Sweet Home New Mexico: Small children have big personalities

My husband and I have been blessed with three great kids. My oldest, my six year old son, is a complete joy. He was an angel baby, an angel toddler and has turned into a thoughtful, loving, responsible 6-year-old boy. My second child was my first girl, and she is 4. They are just eighteen […]

Keep government out of holidays

Merry Christmas! I hope you can take some time to appreciate all you have, and that you can spend the holiday however it brings you the most joy. I also hope you’ll allow others the same liberty. The winter solstice probably gave our prehistoric ancestors hope because the days which had been growing shorter finally […]

Put your trust in the Lord

Nothing quenches the peace and joy of life faster than problems, finances, health, strife or problems in relationships. Our faith wanes while depression and frustration disturbs our lives. I believe the following five steps will help us find peace and joy in hard times: 1. Trust in the Lord. Take this verse literally. Give everything […]

There’s always joy to be found

To be happy we must keep our joy. Whatever happens in this life, we can still find something good. We have more blessings than problems, and we can be thankful for that. The book of James begins with a strong encouragement for Christians everywhere: “Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then […]

We are all part of God’s family portrait

Do you like to look at old family photos? It seems I have had to do a lot of that lately. Sorting through family photos is hard for me. I go through many emotions with joy, laughter and tears. I also have a profound realization of the brevity of time. It seems only a few […]

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 […]

Portales past: Aug. 17, 1950

Aug. 17, 1950: Joy Morgan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Morgan of Floyd, won an all-expense paid trip to Chicago to attend the National 4H Congress held at State College.

In search of joy and companionship

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: Sharna Johnson has been writing about critters in a weblog for three years. Now she’s taking her dog and pony show to the printed product. Her weekly column begins today, with the introduction she offered her blog readers on Nov. 2, 2007.

Portales Past: May 10, 1955

May 10, 1955: Nineteen seniors graduated from Floyd High School. Joy Griffith was valedictorian and Annette Boyd was salutatorian.

Helping others is volunteer’s joy

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Gaynelle Thomas is a Portales resident and owner of The Print Shop. Thomas serves on the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico board of directors and is involved in the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home Ladies Associates, Altrusa International Inc. of Portales and the Portales Women’s Club. With her husband, Leroy, Thomas also delivers Meals […]

Celebrating life

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When she speaks about her mother the picture is someone larger than life. Her voice is empowered by admiration. She speaks of joy, faith, and love. Bonita Knox doesn’t see her mother’s battle with cancer as a loss. She sees it as a release and the realization of an […]

April 5, 2009 On the shelves

Still Life by Joy Fielding Best-selling author Joy Fielding delivers a suspenseful and riveting tale of a young woman caught in a nightmare somewhere between life and death. Casey Marshall couldn’t be more content with her life. She’s beautiful, happily married and the owner of a successful interior design business. Everything changes when a car […]

Porkers have their day at fair

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Tuesday was the first time Portales 10-year-old Trenton Bates showed swine at the Roosevelt County Fair. And he showed his pride and joy — a hog he hand-picked, named Larry the Cable Guy who loves McDonald’s cheeseburgers. After several months of hard work, Trenton and Larry took home the […]

Celebrate the joy that comes from Jesus

By Joan Clayton Today is the day to be happy and it can be a lifestyle. Life is glorious. Taste it. Smell it. It is delicious. Go barefooted. Sing. Laugh. Smile. Give yourself away. Win the prize. It’s called joy, “…the joy of the Lord will make you strong” (Nehemiah 8:10). You can do anything […]

Garage sale finds great joy for some

By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico When Joannie Spear goes to a garage sale, she’s mostly looking for resale value. She never thought she’d find her personal holy grail. Originally from Hawaii, Spear visits garage sales every Friday and Saturday morning in Clovis looking for items to sell on eBay. “I look for odd items, […]

Life deserves joy, excitement

By Joan Clayton I have never found a person who never had a problem. However, I have found many people who kept their joy even in the midst of adversity. I call them “heroes.” They are upbeat, optimistic, fun to be around and their attitude is contagious. When I think of “joy” an exceptional friend […]

Christ’s birthday should be celebrated

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Imagine that Jesus had never been born, or that King Herod had succeeded in his heinous plot. The thought makes me shudder. If Jesus had never been born, there would be no absolutes, no restraints, no hope … and where there is no hope, there is only desolation. A world […]

Complaining not worthwhile use of time

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I read an interesting story about some monkeys in India. They made their home in the jungle surrounded by a beautiful golf course. These monkeys had a fascination with golf balls. Every time a golfer hit a ball, the monkeys jumped from the trees and grabbed the ball. In pursuit […]

God’s surprises surround us

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Every day God sends beautiful gifts just waiting for us to open. They are wonderful little surprises and unless we are tuned in, these blessings will go unnoticed. I’ve discovered 10 ways to receive blessings but there are many more. 1. Have childlike faith. Children do not sweat life […]

Christmas is more than commercial holiday

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist What is it about this time of the year that makes it so different from any other? Why are our spirits lifted to the strains of “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World?” Why do friend’s and family’s thoughts turn toward home? Could it just be the Christ Child brings […]