Military mama: Time to end chapter

Our lives are storybooks. Each page turns and the adventure continues. This chapter of my life is coming to an end. I will still be a wife and a mommy, but I will no longer be a military dependent. After eight years, my hubby is separating from the service. It was so surreal sending my […]

Salon killings remind us life is precious gift

Freedom Newspapers Attention, national and international, has focused on the anguish of Seal Beach, Calif., where gunfire inside a hair salon on a warm afternoon Wednesday left eight people dead and a woman wounded. The worst mass killing in Orange County history has stunned the coastal town of about 25,000 residents, along with the rest […]

Jesus solid foundation to weather storms in life

When I was a child and our family lived in Kansas City, Mother often took Susie and me into the city to explore museums or shop at Macy’s. Those excursions were recreational and educational. Mother would pack a lunch and then at mealtime, we headed into the nearest Katz Drug Store where she bought us […]

Owners line up for pet blessing

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Cleo, a Chinese pug, receives a blessing with owner Deedra Hines by Father Allen Brockmeier of the St. James Episcopal Church at Saturday’s pet blessing event at Trinity Lutheran Church. Benna Sayyed Merle could hardly sit still for his first blessing at church. At 3 months old, Merle was abandoned […]

Food at the speed of life: Interest in food columns surprising

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, […]

Freedom, liberty at heart of conflict

After attending a couple of events last week commemorating 9/11 and watching television coverage it is hard to believe how overwhelming that day still seems. Ten years seems like an eternity when I look at all that has happened in my personal life over that time. When I see the images of that day and […]

Food at the speed of life: Ice cream pie made to be shared

OK, this ice cream pie isn’t especially healthy, but it looks unique and very tasty. It’s also supposed to take only 15 minutes to make, plus time freezing unattended. I recommend finding someone to share the pie with and not making it too often. Again, the recipe is from www.tasteofhome.com and reprinted with permission. From […]

Food at the speed of life: Recipe refines red enchiladas

Dad prefers green chile over red. However, Mom has long made red enchiladas with her mother’s recipe. Dad made a few changes to the recipe to suit his tastes. Also, my family uses vegetable oil instead of meat grease in the sauce, which is just a little healthier. For a somewhat different red enchilada, try […]

Food at the speed of life: Recipe puts summer zucchini to use

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I f 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.

Herding Squirrels: The future has arrived

Traci Arbios We were sitting on the couch; more to the point, I was sitting, he was in my arms, my newborn son. Little mittens on his hands, tiny hat on his head; he was warm and cuddly and I sat staring, absorbing every detail of his sweet, pink face. His eyebrows were mere wisps. […]

Food at the speed of life: Throw fruit in mix

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.

Libertarians lead invisible life

In day-to-day life, being a libertarian really doesn’t attract any attention. We are pretty much invisible. We are the neighbors who mind our own business. We probably don’t have noisy parties but won’t call the cops about yours. We are the people who pick up the dropped keys for the person struggling with grocery bags. […]

Food at the speed of life: Coleslaw has touch of sweetness

A number of versions of coleslaw hang around the recipe boxes of this country, and I found one that’s easy, healthy and has a touch of sweetness. This is another recipe from Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyer’s “Fast and Fabulous” cookbook.

Food at the speed of life: Farmers’ market offers fresh ingredients

With farmers’ markets starting to sell home-grown tomatoes and basil, I had just the opportunity to try a healthy recipe with them. “Mozzarella and Tomato Salad” comes from Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyer’s cookbook “Fast and Fabulous.” My work schedule often makes getting to the Portales Farmers’ Market at 5 p.m. difficult, but […]

First person: Rodeo life

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Shelby Mayfield, 12, shown with her horse, Cream, was the top girls winner at the High Plains Junior Rodeo with five saddles. Shelby Mayfield’s running out of room for her winnings. Shelby, 12, and her brother Shad took home six saddles at this year’s High Plains Junior Rodeo. Shelby, who […]

Tips on essential oils featured

Information on how to transform your life, suggestions on how to achieve your dreams and ways to use essential oils will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Author and professional speaker Peter Fogel will talk about reinventing yourself and relate stories and strategies of people over 40 […]

Food at the speed of life: Mango mix works

I know they say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but sometimes it’s not bad to tweak a good thing. Case in point: lemonade, strawberries and mangos. Inspired while browsing through recipes in search of a column idea, I decided to create a strawberry-mango lemonade or raspberry-mango lemonade smoothie. I went with strawberries because […]

Only security in life knowing Jesus as savior

Have you ever taken some common event in your life for granted? I have, and a particular road trip showed me that sometimes we do not reach our destination, and life changes drastically in the process. This eye-opening experience came for me when some years ago Annie, Buffy, Mother and I were driving at dusk […]

Letters to the editor: New course betters life in Clovis

New course betters life in Clovis Regarding negative comments about the new city golf course: What I understood is the money was already there to be spent on just parks and recreation projects. So I’m not sure where it would be wasted unless we didn’t use it to improve our way of life in Clovis. […]

Children are at center of life in heaven

Curtis Shelburne If I were to ask you to name some occasions in Scripture when Jesus was angry, where would you start? Probably the incident that would come to mind first for most of us is Christ overturning the tables of the greedy money-changers in the temple. If he wasn’t awfully angry on that occasion, […]