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 By Betty Williamson    Voices    April 8, 2020 

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...

 

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?...

 

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