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 […]