My turn: Nature opens up my eyes to life

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Even for those who live lives of integrity, the end is unkind. Some say that everything happens for a reason, but that brings little comfort to those in autumnal sunset. Along the way new life and small pleasures — friends, food, music, nature — make the passage seem worthwhile and purposeful. After a long, harsh […]

Clovis resident Langdon Brown says his niche is in sales

Everybody has a niche in life and Langdon Brown’s is sales. The adopted father of three works 60 hours a week, loves working on cars, attending drag races and snow boarding and skiing with his family.

Religion column: Passing on life lessons

The closing of another school year will soon be here. It brings back many thoughts filed in my mental book of memories. The simple trust and faith of children are traits I need everyday. When facing obstacles in my life, I think of problems from children’s perspective. “We have to go on to third grade […]

Love Come to Life Tour comes to Portales

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Micajah Martin of Clovis stood on top of his chair the last half of the Love Come to Life Tour concert at Eastern New Mexico University, hand in the air in the praise position, watching the performing bands intently as he wore his concert T-shirt. “I like it ‘cause we all get to sing songs […]

My turn: Real life doesn’t mean fighting

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As much as I try not to compare my life to reality TV, in this week’s episode of my life, I think my house just became “Real World: Portales.” I originally had two roommates and on Sunday, a third one moved in. All of us are very unique, from different places all over the country […]

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 […]

My turn: Grouse sighting shows life endures

There is nothing better than a good grouse to start a morning … unless it is three of them. I was walking in our sand hills last week when they swooped past me, a trio of lesser prairie chickens, soaring low and to the east, their unmistakable wing pattern carrying them north of my house […]

My turn: Portales is fabric of my life

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Does the Portales News-Tribune flow through your life like it does through mine? I grew up in Portales, so my scrapbooks are filled with clippings of spelling bees, talent shows, wedding announcements and obituaries. I’ve also lived far away from Portales, and I have fond memories of opening letters to find articles from this paper […]

Local gamers use video games to cope with life

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Alisa Boswell Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on the hobbies of area residents.

Latest ENMU production takes satirical look at a young couple’s life

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University’s latest theatrical production is full of laughs, according to the show’s cast and crew, despite matters that wouldn’t be funny in most contexts. Student actor Robert Garcia, who plays the narrative voice of the playwright for, “The Marriage of Bette and Boo,” set for shows today through Sunday at […]

Tuesday morning briefing: School biz, Relay for life and coming up short

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Meetings watch The Clovis Municipal School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today at the administrative offices, 1009 N. Main St. Information: 769-4300. Relay gathering There is a Relay For Life of Portales team captain meet and registration 5:30 p.m. today at Pizza Hut, 1001 […]

My turn: Big move to small town

Am I the only one who has ever felt like their life could be a TV show? I’m not talking about exploiting my family for cheap laughs, or painting myself orange and living in New Jersey, but like a real premise for an actual dramedy. I just moved here from San Francisco, so consider me […]

My Turn: Low tech laments

Betty Williamson Although I lack the genealogical records to prove it, I may be descended from the Luddites, those skilled weavers from 200 years ago who feared that the invention of mechanical looms would be the undoing of life as they knew it. Over time their name became synonymous for people who oppose technology or […]

Their view: Make sure to pass on blessings

We all get consumed by everyday life. Sometimes we lose sight of what’s really important. We try to make up for it here and there, never thinking to look at those around us in need. I for one am guilty of this. This year my husband and I were plagued by bad luck. We are […]

Searching for a cure for life’s screwups

While sitting next to a 20-something young woman on the airplane, I shook a handful of peanut butter M&M’s into my palm. She said, “I wish I’d bought some of those, too.” I offered her one but she declined, “Oh, no.” she sighed, “I’ve got these.” She indicated a plastic baggie with enough pills and […]

Clayton: Miracles happen in everyday life

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Have you ever considered the fact that you are a miracle? That tiny microscopic cell contains your physical characteristics, talents, abilities and personality. I find that amazing. What about the little coincidences in our lives? Had you been just a little bit earlier or later a car wreck might […]

Their turn: Give thanks for big, small things in life

CURSTIS SHELBURNE, pastor of 16th & Ave. D. Church of Christ in Muleshoe, writes a weekly column for the CNJ website. This is his latest submission:

Their view: Friend possessed sense of life, fun

As I remember my long-time good friend Kevin Gardels, who passed away recently, the first words are decent, gifted and giving. He was all of this to an extraordinary extent. But there was an ineffable quality way beyond the usual accolades, a unique sense of life and fun that made me, and many others, remember […]

Turning around Lobos tough job

It was a toss and turn night. Dawn was distant. Nightmares gripped a restless slumber. The editors had assigned me, once again in my dreams as they did in real life back in the 1960s, to the police blotter. What a way to start the day, sitting in a dreary station house sifting through reports […]

McGee: Broken bones lesson in journey of life

A family member recently broke his hand. I felt for him, he was in a lot of pain. I remember how bad that felt because I’ve had a couple of broken bones in my time. How about you? For instance I broke one of my little fingers a few years ago. I had a Siberian […]