Co-worker known for dedication, service

One more day, one more conversation, one more outburst of laughter and even one more time just to argue with you. These are a few things I and many others wish we could have with Catherine Bugg. I’d like one more chance to speak up and let her know just how much she and her […]

Unpopular holidays movie-worthy

I was out of town Monday, and decided to pay a visit to old friends in Texas. Just like seemingly every conversation we’ve had before, it started with our jobs, went to a little discussion on standup comedy and invariably ended on movies. From October on to February, Hollywood has given us a smorgasbord of […]

Injured soldier showing improvement

Kevin Wilson Just a few months ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. had no problem walking. Or running. Or seeing. Or carrying on a conversation. That hasn’t been true since July 15, when the 1999 Clovis High graduate sustained a gunshot wound to the head during battle in Afghanistan. But family members are […]

Building Resilience in Children: The art and importance of listening

McClatchy-Tribune The key to getting a child to open up is to say very little. Simply use short phrases that reassure and prompt more conversation. This is particularly important at the beginning of a conversation because we want children to reach a point where they’re comfortable enough to express whatever is on their minds. To […]

In Search of Ponies: Raven not much for conversation

Sharna Johnson Poor Poe verbally shook and twisted his 1800’s version of a Magic 8-Ball, only getting one word in return, regardless of the question. Not this raven. With Joe, it’s anyone’s guess what will spring from his unpredictable beak. You see, there’s a battle of the words being waged and Joe’s in the middle, […]

Catching up with a friend

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist A conversation between Don and longtime friend Louis Pattison. Pattison speaks: “Don, I contacted Hoyt Pattison and neither he nor I know what the colors of the Claud basketball team were. (Now this was in December 2006). “I’m not sure they had any color as I am unaware of their […]

Education column: The problem with kids today … nothing

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools The other day, I overheard a conversation. Two people were discussing “the problem with kids today.” I laughed because I remember hearing my parents and grandparents saying the same thing when I was young. Then, one of them said our kids are not being taught to “think for themselves.” […]

Farmers markets offer fresh produce, conversation

klvbxz-627farmersmarket1.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Lisa Dunagan of Clovis, right, pays Margie Plummer of Portales and owner of Veggie Shack for some fresh onions, peas, and squash Tuesday at the Clovis Farmers’ Market. Dunagan said she likes to buy her produce fresh. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Some come for the money, some come […]

‘Kids’ reminder of times gone by

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist It just took five words. It killed a conversation, showed our differences and outlined our dependence on the superficial. But a few months ago, those five words started a conversation, showed our similarities and outlined our dependence on the superficial. “I don’t have a television,” she said, starting the conversation, […]

Guys’ love affair with cars quite baffling

By Helena Rodriguez; local columnist What is it about guys and cars? Perhaps us women will never understand. As I mentioned in a previous column, my friend Bernard Polaco is into “Chevy porn.” When he goes to Wal-Mart, he can’t bypass the magazine aisle. He spends hours on Chevy porn Web sites and affectionately calls […]

Conversation gives insight into ressurection

By Judy Brandon: Religion Columnist Jesus had risen and the news had scattered rapidly. If the crucifixion had happened in our time, all major networks would have had special correspondents on the scene to go back over the steps where it all began on the Thursday night of that week. Some media journalist would be […]