Last time or first time a matter of perspective

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I cried when each son left home. The empty closets made me sad. No cars were parked in the driveway. No balls bounced and no skateboards rolled up and down the sidewalk. I couldn’t cut the apron strings, so they did. I couldn’t let go of them, so they let go […]

Reliving parents’ marriage through tour of Lubbock

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer For many people, Lubbock is a place to shop until you drop, dine out and go nightclubbing. For me, the Hub City is a place where it all began — literally. My parents met in Lubbock in August of 1963 and married on Sept. 25, 1965. It was only fitting […]

Turkey rodeo a precious Thanksgiving memory

By Bob Huber Now comes Thanksgiving Day with fond memories of family gatherings and succulent roast turkeys — you know, those buzzard-looking birds with Jurassic brains the size of peas and flapping wings strong enough to tear your head off. One particular event in my family’s history had to do with 200 of those nasty […]

Getting kids to clean room requires creativity

By Helena Rodriguez How clean is your house? That’s a scary question to ask someone, even a good friend, during a casual conversation. “How’s your day?” and “What do you think about the weather?” These are valid conversation topics. But talk about what lies behind someone’s closed doors and inside their closets and you just […]

Journaling makes surgery easier

By Helena Rodriguez This month I celebrate the second anniversary of a major surgery I had in 2002. Before you think I’m off the wall — regular readers already know this — I don’t normally observe the anniversaries of my surgeries. I just happened to stumble across this date when I started journaling again. Historically, […]

Almorzar: It’s not just for breakfast anymore

By Helena Rodriguez When Mom says to Dad, “Ven a almorzar!” that means it’s time to come and eat breakfast. The only problem is “almorzar” means lunch, and to make it more confusing, Mom and Dad are usually eating their breakfast at noon. Just like green chile, referring to breakfast as “almorzar” is a New […]

Towels part of life’s tapestry

By Helena Rodriguez What kind of teenager have I created? That’s what I asked myself the other day when my daughter did something unexpected. She copied me. You know, it’s the old “Do as I say, but don’t do as I do!” adage. So what hideous act did I catch my 13-year-old daughter doing? She […]

Old Thunder wasn’t the greatest gift after all

By Bob Huber In case you haven’t noticed, this is that wonderful time of year when we celebrate Father’s Day. (Pause here for drum roll.) Warning: No matter that your daughter gave you a bolo tie with a Girl Scout emblem on it, or that your son gave you a birthstone ring made of cement, […]

June full of important holidays

By Bob Huber Today’s topic is the month of June, which is bustin’ out all over with rambunctious celebrations like Father’s Day, weddings, the summer solstice, Flag Day, and the most wonderful day of all — my birthday. As you can see, June is a frenzy of activity, spiked with cheap champagne and police roadblocks. […]

Bradfutes believe in Mother’s Day every day

By Tony Parra The Bradfutes believe Mother’s Day as a day set aside to appreciate your mother. But if this is the case, the Bradfutes believe every day should be Mother’s Day. Zoe Bradfute raised her three sons, Richard Jr., David and Steven in Portales and stressed the importance of getting an education and believing […]

Mom’s days of being the tax lady are finally over

Helena Rodriguez Just when I had come to think the only things definite in life are death, taxes, long lines at Wal-Mart, Dick Clark, American Idol, the Dallas Cowboys making the Super Bowl at least once a decade and Mom being firmly planted on the couch doing taxes for other people up until Midnight on […]

Spring has sprung and winter sales have begun

Helena Rodriguez You know what tomorrow is, right? Yes, it’s Saturday. Yes, it’s also the first day of spring break. Hurrah! Surah! Surah! Saturday is also the first official day of spring, and you know what that means. It’s time to take down the Christmas tree. Time to get up on the roof and take […]

Even for dogs, teen years can be stressful

Helena Rodriguez Today is Pepe’s first anniversary. A year ago today, Mom brought home this cute, lovable, sometimes annoying and overconfident black and brown fellow with a distinctive white tip tail. Mom’s little Chihuahua, Pepe, wasn’t the only addition to our family this past year, either. Pepe needed a mate, so in November, when we […]

Don’t forget to give thanks this year

Helena Rodriguez The malls are decked with boughs of holly and Christmas spirit is in the air — and it ain’t even Thanksgiving yet. Regardless of what retailers think, the Christmas season doesn’t begin until the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as “the biggest shopping day of the year.” As we hectically prepare to gobble […]

While society changes, tortillas stay the same

Helena Rodriguez I was proud of myself one day when I cooked pancakes and bacon for my 1 1/2-year-old niece, Marissa. You see, I’m not a very domestic person, but I figured Marissa, being a human vacuum machine like most tots, would quickly absorb my hot cakes. Well, Marissa gives me this strange, twisted look […]

Personalities Plus — Gloria Ortega

What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Just kicking back, not worrying about your work being completed at the end of the day.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “Thought it was a very sad day. Never thought something like that would happen in the United States of America. “ What is your […]

Single mom personifies persistence

By Angela Peacock Though Juanita Black’s later years of life were filled with pain and suffering due to a rare immune deficiency disease, family members said her faith in God never once failed. No matter what the circumstances Juanita’s oldest daughter Juena Hickman said her mother would tell her children to place their faith in […]

Chihuahua dogs missing in action

Helena Rodriguez Chihuahua dogs seem to be disappearing fast from our neighborhood on North Ave. J. in Portales — and that disturbs me. When our precious little Pepe disappeared from our front yard on the night of July 1, I soon learned one of Pepe’s playmates, Chiquita, had disappeared from the next block down a […]

Personality Plus-Peggy Hahn

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Name: Peggy Hahn Job: Retired teacher Age (and birth date): 72 Hometown: Portales Family: Henry Hahn What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Shopping.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “Our country.” Tell us about your pet(s): “Two dogs – a pug and a pound puppy” What is your theme song? “ ‘Amazing […]

Personalities Plus — Olga Hill

By Loretta Kos Name: Olga Hill Age: 84 Hometown: Teague, Texas Family: Husband, Harvey; a son, Lowery Hill; and three daughters, Maxine Anderson, Wanda Stephenson and Mona Roberts What’s your idea of a perfect day? “A nice cool day and visiting with your family.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “Shock and worried […]