My turn: A little prayer always helps

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You’ve heard the saying, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” But what if you buy a lemon?” I’ve been shopping for a good used car. This experience reminds me of when a car of mine was totaled by a drunken driver who rear-ended me in 1999. My insurance company only reimbursed me for the […]

My turn: Prize wins turned into computer woes

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“Hit any key to continue.” It seems that every time I have a deadline or project that just has to be finished, something goes wrong with my computer. It might have something to do with the fact that I always look into all of the pop-ups that show up on my screen. It is too […]

My turn: Honesty maybe not best policy

They say that honesty is the best policy, but I’m not sure. Obviously, none of us want or need to be brutally honest about others’ physical appearance, grammar mistakes, station in life or other insecurities. When others ask how I’m doing, I doubt that they really want to hear a monologue about whether I’m satisfied […]

My turn: Getting paid to have fun

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One of the highlights of being a journalist is when you get paid to be entertained. Sure, you have to take pictures and write notes while you’re at the event, but in my opinion, that just makes it more fun. Last weekend, I covered the 4Troops concert in Clovis and I enjoyed being able to […]

My turn: No price tag for sentimental value

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How do you put a price tag on memories? That’s what I wondered this past weekend as I sorted through years of treasured clutter that I thought I couldn’t separate with only later to see dollar signs flashing as I prepared for my garage sale. For the third time in my life, my home became […]

My turn: Green Tea Party encourages green-thumbs

I’m running for president on the Green Tea Party ticket. Under our platform, adults can grow 150 pounds of medicinal marijuana — and sell leftovers to unfortunate Texans missing green-thumbs. Back when Three Dog Night was considered heavy, I tried growing grass in east Texas. Despite the fertile land, success was elusive. I planted skunk […]

My turn: Plenty to do over weekend

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I heard a lot of positive things about last weekend’s Peanut Valley Festival. Sadly, I was out of town for the 10th birthday and fourth birthday celebration of two special children. There’s nothing more entertaining than watching children ranging from 2 to 4 years old amped up on sugar. The time with my nieces and […]

Hounds turn back Falcons

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Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — It took a while, but the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team continued it dominance against University of Texas of the Permian Basin on Wednesday with a 3-1 win. Despite holding a huge edge in shots on goal, the Hounds (7-3-4) didn’t take the lead until there were eight […]

My turn: ‘Nina’s’ presence will be missed

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My “nina,” Mary Lou Montoya Lucero, died last Thursday at her home in Las Vegas, N.M. In Spanish, “nina” is short for madrina, or in English, godmother. I wasn’t able to attend her funeral, but she’s been on my mind. In the Hispanic culture we take our ninos and ninas seriously. They are my parents […]

My turn: Swinging for the fences

I have been in Portales so long that youthful dreams have faded into hazy memories (not that living in P-Ville isn’t dream-like). Before realizing that it takes talent and looks, I vaguely remember wanting to act. Now, when watching the Academy Awards, I am torn between being mesmerized and irritated at how good-looking and talented […]

Javelinas turn back Zias

Freedom New Mexico KINGSVILLE, Texas — Kelsey Washington and Lauryn Lozano each had 14 kills and Bethany Friesenhahn just missed a double-double as Texas A&M-Kingsville avenged an early-season Lone Star Conference volleyball loss to Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday night with a 25-21, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21 win over the Zias. Friesenhahn had nine kills […]

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: Partial to annual peanut festival

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I’m not a nut case. Well, maybe a Valencia peanut case. I proudly admit I was born and raised in Portales, despite the fact that I didn’t taste a peanut butter milkshake until only a few years ago. I’ve spent my entire life here in Goober Gulch, if you don’t count the two years I […]

My turn: Sloan’s slogans get point across

I have begun a line of inspirational T-shirts. You know the kind: “Please Be Patient: God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet” — “Until They Pry It from My Cold Dead Fingers” — “Mama Mia, That’s a Spicy Meatball!” My color-coded shirts let passersby know instantly whether they are blood-pressure friendly: Red for Republicans, blue for […]

My turn: A little good news

Three decades or so ago, two things that affected me happened within a 12-month period: I spent a summer working at the Portales News-Tribune under the watchful eye of my lifelong friend Gordon Greaves, and singer Anne Murray released a song called “A Little Good News.” Gordon taught me a lot about news writing that […]

My turn: Not going to pay your way

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What do you do when someone approaches you in the Wal-Mart parking lot. They need money to go to Albuquerque or somewhere and have run out of gas and don’t have money? That’s a typical line. I get annoyed. I wonder why they’re traveling broke. Do they expect others to finance their trip? At least […]

Hounds turn back Angelo State

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior quarterback Wes Wood ran for one touchdown and threw for two others — including the longest play from scrimmage for Eastern New Mexico University in four years — and the Greyhounds turned back Angelo State 23-21 Saturday night in Lone Star Conference football. Sophomore placekicker Michael Cottingham, […]

My turn: There’s no place like home

While recently chauffeuring a friend on a trip to south Texas to interview for teaching jobs, I didn’t realize that it would be so dangerous. The first day in Killeen a would-be terrorist was arrested with bomb-making equipment for attacking Fort Hood soldiers in a local restaurant. We had just eaten at TGIF (Thank Goodness […]

My turn: One more for the road

It was the best of limes; it was the worst of limes. That’s bad, but how does one begin a farewell food column? As many of you may know, I’ve left Portales to take a reporter position at the Rio Rancho Observer. Thanks to those who contributed recipes, made comments or simply read the column, […]

My turn: High school reunion full of lessons

It took awhile, but I’ve finally figured out that most people are pretty tough. It’s easy to assume that we are stronger than others — or at least stronger than others give us credit for. It’s harder to accept that we are not especially unique. It’s also easy to underestimate the easy-going. Until someone crosses […]