Commentary: We can all find ways to serve our country

By Gunnery Sgt.Pauline Franklin Editor’s note: The following column was written by Gunnery Sgt. Pauline Franklin, who is stationed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with the 2nd Marine Division (Forward). I miss so many things about my home in Jacksonville, N.C. I miss tucking my children into bed each night with a kiss. I miss the […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Spouse incentive flight leaves lasting impression

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I love being a military spouse. Even with all of the sacrifices and hardships that come with the job, I love it. Those in charge of our spouses know what a hard job we have, and I am impressed that when they can, they find ways to tell us ‘thank you.’ I was so excited […]

In Search of Ponies: Animals can eat themselves to death

Feeling a little stuffed? Having just survived the Thanksgiving holiday, you may be beating yourself up from that comfy spot on the couch, filled with guilt about how much food you managed to consume despite your best intentions. Even sitting there with your belt loosened, entertaining the thoughts tumbling around in your head about another […]

Clayton: Miracles happen in everyday life

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Have you ever considered the fact that you are a miracle? That tiny microscopic cell contains your physical characteristics, talents, abilities and personality. I find that amazing. What about the little coincidences in our lives? Had you been just a little bit earlier or later a car wreck might […]

My turn: Reasons to give thanks aplenty

By Wendel Sloan: FNM columnist I usually find the inspirational sayings and dewy-eyed images in friends’ Facebook postings somewhat schmaltzy. However, a recent photo of the emaciated arm of an African child being grasped by an American aid worker with the caption, “You are living her dream life,” did sink in. Like most, I often […]

Congress helping vets find jobs

As Veterans Day approached, peace descended long enough on a bitterly divided Congress to reach a deal that could help military veterans, in multiple ways, find decent jobs in a tough economy. Last week President Obama appeared in the Rose Garden with representatives of veterans groups and all but dared Republicans to reject another initiative […]

Fish recipe featured on show

How to find inspiration when creating garments and preparing healthy fish will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Rae Cumbie is a custom dressmaker, artist and designer, and she will talk about how she finds inspiration for her work in a variety of places. […]

Sixth-ranked Skyhawks hold off Zias

Larry Booker Coming off a 5-21 season with a first-year head coach, one might assume the Zias would find themselves overmatched in their season opener against the No. 6-ranked team in NCAA Division II. This would not be the case Saturday night as ENMU battled down to the final minutes in their 84-74 loss to […]

My turn: Home repair never easy

By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnist I am not really afraid of home repair projects, but I do respect them. Everything from a small plumbing job, to trying to fix the car. It seems that every time I realize there is something to be repaired, it is a weekend or in the evening. The first part […]

In search of ponies: Hen’s duck act ends tragically

The laughter on the other end of the phone line was predictable. “A chicken?” my Mom asked. “Yes, a chicken. I had two but the other one drowned,” I replied. She stifled her laughter long enough to issue an, “awww….” “But what about the drought? How did a chicken drown?” It was a valid question. […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Lost something? Not my problem

Marla Jo Fisher If my kids were cast into an episode of the TV show “Lost,” they would have to stay that way. Forever. This is because I have a very firm rule in my house: I do not look for kid stuff. Period. Exclamation point. End of paragraph. Some people think this one is […]

Child Sense: Tips for making a trip to the beach enjoyable for your child

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer is often associated with going to the beach, and having fun with your children in the sun, surf and sand. Understanding your child’s sensory needs will make the experience even more enjoyable. The tactile child will take great delight in playing in the openness of the beach. As soon as their […]

Today is a gift from God

The holiday is over. The house is sadly quiet. When will I stop crying when my loved ones leave? I ask God to keep angels to guard them safely home. I find little cars under the sofa and shoes that aren’t mine under the bed. Boys that use to live here are grown men with […]

Commentary: Tornado underlines importance of preparedness

Courtesy photo 1st Lt. David Stuckenberg, a pilot in the 3rd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, holds a cat found in the rubble on May 24. Lt. Stuckenberg facilitated a relief convoy to Joplin, Mo., as soon as he was notified that the tornado destroyed his hometown. By 1st Lt. David Stuckenberg: 3rd Special Operations […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: They’re young girls, not tramps

Marla Jo Fisher It’s nice to know that we can walk into any mall these days and outfit Curly Girl for her future career as a prostitute. Maybe she’ll meet Hugh Grant while she’s trolling the streets. Maybe she’ll be a stripper or a call girl who meets a nice married governor from Back East. […]

Child Sense: Try to give your child some control when their routine is disrupted in the summer

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer break is upon us, bringing the inevitable mix of travel, visitors and changing sleeping arrangements. Children’s bedrooms turn into guest rooms for friends and relatives, suitcases replace closets as families travel, and children go off to camp. Though exciting, this can also be very stressful to children, who lose not only […]

Dating sites let friends help friends

I was having a nice chat with a ranch woman in New Mexico. We wound up discussing children. Then the subject of sons came up. We noted the special relationship between mothers and sons. Cheri, the ranch woman, said that her son had been a dutiful cowboy ranch kid but had other plans for the […]

Taking without consent stealing

Once again I got through another week without feeling the need to attack anyone with physical force. And I survived anyway. Nor did I find it necessary to steal from anyone in order to survive another week. No, really. Is that surprising? It shouldn’t be. Sure, some people were attacked and stolen from, supposedly on […]

Civilization dependent on ecosystem

I occasionally, when preparing for class, find myself discovering things that I wish I had not found. I suppose that this is true for other educators, as well. Like the words from Don Henley’s song, “Dirty Laundry,” it’s a matter of “You don’t really want to know what’s goin’ on; you don’t really want to […]

Our people: Non-traditional student

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Clovis resident and Eastern New Mexico University instructor Lonzo Lassiter began what he calls the second half of his life at age 50 when he attended college for the first time. Prior to that, he worked in construction and carpentry but after three surgeries, doctors told him to find something else to do for a […]