Storytelling part of Christmas custom

There are stories, and stories told on film, that come to mean Christmas to each one of us. Though the list differs, the reality of hearing these seasonal favorites remains the same, in its essence, for most people. This year, actually for the first time, I got to see “It’s a Wonderful Life” in its […]

In Search of Ponies: Dogs adept at catching birds

Oh yeah, they eat crow. And pigeon, dove and grackle too. In fact, their prowess has grown to the point that I am actually starting to think Sylvester was miscast and should have been played by a dog. You would think the fly-boys and girls would spread the word amongst themselves to avoid my yard, […]

God uses both Mars and Venus to make Earth work

If I ever actually had any doubt (and I didn’t) that, to borrow from the wise guy’s book title, men really are from Mars and women are from Venus, one evening’s dinner drama would have put that doubt to rest yet again. There was no fuss. My wife and I really don’t fuss much. Well, […]

Politicians interfere with process

Kevin Wilson All things considered, the last 24 hours had been quite good. My baseball team was in the running to host a playoff series, I actually made a decent dinner and the movie I couldn’t find at the rental place was available for free online (no movie piracy took place). But leave it to […]

Foreign exchange students learn about Clovis’ musical heritage

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Julie Grandjean, left, an 18-year-old exchange student from Belgium, looks at a jukebox Friday with Cristobal Bastias, 17, from Chile, center, and Christian Damvig, 16, from Denmark. The teens were among a group of foreign exchange students to tour the Norman and Vi Petty Rock and Roll Museum. Benna Sayyed […]

Rite of passage: the busted wing

Landon Hall For my 5-year-old daughter, a broken arm actually has been a positive learning experience. She’s learned that her body isn’t invincible — and yet it’s not fragile, either. She’s learned how the body works, and how it heals. On Aug. 2, she fell while playing hide-and-seek with the neighbor kids, smacking her elbow […]

In search of ponies: Egg-citing discovery

Sharna Johnson I have to admit and even I am surprised, but I am actually enjoying having chickens. Racquel and Molly — they came with names — are perfect ladies and are actually kind of neat to have around. They don’t like to be touched, but by the same token they like to shadow me […]

Vacation mishap makes story

Hearing about students and families on spring breaks this last week or so has brought out a streak of jealously in me. I did spend a few spring breaks backpacking, though, and actually had one beach vacation when I was in college. It wasn’t your typical beach spring break, though. A buddy and I who […]

Letter to the editor: Strangers saved me from attack

Strangers saved me from attack On Aug. 26, I was running my usual route along Llano Estacado headed west when a large stray dog came up to me. At first he seemed to be friendly and actually just ran along with me for awhile. Then suddenly he started circling me and jumped on my back. […]

Makeshift pool keeps us cool

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I heard that someone actually stole one of those blue pools you see all over the place. You know the ones; they’re huge plastic blobs with an inflatable ring at the top to support it. I guess it wouldn’t be too hard, come to think of it. Just collapse the […]