KENW Celebrates its 40th Anniversary!

I know it’s been “awhile” since I posted anything, but I wanted to let everyone know that KENW-TV will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on September 1st.  KENW-FM went on the air on October 1st, 1968.  We will have a reception and meet-and-greet during this year’s Homecoming, and it will be on Saturday, September 27th at 4:00 pm (or right after the football game!)  We’ll be meeting in Studio A at the new Broadcast Center for those of you who went to school at Eastern New Mexico University.  We hope everyone will come by and visit and tour the facility if you haven’t already done so.

Duane Ryan is still the one and only Director of Broadcasting for KENW-TV/FM, and we hope he stays a long, long time.  He continues to be involved in the day-to-day operation of both stations, and is a mentor to all of us who work with him.   If you are an alumni and not already getting our KENW Alumni newsletter, please send me your email address:  A new issue will be coming out very soon with more details about our anniversary celebration.

FYI:  We are almost ready to offer the position of Producer/Director to someone on Monday so be watching for that exciting news.  This person will work on “Creative Living” with me and then be in charge of the student newscast.  Can’t wait to get this person on board.

Mark your calendar for Eastern’s Homecoming, September 26-27 and come by the Broadcast Center on Saturday and help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary.  FYI:  ENMU will also be celebrating its 80th Anniversary – two exciting events in the same weekend.  I look forward to seeing you.


Accident pays off!

As many of you know, I’m somewhat negligent about keeping my #blog current.  Yesterday I was working with a #friend and she set up my computer so that all of the different #social media sites were interlinked.  Now it so easy to send one message instead of having to type out multiple ones.  While she was setting this up, we sent out a “Hello Everyone” message, and I couldn’t believe how many responses I got.  Actually, it was a great way to start my day today.  I heard from people I hadn’t heard from in many years.  Maybe the theory is “keep it short & sweet!”  Anyway, thanks to everyone I heard from.  Back to my story:  This person is a college student and she was so happy to spend time doing this for me!  Aren’t I lucky?  Take advantage of the younger generation who knows everything about social media, #texting, #hash tags and much more and I’ll bet they are willing to help you, too.  Good luck and let me know if you are as lucky as I was.

A Big Thank You

I was thinking today about how many people I’ve worked with on “Creative Living” through the years!  I’m sure I have overlooked some, but the number is amazing.  However, this month in my “Creative Living” newsletter, I decided to highlight two people who have been with me a long time and are sort of like “unsung” heroes.  Here is the link to the September issue of the “Creative Living” newsletter and I hope you’ll take time to read it and help me say “a big thank you” to Jacob Workman and Don Criss.

Click to access September_2013_Newsletter.pdf


OMG: Has it really been this long?

When I had a note from someone who commented on my blog, I decided to “go to it” and see what I had written – and that’s when I noticed I hadn’t updated it for 2 years!  That is totally unacceptable, and I have no excuse except I sometimes forget to do so.  I am pretty good at sending out my monthly Creative Living Newsletter (which you can read at:  I admit there wasn’t a newsletter in July because of the on-going KENW Auction, but I’m working on the one that will be e-mailed the first of August. 6600 series cover In fact, if you haven’t signed up for it, just send me an e-mail, and I’ll put you on the mailing list.  It’s a free publication.  My email address is:

And, just so you know I haven’t been totally lazy, I’m also working on the new Creative Living booklet that will accompany the 6600 series that begins in September.  It will contain numerous sections, including Foods & Nutrition, Crafts, Sewing & Fashion, Home, Hearth & Health, as well as a Miscellaneous section.  This makes it easier and faster for you to download just the section you  are most interested in – or the entire booklet.  It should be ready around mid-August, so keep checking back at:

I’m also excited to report that all of our taping dates for Fall 2013 are filled, and we have some great guests lined up.  We start the first taping on September 19th and continue through the end of November.  If you know of anyone you can recommend as a potential guest, please e-mail me and let me know.  I’m already scheduling guests for Spring 2014, too.  Or – you might recommend YOURSELF!  Don’t be bashful.  If you’ve watched Creative Living for very long, you know that we try to tape a variety of segments so we can feature them on different shows and different series. 

Rather than ramble on and on, I’m going to keep this post “short & sweet” and welcome your thoughts and comments.  I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer – it’s going quickly.



November Creative Living Newsletter

I decided to post my latest Creative Living newsletter here – even though it’s on Facebook, and you may have already seen it.  But, just in case, here is the link:

October was such a busy month for taping, and I had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful people.  Even after 35 years, I’m still amazed that so many individuals and companies are willing to come to “little ole Portales, NM” to tape with me.  As one of my guests once said “you live in the middle of nowhere,” and she’s very close to being right – especially when it comes to travel.  So, even though it’s very hard and very tiring to get here, I continue to hope that our friendliness, as well as the professionalism of our staff and crew will make the trip worthwhile.

As always I look forward to hearing your comments about the show as well as the Newsletter.  I’m scheduling guests to tape between February and April, 2012 so if you have someone to suggest, please let me know.  My e-mail address is the best and quickest way to reach me:

Happy Thanksgiving.



When I went to my blog to update it, I was so embarrassed that I hadn’t posted anything since January.  I couldn’t help but wonder why!  Then I started thinking about what has occurred since then – just the usual.  Tapings through April, working on the 36th annual KENW online Auction through July, planning for the next series of Creative Living in terms of selecting topics, writing scripts, taping bridges, etc.  I just completed the new Creative Living booklet that accompanies this new series, and I’m so excited for you to see it.

The booklet is divided into four different sections, and I’m going to provide a link so you can go directly to the new booklet (if you’re interested) and download whichever part you want.  It’s free!  The link to all the booklets for Creative Living is:

Wanda Newberry designed the booklet cover again for me, and I told her that I always think the newest one is her best yet – but I’ve loved all the ones she’s designed over the years.  She is so talented!  If you’ve followed the show for long, and looked at all the booklets, let me know which one is your favorite – and I’ll share that with Wanda.

Our county fair is in progress and I enjoyed judging the 4-H Open class this year.  I love keeping up with what the 4-H members in our county are doing.  Probably comes from serving as an Extension Home Economist many years ago and working with the 4-H program as well as the adult homemakers program.

When you have time, I would like to encourage you to go to the home page for Creative Living, which you can find at:

I’m making myself a promise that I won’t be so negligent on blogging from now on!  As my father-in-law always commented “Time will tell” and how right he was.

Bye for now,




Happy New Year

It’s hard to believe another Christmas has come and gone and we are in 2012.  Remember when we were all worried about Y2K?  This year the talk is about the Mayan calendars.  Are you concerned?  Fortunately, I just don’t worry about things like that because I know I have no control over whether anything happens or not.  Besides, it is rather depressing to think about.

I’m furiously working on the new 6300 Series of “Creative Living.”  The segments have been chosen for some time now, but all the rest of the paperwork is “in the works.”  Actually today I posted the elements of the 6300 Press Kit online so other PBS stations can access them and start planning their Spring line-up — which I hope will include “Creative Living.”  If you happen to support your local PBS station, I sure would appreciate you contacting them and requesting that they schedule the upcoming 6300 series of “Creative Living,” which starts May 7th — and it’s a FREE offer.  It really does make a difference if a station hears from their own viewers about wanting to see a specific show.

Each time I start a new series, I contact my dear friend and co-worker, Wanda Newberry to design a new postcard and  booklet cover — and this one may be my all-time favorite.  I love the turquoise color.  Let me know what you think.  Thanks Wanda for being so creative.  Speaking of new booklet, now that the other elements for the new series are coming together, I will start working on the new booklet.  This is really my favorite thing to do.  I love working in InDesign and featuring the recipes, instructions and other materials that my guests have provided when they were here to tape.

I will be taping bridges for all 26 shows of the new series next week.  It’s a lot to do at one time, but we all agree we like to get them done and not have to repeat the process for another 6 months.  Jacob Workman is the one who edits all the shows, and he does such a great job.  Thanks Jacob for all you do to make me (and the show) look as good as possible.

I always wonder if anyone ever reads a blog, but I can happily report that I had two people contact me about being on the show after reading the article I wrote in November.  I was so excited when they told me they had read that I was looking for guests to tape in 2012 – and they are scheduled to do so.

Our January “Creative Living” newsletter is also available on our website.  If you are interested in reading it, just go to:  I’m trying something different this month – based on comments from readers.  Instead of writing the complete article on topics, I am providing a link for more information.  As I say in the newsletter, let me know if you like this format better.

I hope to hear from you.


Looking for guests

My last taping date for 2011 will be December 1st, and my guest will be representing Butterball.  Our second semester begins the first of February and runs through April of 2012 — which used to seem a long time away.  But, I realized I needed to get busy and start trying to find some interesting guests to tape with.  When the show first started 35 years ago, this process required locating a huge book from the Home Economists in Business (no longer in existence) group, picking out prospective companies, writing a letter of invitation and explanation, mailing it and then hoping for a response within a few weeks.  Now, with the internet, this process is so much easier and the response time is minutes or hours usually.

I have extended an invitation to companies representing foods and nutrition, sewing, crafts, gardening, home decorating — and a few others that I just happened to run across.  I’ve already heard from some and have a few others who are checking with sponsors.

Do you know anyone you might recommend?  I always think the best recommendation comes from someone who knows someone else.  If you have any suggestions, would you please e-mail me at:

One of my dear friends, Connie Moyers recently held her annual holiday program and the booklet she prepares is full of great ideas, recipes, decorating tips, etc.  I thought I would share one of my favorites from Connie’s program.  I hope you enjoy it.


3 Tbsp. sugar

2 Tbsp. water

2 tsp. minced chipotle pepper in adobe sauce

1/2 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. butter, melted

1 cup pecan halves

1 cup walnut halves

Parchment paper

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

1 Tbsp. shortening

1/4 cup white chocolate morsels, melted

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Combine sugar, water, chipotle pepper and salt in a medium-size nonstick skillet.  Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil; remove from heat and stir in butter.  Add nuts and gently stir to coat.  Spoon coated nuts in a single layer onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.   Spread nuts on wax paper or parchment paper to cool, breaking apart large clumps as nuts cool.  Melt semisweet chocolate morsels and shortening in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth.  Remove from heat; cool slightly.  Toss cooled nuts in semisweet chocolate until coated.  Return nuts to wax paper and let harden.  Drizzle white chocolate over nuts (do not toss).  Let harden.

Connie gave me a jar of these delicacies after her taping — and they are delicious.

Happy Thanksgiving,


“Hair” Mail

After reading an e-mail from a viewer last week regarding various things, such as show re-runs, sets, my hairstyle, and whether I wear a wig or not, I decided to devote this post to hairstyles. I think it’s interesting that male television hosts do not get comments/criticism about their hair style like women hosts do. I wonder why!

So, in response to this viewer saying that I had worn my hair in the same style for 15 years and that she assumed I wear a wig (which I do not), I went through some old press kits so I could prove this point. As I explained to her, the reason our sets do not change very often is because we rely on donations to build new sets, and we prefer to put what little money we have into equipment and production. So, I admit we have only had about 5 or 6 sets through the past 35 years — and now that we are in the new Broadcast Center, we won’t be changing the current sets anytime soon as they are beautiful and work well and look great on camera.

I only found press kits from 1986 on (don’t guess we moved older ones when we moved into the new building), but I think the pictures I’m going to share will prove my point that I have had various hairstyles through the years. As you look at these hairstyles and laugh and giggle, ask yourself if you or anyone who know ever wore their hair in a similar style “back then.” Enjoy — and let me know which one you like best.









Happy 90th Birthday to Eunice Schumpert

I love birthdays, and it was my pleasure to help organize a special celebration in honor of Eunice Schumpert’s 90th birthday on Sunday, August 7th at the Portales Woman’s Club building. This event was hosted by Chapter BE – PEO Sisterhood, of which Eunice is a charter member. She is a very special lady to all of us and evidentally to all of the 200+ guests who came by to wish her a Happy Birthday Sunday. We had beautiful decorations, fabulous food, lots of music and lovely flowers — all in honor of this remarkable lady’s life. Eunice has spent her entire life playing the piano and organ, singing, and sharing this talent with others, both adults and children, by teaching in her home studio. Even at 90, she continues to teach, play the piano and organ at The First Baptist Church, and is always willing to help with weddings and funerals. We are already busy planning her 100th birthday because she is one of the loveliest and most caring people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I’m going to keep the text short but share lots of beautiful pictures taken at the reception. I hope you enjoy seeing them. Don’t miss out on helping someone you care about celebrate these milestones — it’s worth it even if you are exhausted when it’s over! ha

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