My turn: Monarch butterflies remind us of beauty in nature

Orange is a color that comes into its own this month: Glowing pumpkins, crisp leaves, dazzling marigolds, and for those of us lucky enough to live around here, fluttering butterflies — Monarchs to be precise — making their unlikely journey south for the winter. One October of my childhood, a number of the evergreen trees […]

Moms gear: Help your child keep away from sunburns with swimwear that changes color in the sun

swimwear sunburn kids

Maggie O’Neill Parents can teach their children to be sun aware – and sunburn aware – with a new line of swimwear offered through Seasons UV called LOL. Patterns on the swimwear tops change color to indicate that the sun is strong enough to cause a burn and that it’s time to apply sunscreen or […]

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

Color blanks

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 figurines. The Color Blanks sets come with permanent markers and stickers so that kids can jump right into the personalization. Ages 6 and up. RoseArt, $5 to $10. Creative Coloring: This […]

My turn: Skin color belies ancestry

You can’t judge a book by its cover and you can’t judge a person by their skin color, hair or eye color or even by their name. My grandson, Giovanni, is a “g

Psychological thrillers scarier than slashers

The best really scary movies I have ever seen were filmed in black and white, either by design or because they were made before the popularization of color techniques. Lest I be mistaken for a Cretan, I want to make it clear I am not talking about “The Blair Witch Project.” The other night, when […]

In Search of Ponies: ‘You go Gilligan’

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Yeah, he likes the turtle neck… and the cardigan too. And the brighter the color, the bouncier his step. Poor Gilligan, yes, I’m outing him. I’d like to think he just appreciates the extra warmth, but it’s pretty obvious it’s not that simple. And no, I don’t think it […]

Gluten-free dishes featured on show

Sheryl Borden Information on gluten-free vegetarian dishes, accessorizing in the home and color diffusing will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Whole grains and beans are healthy, low-cost options for the 3 percent of Americans who are vegetarians. Carol Fenster will demonstrate cooking gluten-free vegetarian dishes that […]

Thursday morning briefing: Hearings, back to school and a new sports site

Good morning and welcome to Thursday’s Freedom New Mexico morning briefing.

Wednesday morning briefing: Jokes, dorm life and activity groups

A good Wednesday morning, from wherever you’re browsing, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico morning briefing.

Monday morning briefing: Fair time and Portales by the numbers

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing.