Magic altered perception of HIV

Basketball was on my mind as I turned on the TV Sunday night, but I wasn’t even thinking about a bracket. While Selection Sunday was upon us for the NCAA tournament, my mind was at the Great Western Forum, and a speech Nov. 7, 1991. In its latest production, ESPN Films has created, “The Announcement,” […]

Pets’ quirks make them endearing

Pets can have some pretty strange idiosyncrasies. Some of them become pretty endearing others are just irritating. Take for instance the younger of our two dogs, Ranger. Since the older dog slept on the bed with us, when he moved in he decided he would just sleep under the bed. Never mind that he has […]

Brandon: Advice from younger days still relevant

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist Graduation is this month for tens of millions of high school seniors across the country. Our world has drastically changed since I graduated in the 1960s. During my school years, working moms were rare. Many people just owned one car, one telephone and one TV. Never would we be […]

Recognize, mind your business

“Mind your own business” used to be the American way. Or at least, the openly-proclaimed preferred way to live. Sure, there have always been gossips and nosey folk; the meddlesome neighbors and busybodies who can’t seem to mind their own business, who therefore feel the need to direct your life “for your own good” (the […]

Education column: Cameo aims to connect with parents

It seems that Thanksgiving brings to mind families more than most holidays. Being together as families is not always easy, but it is important. Cameo Elementary is connecting with families big-time these days. Not only are parents welcome, Cameo is actively seeking their involvement. As principal, Tony Igo, shared: “We know the more that parents […]

Grant McGee: Medical marijuana not worth risks

Grant McGee If you could use medical marijuana would you? This was something that crossed my mind recently after the eye doctor told me I have glaucoma. “Hey, if you have glaucoma that means you qualify for medical marijuana in New Mexico.” It was my friend The Holy Man offering up his first thoughts upon […]

City officials considering recreation area expansion

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The lake at the Clovis Municipal Course could be converted under Quality of Life task force recommendations into a family area with fishing similar to Green Acres Park. Kevin Wilson Clovis city officials have a dream recreation center in mind. They just need money, land and another place to play […]

Bible God’s “Google”

Curtis K. Shelburne It boggles my mind to wonder how I ever got by without Google. Every day, multiple times, I “google” some word or phrase looking for a trickle of the amazing flood of information available on the Internet. I chomp down on a Tootsie Roll Pop late one evening and pop off a […]

God’s warnings require our attention

Curtis K. Shelburne It had to be a government production, the sign I saw. Only a glassy-eyed bean-counting bureaucrat with common sense completely and laboriously expunged by years of mind-numbing training could have produced it. (Your tax dollars at work.) Posted above a busy tramway, the sign proclaimed in large letters: TOUCHING WIRES CAUSES INSTANT […]

Keep childrens’ safety in mind as school starts

It’s that time of the year again. The madness of getting our children back to class has already started in most area school districts. That means early morning and mid-afternoon traffic will be heavier and school zone restrictions go into effect. Higher traffic and slower speeds will affect all drivers, not just those who are […]

Education, not politics, should be schools’ priority

Priorities. I am trying to teach my grandson Jason about priorities, and even Mikayla my granddaughter, to whatever extent that concept can be grasped by a 6-year-old. One of my favorite classroom observations comes from my friend John, a middle school Spanish teacher in Florida, who reinforces with each group of students that “My primary […]

Homeless ID system won’t be successful

Freedom New Mexico A plan to tag each homeless person in Colorado Springs will never work. Those who advocate the ID program undoubtedly mean well. It may seem logical to the orderly, disciplined, rational mind. But it’s never going to work. A story in Monday’s Colorado Springs Gazette told of the ongoing saga of the […]

Mind better occupied with God than with fear

Curtis Shelburne Recently I decided that it might be interesting to start making a list—a list of the things the media tell us we should be afraid of. If you focused just on the morning shows in a two-week period, I’m betting you’d find that on every day, multiple times more often than not, the […]

Public must not pass judgment

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist No one in his right mind denies that people in commerce can become criminals. That’s because people in any walk of life can — it is a basic human capacity not only to do something wrong but to hurt others with it. No other known animal is like […]

Anniversaries honor trials of early settlers

By Clyde Davis: Freedom columnist The second weekend of September, 2009, stands out in my mind as one of those “not to be forgotten” times. I had been one of a group to hike up Pike’s Peak — or rather, hike halfway up Pike’s Peak, to turn around and hike back down from the halfway […]

Look to new decade, keep past in mind

Freedom New Mexico The general reverence for New Year’s Day dates back to the most ancient of times. Counted among the gods of the Roman pantheon was Janus, the two-headed deity who inspired the modern name for the first month of the year. One of Janus’ faces supposedly looked back into the past to recall […]

Cold cereal can’t replace hot breakfast

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist When did cereal get a complete aisle to itself at the grocery store? The selection boggles the mind and can completely derail a trip to the supermarket if you’re a parent with young kids. Not having kids of my own, I get to stand in the aisle and stifle a […]

Putting love into words best gift of all

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Why do we have so much trouble telling the ones we love how we really feel about them? My mind has been on this problem for a few months now because of a program I’ve been involved in called Letters From Dad, which was organized by a group from my […]

Memories best gift to leave behind

Memories flash across my mind and cause my thoughts to turn back to times well over a half century ago, to a time of my earliest recollections, and starts a chain reaction of memories to begin unwinding,” wrote Vernon “Pistol” Payne,

First Person: Mind on her Mission

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lucinda Fritz of Clovis is headed to Chile starting next week for a mission trip to a medical site. Lucinda Fritz, 16, heads out to Chile early next week for a mission trip. Even with all the shopping and vaccinations Fritz has had to endure to prepare, what she’s worried […]