In search of ponies: Family faced tough decision to stomach

At one time or another, most of us have played those hypothetical question games, you know, the ones where you imagine what historical figures you would invite to dinner if you could, or what three things you would want to have with you if deserted on an island. Here’s one to toss around… If you […]

Children’s sports all about energy

There are few things more joyful than the exuberance of little ones who are totally involved in a sport, especially if one of the children involved is your special grandchild — in this case, the female one. Sports activities for kids involve a sizable number of dedicated volunteers in the person of coaches, refs, and […]

Today is a gift from God

The holiday is over. The house is sadly quiet. When will I stop crying when my loved ones leave? I ask God to keep angels to guard them safely home. I find little cars under the sofa and shoes that aren’t mine under the bed. Boys that use to live here are grown men with […]

Local shops good place to find gifts

Clyde Davis With what do we give the ones we love, in this time and this place where there is so much economic turmoil — or is it inequality, or is it so much smoke and fuss over a normal situation? With what, at any rate, do we make a meaningful impact on someone’s Christmas, […]

My turn: Sympathy needed for invisible obstacles

All of us are compassionate about obstacles that announce themselves: Disfigurements, wheelchairs, canes, oxygen tanks… It is the invisible ones—minor speech impediments, addictions, family secrets, mental and emotional disorders, etc.—that we desperately try to conceal. Silently, we bear the impact of uninvited obstacles. When younger, we may consider these unique crosses ordained to make us […]

Leave politics out of friendships

Yes, most of my friends have similar political convictions to mine. Actually, not just political but also more general philosophical ones, bearing on the theory of being, knowledge, the human good and even the nature of art. But I do have some genuine friends who disagree with me on important matters, including politics. How is […]

Families remember loved ones

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Memorial Day was set aside for the people who lost loved ones in war. Carol Nash of Clovis carries the legacy of an uncle who died in World War II at Okinawa, Japan. Nash, her mother and other family members have collected all the letters that Roy Melvin Johnston […]

Memorial Day is to honor those I am thankful for

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Memories flood my soul as I visit the graves of loved ones who have gone on before me. As far back as I can remember, thoughts of my grandfather remind me of his love for Jesus. My grandmother’s singing as she churned butter in the big crock with a dasher […]

Loved ones more important than catching quakes

By Grant Mcgee: Freedom columnist “Oh wow, the whole house is rocking, Dad.” I was on the phone with daughter, Robyn. She lives out west in the Mojave Desert. Her house was moving, the grandkids were yelling. “It’s an earthquake,” I said. Robyn lives in California. So if the house is shaking then it must […]

It’s their job: Portales woman keeps races on track

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Tonya Dixon, 24, supervises the operation of the Dixon Motocross track located 8 miles west of Portales. During much of the month, she works at Valley Electric in town. During the two weeks before races, such as the ones that will be held this Sunday, Dixon is continuously at the track. What’s it like for […]

God watches over loved ones

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Remember the day you enclosed your tiny baby’s hand in yours? Remember holding that toddler’s hand when he or she took the first steps? Remember the first day of school when you had to let go? Remember that teenager driving for the first time? My tears fell on Lance’s feet […]

Putting love into words best gift of all

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Why do we have so much trouble telling the ones we love how we really feel about them? My mind has been on this problem for a few months now because of a program I’ve been involved in called Letters From Dad, which was organized by a group from my […]

Flirting not always so innocent

By Anita Doberman: PNT columnist You would think flirting would be something I gave more thought to in my single days, than my married ones. Not so. While I’ve never been one to bat my eyelashes to get my way, I am now more aware of flirting than ever precisely because I’m married. Now, I’m […]

Jesus lifts individuals

Joan Clayton We are not the only ones who are sometimes blind to reality. Some flying creatures do the same thing. I’ve heard if you put a buzzard in a pen 6-feet square with an open top, he will become a prisoner. Without space to run to begin a flight, he will not even attempt […]

4-H leaders: Heavy on the heart

My husband and I were 4-H organizational leaders for quite a few years. That meant we were the ones who begged, cajoled or bribed other parents, friends and neighbors into sharing their expertise with the kids as project leaders. Soon after we began this journey a wise county agent said, “Remember, we’re not raising animals, […]

Lessons must be learned from tragedies

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of loosing their lives, expect that those in charge live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, […]

Dia de los Muertos pokes fun at death

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Mexicans are on familiar terms with death. They are undaunted by death and have no qualms about getting up close and personal with death, according to Nobel Prize-winning poet, writer and diplomat, Octavio Paz. Paz goes on to say, “He (the Mexican) chases after it, mocks it, courts it … […]

A thank you to our military and veterans

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist I would like to say thank you to our military veterans. In a time of national crisis you have always given your all. Your lives have been interrupted. You have been separated from your loved ones. Who among us can know your pain, your loneliness and your willingness to […]

Something’s fishy about certain pets

By Jim Lee I doubt if there is anything on this planet that ranks remotely close to a fish in the hierarchy of general weirdity. Just watch one of those critters swimming around aimlessly in its tank or bowl for a while — unless there’s something better to do. They always look surprised. Why does […]

D-Day veterans deserve our respect

By Jim Lee Sixty years ago today, the biggest invasion in history began. The events at Normandy on June 6, 1944, stir up so many thoughts and feelings. It took place nine months before I was born, so I can’t honestly say I know what anybody went through back then. I have read about D-Day, […]