Live in the now of life

Remember those wonderful childhood dreams … When I grow up, I’m going to be …? As a small child, I dreamed of my knight in shining armor sweeping me away on that beautiful white charger. That “someday” finally came for me. I married my tall, dark and handsome knight, and he swept me away in […]

‘Whatever works’ isn’t working

Some may remember during the debate about federal government bailouts and stimuli the Obama regime made it clear that no ideology will be allowed to sway the administration. What is important, the president said, is that the government stick to a pragmatic policy — a policy of expediency, one concerned with what works, not with […]

My turn: Kid overwhelmed by legend

By David Stevens: FNM editor Fort Sumner hosted Old Fort Days this weekend, an annual opportunity to remember Billy the Kid. Most of what we “remember” about the Kid from movies and history books is probably not true, of course; the facts about his life have long been overwhelmed by the legend. The legend is […]

My turn: Cold weather can be troubling too

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With near triple-digit temperatures expected the next few days, this seems a good time to remember the cold. Our coldest day is quite debatable, but here are a few of the contenders: • The weather.com website claims the coldest temperature recorded in Portales was minus-17 on Jan. 2, 1979. Clovis was only minus-7 that day, […]

Let’s remember our nation’s veterans

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist At the time that I went through my second phase of Army Officer training as a chaplain, the home of the Army Chaplain Corps was Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. Among other advantages, this placed us very near the Atlantic Coast or, as they say in Jersey, “de shoare.” One day […]

The end is just the beginning

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Remember that wonderful feeling of “senioritis” around graduation time? It seems the long-awaited day will never arrive. The next stage of life beckons quickly. Each time I look across the sea of graduates, I have hope and dreams for each one. When caps go into the air, I ask the […]

Goats provide effective weed control

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Remember that old song, “Bill Grogan’s Goat?” After the goat ate three red shirts off the clothesline Bill “gave him a whack” and tied him to the railroad track. When the whistle blew and the train drew nigh the goat “gave three groans of awful pain, coughed up those […]

Local churches prepare for Easter

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer On the cusp of Holy Week, local churches have a variety of plans to remember the last days and resurrection of Christ. “It’s an opportunity for Christians to remember the significance of the sacrifice that Christ made for us and to walk with him during his last hours and […]

Tough punishment taught me lessons

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Remember being sent to the principal’s office when you were in school? If you don’t then you came along after the days of corporal punishment in public schools because the sting of a wooden paddle will be seared into your memory if you grew up in that time. Even if […]

Technology never ceases to amaze me

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist A comment by a coworker last week about how much technology has changed just in our middle-aged lives spawned a long list of new things we never would have dreamed. At the top of that list is cell phones. All involved in the discussion remembered through first-hand experience party-line phone […]

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 […]

Community seeks to remember significance of 9/11

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales businessman David Stone, like many, can remember exactly what he was doing when terrorist attacks occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. What he fears is the significance of that day is starting to wane. “When it happened, we thought no one would ever forget it,” said Stone, president of […]

Staff memories of Michael Jackson: April 1 hoax

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer I can only remember falling for two April Fool’s jokes that were in print. One was Sports Illustrated’s hoax that an eccentric pitcher named Sidd Finch had learned how to throw a baseball 168 miles an hour and had been signed to the Mets. That was sort of understandable. […]

Flag is symbol of sacrifice

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Remember when people saluted the flag with pride? Men removed hats, and hands were placed on hearts. No one talked when the flag went by, and many had a teary eye. I admire those who salute the flag. I also admire parents who teach their children why we honor the […]

Residents, veterans remember the cost of freedom

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer “Blood will always be the cost of freedom.” In those words, Pastor Gary Piepkorn stated the significance of Memorial Day, adding that such is the case with both internal and external freedom. The pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church spoke at the United Daughters of the Confederacy Memorial […]

My mom didn’t need a script

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Anytime a hard-working mother has a dilemma to deal with all they really need to remember is the acronym WWJD. The acronym I’m thinking of here is what would June (Cleaver) do.

God keeps constant watch over us

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Remember the day you enclosed your tiny baby’s hand into 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? Remember the day they left home? […]

Cherish your spouse, work on issues

My husband tried to feed one of our five girls (the last one) Honey Nut Cheerios when she was 4 months old. Nothing happened, but I remember being annoyed that he didn’t remember he couldn’t do that, and worse, that he felt like he should have gotten credit for trying. I sounded like one of […]

Financial advisors: Stay in market

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Remember to have a long-term view. That’s the advice area financial advisors are giving their clients as daily news coverage highlights financial woes in the U.S. markets. This week, the nation watched unprecedented upheaval in the markets, marked by several 100-point gains and losses in the Dow Jones industrials, […]

Buying American-made not as easy as it sounds

By Anita Doberman Many of us remember the “Made in the USA” movement which seemed pervasive during the 1980s. Backed up by catchy television commercials, the marketing campaign featured consumers and business people declaring “It matters to me.” The press was full of dire predictions about the state of American manufacturing, and there was considerable […]