My turn: Let’s keep Christmas simple

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I remember driving through Christmas-lit neighborhoods when my daughter Laura was little. She’d excitedly exclaim, “Yayas” and “activities.” That’s what she called luminarias and nativities, my favorite holiday symbols. When I think of a traditional New Mexico Christmas, I think of luminarias and nativity scenes. I prefer these simplistic displays that capture the essence of [...]

Our people: Answering the call

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Clovis natives Richard and Gerri Gomez have run the Lighthouse Mission for nearly 25 years. Richard Gomez said the reason is simple. “It’s a calling.” Gerri Gomez said they do what they do “to give people help today and hope for tomorrow.” The mission is a family affair with the original staff including several members [...]

My turn: Simple mousse popular with children

Argen Duncan Sweet, creamy … and low-calorie. One of my friends has a great recipe for mousse. She often makes it with the help of visiting children, since the recipe is simple, doesn’t involve hot equipment and contains no eggs and therefore no worries about salmonella when kids want to lick the bowl. She says [...]

Innocence lost in today’s digital world

Young people grow wearisome of tales of time gone by, the glorious 1950s and more permissive 1960s, their simple themes captured by the TV series Happy Days and perhaps glorified by the classic film American Graffiti. “Pops! Pops! I know! You paid 25 cents a gallon for gas in 1956. I’m paying $3.75 for gas. [...]

Pumpkin pancakes simple, healthy

Argen Duncan As a pancake fan, I was quite interested in the pumpkin pancakes Lonnie Berry, of Portales police fame, told me about. They’re simple and healthy. Lonnie was trying out ways to use pumpkin and was pleased with the results of the pancake experiment. He says you can substitute anything for the pumpkin and [...]

My turn: Entertainment can be simple

It’s interesting how the entertainment venues we treasure most are some of the simplest. A friend, who is also in the column-writing business, and I recently had an Alf marathon night. My friend’s column this week was about a particular episode where Alf learns a valuable life lesson. And they say we can’t learn morals [...]

Adding flair to cheese sandwich simple

Argen Duncan Warm, gooey grilled cheese sandwiches are a simple pleasure. Another pleasure is a good twist on them. I’ve discovered: • Muenster cheese and basil pesto • Muenster, sliced apple, a sprinkle of ground ginger Others suggested: • Adding green chile (Felisha Miller) • Adding mayonnaise (Amanda Rogers) • Salsa between two cheese slices [...]

America’s freedoms compromised too often

In the spirit of the holiday, we pursue the answer to a simple question: Could our forefathers possibly have envisioned the America that exists in 2010, where independence is thwarted at virtually every turn? Could they have foreseen the long lines at airports brought on by security checks? Or the invasive full-body scanners that detail [...]

City official urges residents to participate in census

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis officials are desperate to get residents counted because people equal dollars. And it all hinges on 10 simple questions. Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said large segments of Clovis didn’t respond to the Census count 10 years ago, skewing population figures and depriving the community of much [...]

Invention of saddle was revolutionary

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist Can you guess what simple invention is considered one of the basic pieces of equipment involved in creating and spreading modern civilization? I couldn’t. It involves the horse…of course… and the saddle. Like most country kids, I learned to ride bareback. I still believe that’s how novice riders should begin [...]