My turn: Family can always turn stress into fun

Alisa Boswell I’ve been learning the last two weeks how to find the humor in a situation which is breaking my heart. After being within a 20-minute drive of my parents my entire life, I am finally having to say goodbye as they pack up my childhood home and prepare to make their big move […]

My turn: Look to childhood for stress busters

Sometimes I don’t like being a grown up. There are tough times when you do what you need to do then there are tough times when you stop and think, “But I don’t wanna!” I’ve had these moments a lot lately. I have been continually stuck inside doing what has to be done when what […]

Stress tips featured on show

Information on relieving stress, repurposing the garage and making knotted jewelry will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Laura Dellutri will head to the kitchen and show all the new things busy moms (and dads) can do to save time and stress when it comes to taking […]

My turn: Social media may lead to stress

Here’s a new term to add to your medical terminology, “Facebook Depression.” I prefer the term “Facebooked,” as in zoned out. According to a new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, blah … blah … blah… You can fill in the blanks. It’s not rocket science. Teen and tweens and people who think they […]

Relic boxes, candy bark treats featured on program

Sheryl Borden Information on creating relic boxes, making candy bark treats and new products for relieving stress will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Crafter Marisa Pawelko will show how to create relic boxes, which are miniature time capsules that can capture special memories for any occasion. […]

My turn: Christmas eases stress of moving

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Chaos! That’s how I describe moving during Christmas time. For the second time in eight years, I’m moving during Advent, the season that’s supposed to be a period of joyful expectation as we wait upon baby Jesus. So what do I have? “Joyful chaos!” It’s like the saying, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” […]

Stress-free tips featured on program

Information on stress-free tips for parents, gluten-free diets and weed control products will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Laura Dellutri is going to share six tips that will help you better cope with busy schedules and busy lives. Her company is Healthy Housekeeper Inc., and she […]

PTSD disability ratings increased

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist More than 4300 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who were diagnosed in service as suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but got low military disability ratings, have won an agreement with the Department of Defense to upgrade those ratings retroactively to 50 percent. The higher rating will represent an important win […]

Local non-profit offers discrete substance abuse help

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and after. One non-profit organization in Clovis, called Junctions, aims to help local residents who suffer from alcohol or substance abuse […]

Deployment stress results in gray hairs

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist Gray hair is taking over my dark brown head at a rapid pace. It’s an invasion that I fight with all my might, but one that is met with large obstacles, such as the expense of getting to a salon every six weeks to keep the enemy at bay. I […]

Health officials urge caution, not panic, in face of flu

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico health officials urged eastern New Mexico residents to stress sanitation and hygiene, and stay home if they get sick, but don’t panic in the face of the H1N1 virus also known as swine flu. Gov. Bill Richardson, flanked by top state health officials, addressed the region on […]

Police stress importance of neighborhood watch in keeping communities safe

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico By Sharna Johnson CNJ STAFF WRITER sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com “There she is,” Dawn Smith remembers hearing as her neighbor’s young daughter pointed at a blue van driving down North Oak street in front of their home. “Bless their hearts, they took off after her,” she recalled, describing how, like a flash, […]

Officials stress high fire danger

By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson With wind, dry conditions and warm weather, the area’s wildfire danger is high, fire officials say. “There is a great chance, if everybody is not careful, that we could have a big grassfire again,” Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said. Rangeland has a lot of grass from […]

City manager has long-standing career in public service

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Debi Lee has more than 25 years as a city manager, the last five in Portales. And despite long hours and sometimes heavy stress — she enjoys what she does. Lee originally wanted to be a physical education teacher. But she has built a career of public service and […]

Officials stress winter safety precautions

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Winter brings holidays, parties, cold temperatures — and safety issues. Fires, burglaries and purse snatching, and spoiling food at parties can cause problems, but steps can be taken to protect yourself and your family. To prevent fires, keep ashes cleaned out of fireplaces or wood-burning stoves away from anything […]

Reducing stress can come from massage to dog-walking

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Expert: All stress not necessarily bad

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Work-place stress is an inevitable fact of life, and so Eastern New Mexico University’s counciling and career services department made it the subject of their first Lunch ‘n Learn workshop of the semester Tuesday morning. “I hope that (participants) walk away with some actual techniques to cope with stress […]

Stress can be a blessing in disguise

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Too blessed to be stressed. That’s a saying I’ve been seeing a lot lately. But I like it better the other way around: “Blessed to be stressed.” Why? Because as I heard a radio commentator say, we’re blessed to be stressed because that means God has entrusted us with […]

Caregiving … A Sacrifice of Love

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist The physical and emotional stress of meeting needs of loved ones can be debilitating. Even if that loved one is in a rest home, many needs still have to be met. The responsibilities can be overwhelming. Uncle Steve, the last of many relatives we have helped, is now 92. […]