Feel like giving up lately?

Joan Clayton Trials come and trials go. It seems we no longer get over one hurdle until another one appears. By the time we wrestle through more anxiety we feel weary, discouraged and wonder what’s going on. I’ve discovered a secret. If I can’t be happy today, regardless of problems, then when am I going […]

There is satisfaction in making a house a home

Helena Rodriguez Unpacked boxes filled the house and chaos ruled the roost, but suddenly the sweat and pain of moving into our own place was worth it when my daughter, Laura, looked around and said, “Now this is like a real home!” Home, sweet home! I haven’t said that in more than a year. There […]

Hug while you can

Joan Clayton My second grade students hugged me as far as they could reach while saying “We have to hug while we can, ’cause we’ll be going to third grade.” Their hugs gave me the “warm fuzzies,” and they loved hugs from me. Children are great huggers and they love to be hugged back. “A […]

Standing up for the vertically challenged

By Helena Rodriguez “Hellooooooo!” “Down here!” “Excuse me sir, but …” “I … I … ouch! You stepped on my toe!” “What? Not even an ‘Excuse me, ma’am?” It’s like I’m not there at all. If you’re vertically challenged like me, this is a typical day shopping. You know what I’m talking about. Being shoved […]

What’s best for the students is all that counts

Mike Linn Good ole Texas is whipping us at its own game. And for once, we’re not talking about football and red meat. This is about higher education. Texas offers special deals for its border-state neighbors who want to attend Texas universities. It’s called in-state and reduced tuition. While colleges like New Mexico State University […]

Searching for the meaning of life

By Bob Huber If you have a left-handed dictionary in your bathroom like I do, you know the many blissful hours that can be spent in scholarly, fun-filled repose. I fostered my own reference book back in the dark ages and added to it over the years, which made my wife Marilyn comment, “If you’re […]

We should take a cue from NASA

By Jim Lee Last week I got into the water issue and how we need new ideas to go along with the ideas already on the table. I suggested brainstorming, coming up with as many concepts as possible without thinking about whether they’re good or bad, smart or dumb. Of course a lot of ridiculous, […]

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 […]

We must accept the truth of the Scriptures

Shirley Rollinson I read with interest your articles on the courses on homosexuality offered by the Llano Estacado Church in Portales (PNT Jan. 2). To present the biased view that Christianity is a repressive, anti-feminine, anti-homosexual man-made program — as seems to be the teaching of the leaders of the Llano Estacado Church — is […]

Don’t go around Fred’s place at night

Don McAlavy “Old Fred Pair was a ring-tail tooter, “A cane raiser, and an out-house shooter. “He stood outside his kitchen door “And plugged that privy with a forty-four.” The time was 12:30 on the afternoon of Sept. 5, 1945, and the place was the little town of Morton, Texas, about 50 miles southeast of […]