Our favorite things: Three creative toys to keep kids occupied in these last weeks of summer

Color blanks

Provided by Disney FamilyFun magazine The Color Blanks are funky white plastic figurines. The Color Blanks sets come with permanent markers and stickers. Ages 6 and up. RoseArt, $5 to $10. Disney FamilyFun magazine Creative Fun: A Figure of a Different Color Here’s a unique blank slate for kids’ creativity: 4-inch-tall, posable, funky white plastic […]

Education digest: Science camp returning

Science camp returning The Camp Invention program is returning to Clovis this summer. The week-long camp delves students into science, technology, engineering, math, history and the arts. Each day, children rotate through five integrated modules that employ creative thinking to solve real-world challenges. Mesa Elementary School is hosting the program from 8:30 a.m. to 3 […]

Food at the speed of life: Dad inspiration for creative cooking

For Father’s Day, let my tell you about the person who makes the best chicken-fried steak and grilled T-bones I’ve tasted: Dad. His fruit breads are great, too, and Dad’s long-held domain of Sunday dinner is always something special. When Mom made most meals, Dad told her supper was good every night. He has now […]

Education feature: Foundation funds creative, innovative teaching projects

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis teachers don’t have to cut off their creative juices just because budgets are tightening. The Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation was founded three years ago to pay for projects that can be funded outside the district’s regular budget. Becky Rowley, Clovis Community College’s executive vice president, sits on […]

For Valentine’s, think outside box

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist I would encourage you, if you are reading this, to begin thinking about Valentine’s Day, and to think beyond the box. What can you give the special person in your life that is unusual, creative, and unique? One of the gifts which my wife gave me for Christmas kind of […]

Use of creative means helps battle inflation

Freedom New Mexico Be an inflation warrior, not a price victim. Free yourself by taking control and living smart. Be a strong American, not an easy mark. Here are a few tips: Buy lots of shelf-stable and non-perishable foods to stock up the shelves, pantries and deep freezes. Not because the world’s ending, but to […]

Art league looking for creative people

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Are you creative? Do you want to tap into your creativity, whether you believe you have some or not? Do you wish to find out in what area you have creativity? Do you think you might be better able to do so, while in the company of other people who […]

Money, prestige poor career rewards

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist As I begin what may or may not be my last semester of college for awhile, I think about a recent Time magazine article I read titled “Liberal Arts vs. Business Degrees.” The article states that more American students are opting for so called “easy” degrees in the liberal arts […]

Bohemian night: Nonsensical good time

Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist What do you do with your creative urges? How do you listen to the muse which inspires you to express yourself in the presence of the Universe? Perhaps you are like me — the only music you can keep tune to is on the radio, and the only thing you can […]

Older, wiser, but still on fire

By Julia Keller: Chicago Tribune Female rockers blaze new trails on the route to creative freedom. It works like this: When you’re young, you dream big dreams. Wild dreams. Outrageous dreams. Then you grow up, get married, make a family. Along the way, you wad up the dream like a tie-dyed T-shirt – the kind […]

Pentagon may be creative in condensing bases

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will take a creative approach to shrinking its military base structure, but has not yet set targets for the number of bases to be closed, a senior official said. Larry Di Rita, chief spokesman for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, said the secretary has not instructed his […]