My turn: Fortunate to have friends

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My epic St. Patty’s Day weekend didn’t look like the movies “Project X” or “The Hangover” but it was fun. I think that was based on the company I keep. Since I’ve only been living in the area for about three months, I guess you can consider most of my friends new but I already […]

My turn: Spring is revitalizing

My rose garden was really in bad shape. Last year’s drought, coming on the heels of that fantastically cold winter, certainly took its toll. So I found myself on a sunny March day, pruning shears in hand, tackling the first gardening of the season … trying to get the roses shaped up. As I cut […]

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 […]

My turn: Girls just want to have fun

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I’ve taken to having a lot of girls’ nights lately with Christina Calloway and Jessica Yi. We go out or stay in as our little trio group, watching movies or just acting plain silly. The three of us were laughing recently as we had a conversation about what an interesting and entertaining contrast we must […]

My turn: Sometimes roommates need to shout it out

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About two weeks ago I brought up that my house was like the real world, well, the situation just got real this weekend. Most people have had a roommate in their life, whether it was their sibling growing up, a dorm buddy or whatever the case may be. You have to be willing to set […]

My turn: Make best of wind

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It’s March. And that means a great variety of things to all of us, but the one thing we’ll all be sharing here on the high plains will be high winds. Songs have been written about our legendary wind and our tumbleweeds. I actually decided to move to the other side of the world one […]

My turn: Don’t let life bring you down

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Last week felt like a real case of the Mondays, so this past weekend I felt like the universe was shifting its balance, and hopefully in my favor. Now the key to a smooth flow at work or home is organization. But that’s kind of why I love the news business, you can only prepare […]

My turn: Communities complement each other

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Unprecedented, and possibly illegal, I’m running as a write-in candidate for mayor of Clovis and Portales. I live in Portales, but have spent enough time at Clovis golf courses, Jeff Naggs’ dental office and Webb’s Watering Hole for dual citizenship. I will debate myself on my dual-hamlet stimulus plans anytime, anywhere. With a horse-drawn carriage […]

My turn: Weekend will keep me busy

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With all of this weekend’s activities, it looks like I’m going to be making up for my two completely unproductive days last weekend in which all I did was sleep (not that it wasn’t needed). Portales has some great activities lined up for this weekend, which include a concert by Christian bands Big Daddy Weave […]

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 […]

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: Slogans leave room for flexibility

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Since Willie Nelson and I don’t have the support of fat casino cats in our Green Tea Party candidacy for the Oval Office, we are hawking bumper stickers for Super-Six-Pack contributions. Even though as minors we bootlegged patriotic brands like Lone Star and Texas Pride, we are not jingoistic about imports. While our slogans are […]

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 […]

My turn: Communities eager to help

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Portales resident Jennifer Neilson, who volunteers at The King’s Children’s Home (KCH) in Belize, recently invited me to a KCH fundraiser ($35,000 and counting) at the packed Underground Embassy in Clovis. Resident artist Andrew Jonathan Merritt’s warning sign amused me: “Unless you are the second coming of Christ, keep your hands off the art.” After […]

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: Jennings still missed

He was born and raised in black and white — where the wind blows hard across the Texas Plain — in Littlefield, Texas. And wherever his travels took him across America, he was always proud to be from Texas, where Bob Wills was still the king. He and his buddy Willie took us all to […]

My turn: Smart aleck valentines available

You can order my new batch of Valentine’s Day cards at SmartAleckSloan.com Here are the fronts and backs: • “You are the Super Bowl of women — The hype is better than the game” • “There’s a thin line between love and hate — And you’ve crossed it” • “I don’t like to make mountains […]

McGee: Much better to be right than happy

A left turn on a red light is when you turn left from a one-way street on to another one-way street flowing in the direction of your turn. Recently, in another state, I did one. “What are you doing?” yelled The Lady of the House. “You just ran a red light.” “No,” I said in […]

My turn: Science fair judging can be simplified

By Betty Williamson: PNT columnist Science fair season is upon us, and I am sure ours is not the only home sporting a wobbling tri-fold board and a hastily-constructed hypothesis. Due to my inability to say no, I have helped judge a number of elementary science fairs over the years. Based on that experience, I […]