Archive for the ‘Portales’ Category


Small Town Classmates

I wrote this for my weekly column in my hometown newspaper.  I’m literally surrounded by classmates here in Portales, New Mexico.  In my mind I can so easily hear the chanting at pep rallies… “Class of ’81 – – is BEST!”  I truly believe it. Here’s to growing up in a small community.  An amazing […]

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Journey of Hope

They come from all across America, young men on this Journey of Hope.  And every year when they ride those bicycles through New Mexico, spending the night in Portales, I am overwhelmed by this dedicated group. These young men from Pi Kappa Phi devote themselves to raising money and awareness for people with disabilities.  From […]

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Friendship

  There was the time we went on a double date in high school, and we both showed up in cute over-alls with a matching striped shirt… unplanned!  I don’t think we even knew we both had that shirt.  And the time I bought some fabric to sew a dress, and was so excited to […]

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True Grit Vacation

There have been those times I’ve been accused of looking at the world through rose colored shades.   Well, I suppose I’ll accept that with glee.    Recently, I was challenged to put a charming spin on one of our wind-howling March days out here in Portales, New Mexico.  Let’s have some fun, shall we, and […]

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Welcome Autumn

Autumn has arrived.  As sure as garlands of evergreens and candy canes usher in the joys of winter, there are chiles and pumpkins and fall colored mums to welcome this season. Morning finds me reaching for my trusty old sweatshirt hoodie.  Evening finds me donning the goose down vest. The big black roasting bins spin […]

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Dance Recital

 They were dancing just for me… an audience of one.  I was on the treadmill in the garage with the door up, looking out across the driveway, and there they danced.  The little ones are always on stage first, with their tiny silver dresses making perfect little circles.  As the music grows louder, the beat […]

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Another Day

Crawled into bed last night, replaying the moments of my day, and enjoyed the flow of it all.  Naturally, I wanted to write it all down. The day began at my house, where a handful of my close friends (including my mother) sat around my table, Bibles opened, sharing God’s Word, lots of laughs, plenty […]

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Lovely

The beauty of the high plains is a rugged beauty.  Barren landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see.  The rising of the sun, and its majestic setting… we do have incredible sunsets.  Wild plums that put on a wonderful show in the springtime.  The plants here are tough, just like the people […]

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Pioneers of the Llano Estacado

My family history with Roosevelt County in New Mexico begins in the early 1900s, and I’ve always loved the stories of the pioneers.  But I’ve never known much of the personal history from the late 1800s until very recently when I read the new book by Ruth Burns, “A Man Was a Real Man in […]

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The Artist

I ran across this recently… something my mother had written about herself, probably for a brochure, while she was living in Taos.  I share a little of her story with you, and I hope you’ll also click on over to her brand new site –  www.lawandacalton.com – to see more of her beautiful work. ~ […]

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Laborers

It’s such a pleasure to look back through the newspaper clippings my great-grandmother preserved.  I have an old article written about that house on the “Floyd to Melrose” highway.  Long gone now, it was in the crumbling stages when I was growing up, and the fraternities from Eastern would go paint their symbols on the […]

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Courtship

  One hundred years ago this fall a courtship began.  It was in 1912 that Bill Borden and Nellie Lily Trotter were working together pulling broom corn in Roosevelt County, New Mexico.  They were married just a few months later. I’m part of their legacy… a great-granddaughter in their tree that now has many branches […]

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