Beg, budget or steal: Three ways to deal with the end-of-school blues

Paula Sirois Like dental appointments and the DMV, the end of the school year is just another thing I tend to deny (for as long as possible). But school ends whether I like it or not, and whether I’m prepared for it or not. This year I vowed to be prepared _ to be that […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Who was foolish enough to give me kids?

Marla Jo Fisher Occasionally, people will pick up my column in the mistaken belief they are going to become informed about how to raise children. But, really, no one would come to me for parenting advice unless they’d been drinking heavily. As writer Lori Borgman wrote in her book, “I was a better mother before […]

Friday morning briefing: Take a walk, Cops & Kids and the last train in Clovis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Get in step Feeling like you need a little exercise? There is Open Walking from 10 a.m. until noon today at the Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Cops & Kids Registration is under way for a Cops & Kids basketball tournament featuring…well…cops and kids. […]

ENMU briefs — May 11

Kids’Zumba class offered The office of Distance Education and Outreach is offering kids’ Zumba classes this summer. Kacy Cash will teach the classes. The 4- to 7-year-old class is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays from June 6 to July 29. The 8- to 12-year-old class is set for 5 p.m. to 5:30 […]

My turn: Family made Easter memorable

Growing up in the piney-woods outside Mt. Vernon, Texas, I loved Easter. At least, after the interminable Sunday-morning Pentecostal preaching ended and my mother drove her six kids the 10 miles back through White Oak Bottom—a soggy, foggy, cricket-humming swamp. On Easter, we wore our once-a-year new Sunday best — which I didn’t mind because […]

Friday morning briefing: Bowling for kids, music and April Fool

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Bowling for kids The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico are looking for participants in its annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser. It’s May 14 at the

Thursday morning briefing: ENMU Science fiction and film, business snips and movie whiz kids

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Science fiction fact Eastern New Mexico University is hosting annual High Plains Film Festival in conjunction with the 35th Jack Williamson Lectureship series beginning today through Saturday. Here’s a link for the series schedule and other info: http://www.enmu.edu/academics/williamson/lectureship.shtmlQuirky quote of the day “Put your […]

Thursday morning briefing: Antelope in Clovis and kudos for kids

Good Morning. It’s The Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Fast facts As late as 1909, antelope near Clovis were numerous enough to cause farmers to complain of crop destruction and protest violently against a $50 fine for killing one. Washington window A staff member for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is scheduled to hold “Udall […]

Raising livestock family commitment

My hat is off to parents who have a job in town but insist on raising their kids in a “rural lifestyle.” Fifty or so thousand young people were at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last year. I would bet at least 3.4 of them come from rural lifestyle families. The relationship between kids […]