Read about heaven and be a believerr

Joan Clayton In Genesis 1, we read about the beginning: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In Exodus 34:28, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and these commandments are a pattern for successful living. Centuries before Jesus came, many prophecies were made about the coming Messiah. Here are just a few: […]

Valentine’s Day is about sacrifice, acts of love

Helena Rodriguez If you think Valentine’s Day is just for lovers, you’re wrong. There’s no reason anyone should be excluded because love is giving a part of oneself to others in many ways, not just in an affectionate way. On Valentine’s Day, it is better to give than to receive, just like during Christmas time. […]

Life is precious where there’s love

Joan Clayton Several years ago, Emmitt was given a dog. This time I put my foot down — “This dog is not going to be a house dog,” I said. Chalk up one for me for the only case I won. Winter came and although it brought mild temperatures Emmitt thought Bear might be cold, […]

Hug while you can

Joan Clayton My second grade students hugged me as far as they could reach while saying “We have to hug while we can, ’cause we’ll be going to third grade.” Their hugs gave me the “warm fuzzies,” and they loved hugs from me. Children are great huggers and they love to be hugged back. “A […]

Make the most of your day

Joan Clayton Each day of life is a gift. Making the most of that gift is up to me. Creating happy memories leaves no regrets. The time to love is all too short at best. The recent holidays with children and grandchildren still linger in my heart of memories. I relive making enchiladas in the […]

A gift from the heart lasts forever.

Joan Clayton My grandson and his wife handed me a beautifully wrapped package. I could feel a frame through the paper and thought it might be a photo. I unwrapped the package to find a letter from Jody’s heart. Jane had found the perfect frame. I began to read it out loud but stopped after […]

Christmas memories warm the heart

Joan Clayton Many thoughts of Christmas return to mind this time of year — wonderful memories relived with blessings. I was one of many cousins who descended upon our grandparents at Christmas time. Granny allowed me to sleep on a pallet by the lighted Christmas tree. The aroma of turkey cooking along with apple pies […]

Give the gift of love this holiday

Joan Clayton   The gift of love is available to all of us and there is no finer gift. For many years the approaching holiday seasons for me turned into “‘tis the season to be stressful.” Cleaning, baking and shopping brought exhaustion, and by the time Christmas Eve rolled around, I had lost the real […]

Be thankful for God’s greatness

Joan Clayton After retirement 10 years ago, I mustered up courage and walked into the News-Tribune office and introduced myself. I asked if I might volunteer a weekly column, the goal being to share my faith. The editor graciously granted my request. This one opportunity has brought more blessings than I can count. I have […]

Hats off to our veterans

Joan Clayton Tuesday has been designated Veterans Day. Words fail me as I try to express my gratitude to those who sacrificed so much. I think every day is a day to honor these heroes! Some soldier paid the price for me to have freedom in this beloved nation, that I might have “life, liberty […]

God’s creativity is overwhelming

Joan Clayton God paints autumn with strokes of brilliant gold, hues of burnished brown, and flames of reddish orange. The leaves of summer now become breathtaking jewels, escaping from God’s treasure box. The awesome magnificence of God’s creativity is overwhelming, coloring my world with beauty. As the leaves begin to fall, I realize I also […]

Love requires sacrifice and unselfishness

Joan Clayton “Glad to see ya!” Uncle Steve said as I hugged and kissed him. With our help he had lived 10 good years in his home alone, enjoying life despite his handicaps. Aunt Opal had died previously and they had no children. “Take this and buy you something pretty.” Uncle Steve has always had […]

Lists

Hubert Morgan, a real estate agent and avid golfer, had this to say about one of his favorite hobbies: •“I love golf because I get to be outdoors.” •“You’re always trying to play your best game; it’s a competition with yourself.” •“I like playing with friends.” •“I love my 5 wood. I’ve hit some spectacular […]

Portales mother lives perfect life

By Angela Peacock As close to perfect as possible is how Judy Shirley said she will always remember her mother Christena Shirley, who died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at her home. And warm-hearted love combined with respect is how Judy said her mother believed in living life. “No matter how much we (children) tried, we […]

Q&A with Carmen Pacheco

By Angela Peacock Carmen Pacheco, executive assistant for the La Casa Family Health Center, is trying to pass on the lessons she learned growing up as part of a large, close-knit family on to her two daughters. What do you think about Portales? “I have lived in Portales for 18 years, moving from Tucumcari to […]

Hold hands with Jesus

By Joan Clayton I have been holding hands with my husband for 55 years. Those same hands that carried my books at school and took my hands in his and pledged all his love to me on our wedding day. Those same hands held mine at the birth of each son. Those same hands built […]

To the graduate, with love

By Joan Clayton Dear graduate, We have watched you grow up with great pride. You have become a great generation. You have seen the frailties of our culture, yet you remain strong in your resolve. You have been bombarded by visual ugliness in all kinds of media, but you still stand up for the good. […]

Teacher, student relationships ones to cherish

By Joan Clayton “Los ninos son como los pajaritos … tu ensenas volar … cuando ellos aprenden, estan listos y vuelan!” A mother of one of my students spoke these inspiring words in Spanish to me on Parent Conference Day. We were discussing the end of school and how quickly the year had passed. “The […]