Reader-submitted: Former resident seeking restaurant information

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Courtesy photo New Mexico native Robert Patrick O’Connor is looking for information on his parents, Stan and Jo Durkee, and the Artistocrat restaurant they briefly ran in Clovis in 1950. A former New Mexico resident working on a history book is looking for people who remember his parents’ ties to Clovis and a restaurant that […]

Monday morning briefing: A book, some popcorn and a stunning announcement

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Book and a movie Two events at the Portales Public Library Tuesday: • at 10:30 a.m. it’s Books and Babies featuring “Ticklish Fingers and Toes.” • Then, at 4:30 p.m., the Tween Programming movie is “Beethoven.” Free popcorn, too. Republican women City commissioner and […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Book talk, meetings watch and a Paul Newman classic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Health fair 7th annual Melrose Health Fair is 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday at the Melrose Senior Citizens Center. Information: 799-0225. Meetings watch The Clovis City Commission meets at 5:15 p.m. in the Clovis-Carver Public Library and it’s open to the public. Quirky […]

Book review —

“The Saturday Man” is science-fiction baseball novel about a 60-year-old superhero. He encounters Martians who have been living underground on Mars for eons. They are an advanced society both socially and scientifically. They are a peaceful though powerful society. They are telepathic and have been monitoring Earth for some time for they know Earth will […]

Education column: Book fairs expand horizons

It was Scholastic Book Fair week again for many of our elementary schools. Peeking in the library at Cameo Elementary, Pat Archibeque, school librarian, was bustling about, organizing materials and arranging things for classes coming to the library that day. Large, silver cases on wheels, filled with books, were “parked” in the corner of the […]

Don’t be one of Job’s friends!

The Book of Job is the textbook on suffering. Open that Bible book and you’ll see an extraordinarily good man undergoing extraordinarily terrible affliction. He loses his family (except his wife, and keeping her might easily be counted among his afflictions), his wealth, and his health. He’s reduced to sitting on a pile of ashes, […]

Friday morning briefing: Book bargains, getting hooked and cash machines

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Book bargains A used book sale will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Saturday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The sale is being conducted by the Friends of the Library. Big fish A chance to get hook at the annual Biggest Catfish Challenge […]

Picture book helps explain events of 9/11 to children

Sept. 11, 2011 9/11 children's book

Provided by Roaring Brook Press “America is Under Attack” is by Don Brown, from Roaring Brook Press. It is aimed at children 6-10 and is $16. McClatchy-Tribune With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaching, it is time for parents to plan how they will explain that day to children too young […]

Our favorite things: Three creative toys to keep kids occupied in these last weeks of summer

Color blanks

Provided by Disney FamilyFun magazine The Color Blanks are funky white plastic figurines. The Color Blanks sets come with permanent markers and stickers. Ages 6 and up. RoseArt, $5 to $10. Disney FamilyFun magazine Creative Fun: A Figure of a Different Color Here’s a unique blank slate for kids’ creativity: 4-inch-tall, posable, funky white plastic […]

Every trick in the book: Five ways to inspire your children to read

Paula Sirois Beside the proud and vocal parent who shares how great of a reader her child is (so much so that she can barely keep up with the insatiable demand for books, books, books) is the regular mom who cringes as she considers how her kid not only doesn’t read but hates reading and […]