My turn: Nice to pretend

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I think it’s a natural part of human nature to like temporarily stepping out of your own shoes and pretending to be someone or something else. When I was younger, I was always interested in acting and thought it would be fun. I envisioned myself being somewhat good at comedy/slapstick acting (hold the gasps of [...]

My turn: Wish list more naughty than nice

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I don’t mind waiting until after-Christmas sales for my gifts. Here is my more-naughty-than-nice wish list: • A Kindle, but please don’t pre-load anything by Coulter or Beck. Anything by Twain (Shania or Mark) is welcomed. • Donations to my favorite charities: “Chef Juandel’s Squirrel-Stew Kitchen” and “Curing The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy’s Texas Twang.” • [...]

My turn: Farmville neighbors not so nice

Teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime. Help a farmer plow his field, however, and then he’ll want you to unwither his crops, feed his chickens and more. I’m for helping neighbors, but when do their constant requests become un-neighborly? I’m not talking about real farmers now, but virtual farmers [...]

My turn: Anual concert features local music

I really had a great time covering the Eastern New Mexico University homecoming last weekend. Being an ENMU alumni, it was nice for me to be able to participate in and enjoy homecoming for the first time in my history with the university. As a college student, I not only went to school full-time, but [...]

My turn: To be organized is to be lazy

Are you pathetically lazy and sloppy or are you an insanely clean perfectionist? Until recently, I thought being neat was nice. I don’t let dishes sit. I can’t stand unfolded laundry and I despise clutter. But when I taught college level English, I always assigned my students to read an essay, “Neat People vs. Sloppy [...]

Dating sites let friends help friends

I was having a nice chat with a ranch woman in New Mexico. We wound up discussing children. Then the subject of sons came up. We noted the special relationship between mothers and sons. Cheri, the ranch woman, said that her son had been a dutiful cowboy ranch kid but had other plans for the [...]

Berry: Words of encouragement nice to hear

I think every sport or activity should have a cheerleader. My granddaughter is a cheerleader and she helps to keep her teams motivated. She claps in cadence and chants words of encouragement, when the team needs it most. I am not really sure what a cheerleader would say to a distance runner. “Pick up the [...]

My turn: Roast has twist to it

Traditional roast with root vegetables is nice, but sometimes I want something different. This recipe has meat, carbs and vegetables in one dish. It’s also easy to prepare, although it can get interesting if your roommate police scanner hollers about a house fire you need to photograph as you’re getting ready to load the crock [...]

Monday morning briefing: Videos, games and some pretty nice weather

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Video of the day See the festivities at Cannon over the arrival of the new Osprey. Calendar watch Some events in town worth marking on your calendar: — Wednesday through Sunday is the National Corriente Cattle Show at the Curry County Events Center. Team roping [...]

My turn: Tuna patties easy to fix

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Editor David Stevens says he could eat tuna patties at every meal. He wanted to know when I was going write a column about them, so I tried some. The tuna patties taste nice and aren’t too fishy. They’re also quick to make and not too easy to screw [...]