Villanueva seen as shining star by family

By Helena Rodriguez Pedro “Pete” Villanueva was the glue that stuck his family together, the backbone, the shining star. He was the special angel who left a void, a big space in the hearts of all those whose lives he touched. This is how Rosalie Pacheco of Portales and Arthur Villanueva of West Jordan, Utah, […]

Hero title needs to be earned

By Jim Lee We hear a lot of talk about heroes these days. That’s a good thing because we need heroes. We need people we can admire, people who give us and (especially) our children a positive role model. A society without heroes is a society without values. What defines our society to a large […]

The game of matrimony is never easy

Bob Huber Today’s discussion deals with the thorny problem of certain couples fighting to get married, while others are wanting to remain single but together. Is that clear? Well, leave it to the Irish to sum up the situation when they said, “Oh what knotty times are these — all civilized people are at war, […]

Writing speaks about people, says local woman

Michelle Seeber Handwriting analysis can be an in-depth, life-long study or entertainment. That’s how Carol Durepos, 67, of Clovis views it. She has studied the art since 1983, she said. “Handwriting can convey health, drunkenness, drug abuse, or whether a person is an introvert or an extrovert,” Durepos said Sunday at the Main ARTeri, an […]

Standing up for the vertically challenged

By Helena Rodriguez “Hellooooooo!” “Down here!” “Excuse me sir, but …” “I … I … ouch! You stepped on my toe!” “What? Not even an ‘Excuse me, ma’am?” It’s like I’m not there at all. If you’re vertically challenged like me, this is a typical day shopping. You know what I’m talking about. Being shoved […]

On-line affairs romance area

Mike Linn When Eastern New Mexico University employee Dan Pilon dropped an e-mail to a woman in China the word “marriage” was as far from his mind as the country where she lived. After all, the 48-year-old Pilon was several months into the Internet dating scene as a member of Americansingles.com. He had exchanged e-mails […]

Keeping up with the Joneses breeds conformity

Jim Lee I wandered into the garden section at Wal-Mart the other day. Among all the lawn and garden torture devices, they had a large quantity of flimsy, plastic flamingo planters. Aside from the incredibly sophisticated, high-brow taste involved in parking one of those things near the front porch for the world to admire, it […]