My turn: Black-eyed peas family tradition

My family’s New Year’s Day dinner is required to include black-eyed peas, for luck. (I think the tradition followed us from Texas.) I put a lot more faith in Providence than luck, but I like fun traditions and my dad’s black-eyed peas. My family used to grow black-eyed peas in our garden and shell them […]

My turn: Black-eyed peas make chili sing

I wouldn’t have thought to put black-eyed peas in chili, but my co-worker, Victoria Garrett, does. Her recipe for Black-eyed Pea Chili is modified from a version in the American Profile magazine, and she suggested it for this column. The recipe is tasty and nicely spicy, and Victoria says it’s easy to make, which is […]

Clovis Christian seniors graduate

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A teary-eyed Amanda Riley said sometimes unanswered prayers are a good thing. The 2008 Clovis Christian School class salutatorian said her unsuccessful attempt at graduating early last year was a blessing because she was able to get better acquainted with her classmates. “The unity of this class is irreplaceable,” […]

Prairie Chickens take stage

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A half-hour before daylight Saturday on the prairie west of Milnesand, eight people waited in bleary-eyed anticipation for a look at the first lesser prairie chicken of the day. “I think they’re still asleep,” one voice from the darkened passenger van spoke up. A few minutes later a cackle […]

Only a little starry-eyed

Everybody wants to be a celebrity these days. I’m sure there must be some fancy schmancy psychological term for this inordinate hunger for fame, but I just call it “star dumb.” In the old days thespians and so-called entertainers were pretty much the dregs of society. They were the ones curious country people viewed about […]

Eye color doesn’t determine intelligence

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I regret having to write this column, because I’m likely to come off as condescending. But I’m probably smarter than you. I know you can’t see it from these first few sentences, and you certainly can’t see it from the black-and-white picture accompanying the column. I’m smarter because every morning […]

Why we celebrate with black-eyed peas

Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Hopefully as you read this you’ve got the Tournament of Roses Parade on your television, the lineup of football bowl games spread on the coffee table and a pot of black-eyed peas on the stove. I’ve never been too big on setting resolutions for the new year. Sure it’s a good […]