You can control the way you react

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A friend of mine had lunch Tuesday in Lubbock. I don’t know what she had, but I do know she’s probably not going back there. She got a fortune cookie after her meal, and the fortune read, “Did you enjoy your meal? Order another one to go.” Really? It’s one thing to try to upsell […]

Their view: Friend possessed sense of life, fun

As I remember my long-time good friend Kevin Gardels, who passed away recently, the first words are decent, gifted and giving. He was all of this to an extraordinary extent. But there was an ineffable quality way beyond the usual accolades, a unique sense of life and fun that made me, and many others, remember […]

My turn: There’s no place like home

While recently chauffeuring a friend on a trip to south Texas to interview for teaching jobs, I didn’t realize that it would be so dangerous. The first day in Killeen a would-be terrorist was arrested with bomb-making equipment for attacking Fort Hood soldiers in a local restaurant. We had just eaten at TGIF (Thank Goodness […]

My turn: Today’s TV programming recycled

A friend and I were talking about how many things have changes since we were kids. We talked about cars, prices and then about television. We spent a lot of time talking about our favorite TV shows from years ago. We had both really liked “Gunsmoke,” as well as “Bonanza,” and even “Mission Impossible.” We […]

McGee: Aging gracefully

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist A friend of mine emailed me and reminded me to ask my doctor for the shingle vaccine. “That means he thinks you’re old,” she said from the next room. I ignored that comment. I was amazed to hear they had a vaccine for shingles. “Wow isn’t that amazing, a shot […]

My turn: Traveling scarf starts friendships

Alisa Boswell I have had a project going on Facebook called Friendship of the Traveling Scarf. A friend gave me a bright and colorful scarf in February and in a fit of spontaneity and boredom, I took about five self-portraits with the scarf and posted them on Facebook. After this, the friend who gave me […]

My turn: Can’t go wrong with spicy casserole recipe

Argen Duncan My friend Terri Wildman, an Eastern New Mexico University alumna, gave me a favorite, spicy casserole recipe. It’s great to assemble ahead of time. Terri’s recipe is modified from one she received from her mother, who modified a recipe from a friend, who modified a recipe from elsewhere. “And it’s really hard to […]

Age just matter of having right attitude

We have a remarkable friend who is 84 years young. His letters overflow with zest and enthusiasm for life. He loves to garden and wins blue ribbons at his County Fair. He says, “With God’s help, we won ribbons for sunflowers and corn.” Fred sent us a photo of himself standing by his giant-sized crops. […]

Alzheimer’s brings reversal of roles

To my aching friend, Thanks for writing about your mother. I empathize with your need to let the air out before you blow your top. It’s the reversal of roles. Now you are the parent, the responsible one. She is the one unable to do her part. You have a particularly crushing affliction to deal […]

My turn: Friend gets cleaned out

I’m pretty sure a friend and co-worker of mine wasn’t expecting his experience of being robbed to turn into an entertaining story which would become the life of a party. This friend called me last week and told me someone had robbed his apartment and taken just about everything. My other friend and I were […]

My turn: Won’t give in to temptations

I told a Catholic friend that I was giving up Lent for dark chocolate. She looked puzzled, then smiled, felt guilty, then admonished that I was on the highway to hell. Since I’m barreling down that pot-holed path in Portales anyway, I might as well give up Lent for a few other pleasures: Sunday morning […]

Residents feel pressure at pump

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Alisa Boswell Rising gas prices are tough on everyone. There is Norma Vallejo of Portales, who drives a lot for her job in home health care. She recently found herself borrowing gas money from a friend just to get by. “I think it’s getting worse,” Vallejo said. “Every day, I look at the gas prices […]

Precautions set for embarassing texts

Kevin Wilson A friend of mine was going shopping with a friend, and she was concerned she’d get to talking with a friend, and would forget to pick up a specific item she needed the next day unless I texted her during the trip. I waited about 30 minutes, texted, “Dozen eggs.” She texted back, […]

Portales past: Dec. 25, 1983

Dec. 25, 1983: Portales News-Tribune: Dear Santa, Merry Christmas! I hope you have a good Christmas and a happy new year! I wont a remote control car and a soccer ball. Your friend, Denver Collins

My Turn: Plum sauce has many uses

Argen Duncan A while back, a friend made plum jelly that wouldn’t gel, so she had a large quantity of plum sauce. I offered to take some off her hands and dreamed up uses for it. (It was tough, but somebody had to do it …) First, I made French toast, and instead of syrup, […]

Grant McGee: Friend more like brother than pal

I got an e-mail a few days ago from my good friend Kent, the Bard of the Pecos, now a part-time judge, duly elected by the folks of Elida. Kent was going in for hip surgery and, you know, there’s no absolute guarantee that you’ll emerge on the other side hale, hearty and alive. Kent […]

Hand-free device better on animals

Glenda Price My friend and I were strolling through the local farmers’ market one day, when she suddenly began talking. I tried to answer her, even though I really didn’t know what she was talking about. This went on a few minutes — her talking, then me talking — when she finally turned toward me […]

Vietnam veterans owed an apology

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist This Memorial Day weekend, my thoughts will go back to a friend from college — Clovis May. He was a mild-mannered, hard working, good cowboy from a ranching family in Deming, New Mexico. I don’t recall exactly what his major was, but probably range management or ag business. He was […]

Maybe swag bag is answer

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It never fails. A friend tries to prevent a tangent, and only inspires another. Over a drink, a guy she used to date came up. She replied, “Eh … been there, done that, got the T-shirt.” We didn’t talk about him again, but my mind was already off. Should […]