Cable TV promotes ghoulish fascination

“Starin’ at the boob tube, turnin’ on the big knob, tryin’ to find some life in the wasteland … Obnoxious Joe comes on the scene, along with his guest Selfrighteous Sam, and one more guy, who doesn’t count, his hair and clothes are far out …” —John Kay and Steppenwolf

Bull riding off my bucket list

Staying aboard a 2,000-pound bovine for eight seconds. Yes sir, I can now scratch that one off my bucket list. OK, I wasn’t exactly aboard a raging bull in a rodeo arena, hell-bent on throwing me off his back. Instead it was a docile Texas Longhorn steer complete with a comfortable Western saddle. It was […]

Cling to the Lord during storms of life

I heard a mocking bird the other day. I thought the mocking bird would blow away the windstorm raged so hard. During the lulls of the storm I heard the mockingbird singing as if nothing surrounded him. He could have been blown away. He could have found a safe place but he stood his ground […]

On the shelves —

The Following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “The Secret Lives of Wives: Woman Share What It Really Takes to Stay Married” by Iris Krasnow uncovers the secrets of couples who manage to stay together for the long haul, and how they navigated the temptations and hard twists that inevitably occur in unions that […]

Senior happenings —

CRSMA Senior Diners Club 901 West 13th St., Clovis Monday: Closed. Tuesday: Green salad, green chili chicken enchiladas, pinto beans and plums/toppings. Wednesday: Gravy, pork chops, mashed potatoes, green peas, biscuit and cherry cobbler. Thursday: Sliced tomatoes, baked chicken, broccoli, cheese and rice casserole, strawberry/bananas, apple and wheat roll/margarine. Friday: Pasta salad, barbecue beef sandwich, […]

School menus — Feb. 19

Clovis Elementary Monday: President’s Day — No school Tuesday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza. Lunch — Spaghetti and meat sauce, green beans, ranch salad and bread stix and fruit smoothie. Wednesday: Breakfast — Cinnamon roll. Lunch — Porky rib on a bun, baked french fries, coleslaw and fruited Jell-O. Thursday: Breakfast — Mini pancakes. Lunch — […]

Club notes —

Daughters of the American Revolution The El Portal Chapter of the DAR met at the First Christian Church in Clovis on Feb. 12. After regent Pam Wallace led the opening rituals, the business meeting was postponed so that the winners of the essay contest could read their essay and be given their awards. Eighth-grade winner […]

Learning to grow important

“If I were a roadmap, I’d have side routes and detours marked all over my surface. If I were a drama, I’d be in the middle of a rewrite. If I were a novel, I’d be under revision. If I were a house, I’d be under renovation. If I were a piece of jewelry, I’d […]

Grapefruit juice recipes featured on show

Information on squaring up quilt blocks, making a bud vase cover, and things to do with grapefruit juice will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Debbie Caffrey, Debbie’s Creative Moments, will show how to square up quilt blocks prior to cutting out […]

No excuse for losing touch

It’s hard to keep up with old friends and former coworkers. They promised me email, Facebook and cell phones would change all that. Eventually we find out that people change email addresses for one reason or another and Facebook is great for reconnecting but not very personal. Cell phones, well they don’t keep us any […]

Our people: Clovis High School cheerleader keeps busy schedule

Darius Robinson-Singleton, a cheerleader at Clovis High School, keeps a grueling schedule, has a plan for the future, and a desire to help others. As the only male on his cheer squad, Robinson provides the muscle for lifts and catches. Robinson resides with his grandparents in Clovis, where he has lived most of his life.

Environmentalists need credibility

“Since when did the term ‘environmentalist’ take on such a negative connotation?” This quote is from a letter-to-the-editor of a major metropolitan newspaper. “Sure,” it continues, “… there are extremists who make the evening news, but they are very much the minority…” Maybe the first thing we should do is define “environmentalist.” It was not […]

Religion column: Laughter good for your health

Have you ever read some of those “not meant to be funny” church bulletins? I like the one “Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands.” Or how about this one? “For those of you who have children […]

Senior happenings —

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1-5 p.m., Los Abuelitos in Portales. Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Workshop for Veterans and Caretakers suffering from Alzheimer’s. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities; 10:30 a.m., Indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities; 9:30 a.m., […]

On the shelves —

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “The Collapse of American Criminal Justice” by William Stuntz examines the roots of a system that has become harsh, ineffective, and discriminatory, resulting in a gigantic prison population while giving short shrift to fairness and equality. “Requiem for a Gypsy” by Michael Genelin centers on Commander […]

Fall 2011 ENMU dean’s list

Here’s a list of Clovis and Portales-area students who are among 724 students on the 2011 fall semester dean’s honor roll at Eastern New Mexico University. Clovis They and their majors are: Dylan C. Otero, undeclared; Jennifer Renee Schaap, physical education; Kaci L. Tibbs, psychology; Wednesday A. Westbrook, undeclared; Marisela Acuna, elementary education; Chautauqua T.S. […]

Recycling tips featured on show

Information on recycling old reclaimed doors, working with yarn to make fun accessories, and cooking with onions will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon on Thursday at noon. (All times are Mountain.) Bruce Johnson, spokesperson for Minwax in Upper Saddle River, N.J., is going to show what to […]

Pets’ quirks make them endearing

Pets can have some pretty strange idiosyncrasies. Some of them become pretty endearing others are just irritating. Take for instance the younger of our two dogs, Ranger. Since the older dog slept on the bed with us, when he moved in he decided he would just sleep under the bed. Never mind that he has […]

Honors —

Ritch Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized Pat Ritch as auxilian of the month for February. Ritch joined the auxiliary in January 2008. She volunteers in the gift shop.

Club notes —

Daughters of the American Revolution The January meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution was held in the home of Vicky Stratton in Portales on Jan. 14. After opening rituals led by Regent Pam Wallace, the President’s General’s New Year message was read by Stratton. Jessie Strauch, who is a charter member of the […]