Their view: Surroundings are what you make of them

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Jeni Ennis is an Air Force wife and mother of three who writes a weekly column in our military newspaper. This is her latest effort:

Their view: Pet considered part of our family

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Jeni Ennis is an Air Force wife and mother of three who writes a weekly column in our military newspaper.This is her latest effort: My column this week is written with a heavy heart. Our family dog, a medium-sized black-lab mutt named Pepper, who wore a blue collar, escaped from our home last week and […]

My turn: Pranks run in family

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My mother knows me too well. Before she moved last week, she gave me a month’s worth of advent boxes she had filled for me, one for each day in December. I opened Thursday’s advent box to discover she had filled it with rubber cockroaches. Allow me to explain: My father and I have always […]

Sharing a legacy

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Alisa Boswell John Wall said he is honoring his mother’s request by selling her collection of more than 5,000 dolls. Irene Wall collected dolls from all over the world for more than 50 years, including porcelain dolls, Barbie, Cabbage Patch dolls, baby dolls and much more. “I was an only son and she collected them […]

My turn: Mom was wiser than she realized

My mother died one year ago tomorrow. My niece Carol — her primary caregiver and one of several grandchildren and great-grandchildren that my parents raised — and I went through mother’s modest possessions trying to decide who would want what. None of her six kids, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren or six great-great-grandchildren is starving, so […]

Cowboys knew how to have fun at work

My mother was a teenager during the 1930s. That decade was one of the busiest for the cattle and sheep raisers in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. In 1885, the railroad company built a spur line from Socorro to Magdalena. Livestock growers then had a market for their cattle and sheep. They drove their […]

Thursday morning briefing: A miracle run, free stuff and floating like a butterfly

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Mother’s miracle Rebecca Martin reports her daughter, Stacey Davis, 44, of Clovis, finished a half-marathon Saturday in Oklahoma City to help raise money for fighting child abuse. Martin says the accomplishment is more than admirable, noting Davis, a registered nurse who suffered significant heart […]

Their view: Being mother well worth sleep lost

Loni Newby is a Clovis mom, married to the Air Force who writes a weekly column for Cannon Connections, our base newspaper. This is her latest effort:

Dirty Laundry: Taking care of fathers complicates family roles

Aisha Sultan Amy Goyer left her home in Washington two years ago to care for her aging parents in Phoenix. Her mother had suffered a stroke two decades earlier, and her father was beginning to show signs of dementia. Goyer works at AARP as a family expert and has walked hundreds of caregivers through this […]

In search of ponies: Mother hen not needed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For the record, I wasn’t serious when I said I was contemplating chicken ownership. Yet somehow, a couple months later, I am the proud owner of two hens. “Somehow” may not be the most appropriate word, because I know how it happened. They were in jeopardy of being homeless […]

Grant: Yard project never ending

When I asked The Lady of the House what she wanted for Mother’s Day she said, “A chocolate cake and an afternoon of yard work.” There’s always plenty of yard work to be done around the Stucco Hacienda. You see, The Lady of the House always has projects on her “honey-do” list: Things to be […]

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 […]

Mother’s Day honors maternity

Long before Hallmark came along and invented such obvious commercial ploys as Sweetest Day or Grandparents Day, there was Mother’s Day. For those of us with mothers who are geographically distant, this can present a dilemma, though one which is easily resolved, with a little forethought. Quasi religious in its nature, since it was first […]

Residents remember their mothers

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Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Don Reid wrote to his mother as a 19-year-old Army recruit in Vietnam. Reid wrote 170 letters to his mother Dorothy Reid in a year’s time while he served in Vietnam. That means he wrote home at least three times a week. A few months before his mother died in May […]

My turn: Mother’s legacy lives on

This is my family’s first Mother Day’s without our mother. She made it to 92, so we can’t feel cheated. Steel-mill asbestos ended my father’s life at 71. As his lungs slowly disintegrated, non-stop coughing sometimes dislocated his ribs. Mother also suffered declining health, and resulting depression, and — like my dad — fearlessly welcomed […]

Children give touching Mother’s Day presents

When Ryan Tierney was 11, he was a boy with a plan: To present Mom with a homemade book about their life together for Mother’s Day. He sneaked a blank notebook from the family’s closet, and every night after Robin Tierney went to sleep, Ryan worked on it. He looked through old photo albums and […]

Mother of Confusion: Celebrate National Train Day with live events, shows, crafts and more

All aboard, it’s almost time to celebrate National Train Day on May 7. If you haven’t heard of it before, that’s because it’s fairly new. Amtrak started the holiday in 2008 to bring attention to the advantages of traveling by rail and the history of trains. The event is held each year on the Saturday […]

Remember Mary on Mother’s Day

None of us can ever imagine the pain, shame and agony that Jesus endured upon the cross. Jesus demonstrated his great love for all by voluntarily laying down his life. Being a mother of sons, I can only identify to a small degree with the agony Mary must have had for her son. Seeing my […]

Freedom must be balanced with responsibility

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 […]

Portales past: Feb. 4, 1955

Feb. 4, 1955: The Mother’s March in Portales last night brought in $950.07, announced Keith Hall, March of Dimes chairman.