Children’s TV morals a concern

The plot of the show was, on the surface, pretty sordid. That actually holds true for all of the several plots going on at the same time. Not sordid in the Nancy Grace sense, or the SVU sense. Just involving levels of manipulation and equivocation that most of us would not see ourselves falling prey […]

Club Notes – Feb. 3

The Altrusa International, Inc. Club of Portales met Jan. 28, with President Nellie Dyer along with 17 members and five guests, Amie Griffith, Aida Smith, Amberlynn Mauldin, Mary Bell Cota and Patrick Kircher, present. Cathy Rankin led the opening ceremonies. Dannah Brown gave the Altrusa Accent, and Jennifer Hardin drew for the Queen of Hearts. […]

Navigation easier than old days

I guess I now have a vehicle with navigation. More accurately, I figured out my smart phone has a navigation app that actually works pretty good. With the hands-free device I bought with Christmas money, I can press a couple of buttons and speak a destination to get directions to my destination. After I missed […]

The most important guest at any wedding is …

I was thinking recently about a long-ago wedding — the one Jesus attended at Cana of Galilee, the same one in which he became the winemaker for the feast. And that reminded me of another wedding or two. I'm told that when my maternal grandparents decided to get married, they hitched a horse to the […]

School Menus – Jan. 27

Clovis elementary schools Monday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza. Lunch — chicken and pasta, steamed broccoli, carrots, delicious apple. Tuesday: Breakfast — Banana bread. Lunch — Sloppy Joe on a bun, tater tots, green peas, grape tomatoes and ranch and chilled peaches. Wednesday: Breakfast — cinnamon roll. Lunch — Bean and cheese burrito, salsa, Spanish rice, […]

Senior Happenings – Jan. 27

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m., dance at La Casa Senior Center Monday: 1 p.m., bingo and refreshments at Los Abuelitos, Portales Tuesday: 10:30 a.m., indoor exercise; 1 p.m. bingo and refreshments Wednesday: 10:30 a.m., indoor exercise; 1 p.m. bingo and refreshments Thursday: 10:30 a.m., indoor exercise; 1 p.m. […]

Creative Living – Show to feature fabric postcards

Information on making fabric postcards, using duck tape to make bangle bracelets, and putting a vegetarian spin on Carne Adovado will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Franki Kohler has written a book about fabric postcards and she will tell how they are keepsakes you can make and […]

On The Shelves – Jan. 27

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library Investment Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make and How to Avoid Them by Larry Swedroe shows how to learn from other's mistakes, understand the wrong way and the right way to build your portfolio, and how to minimize tax effects, diversify your accounts, plan for your family's […]

Pro Bowl presents conflicting challenges

"The NFL hopes to decide the fate of the Pro Bowl by the time it releases next season's schedule in April. And the fate of the league's all-star game largely will depend on how much effort this year's participants put into the game." – Source: The Pro Bowl, which will be brought to you […]

I’ll take my ice in a tea glass

As far as I'm concerned, there are only two times when ice is a good thing. When it's hot and you're making tea and when you need to get up a muddy road. That second instance came into play on a recent hunting trip I talked about. Driving and walking over a muddy road in […]

Our People – The tide is changing

Daniel Graham developed an interest in the keyboard at age 8. He received his first keyboard at age 9 as a Christmas present request. His band, "The Changing Tide," was formed about six months ago. Graham is one of six members in the band. The band's music belongs to the metal core genre, a broad […]

God will always lead us to success

Setting up housekeeping is no easy task. But the task on the other end of the journey is harder. Ask anyone who has buried their last parent or whose parents have had to move into a care facility. Sifting through three-quarters of a century's worth of accumulated mounds of paper, pictures, trinkets, and family treasures […]

If everybody had a father like I had a father …

I was bumping up toward my own birthday last week (Jan. 11) when I was reminded that Jan. 9 was the 13th anniversary of my father's death. And then our youngest brother reminded his three brothers, including me, that Tuesday, would have been our dad's 100th birthday! With that in mind, I offer these words […]

How Do You Feel About Growing Older?

January. I think of it as a birthday month. My dad's. My oldest granddaughter's. And mine. Last weekend we helped celebrate that sweet little beauty's sixth birthday. My own 56th was a week earlier. Fifty-six is not all that significant a milestone, though I've noticed that a lot of survey-type forms bump people into another […]

Senior Happenings – Jan. 20

La Casa Senior Center, 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. dance at La Casa Senior Center Monday: 1 p.m., bingo and refreshments at Los Abuelitos, Portales Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. bingo and refreshments Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. bingo and refreshments Thursday: 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. […]

School Menus – Jan. 20

Clovis elementary schools Monday: No School. Tuesday: Breakfast — Cinnamon Roll. Lunch — Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, mixed green salad, delicious apple and whole wheat roll. Wednesday: Breakfast — Sausage biscuit. Lunch — Homemade meat and bean burrito, salsa, celery sticks and ranch, chilled peaches. Thursday: Breakfast — Smucker's waffles. Lunch — Hot dog on […]

Creative Living: Hanging artwork featured on show

Information on hanging artwork, time savers for quilting, and using a Giclee process to reproduce images on canvas will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Interior decorator, Latriece Brooks is going to show a clever way to hang groups of artwork, whether it be paintings, photos, or […]

On the Shelves – Jan. 20

The following books are available to the public at: Portales Public Library The Round House by Louise Erdrich: In the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to reveal or relive what […]

Honors – Jan. 20

The following local students were recently named to college dean's lists: Sean Barel, Clovis, Southwestern College, Winfield, Kan. Stacey L. Mata, Muleshoe, Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas Heather Diane Cooke, Clovis, Howard Payne University, Brownswood, Texas

TV shows on slippery slide

T he question in United States education frequently comes down to whether or not young people are learning to write. Judging from what we see on television, nobody, or at least not anyone in Hollywood, has known how to write for a long time. By Hollywood, I mean TV land, where life is dominated by […]