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 […]