Education feature: CCC administrator turns passion for history into books

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David Caffey’s biography on New Mexico. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Jutting mountains and rugged trails called David Caffey to the Cimarron region of New Mexico for 12 summers, just as it had Frank Springer roughly a century earlier. As Cimarron grew dearer and dearer to Caffey, so did the […]

Changing dog size just part of transition to California

By Ryn Gargulinski: Guest columnist When I moved to California from New Mexico, I had to leave some things behind — constant sunshine, people I love and my 50-pound puppy, Lulu. It’s not that I didn’t want to keep the big ball of fur and raucous energy (referring to the puppy, not the people I […]

Book exposes federal spending on pork projects

Freedom Newspapers Get ready for some squealing. The “Congressional Pig Book,” an annual exposé of some of the worst pork barrel projects conceived by Congress, is due out this week. The report’s release is never a happy occasion inside the Beltway, but this year it’s even less so, given the spotlight that lobbying scandals have […]

Former editor talks about New Mexico boyhood

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian After five years of writing a column for the Curry County Times, I got a call from the editor of this newspaper: W. W. “Bill” Southard. This was right after Jan. 1, 1982. He told me I could get more readers if I moved over to the Clovis News Journal. […]

Pastor’s humanity can alter view of divinity

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist There’s been some brouhaha over the NBC television show “The Book of Daniel.” The show got the kind of pre-airing publicity money can’t buy: It created controversy. “The Book of Daniel” is about an Episcopalian preacher named Daniel Webster. Webster works to rein in the chaos of his dysfunctional family […]

Mother uses writing to help cope with children’s deaths

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Holly Campbell’s “Rainbows Through the Storm” is about her struggle with faith following the deaths of two children. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Holly Campbell has a welcoming smile and large expressive eyes that reflect her every emotion, including the grief she has carried for the last five years. Campbell, […]

Copyright laws to come of age through trials

CNJ Editorial The Association of American Publishers has filed a lawsuit against Google, the Internet search engine company, over Google’s plans to scan and digitize the texts of major university library collections. The publishers’ association contends the project will violate copyright protections. This case is significant because it could provide an insight into how intellectual […]

Prized Bible rescued from road

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Walter Wissman reads his Bible that was returned to him by Frank Buckley after Buckley found it in a ditch along Prince Street. The Bible fell of the roof of the car as Wissman was on his way to Bible study. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Frank Buckley was running […]

Reporter’s notebook: Local publishes book of poems

Brenda Marshall-Wilsea says she never leaves home without carrying a notebook and pen. Wilsea is the author of “Special Poems to the Lord,” a 30-page book of inspirational passages. A simple, sky-blue cover shows a dove of peace. According to the poet, she has been working on this book of poetry for the last five […]

Bible textbook could circumvent culture war

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Seeking to defuse a central controversy of the culture wars, a Bible advocacy group unveiled a new textbook Thursday that could open the door to widespread Bible courses in public high schools. The textbook, titled “The Bible and Its Influence,” was written to thread a constitutional and legal needle […]

Clovis music book continues after co-author’s death

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Back in 1997 my musician friend Larry Buchanan discovered that Waldo O’Neal, who moved to Clovis and is buried in the W. 7th cemetery, had written five songs which were recorded by the famous Blue Yodeler, Jimmie Rodgers. Larry and I decided to write a book on music made in and […]

Collecting books not deviant hobby

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist So how do you read your books? What I mean is, do you get your books one at a time to read? Do you only read books from the library? Or do you get a book thinking, “I’ll read that someday.” That’s what I do. I have rows of books […]

Matthews cooked up book in spite of stroke

By Don McAlavy John Matthews’ life suddenly changed in 1984 when suffered his first serious stroke. Then 55, Matthews had been a full-time youth and music minister. Bu the major impact of his stroke was visual impairment. “After that stroke I couldn’t lead music, couldn’t drive; so I started looking around for what I could […]

Free book worth every penny

By Curtis Shelburne Good news/bad news.   The good news is that I got a free book in the mail. The bad news: It’s obviously worth every penny I paid. I don’t know how many shillings were shelled out to mail copies of this erudite volume to churches all over the country, but a note […]

Even short acquaintance can touch life

By Don Reid: Guest Columnist I met Martin “Butch” Gibbons about a year ago. He pulled up in his anniversary-edition Corvette and leisurely strolled into my store. I asked if I could be of help; he said he was just looking. Then he turned and said, “You don’t look like you could help anybody.” He […]

Fiction, nonfiction dangerous mix

By Helena Rodriguez Walking through the book section at Wal-Mart recently, one title made me screech in my tracks. This was a colorful children’s popup with a trendy title, “Jesus and the 12 Dudes Who Did.” “OK! Someone’s trying to make JC seem really hip,” I told myself. My eyes scanned the other covers in […]

Ability to read important skill in any language

CNJ staff Did you know Dr. Seuss won three Academy Awards, two of them for filming war documentaries during World War II? Did you know he also won two Emmy awards and a Pulitzer Prize, and that his first book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” was rejected by 43 publishers […]

Phenomenal families take lots of work

Helena Rodriguez: CNJ columnist Raising kids is part joy and part guerrilla warfare, according to actor Ed Asner. As the parent of a teenager, I couldn’t agree more. Now here’s my take on raising children: Imagine yourself as a child, coming back to haunt you as an adult — it’s a mix of what you […]

Catalog gives unexpected definition of spirituality

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist I got yet another catalog in the mail recently. Nothing unusual about that. Like most folks, I get lots of them. And, like lots of folks, I occasionally enjoy just thumbing through the pages of an interesting catalog. I don’t know if anyone has a contest for catalogs, but […]

African-American history ineptly taught

by Leonard Pitts Granted, it is not the sexiest subject in the world, not the kind of thing that gets people het up enough to write letters to the editor. Yet there are few things more vitally important to understanding the world and our role in it. I’m talking about history and the teaching thereof. […]