Family traditions are remembered at Christmas

Bob Huber I always take our Christmas tree down early, because it’s just too nostalgic for me. That’s because when I was a kid, our family had the most unusual assortment of decorations, and I kept every one. I still get tears in my eyes when I see a smashed beer can. Granddaughter: “Grandpa, why […]

Charming man graced family with story-telling

Michelle Seeber When Alfred Crawford was 22 he asked a young lady he had just met if she would like to dance. Moments later they were engaged to be married. The story may shock some people, but not his family, who describe the long-time Portales resident as quite the dancer. Crawford died on Dec. 4, […]

Don’t forget to give thanks this year

Helena Rodriguez The malls are decked with boughs of holly and Christmas spirit is in the air — and it ain’t even Thanksgiving yet. Regardless of what retailers think, the Christmas season doesn’t begin until the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as “the biggest shopping day of the year.” As we hectically prepare to gobble […]

In a child’s adventure, dad ends up the hero

Bob Huber When Big War II broke out, every red-blooded American kid who believed in baseball, cowboys, and the American Way shouldered his Red Ryder BB gun in the relentless struggle against tyranny. The scenario involved the building of small forts hither and yon in the Colorado foothills so enemies of the free world could […]

Whether you have a holiday or a ‘jale-day,’ make it last

Helena Rodriguez Will your Labor Day be a holiday or a “jale-day?” “Jale” is Spanish slang for the word “work” and is pronounced something like “hah-leh,” so essentially holiday and “jale-day” are pronounced the same but mean two completely different things. “Jale-day” is a clever mix of Spanish and English and a great way for […]

Personalities Plus — Kirby Rowan

What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Sleep in, combo Mexican plate for lunch, work and correspondence with friends in the afternoon, doing a kind deed for someone who doesn’t expect it, then a relaxing evening stretching late into the night talking with bright people about anything and everything.” What did you think about on […]

Humor, Christianity shape father

By Angela Peacock A hard working family man who enjoyed a good practical joke is how family members said they will remember James Wood. Besides a wonderful sense of humor, Charles Wood said he will always respect his father’s belief that anyone regardless of their circumstances can improve themselves and their lives. “Dad instilled in […]

Personalities Plus — Olga Hill

By Loretta Kos Name: Olga Hill Age: 84 Hometown: Teague, Texas Family: Husband, Harvey; a son, Lowery Hill; and three daughters, Maxine Anderson, Wanda Stephenson and Mona Roberts What’s your idea of a perfect day? “A nice cool day and visiting with your family.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “Shock and worried […]

Retirement doesn’t slow down Blair

Born in October 1925 in Roosevelt County to F.M. and Zona Blair, Joe Blair, 78, has called Portales home most of his life. Blair’s father homesteaded land in Curry County in 1906. He and his mother moved to Portales in 1920. Blair attended school in Portales. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in […]

Holiday spurs memories of fatherhood

Mike_Linn The first day Jim Wood became a father he had some advice for his first-born child. He said, “T.J., would you stop whining?” The baby boy, T.J. Wood, looked at his father and ceased all the wailing associated with child birth. “That was a special moment,” said Jim, who will celebrate 13 years of […]

Only 21 shopping days left

By Bob Huber Now that Mother’s Day is just a tumbleweed on yesterday’s fencepost, it’s time to light the big bonfire under Father’s Day, which is June 16. (Lots of bells and whistles here accompanied by more prize-winning metaphors.)  Anyway, why should the distaff side of parenthood get all the hullabaloo each year? I mean, […]

Mother’s joy played out in son

Joan Clayton “Guess what Mom? He followed me all the way home from school. Isn’t he cute? Can I keep him Mom? He won’t eat very much, and I really promise, I’ll be the one who feeds him!” “You know what Mom? You’re the best Mom in the whole world. Will you marry me when […]