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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...

 

Hanging fresh calendars time-honored tradition of new year

There is something eternally hopeful about hanging up a fresh calendar. Or nine. I recently completed that time-honored annual tradition of trading out all of last year’s calendars for current...

 

Better to keep confetti out of celebrations

Welcome to 2020. I’m writing this a few days ahead of this first day of a new decade, but if tradition holds true, my New Year’s eve celebration last night likely involved pajamas, a cup of hot ch...

 

1969 getting ready to enter annals of history

The concept of “the 50-year rule” was founded by the National Park Service back in 1948 as a good measure of determining when something is old enough to be considered officially “historic....

 

Forget gift guides and listen to your heart

I grew up in an era before "gift-giving guides" were a thing. Or if they were, we never heard about them. These days we are bombarded with electronic suggestions from emails, websites, and magazines...

 

'A Christmas Carol' is a tale that never grows old

Long years ago, before my brothers and I had yet learned to read, three of the most-used books in our house were these: Hallmark’s “Poetry for Pleasure,” Margaret de Angeli’s “Book of...

 

Days ahead full of seasonal events

When Thanksgiving happens on its latest possible date — as it did this year — it feels as if we are plunged headfirst into the deep end of the Christmas pool almost before the turkey has been...

 

Good luck being your charming self tomorrow

For a mere 50 cents, I picked up a gem at a recent used book sale — “The Woman You Want to Be: Margery Wilson’s Complete Book of Charm.” First published in 1928, mine is from the 18th printing...

 

A dash of national recognition and a swirl of nostalgia

Portales' Terri Doerr was watching television on her computer a couple of weeks ago - "mainly ignoring the commercials," she said - when a voice came on that she'd not heard in person for almost two...

 

Good causes, good music fill up weekend

Perhaps in honor of Thanksgiving month — or maybe we are just lucky — this weekend has an overflowing cornucopia of good causes and good music in store for us. I’ll be spending many hours at...

 

Grateful to these veterans and all who've served

When you put Portales old-timers Joe Blair and Jim Warnica together in the same room, it doesn't take long for the stories to start flying. The two have been buddies since "first or second grade,"...

 

Fall brings back Halloween memories

When the leaves turn brown and gold and the north wind sends them skittering along the road, I find myself growing nostalgic. It happens every October. One of my earliest memories is from a...

 

Exchange student makes return trip to Portales

If one happened to be in the United States for a conference in Florida - an 8,000-mile journey from one's home in New Zealand, why on earth would one not consider a quick side trip to Portales?...

 

Foodies in luck with weekend events

If you consider yourself a foodie, you’re in luck this weekend in eastern New Mexico. Things are shaping up to be the culinary equivalent of a perfect storm. Without devoting an inordinate amount of...

 

Artist captures local history in creations

Roosevelt County's Gayle Walker is an artist - and a good one - but I think you'd have to call her a local historian as well. Most years for nearly a decade now, she selects one of the small rural...

 

Community's kindness beautiful

You would have to look long and hard to find a nicer person in eastern New Mexico than Bill Parson. Even if you don't know his name, chances are you've seen him. Parson was a long-time "cart pusher"...

 

ENMU's first homecoming a memorable event

As Eastern New Mexico University celebrates its homecoming this weekend, it seems fitting to look back to the first one that was held 85 years ago — on Oct. 6, 1934. That first gathering didn’t...

 

Food distribution looking for new home

On the third Saturday of almost every month for the past five years, volunteers have filled the fellowship hall at Central Christian Church in Portales to assist in an impressive community food distri...

 

Sharing kidneys across US

Clovis second-grade teacher Regina Griego may have the best excuse ever to explain why she's late for school this year. Yes, this year. While her students reported for the new semester on Aug. 12,...

 

Extend a hand of kindness to someone this week

My Uncle Jack Williamson called himself a “desperate optimist.” I always liked that term, that desire to keep a positive outlook even in grim circumstances. The older I get, the more I relate....

 

A look back at the German POWs of Portales

Seventy-five years ago, Bill Vinzant — better known as Billy Glen in those days — was a 10-year-old boy living in Portales, the son of the long-time county extension agent W.G. Vinzant. It was...

 

Coming full circle

Albert Flinn's official job title is head rodeo coach for Eastern New Mexico University. This summer, he's also been a trail boss and herd wrangler, searching out "strays" for the upcoming reunion of...

 

Breathe deep and enjoy the fine bouquet of August

As I was savoring the heady aroma of raindrops sinking into parched earth during an unexpected rain shower earlier this week, it occurred to me that some of the best scents of the year happen in...

 

Fairs celebrate best things about rural communities

I was at a concert outside the Lea County Museum in Lovington last week, enjoying a balmy evening and some good tunes. As the sun set and the evening thankfully began to cool off, multi-colored neon...

 

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