Sister’s move prompts thoughts of Oz

helena_rodriguez@link.freedom.com “I think I’ll miss you most of all, Scarecrow.” Those are the words my mom said to my 5-year-old niece, Marissa, as she hugged her goodbye when my sister Julie moved her family to Odessa, Texas, in April. Since then, Mom has referred to Marissa as her little scarecrow and that got my daughter […]

Dedication comes full circle for local mother, daughter

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Patrice Tompkins, spent 14 years of her life caring for her mother, who was ill, while battling her own medical problems. That dedication is something, she says many people put her down for and questioned why she would waste her life caring for her mother. “I love my mom. […]

Everything’s easier with Mom around

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If somebody accused me of returning to Portales after nearly 30 years away because I was a momma’s boy, I’d probably have to agree with them. I could tell you coming back made good sense financially or that the opportunity to pursue journalism in my home town was just […]

Having positive attitude is essential

By Anita Doberman: Columnist When I speak, and often when I write, my husband “gracefully” watches our five children, ranging in age from 6 years to 5 months old. The kids’ ages make it difficult for anyone to baby-sit, let alone for a man, my husband, to handle them for long stretches of time. When […]

All’s fair when fighting anonymity

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Anonymity’s a conditional thing, I’ve come to find. When I’m running errands and nobody tells how good my columns, photos and news stories aren’t, anonymity’s a good thing. On the flip side, anonymity is a bad thing when it comes from my best friend’s parents. What follows is a true […]

Friends, family remember area woman fondly

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer When Keri Bechthold’s older sister, Kelly, needed a car, Keri freely handed the keys to her own vehicle over to her sibling rather than trading it in. When her mom’s best friend, Susan Chambliss, was home alone, Keri would go to her house and invite her to a movie. […]

Power of suggestion can can cause optical illusions

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Sammi is one of those children for which parents have great expectations but a healthy dose of apprehension. In other words, her self-confidence was bound to get her into trouble now and then. As a 13-year-old ranch kid, she could rope and ride, do the chores, cook, read, shoot, and […]

Children leaving can be bittersweet

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist The “empty nest” brings a myriad of emotions, including memories, tears and separation anxiety. When my empty nest occurred I happened to read an article about “letting go” of children. It emphasized the fact that now they are your best friends. I thought, what are they talking about? I’m their […]

Forgetfulness can be sign of brain overload

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers What kind of a child forgets their own parents’ wedding anniversary? A self-centered, ungrateful, spoiled brat, right? Or in my case, a normally organized and occasionally thoughtful daughter suffering from brain overload. Yes, I’m guilty as charged. Line me up before the firing squad. But I have a perfectly justifiable […]

Perfecting art of coffee drinking takes time

By Helena Rodriguez : Freedom Newspapers I’m a novice when it comes to the art of coffee drinking. As a somewhat new sipper of this perked beverage, I’m envious of the grace and skill my parents exhibit in drinking coffee. My first attempts to become a coffee drinker in my early 30s resulted in a […]