God’s greatness is evident all around us

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Snow makes me happy, and I guess it’s because we don’t see it often. It brings a winter wonderland for me. Gentle snowflakes softly fall and cover the boughs of my evergreen trees. The “picture perfect” postcard is filed in my photo album of many blessings. Underneath this glorious sight, […]

Friday morning briefing: Backyard video and Chamber awards

Happy New Year! And welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day Check out our latest walk through an attraction… In your backyard. And the winner is… Have someone special in mind you’d like to honor? You have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to nominate them for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber annual awards. […]

Happy to have reader feedback

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Writing has always come easy to me. Sometimes research and fact checking haven’t been as natural. A good example of that was last week’s column about animated movies. It was easy to write and came together quickly. Several people told me they enjoyed it and agreed with me. Several wrote […]

Celebrate the joy that comes from Jesus

By Joan Clayton Today is the day to be happy and it can be a lifestyle. Life is glorious. Taste it. Smell it. It is delicious. Go barefooted. Sing. Laugh. Smile. Give yourself away. Win the prize. It’s called joy, “…the joy of the Lord will make you strong” (Nehemiah 8:10). You can do anything […]

Grandmother’s faith makes her life shine

By Traci Clayton: Guest columnist Editor’s note: The following was written by PNT religion columnist Joan Clayton’s granddaughter Traci Clayton who is an advertising and public relations major at Texas Christian University. Traci’s dad, Tony (Lane) Clayton, sent the PNT a copy, and we’re running an excerpted version in place of Joan’s column this week. […]

Worrying detrimental to body, soul

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Have you ever had “wrong thought disease?” I have and it’s the pits! Thought disease comes with all kinds of problems. The doctor’s report, overdue accounts, misunderstandings and the list goes on. Thought disease thrives in a negative environment. Worrying thoughts ruin thought life and spills over into physical life. […]

Happiness matter of attitude

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist There’s a saying, “It’s not what happens to you in life, but how you react to what happens to you that makes the difference.” I’ve also heard this story often, “Two prisoners looked out the window through bars. One saw mud, the other saw stars.” Attitude determines success in life. […]

It’s their job: Chelsea Pinedo

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Chelsea Pinedo Job: Receptionist at Fitness and More Gym and server at Pizza Hut. Time on the Job: Three weeks at Fitness and More, and one week at Pizza Hut, though she previously worked at Pizza Hut for nine months before starting back to work for them again. […]

With age comes wisdom

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Believe it or not advantages come with growing older and you can be happy about it. Our culture puts a premium on youth and beauty. Television commercials are flooded with products that supposedly keep us young looking. The underlying message is you are not okay the way you are because […]

Time is gift from God

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Each day is a gift from God, just waiting to be opened. How I use that gift is up to me. I cannot put it in the bank. I cannot use it tomorrow. I must use my gift now or it will be forever lost. I must use wisdom. Since time […]

Time is precious commodity

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Today is all we have. We cannot go back and relive yesterday. Neither can we live tomorrow today. Psychologists agree that one of the main hindrances to victorious living is looking back. Past hurts, guilt and remorse lead to despair. Dwelling on the past impedes moving forward, stifles success and promotes […]

Local author publishes eighth book

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer By the title of her newest book, “Life is Delicious,” one wouldn’t know it, but area columnist and inspirational writer Joan Clayton has had her share of ‘dark days.’ “Raising three lively boys, I did go through some hard times. I wanted things to be perfect because I wasn’t […]

Happiness is a choice we should all make

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist It has been said, “The happiest heart is one that beats for others.” I agree. Preoccupied with oneself brings selfish misery. I’ve also heard that when a baby is born his or her little fists are clinched and they are crying. But when one dies their hands are open and […]

“War on Christmas” an overreaching description

By Kevin Wilson There are a few things that have been crossing my mind lately. Some thoughts are larger than others, but none were large enough to dedicate an entire 500 words to. • Neither side is completely right in this “Happy Holidays” argument. The reason merchants say “Happy Holidays” is because it’s easier than […]

Lady Blue win rematch with Happy

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers In their second meeting of the season, Happy and Farwell had a complete reversal of fortune. In the first matchup, a shorthanded Farwell squad lost at Happy by one point. On Friday, Happy had the injury problems and lost on Farwell’s court. Dellani Jones and Brooke Lunsford had 14 points […]

Be happy amidst changes of life

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Life is filled with changes. Children grow up and leave. Job situations can require uprooting, moving far away from friends and family. A loved one’s illness requires many changes. Retirement brings challenges. In all of these circumstances adjusting to changes is hard. Knowing that changes are inevitable, planning ahead can soften […]

Forget your age and enjoy life

Joan Clayton: Religion columnist Believe it or not, advantages come with growing older and you can be happy about it. Our culture puts a premium on youth and beauty. Television commercials are flooded with products that supposedly keep us young looking. Extreme makeovers are “in,” despite the pain and expense. I think we should try […]

Mothering babies isn’t what it used to be

Freedom Newspapers Mothering babies might not seem what it used to be. We seem to see growing instances of mothers who abuse or abandon their children, whether leaving them alone at home or in hot car seats. We still hear news about spectacular cases such as that of a Texas woman, who with her common-law […]

Right choices make happy living

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Each dawn brings a brand new day … one that has never been lived before. It comes tiptoeing through my window with spectacular splendor. The hues of pink streaked with rays of sunshine make an indescribable painting of beauty. The mockingbird’s overture begins as he cheerfully bows before nature’s audience. […]

Higgs likes to help people communicate

Your name: Felicia Higgs Your job: I provide speech and language services for students in grades 9-12 Your age (and Birth Date): I am 27 years old. My birthdate is December 24, 1977. Your hometown: Gladewater, Texas Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist Your family: My husband, a 7-year old son, and twins on the way! Your Hobbies […]