Libertarians lead invisible life

In day-to-day life, being a libertarian really doesn’t attract any attention. We are pretty much invisible. We are the neighbors who mind our own business. We probably don’t have noisy parties but won’t call the cops about yours. We are the people who pick up the dropped keys for the person struggling with grocery bags. […]

Food at the speed of life: Coleslaw has touch of sweetness

A number of versions of coleslaw hang around the recipe boxes of this country, and I found one that’s easy, healthy and has a touch of sweetness. This is another recipe from Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyer’s “Fast and Fabulous” cookbook.

Food at the speed of life: Farmers’ market offers fresh ingredients

With farmers’ markets starting to sell home-grown tomatoes and basil, I had just the opportunity to try a healthy recipe with them. “Mozzarella and Tomato Salad” comes from Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyer’s cookbook “Fast and Fabulous.” My work schedule often makes getting to the Portales Farmers’ Market at 5 p.m. difficult, but […]

My turn: No sense, just real-life experience

One of my columns generated an e-mail from a gentleman who said that I didn’t have a lick of common sense. Apparently, I set him off by not toeing religious, political or fishing lines — or perhaps my tongue-in-cheek lines didn’t hook him. The blue-collar worker clearly wanted to wring my stereotyped collar. He probably […]

Tips on essential oils featured

Information on how to transform your life, suggestions on how to achieve your dreams and ways to use essential oils will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Author and professional speaker Peter Fogel will talk about reinventing yourself and relate stories and strategies of people over 40 […]

Food at the speed of life: Mango mix works

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I know they say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but sometimes it’s not bad to tweak a good thing. Case in point: lemonade, strawberries and mangos. Inspired while browsing through recipes in search of a column idea, I decided to create a strawberry-mango lemonade or raspberry-mango lemonade smoothie. I went with strawberries because […]

Growing older just part of life

Our culture seems to put a premium on youth and beauty. Television commercials are flooded with products that supposedly keep us young-looking. Plastic surgery is “in,” all the way to face-lifts, chin lifts and nose jobs. Please don’t get me wrong. I think we should try to look our best but to be preoccupied with […]

Food at the speed of life: Memories come from mistakes

I tried to make a chocolate cream pie once. It didn’t work. I was maybe 14 or 15 when I decided to make Mom a chocolate cream pie for her birthday. It’s what she often made herself for her birthday. Since Mom’s birthday is in July, school didn’t interfere. One afternoon, I pulled out the […]

Military mama: Soothing children’s fears part of parental duties

There are so many times in life that I wish that I were more eloquent and far faster on the trigger when it comes to answering tricky questions. I never thought that I would be stumped long before the birds and the bees need be addressed. It started with a lightning storm. Kaleb is terrified […]

Food at the speed of life: It's a wrap

What better way to use extra egg roll wraps than in a healthy dessert? OK, that’s not a common question, but a package of egg roll wraps had more wraps than I needed for a dinner recipe. So, I experimented.

Military mama: There is no ‘us vs. them’

I always try to make the best of each situation wherever I am in life, because, quite frankly, it’s a choice to enjoy myself or not. I would like to take a moment to get a little serious about the amount of complaining that is occurring about this particular duty station. We live in a […]

My turn: Father known to embrace life

The last Father’s Day I visited my father was June 17, 1990. After a four-year battle with asbestosis — caused by being a steel-mill carpenter — he died 13 days later at 71. While healthy, Guy Sloan embraced life. For decades, he and buddies car-pooled 40 miles from Mt. Vernon to Lone Star Steel Company […]

Food at the speed of life: Cereal has twist to it

I ’m a dyed-in-the-wool cereal-fruit- milk-type-of-breakfast person, but Travis Foster of Portales sees it differently. Foster makes a breakfast that’s low in sodium and sugar, and has protein and vegetables. He says if it’s cheap and fast, he eats it.

Our people: Former ENMU math professor Vern Witten said his favorite smell is fresh baked bread

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Portales resident Vern Witten is the oldest of four and was milking cows and working in the field by the age of 10. He is an Army and Air Force veteran who served during World War II and the Korean War. After farming for a few years, he became a math teacher and taught at […]

Food at the speed of life: Food column now features online show

My food columnist role has expanded to include “cooking show hostess.” Sort of. Freedom New Mexico has started a parenting section that runs online and in a quarterly newspaper section. I do a monthly online video demonstration of cooking with kids. The first demonstration, “Fruity Peanut Butter Pitas,” is at www.parenthoodnm.com. I’ve also filmed demos […]

Military mama: Story of how we met rather unconventional

My love story is unconventional; an airman living the bachelor life in Hawaii, and a theatre major in Utah don’t easily cross paths. We definitely started as a one in a million shot, but go big or go home. I was visiting home over Christmas break, and John had just injured himself while boogie boarding. […]

Their view: Capping program would cut service

F.J. Pollak is president, CEO, and co-founder of TracFone Wireless. He writes about the need to preserve subsidized phone service for low-income Americans. Federal regulators recently announced a move that could deprive millions of low-income Americans of one of modern life’s necessities — the telephone. Officials at the Federal Communications Commission are considering a series […]

Slice of life: A matter of inches

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist To shoot a musician in the hand is as cruel as piercing a sword through his heart. That is the sad ending in Robert Rodriguez’s 1995 movie, “El Mariachi.” The villain takes away El Mariachi’s livelihood. Last week my dad had a near fatal accident with an electric handsaw. The […]

Make most of your time

If we had only a few weeks or months to live, what changes would we make? Would each day of life become more precious? Would the sky be bluer? Would we suddenly become aware of little things that mean so much? Would we speak to others kind words of appreciation that often have been left […]

Make your life easier with slow cooker

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Collen Jaskot Harried schedule or not, you gotta eat. Oh, and probably feed the family, too. The solution to make your life easier? A slow cooker, like the Waring Pro Professional 6.5-quart Slow Cooker. It can be set to cook from two to 12 hours in two-hour increments, and it comes complete with cooking instructions […]