Duct tape fashioning never out of style

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The man looked into my eyes and asked me, “Are you an American citizen?” It wasn’t a deep philosophical question — it was a border patrol agent, and I’d just left El Paso. However, I’ll treat it like one. Yes, I’m an American citizen, and I’m well versed in […]

Parents shouldn’t always be serious

By Anita Doberman: Columnist When was the last time you really laughed out loud? If you have to think for a while before you answer, it was too long ago. I am not talking about smiling or a polite chuckle. I am talking about a real heartfelt laugh with teary eyes. I happened to have […]

Life without funny bone not as fun

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist A recent trip to our local hospital stimulated my memory banks and brought forth an experience I had with modern medicine a dozen years ago. That memory is entitled, “The Case of the Missing Funny Bone” or “Does an Asafetida Bag Really Help?” I’d heard horror stories about parts gone […]

Robbery sign of personal dark times

By Grant McGee: local columnist Some guy with a bad idea created a bad day for a bunch of people two weeks ago. I’m talking about that bank robbery here in Clovis. I think I may have an idea how those bank employees felt that day. On my first day as a New Mexican I […]

Twilight fall leads to finding help from beyond

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist (Part two. Continued from last week.) Summary: The narrator, while skiing near Vancouver, British Columbia, has become disoriented during twilight and lost her partner. The snow was falling faster now, black clouds rolling in from the west, and the wind had picked up to a roaring level, seeming to come […]

Motorbikes not for later years of life

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Just when I was beginning to enjoy my twilight years, our youngest offspring ran out of money in her quest for a Guinness record for years in college. Her husband, once removed, pressured me into tiding them over by temporarily buying his overpriced motorcycle — a Kamikaze 500 or something […]

Self-attuned individuals find affirmations abound in nature

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist It was one of those crispy, crackly northeast Ohio evenings when the cold light from the stars and distant planets seem to invade our own planet, frosting the trees and icing the lake surface. Need I say that the season was autumn, fairly close to this time of autumn, when the […]

Politics are battle for ‘Land of the Free’

By Jim Lee: Local Columnist Since childhood I have been fascinated with politics. As a high school sophomore I worked on John Kennedy’s campaign. I was only a kid, of course, and I just did whatever the local organization needed me to do. I learned a lot. I saw our presidential candidate in person when […]

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 […]

Funny bones can be lost through surgery

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist If you’re a dinner party hostess who wants to save money on hors d’oeuvres so you can donate to the Martha Stewart Relief Fund, allow me to offer some help. I know a sure-fire way to curb appetites. I’m talking about steering the dinner conversation into a detailed discussion of […]