Adventure fever strikes again

It is indeed nothing unusual. It happens to me about this time every year, sometimes sooner by a week or two, sometimes later by a week or two, and I have learned to adjust. It will go away, and it is by no means a malady unique to me. If there is such a condition […]

Child Sense: Helping your child learn the basics of organization

Priscilla J. Dunstan Teaching our kids how to be organized starts at an early age. The habits that will aid them as they move through life start when they are young with simple systems learned at home and in their own space. Even when they are young, they can learn how to put away their […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Parents fantasize revenge on their kids

Marla Jo Fisher Seriously, you people have been mulling this over. Last week, I wrote a column describing my plans to get revenge on my kids when I’m a doddering old lady living in their house, for all the things they do now that set my teeth on edge. For example, I plan to drink […]

Letter leaves lasting impression

When our middle son left home, he left a letter that we read every Father’s Day. I guess we do that so we can cry. I have his permission to use it again. It is one of my treasures, and I love to share it.

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: They’re young girls, not tramps

Marla Jo Fisher It’s nice to know that we can walk into any mall these days and outfit Curly Girl for her future career as a prostitute. Maybe she’ll meet Hugh Grant while she’s trolling the streets. Maybe she’ll be a stripper or a call girl who meets a nice married governor from Back East. […]

My turn: Butt diving takes toll on shorts

When summer hits, I always start to think of outdoor activities. That is not just hiking, jogging or biking; it includes baseball games, and playing in the park. And I don’t think about the outdoors without thinking about swimming. When I was a kid, every summer we started off with swimming lessons. That was usually […]

Our people: Portales resident still enjoys Maypole

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Portales resident Barbara George has been teaching people most of her adult life. She has taught physical education, history, track, volleyball, how to wind a maypole and how to drive a car. After being maypole director for Portales High School for 25 years, George said she has seen the dress rehearsal or winding every year […]

Military mama: Every opportunity provides chance to learn

We’re full of molars and the alphabet at my house. I recently wrote of Kaleb’s adventures, and now he’s added another complication to my immediate parenting plan. This latest coming-of-age moment with my oldest child has negative repercussions on my television schedule. Petty, I know, but he is now aware when I’m bluffing about it […]

Responsibility compliment to liberty

My mother was a homemaker. She made every old ranch house we lived in a comfortable home, which usually was not easy. She also was a neatness freak. Dishes were washed immediately after each meal — no waiting till later allowed. This was before automatic dishwashers, understand. Also, all beds were made first thing after […]

Military mama: Still time to figure out ‘what I want to be’

Every once in a while I look around my house and just wonder how in the world I got here. How these three angelic little devils came into my life and how I’ve been married for almost seven years. I swear it’s impossible since I’m only 21, in my mind. I often feel like I’m […]

Detention officers on look out for improvised weapons

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Alisa Boswell Prison shank may be a term recognized by many area residents, but the materials which make up these roughly constructed weapons are every day household items which many would never think of as a weapon. “They’ve been doing it since the detention center opened,” Chief of Security Clay Layher said Tuesday of prisoner […]

Loyalty to sports teams more than just hometown pride

Kevin Wilson Every few Fridays coworker Tony Bullocks comes in with some new gear marking the 2010 World Series title for the San Francisco Giants. • “Wow, this Giants World Series champs hat fits nicely.” • “Man, look at all of these color photos in this special San Francisco Chronicle.” • “You know, Kevin, I […]

My turn: Still have to pay my dues

I have had a lot of people ask me about my mention of the Lions Club at the end of my article. I am a proud member of the Portales Lions Club, and have been for more than 30 years. That is not the reason that I mentioned them at the end of my column. […]

March 25 — March 31 Event listings

All times Mountain Every Sunday, All Year Round • Church of Beethoven: Chamber Music Concert 10:30 a.m. The Kosmos, 1715 Fifth St. NW in Albuquerque Tickets: $15 adults and $5 kids Information: www.churchofbeethoven.com

Storytelling part of every culture

Glenda Price The children, probably from 4 or 5 years old to 12, sat (or lay) on the floor in front, close to the speaker — the storyteller. The grownups sat on the floor or in chairs. The audience had a speaking part in the story, which the storyteller explained. The younger kids, especially, listened […]

Anniversaries —

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Sercey On March 4, James and Martha Sercey celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. When they met, James Franklin Sercey was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and Martha Anna Drager was attending school in Bovina, Texas. It wasn’t long before they were happily married at the First Presbyterian Church on Pile Street in Clovis. Their […]

My turn: Family issue inspires health changes

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My journey started one year ago on Feb. 7. At 54 years old, my brother began experiencing significant health issues. In a hospital waiting room, I took a good long look at myself. I weighed 260 pounds, I got out of breath just climbing a couple of flights of stairs. It was time to do […]

Let’s celebrate Jesus every day

Christmas is a time to celebrate the greatest human event of all time. No other event compares to or has affected history as much as this man called Jesus. None other brings peace like the “Prince of Peace.” None other wants the highest good for its converts, and certainly no other religion gives life abundant […]

Dec. 3 — Dec. 9 Event listings

All times Mountain Every Sunday, All Year Round

TV crew filming ag show in Portales

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Argen Duncan A crew from a Louisiana agricultural television show has been filming in Roosevelt County all week. Every year, the Louisiana Farm Bureau-produced “This Week in Louisiana Agriculture” weekly show holds a contest in which viewers write to tell staff why they should come to the viewer’s town, said host Michael Danna. This year, […]