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 […]

Book review —

‘An the Beat Goes On … and On’ The following comments are provided by Clovis author and businesswoman Shirley Ann Pierce Boothe about her book, “An the Beat Goes On … and On.”: “I started after lunch and finished last night. I thoroughly enjoyed your book — I smiled, I giggled, I cried, I hurt […]

Memories of punishment still linger

I loved Mrs. Butterfield. I loved her name, her smile, her sweet, caring attitude, the way she made me feel good about myself. I even loved Mrs. Butterfield after she walloped me so severely I remember it 64 years later. It was a daily routine at the one-through-twelve Boardman schoolhouse outside Youngstown. My desk was […]

Our people: Mayhem on her mind

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Donita Massy Privett: Courtesy photo Darynda Jones of Portales enjoys writing characters who people are interested in reading about. Portales resident Darynda Jones has been writing toward publication for nine years. She realized her goal when on Feb. 1 her first book “First Grave on the Right” was published. The book, the first of a […]

Scientific race to dispute God futile

Freedom New Mexico The embarrassing race to disprove God continues with a new book titled “The Grand Design: New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life,” by acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking and lesser-known physicist Leonard Mlodinow. Humanity cannot survive and thrive without honest and objective science. Without pure science, it’s easy to surmise that humans […]

Silk screening featured on show

Sheryl Borden Information on repurposing book covers, silk screening, and the art of aromatic blending will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Lauren Ferguson will show an easy way to repurpose vintage book covers for pennies on the dollar, and they make a perfect keepsake for your […]

Public support matters when declaring war

Freedom New Mexico America continues to struggle over the war in Afghanistan. Ronald E. Newman, the U.S. ambassador to that country from 2005 to 2007, offered some insight last week to about 200 business and political leaders in California. He is the author of the recent book, “The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan.” […]

Book review: “Fly Fishing, Life, and Other Things I Have Tried”

Former Portales resident Joe Farr has written a humorous book about his fishing and RV experiences. Joe lived in Portales from 1973 to 1985. He opened his first KFC in Portales in 1974 and operated it until 1985. He also owned the KFC in Clovis from 1981 to 2007. He is now retired and lives […]

Elida native’s book focuses on family, upbringing

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Acosta Kevin Wilson Yolanda Acosta knew she had quite a story to tell, even before she knew the whole thing. The Elida native is getting set to release her book, “Acosta,” a tale of the upbringing she received in Elida and Portales, with emphasis on the career of her late brother Oscar, who was a […]

Clovis part of scenic route

Don McAlavy The route from Fort Worth, Texas to Las Vegas, N.M., is 639.8 miles, and it runs through Clovis, New Mexico. The subject of this Route Book I’ve had for many years is furnished to tourists accurate and reliable information that will aid them in traveling through one of the most picturesque portions of […]

Future of ministry now

On my desk for months has been a little book I’ve finally opened. It has been eye-opening. In the Name of Jesus was written by priest, professor, and writer Henri Nouwen and includes his “Reflections on Christian Leadership.” Originally published in 1989, the book was Nouwen’s look ahead to Christian ministry in the twenty-first century. […]