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Opinion: Recipe books a step back through time

With a little more time at home these past few months, I’ve found myself flipping through some of the vintage cookbooks that fill a couple of shelves in one of my bookcases. Two of my favorites are...

 

Opinion: World could use a dose of Will Rogers right now

I don’t know about you, but I think what our world needs right now is a heaping dose of Will Rogers. When he and his pilot friend Wiley Post died in a crash in Alaska in 1935, headlines at the time...

 

Opinion: Dollie Gordon, pillar of the Floyd community

If you are my age or older and grew up in rural Roosevelt County, I’ll venture a bet that you spent at least a nickel or a dime — maybe even a quarter or a dollar — at some point in your youth i...

 

Opinion: 'Teleporting' definite contender for best childhood memory

This ditty has been making the rounds lately on wall plaques, t-shirts, and social media posts: “Best childhood memory: Falling asleep on the couch and waking up in bed. I miss teleporting. It never...

 

Opinion: Our devices have kept us connected in isolation

I’ve been thinking about the phrase, “left to their own devices.” It’s been around in one form or another for a few hundred years, loosely defined as being able to handle a situation with no...

 

Opinion: Portales parade 'better than any medicine'

Of all the adaptations to tradition we humans have made in these past few months, I'll hazard a guess that one we may hold on to is the drive-by parade. These impromptu horn-honking, poster-waving...

 

Williamson: Sauce surplus means time to share

Whatever else we humans can or cannot find consensus on right now, maybe we can agree on this: When the going gets tough, the tough … um … er … the tough turn to comfort food. If that comfort...

 

Opinion: Air conditioning became essential in summertime

I’m writing this on a warm morning, settled in near the air conditioner with outside temperatures already well past 90 degrees and climbing. This was always a hopeful time of year when I was a kid....

 

Congratulations, graduates - pandemic or no

School administrators are regularly required to make those “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” decisions. You know the kind I am talking about: Wondering if the buses will have time to run...

 
 By Betty Williamson    Voices    May 6, 2020

Opinion: Go away millers; you guys are unbearable

I’m on the hunt for a grizzly bear. No, I don’t want a head to mount on my wall, or a rug to cover the floor in front of my fireplace. I want the real thing, alive and hungry, and here’s why....

 

Opinion: Man on hunt for a few damaged playas

Christopher Rustay is on the hunt for a few good playas in the Clovis area. Well, not really. In truth, Rustay is looking for a few damaged playas in the Clovis area, and he's bringing some serious fu...

 

Opinion: Floral medication just what doctor ordered

How does one host a service club fundraiser during a global pandemic? Carefully. Very, very carefully. That’s the plan when the Kiwanis Club of Portales hosts its annual flower sale Saturday...

 

Keep looking for rainbows through storm

I’ve spent a lot of time lately looking for rainbows. It’s a lesson I learned from my daughter when she was a toddler. While I love a good thunderstorm as much as the next person, we do have a rar...

 

Opinion: Join me on a virtual morning stroll this spring

A disclaimer: This is not a column about viruses, nor is this an April Fools' joke. We have more than enough about the former, and I've never been a fan of the latter. Instead, I invite you to lace...

 

MainStreet director enthusiastic for future

If you need a bracing dose of good cheer or a stiff shot of feel better, this is a fine time to check in with Crystal Pritchett. The new executive director of Portales MainStreet and founder of the...

 

Not having Joe Blair around will take getting used to

Even though I knew better, I thought Joe Blair was going to live forever. Last Thursday, he proved me wrong. It's going to take some getting used to. Like many of you who knew and loved this icon of...

 

Might have a few too many clocks in my life

I was thinking about clocks last weekend as I stumbled through my house resetting all the timepieces in compliance with daylight saving time. Even though we are annually admonished to “spring...

 

Looking forward to Dora all-schools reunion

If you want to be technical, the cardboard box I excavated (I am not exaggerating) from my garage this week is not historically significant. But I can’t help feeling like an archaeologist as I wade...

 

Eclectic run of events on tap for weekend

Where can you find performing dogs, a wedding in front of strangers, a pair of operas, a Shakespeare comedy, a wind symphony, and a plate full of spaghetti and meatballs, all in one geographic...

 

Celebrating 70 years with Billy and Peggy Prater

Peggy Shackleford and Billy Prater met as 5-year-old first graders at Dora School back in 1937. Although they couldn't have imagined it then, come Saturday these two sweethearts will be celebrating...

 

RGH has you set for last-minute Valentine's Day plans

If you happen to be — as I am — a procrastinator, then it is possible that Valentine’s Day has crept upon you and you’ve not yet made plans. Have I got a deal for you. Thanks to other...

 

Catching up with the resilient Brittany Kanmore

A year after the accident that almost took Brittany Kanmore's life and landed her on many local prayer lists, I caught up with this resilient young woman over coffee to hear about how she's doing...

 

Thinking big with HGTV Home Town contest

If you could make any changes to Portales, what pops into your mind? Maybe a movie theater in one of our empty buildings? A gazebo in City Park or on the courthouse square? A repurposing of the old Sa...

 

Extension clubs offer community, fellowship

I first saw a flyer advertising the “Roosevelt County Homesteaders Club” more than a year ago, and I was intrigued. My curiosity heightened when I learned it was a group of mostly young women...

 

Imagination Library gift of reading for children

When I was a little kid, our mailbox was perched on a wobbly wooden stand a little over a quarter mile from our house. Then (as now), our mail was delivered three times each week. Most days...

 

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