My turn: Walks to school make good stories

Helena Rodriguez There was always that one house on the way to school you’d avoid as a kid. For us, it was the home of A-Ri-Ti-Ti-Ti-Di, perhaps a Spanish form of Rin Tin Tin, a scary looking, elderly man who set dogs loose on us. Maybe we deserved it. I don’t know how he got […]

Cowboy stories all about wrecks

Imagine the header clinging to the rack on the back of a flat-bed, chasing a cow across the high plains of Colorado with the hazer banging along beside him in a quarter-ton Ranger with a vet-box in the bed. Cowboy stories are about wrecks; horse wrecks, cow wrecks, dog wrecks, financial wrecks, Tyranosaurus Wrex, and […]

Cattle operation comes with catch

As many of you regular readers might guess, people tell me their stories — stories about horse wrecks, cow wrecks, sheep wrecks, dog wrecks, financial wrecks, any kind of wreck you can think of. I met JW in Tennessee. He’s a regular reader of my column and thought his story would fit. It seems he […]

Glenda Price: Snakes always provide stories

Glenda Price What were your mother’s parting words every time you left the house? Right. “Watch for snakes.” In August, we were told to be extra careful because the rattlers would be shedding their skins, their eyes would be covered for a few days, and since they couldn’t see they would strike at the sounds […]

Columnist featured in ‘Chicken Soup’ book

Portales religion columnist and retired teacher Joan Clayton wrote one of the stories in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles.” The book recounts 101 true stories of divine intervention and answered prayers, according to the Chicken Soup for the Soul website. It is available now. Information: http://www.chickensoup.com/

Their turn: Lifestyles section needs better stories

Portales’ Chris Harrell offers this critique of the Portales News-Tribune in his letter to the editor:

Chilean rescues inspiring

Karl Terry Inspiring news stories don’t come along too often. Inspiring news stories on a global level are even more rare. The rescue of 33 trapped miners in Chile will rate up there with the miracle U.S. hockey win in the 1980 Olympics and the rescue of Baby Jessica from a well near Odessa, Texas, […]

In search of ponies: Readers share pet stories

Sharna Johnson It’s been three months since my column started, and it got me thinking. At first I saw the column as another of those cursed assignments that only a boss can think up, and quite frankly, I was terrified to write in the first person and open myself up to readers. However I have […]

Believe hype behind Wooden

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Some of the worst stories I’ve ever read were about John Wooden. Thanks to Wade Fraze, one of the best is too. Regarded as college basketball’s greatest coach, Wooden died two Fridays ago at 99. He won 620 games and 10 national titles, including seven in a row. For comparison, […]

Good shows should tell stories

Ever seen “Whale Wars”? No? Normally, as regular readers of this column know, I have very low tolerance for reality TV, but there have been a few recent and notable exceptions, of which “Whale Wars” is one. That and a few of the others are the subject of this column. First comes the disclaimer; I […]