Let words shape your destiny

It’s been said, “What you said yesterday is what you are living today.” In other words, we are a product of our words. Words have power, positive or negative. It is sobering to realize you and I have within us the potential for building or destroying and we do it with words. Words go before […]

Grace in winning important lesson

We humans feel we need ceremonies and symbols, some more elaborate than others. When we marry, we have a ceremony during which words are spoken, and among Christians they invariably involve the three main Christian directives: Faith, hope and charity (love), the greatest being love. Symbols of the love are exchanged — before witnesses. I […]

Dr. King’s words still continue to inspire us

Freedom New Mexico A lthough making Martin Luther King’s birthday a national holiday was controversial — understandably so since he was a highly controversial figure during his lifetime — the holiday in one sense has become utterly ordinary. Instead of being celebrated on Dr. King’s actual birthday, Jan. 15, it falls on the Monday closest […]

My turn: Words can be excessive

Sometimes I get the joy of editing young adults’ (18-36 year old) writing. Some struggle with “they’re,” “there” and “their,” others with “to” and “too.” Some are mystified by “affect” (verb) versus “effect” (noun). “A lot” and “alot” (incorrect) give the texting quick-draws a lot of problems. The distinction between “compliments” (praise) and “complements” (goes […]

My turn: Choose words wisely

I guess I need to be more careful about describing myself as “ultra-conservative.” Somehow I’ve gotten on an extremist distribution list. One recent e-mail showed presidents Reagan, Bush W. and Clinton speaking at podiums with U.S. flags. Then it pictured “Barack Hussein Obama” (with Hussein boldfaced), and asked what was the difference — before pointing […]

Their view: Illegal immigrants not real problem

Illegal immigrants not real problem Joe Sena of Albuquerque offers his views on the Portales News-Tribune’s editorial page:

My turn: A couple of words say a lot

More obituary snippets from the Dallas Morning News: • An 84-year-old couple and an 86-year-old couple each died one day apart. The latter married in their native Mexico in 1950 and had “a life filled of true love” • A 73-year-old man, one of 11 children, worked “repairing barges and musseling.” • A 91-year-old woman, […]

Wrong words can hurt feelings

“I really wanted this shoe leather on my boots,” he grumbled. That ruffled my feathers. My husband could have said, “You really cooked this piece of ham well.” When I saw him sharpen a cutting knife and then attack that piece of ham like a chain saw, I couldn’t help but laugh. It’s hard for […]

Words of wisdom: Kindergartners share thoughts on school year

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Kindergarten provides the strong foundation for education, a Portales kindergarten teacher said. “That’s where they learn their alphabet so they can read, numbers so that they can count, social skills so that they can be good citizens,” Brown Early Childhood Center teacher Lynne Walker said. Fellow teacher Erin Mitchell […]

My turn: I only need a few words

By David Stevens: FNM Editor I’m a man of few words. I’ve wasted hundreds of them on reporters who don’t share this attribute. One discussion went like this: Me: “You’ve written the building was ‘partially destroyed’ by fire. Seems to me the building was either ‘destroyed’ or it was ‘damaged.’” Reporter: “Well, part of the […]