Count on God’s promise of joy

Curtis Shelburne I began writing this particular column a week ago. The wind had been howling all day long. Someone has said that nothing in nature is more beautiful than gently falling snow and the pristine glittering blanket it creates. I agree. But if that’s on one end of beauty’s scale, a wind-begotten brown dust-storm […]

Keep government out of holidays

Merry Christmas! I hope you can take some time to appreciate all you have, and that you can spend the holiday however it brings you the most joy. I also hope you’ll allow others the same liberty. The winter solstice probably gave our prehistoric ancestors hope because the days which had been growing shorter finally […]

Fort Sumner woman appointed to state board

CNJ staff Melinda Joy Pattison of Fort Sumner is one of 10 appointments to a variety of state boards and commissions announced Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez. Pattison was appointed to the Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Disease Disablement. Pattison is a former administrative assistant in the New Mexico Legislature and is currently […]

Genuine joy comes from God

Curtis Shelburne It’s snowing outside. That suits me fine. I love snow. (It’s also blowing a gale, and that’s not so lovely, but …) I might be tempted to claim that I brought the snow home with me from an “instead of Christmas gifts” ski trip our family took to the mountains last weekend, but […]

Caroling group aims to spread love, joy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joni Anthony, right, leads Joni’s Sandia Carolers in practice Tuesday at her home. The group will sing and dance to Christmas carols. Liliana Castillo Their shirts say “For the Love” on the back, and that’s why they do what they do. They are Joni’s Sandia Carolers. For the 10th year, […]

Faith source of joy for holidays

Curtis Shelburne You think it’s cold here? I just got back from the North Pole and … Well, actually, it wasn’t that cold. And it wasn’t even north. It was more southwest. From Lubbock, Texas, to Brownfield, Texas. On the Polar Express train, complete with a conductor and hot chocolate and elves and Santa himself, […]

Education column: Bella Vista community fosters sense of joy

Cyndi Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools “Nothing Without Joy.” What a message to see when you walk into your school each day. Most of us are aware of a very special school in our community, but many might not fully understand the vision behind the arts-infused “magnet” school called the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. It […]

A little on the wild side

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: Sharna Johnson has been writing about critters in a weblog for three years. Now she’s taking her dog and pony show to the printed product. Her weekly column begins today, with the introduction she offered her blog readers on Nov. 2, 2007.

God is a source of joy

By Curtis K. Shelburne Bruce Larson tells of a conference at a Presbyterian church in Omaha. As the story goes, people were given helium-filled balloons and told to hold them until a time came in the service when they experienced joy in their hearts. At that point, they could just let go of their balloons […]

Resurrection reconciles joy and sorrow

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist More than a few writers have talked about the place where Joy and Sorrow meet. In a moment of deep contentment, someone may say, “I’m so happy I could cry!” And in the moments of deepest and most unutterable joy, we say nothing at all. We don’t live long […]

The holidays can be holy days of genuine Joy

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist My kids tell me that I’m younger now than I was when they were growing up. I think “childish” may be what they have in mind; I prefer to think in terms of “younger.” It seems to me that the transformation started sometime after my wife and I discovered […]

Every season of life worth joy, thanksgiving

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist I love autumn. I suppose that fall and all its colors of the changing season remind me of life’s changes for we are not in one season for all the times of our lives. A short reprieve in the mountains this last week reminded me again of how God […]

Bad poem points to God’s prescription for joy

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Once a decade or so I wax poetic. This one is so bad, I’m not sure it even counts, which means I might be good for another bad poem this decade. Oh, well. It’s entitled, “The Grouchy, Grinchy Grumble” (by the author of the same description).

10-2 view from under the pew

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Celebrating life

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Pastor Bonita Knox says she is celebrating her mother, who died last month from breast cancer, and is celebrating the lives of others through her participation in Relay for Life. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When she speaks about her mother the picture is someone larger than life. Her […]

A day of joy, for our Saviour brings peace

Today we gather with family and friends, share gifts and meals, maybe go out for a movie, maybe cruise and enjoy Christmas decorations around town. May we all experience peace. May our faith move mountains. May the unbounded potential of love be unleashed in our lives and hearts. And may the story recorded in the […]

Traveling tunes

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Marshall Junior High students, from left, Adriana Chavez, Sierra Lopez, Ashlee Chadbourne, April Muniz and Kourtney Anthony practice Christmas carols and dances as a part of Joni’s Sandia Carolers. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Amid the Santa hat-clad children blustering through “Jingle Bell Rock” stands Joni Anthony, waving her […]

Why are some folks afraid of joy?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist It has taken me a long time to figure this out because it is so hard to believe, and I really didn’t want to come to this conclusion. But I’m afraid it is true: Some folks are scared of joy. I guess we all know that some folks, for […]

It’s Their Business: Joy’s Costumes

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Joy’s Costumes By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Name: Joy’s Costumes Location: 510 W. 7th St. What they do: They have costume rentals and sell costume makeup and accessories. Who’s in charge: Oneda Dotson Employees: Three How long in business: 25 years Hours: They will be open today through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 […]

The Good news is that God opens up locked doors

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist What God wants his children to possess in amazing measure is a quality of relationship with him, and thus with life-giving collateral healing, joy, and love extending also to others, that for our souls will be light dispelling darkness, health vanquishing disease, and warmth allowing no room in our […]