Best way to cheer up is other’s misery

Bob Huber: Local columnist When I was a kid, I often got down in the dumps, but my mother always brightened my day with homespun advice, such as: “There are people in India who have to eat rats and cockroaches. They’d give anything to have your broccoli.” “That’s a deal,” I’d reply. “I’ll even throw […]

Frozen dead guy a reason to celebrate

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today’s travelogue takes us to “Frozen Dead Guy Days,” held each spring in the Colorado town of Nederland, a high mountain village west of Boulder, about two miles up where the breathin’ ain’t easy. But let’s go back to the beginning, to Christmas, l993. That’s when a Nederland guy named […]

President is never-wrong kind of guy

Leonard Pitts Jr. You know the guy I mean. Maybe he works two cubicles over, maybe you went to school with him, maybe he’s your brother-in-law. You could call him the guy who’s never wrong, but that wouldn’t be quite accurate. He is the guy who never “admits” he’s wrong. The guy who says, “That’s […]

Santa Claus has his own Christmas story

By Ned Cantwell Some years back this writer landed an exclusive interview with Santa Claus and wrote the following report that was, surprisingly, snubbed by CNN but published elsewhere. Ned Cantwell: So, Santa, if you had to do it over again, would you change anything? Santa Claus: Heavens, yes. This whole fat-guy-at-the-North-Pole image was a […]

Choate, Verba Ann

Verba Ann Choate Services: Have been held. Mrs. Verba Ann Choate, 86, of Clovis died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003, at Laurel Plains Healthcare. She was born March 24, 1917, in Erath County, Texas, to Albert Oliver and Martha Ann Burton Lewis. A longtime Curry County resident, she worked for Dr. Crawford as a dental technician […]

Like, do first impressions matter, dude?

LIKE, DO FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER, DUDE? “First impressions matter. One is a fool to think otherwise.” So wrote former Houston minister Bill Love. As I read Bill’s words, I thought about an interesting first meeting I had with my wife’s niece’s then-boyfriend who was welcomed to the table a few years ago at Thanksgiving. May […]

Liars deserve frogs in their briefcases

Clyde Davis It had been unseasonably warm in western Pennsylvania the autumn of our seventh-grade year. And by the time our church’s fall mission conference rolled around in early November, we still had not had a freeze. That is important in this story, as is the briefcase, and the fact that the speaker who came […]

How to speak woman, a man’s guide

Bob Huber You ladies undoubtedly want to go in the other room and talk about whatever it is you talk about when you get together, because we guys will be smoking cigars in here, talking football, and we’ll flat out bore you to death. Aw, don’t thank me. We’ll miss you. Have they gone? Can […]

Wife’s list secret to successful column

Bob Huber I spent time recently reading my wife’s daily journals, a set of diaries dating back more than 50 years to the day we married. Without going into detail, I have to say we award-winning journalists must occasionally resort to this type of devious activity in order to capture more prizes and get a […]

Governor has no excuse for reckless driver

Ned Cantwell This Washington Post guy hung around with Gov. Bill Richardson for a week and wrote about it. It is not surprising that a reporter from one of the nation’s premiere dailies would want to spend a week with Bill. Everyone does. He is a national media darling. Tom Brokaw likes Bill. Wolf Blitzer […]

Cats striving for better execution, effort

Rick White An unwanted pattern is developing for the Clovis Wildcats: Fall behind early and the Wildcats fall apart. It happened in their season-opening 32-7 loss to Mayfield and again last week in a 33-13 loss to Highland. “We get down on ourselves a little too easy,” Clovis senior offensive lineman Philip Salazar said. “We […]

Family provides stories

By Clyde Davis Editor’s note: Clyde Davis won a first-place award on June 21 for his story, “Pluggy the Mule Hero,” from Panhandle Professional Writers. This is the way it happened — the story behind the story. I had never thought of myself as a children’s story writer, but the way in which we perceive […]

Column writing not all tea and roses

By Ned Cantwell Advice to beginning column writers: Don’t write about Billy the Kid unless you have a vague idea of what you are talking about. If your knowledge of country music is limited to the notion it is all about a guy with a hangover who lost his dog a week after his wife […]

Billy the Kid probably a media creation

By Ned Cantwell Somewhere between heaping one more spoonful of potato salad onto the plate and decorating the hot dog with colorful pickles and mustard, a sense of foreboding clouds this celebration of our independence. Nagging thoughts: — Where in the heck are those WMDs (weapons of mass destruction)? — When will the next TIM […]

Softball promoters: City hits home run

By Janet Bresenham o Custom Classic organizers declare hotels, restaurants benefit from three-day tournament. By Janet Bresenham CNJ STAFF WRITER janet_bresenham@link.freedom.com Ballplayers weren’t the only ones hitting home runs when 130 teams gathered in Clovis for the 20th anniversary of the Custom Classic Men’s and Women’s Softball Tournament. The three-day event began Friday night and […]

So what do we need, a burning bush?

By Ned Cantwell Will famine descend upon New Mexico before we get the idea? Will diseased beetles swarm around a casino entrance until finally someone wakes up and says, oh oh, something is amiss? When all the slots start turning up 6 6 6 instead of 7 7 7, will a light bulb suddenly flash […]