Nature opens up my eyes to life

Wendel Sloan

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 […]

Clovis resident Langdon Brown says his niche is in sales

Tonjia Rolan: CMI staff photo Langdon Brown at home working on his Honda. Everybody has a niche in life and Langdon Brown’s is sales. The adopted father of three works 60 hours a week, loves working on cars, attending drag races and snow boarding and skiing with his family.  

amos the churchmouse: life in the wash-n-rinse cycle

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. life in the wash-n-rinse cycle boss you may think i look a […]

Specialist: Cotton pest, disease solutions on horizon

Alisa Boswell More effective methods for dealing with cotton pests and diseases are on the horizon, according to Texas Agri-Life specialist Monti Vandiver. Before hungry seminar attendees lined up Tuesday for the Portales Rotary Club’s Chuck Wagon Lunch at the Roosevelt County Ag Expo, they listened to a presentation on cotton production. Vandiver told his […]

God should be part of our learning life

My how change takes place. Someone said, “You cannot step into the same river twice.” That is so true. No one brings this to my mind like my sister Susie, who collects old things. Susie collects old books and things such as catalogues. When I go and visit her in Minnesota, I really enjoy browsing […]

Giving life

Tonjia Rolan United Blood Services will hold a blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Boulevard. UBS will collect whole blood and red blood cell donations in the common area of CCC. The process will take between 30 and 45 minutes for whole blood donors and around 1 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: School biz, Relay for life and coming up short

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Meetings watch The Clovis Municipal School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today at the administrative offices, 1009 N. Main St. Information: 769-4300. Relay gathering There is a Relay For Life of Portales team captain meet and registration 5:30 p.m. today at Pizza Hut, 1001 […]

Grandmothers left loving legacy behind

I was fortunate in my life to have had both of my grandmothers live long into the twilight years of their lives. My dad’s mother was two months shy of 90 when she passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, but peacefully, in her home. My mom’s mother was 95 when she passed away. I adored my […]

Forgiveness often means adding God to equation

Have you ever experienced events that you never dreamed you would experience? I am thinking about over the last 10 years of my life. I have done some things I thought I would never do. Here is the list: • tried to water ski once again at my age when I have not water-skied in […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Small children have big personalities

My husband and I have been blessed with three great kids. My oldest, my six year old son, is a complete joy. He was an angel baby, an angel toddler and has turned into a thoughtful, loving, responsible 6-year-old boy. My second child was my first girl, and she is 4. They are just eighteen […]

Faith will take us to the finish line

As a child I had many people that I looked up to. I had read about George Washington Carver when I was only 8 years old. He was a scientist and an outstanding Christian. Then Mother and Daddy took us to his birthplace in Missouri, and we actually met a man that knew Carver. Since […]

Letter to the editor: ‘Angel’ makes Christmas brighter

We all get consumed by everyday life. Sometimes we lose sight of what’s really important. We try to make up for it here and there, never thinking to look at those around us in need. I for one am guilty of this. This year my husband and I were plagued by bad luck. We are […]

Our freedoms were secured by Pilgrims

Freedom New Mexico Conscience is powerful human resource. A life lived in service to truth that abides in one’s conscience can transform lives and circumstances. And, as history sometimes witnesses, matters of conscience can make all the difference in the world to ordinary people forced into extraordinary choices. This is the Pilgrim’s journey and a […]

Relay for life planned for Thursday

The American Cancer Society will hold its 2012 Relay For Life Kickoff and its Great American Smokeout on Thursday. The kickoff and the Great American Smokeout strive to help smokers quit for life. Thursday’s kickoff event will take place at 6:30 p.m. inside North Plains Mall at the JC Penney store entrance. During the event, […]

McGee: Broken bones lesson in journey of life

A family member recently broke his hand. I felt for him, he was in a lot of pain. I remember how bad that felt because I’ve had a couple of broken bones in my time. How about you? For instance I broke one of my little fingers a few years ago. I had a Siberian […]

BBC show represents farm life well

Netflix lied to me but it hasn’t discouraged me from their product yet. On closer examination of the way they’ve been billing me on the credit card number I have on file with them, it’s apparent their former CEO wasn’t shooting me straight in the letter he sent me telling me he was shooting me […]

Organizations plan week of remembrance for vets

Benna Sayyed Veterans organizations in Clovis and Portales are hosting several events beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday to honor local veterans who have served the nation. According to Ricardo Hidalgo, commander of American Legion Post 25 in Clovis, Veterans Week honors Clovis veterans who served the country by giving their life for freedom and […]

Don’t let imperfections ruin life

The imperfections in the world can bring some entertainment. I am glad for that. Unbroken comfort can make you more numb than jumping into that frozen lake with a polar bear club. Recently I enjoyed sitting outside during the dirt storm that hit the area. My young daughter enjoyed it with me. She ran around […]

Choice means running own life

You do have a choice, but it is not the choice you are usually presented with. The real choice is between being responsible for governing your life or allowing someone else to govern you. To put it more bluntly, the choice is between liberty and slavery. However, if you listen to anyone other than libertarians […]

Our people: Game of life

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Courtesy photo Ontiveros, right, was named Greatest Ram in the 1994 PHS yearbook.