Impossible to fool Mother Nature

Years ago there was a commercial that said, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” followed by a catastrophe. Actually, fooling Mother Nature is a fool’s errand — it can’t be done. That’s why country people are inveterate weather watchers. I grew up in the drought times of the 1950s. When the earth was brown […]

Thursday morning briefing: Need you, wind and rain and the history of April Fool

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. You’re needed The Curry County Wellness Council is in dire need of volunteers to help out with the April 10 Stay Teen Parent-Youth Summit at Clovis Community College. The summit features author and lecturer Dallas Jessup of “Just Yell Fire” fame. To volunteer, call 575-763-6016 or click […]

Staff memories of Michael Jackson: April 1 hoax

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico I can only remember falling for two April Fool’s jokes that were in print. One was Sports Illustrated’s hoax that an eccentric pitcher named Sidd Finch had learned how to throw a baseball 168 miles an hour and had been signed to the Mets. That was sort of understandable. […]

A fool-proof formula for everything?

American magic. It’s a funny term, particularly when spoken by missionaries who deal with witch doctor types and superstitions regularly. You just don’t expect them to look back across the Pond, smile, shake their heads indulgently, and say, “Yep, that’s American magic.” You see, magic, at its heart, has to do with manipulation. You get […]

Clovis man sentenced in jail escape

Clovis, NM. – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Guadalupe Rodriguez, age 31, pled guilty to Escape from a Jail Facility and was ordered to serve time in the New Mexico Department of Corrections until the year 2020. On December 23, 2006, Rodriguez was a jail inmate in the Curry County Detention […]

God can see right through religious facades

By Judy Brandon My sister Susie from Minnesota is in Clovis visiting us this week. The other day we were talking about some of our experiences as kids. One of the things we talked about was visiting our cousins, who lived on a farm in eastern Oklahoma. One of the best times we remember at […]

Unlikely prankster gets last laugh

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist City Meetings Chamber Executive CommWhen I was a kid, April Fools’ Day lasted all month. It was unwritten law in those days that guys got to seek revenge for tricks played on them. To limit that activity to only one day was blatantly unfair. (That edict always ceased at midnight, […]

The soul needs more than whitewashing

By Judy Brandon Summer reminds me of the days spent with our cousins who lived on a farm in eastern Oklahoma. Susie and I always looked forward to visiting there because it was just like going to a place that was hidden from the world. Our cousins always had so many great things to do. […]