of Pediatrics, April 2011) by Kenneth R. Ginsburg. Ginsburg gives advice to parents, caregivers and communities on how to help kids from 18 months to 18 years of age build seven crucial “Cs”: competence, confidence, connection, […]

Northwest Plains Pest Management News

Monti Vandiver Crops continue to challenge producers at every turn, many if not most, current issues are simply a culmination of this years hot, dry and windy weather conditions. At some point accumulated crop stress will overwhelm the plants ability to hold on. Dr. Bob Nielson (Extension Corn Specialist, Purdue University) presented me with a […]

Our people: Clovis barber Tom Wade has helped develop city

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LILIANA CASTILLO: Freedom New Mexico Tom Wade has been a barber for 52 years. When he moved to Clovis, he said there was little developed above 21st Street. Clovis resident Tom Wade, 74, has been a part of big things in Clovis. He worked with the Junior Chamber to turn Greene Acres Park Lake from […]

Paperbacks offer new take on bible

If Sunday isn’t the best day to discuss my religious library, let she who has the worst arm cast the first stone. Thanks to my cousins, Chef Juandel and The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy, and me repeatedly joining the Quality Paperback Book Club (QPB) — and faithfully completing the introductory requirements before canceling and re-joining — […]

Strong difference exists between mistakes, sins

What is the difference in a mistake and a sin? It seems to me that a mistake is putting the whites in with the dark colors in the wash. A mistake is adding five eggs to the cake batter when the recipe only calls for two. A mistake is forgetting to carry the two in […]

In search of ponies: Mother Nature’s tweets

While I was waiting for my turn at the feed store counter, I couldn’t help but notice three large bins with heat lamps over top and the rabble of dozens of tweeting babies. Of course (as if there were any doubt) I stooped down to check the little fellows out and was amused when they […]