My turn: Turkey burgers gobbling good

By Argen Duncan: PNT columnist For a healthy change, these turkey burgers with cranberry combine Thanksgiving and summer cookouts. We’re using the recipe from www.tasteofhome.com with permission. Marla Clark of Moriarty submitted the contest-winning recipe to Taste of Home. Sweet and Sassy Turkey Burgers 6 turkey bacon strips, diced and cooked • 1/4 cup dried […]

My turn: Rejoining predawn crowd

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In grade school, my aunt Paula (only two years older than me), my sister Becky, and I, competed to see who woke up earliest for Saturday morning cartoons. “I was up at 6 watching ‘Yogi Bear.’” “I was up at 5:30 watching ‘Bullwinkle!’” the battle went. As dad got dressed to go make donuts at […]

My turn: Today’s TV programming recycled

A friend and I were talking about how many things have changes since we were kids. We talked about cars, prices and then about television. We spent a lot of time talking about our favorite TV shows from years ago. We had both really liked “Gunsmoke,” as well as “Bonanza,” and even “Mission Impossible.” We […]

My turn: Entertainment of sorts

Alisa Boswell My new regular daily pastime now consists of learning a little bit more every day about how to run a newsroom. I’m sure for anyone else watching or for veteran journalists, it would probably be entertaining and somewhat amusing to watch, and as for me, it would definitely fall into the category of […]

My turn: More to life than money, fame

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Even in today’s power- and money-driven world, it’s not unheard of for people to give up lucrative jobs in order to reclaim families and lives. In 2002, at age 22, Kirstin Holum, an Olympic silver medalist speed skater, turned in her skates for a religious habit. I bring this up because I occasionally come across […]

My turn: Nicknames make all difference

My grandfather could give some really cool nicknames. I don’t know what it was, but he could give you a moniker that you could be kind of proud to have yelled at you in a large crowd. I think it was from his days playing baseball, when many players had colorful and creative nicknames. I […]

My turn: Bin Laden’s support also dead

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I have no guilt in celebrating “Osama bin Laden Got What He Deserved Day.” Even in the Muslim world, his support had fallen precipitously. According to the Pew Research Center, in the Palestinian Territories his support had fallen from 72 percent in 2003 to 34 percent in 2011; in […]

My turn: Playing hookie requires careful planning

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One of my favorite episodes of the 1970s “Laverne & Shirley” TV show was when Laverne and Shirley played hookie from work. It was more trouble that it was worth. As an adult, I won’t admit playing “hookie” from work. I had to carefully plan my “sick days.” As lifestyles editor in Hobbs, Mondays were […]

My turn: Never question misery

Some Facebook friends frequently post such reassurances as, “God is good all the time;” “God works in mysterious ways;” “He has a reason for everything;” “It is not for us to question, only to trust him.” • Mean Irene’s recent visit to the East Coast was a wrist-slap compared to other acts of God’s goodness. […]

My turn: Look to childhood for stress busters

Sometimes I don’t like being a grown up. There are tough times when you do what you need to do then there are tough times when you stop and think, “But I don’t wanna!” I’ve had these moments a lot lately. I have been continually stuck inside doing what has to be done when what […]

My turn: Too risky to stop

Here’s a deflating topic, flat tires. Until recently, however, they’ve been not-so-bad experiences, with helping hands offering aid. But diminishing good neighborliness and personal safety concerns made for a bad experience Here’s a few not-so-bad blow outs: • In 1995 I had a blow out in Hobbs. Within seconds, red lights flashed and an extremely […]

My Turn: An eye for trouble

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By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnisy “You are going to put your eye out!” That is almost a line from a classic movie, “A Christmas Story.” But it actually is a line from my childhood. I can’t remember how many times my mom told me that when I had wanted to try some new project. It […]

My turn: Cemeteries hold stories of past

Wendel Sloan Returning from my small, east Texas hometown to Portales, every small town — Runaway Bay, Loving, Megargel, Vera, Benjamin, Dickens, Ralls, Anton — seemed to have more people in their cemeteries than towns. The tombstones dated to the early 1800s, with numerous people having died younger than I am. One could make assumptions […]

My turn: Recipe puts summer zucchini to use

If you’re looking for a way to use summer zucchini, here’s an idea for you: Cook it with pork chops. This recipe comes from www.tasteofhome.com, and we have permission to use it.

Building Resilience in Children: Contributing to the family and the community

“Building Resilience in Children and Teens"

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP Contribution isn’t only about good deeds and noble actions. Children also need to know that they can contribute ideas that will be taken seriously and respected. When adults invite children’s suggestions and opinions, especially about matters that concern them, we increase their sense of control, which in turn […]

My turn: Zingers telling of today’s culture

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I could write about comments I heard on TV that Texas governor Rick Perry is a “brunette Bush” or “Bush on steroids” or, to add my own biased commentary, Obama is a brunette “Bill Clinton.” While our country spirals into more debt and cultural decline, I’m taking on a deeper issue, “zingers.” “Of Thee I […]

My turn: We all have ability to be heroes

Horace Smith said, “Courage is the fear of being thought a coward.” William Rotsler said, “A hero is one who thinks slower than a coward.” Some heroes act because they cannot stand the guilt of not acting. Others are driven by acclaim (when recognition is guaranteed). What constitutes being a hero? Is a downed pilot […]

My turn: Fairs are time for family

I love fairs. I was recently thinking about why, in my mid-20s, I still get excited about going to the fair and I realized it’s nostalgia. The local county fairs are a symbol of home and family for me. Some of my fondest memories as a child are going to local fairs and similar events […]

My turn: Peach salsa goes well with fish, chicken

I found an interesting take on salsa recently. It looks healthy and easy, as long as you don’t mind washing food processors or blenders. The recipe comes from www.tasteofhome.com, from a collection of recipes we have permission to print. Fresh peach salsa • 4 medium peaches, peeled and pitted • 2 large tomatoes, cut into […]

My turn: Blessed to still have grandma

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When I saw Grandma Chaya in May, she squeezed my arms and said, “Que gorda!” Translation: “What fat!” She then asked my name. I looked at her strangely and replied, “Helena!” “What a beautiful name,” she replied. “My mother’s name was Helena, too.” Grandma then asked where I was from. “Portales!” I replied. “Oh,” she […]