Funeral home cohosting grief seminar

CNJ staff Steed-Todd Funeral Home will cohost a special grief seminar for the public and the professional caregiver at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Steed-Todd chapel at 800 E. Manana. The seminar is presented by Alan Wolfelt, who has written more than 20 books on adult and childhood grief and has appeared on national talk […]

God saves those who trust in him

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist The son of some dear friends of mine lost his battle this week. The family feels defeated. It had been a long battle. For two decades, this young man had fought a battle with drugs. One night this week his much-abused body gave up. And now his family, long […]

Perry correct to question school funding

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry has gotten plenty of grief for rejecting federal “stimulus” money in the past year. Criticism over his latest “No thank you” has been particularly harsh, as it would have brought as much as $750 million for Texas public schools. The money is part of $4.35 billion in “economic […]

Sandra Bullock and the five stages of grief

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I had never walked out on a movie, and I wasn’t starting now. The following is a true story. The names of the people involved are changed, the names of the movies involved aren’t. Sunday. 4:38 p.m. In one hand I hold my soda; the other, two tickets for the […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Woman starts support group

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A MYRIAD OF HEALTH PROBLEMS plague Laurie Johannsen. The 47-year-old suffers from pulmonary hypertension, sleep apnea and an autoimmune disease, she said. Although Johannsen, a former special education teacher, has a host of family and friends, she said discussing her ailments is hard. AND SO AN IDEA TO BEGIN […]

Grief is strange and powerful

Grief is a strange thing. In its acute form it’s like a growling and potentially vicious dog. It’s far too loud and dangerous to ignore, and so you deal with it head-on. But then, about the time you begin to feel that you’re dealing pretty well with grief (and you probably are), the wretched cur, […]

Life, grief inevitable

By Clyde Davis On a very rainy and thunder-smitten Friday night, Good Friday to be precise, Dinky slipped quietly out an open gate and made his way to the place where he had decided to die. Normally he would not have ventured into the dark and the storm. He was, however, as dogs sometimes are, […]