Accuracy important in marriage

Grant McGee On our recent vacation we stopped to visit family in Pensacola, Fla. It was still another 10 hours of driving, one way, to visit my mom in south Florida. “That’s a long way,” said The Lady of the House. “I might just want to stay here with my sister.” “My brother has a […]

Mom was wiser than she realized

My mother died one year ago tomorrow. My niece Carol — her primary caregiver and one of several grandchildren and great-grandchildren that my parents raised — and I went through mother’s modest possessions trying to decide who would want what. None of her six kids, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren or six great-great-grandchildren is starving, so […]

Chicken harvesting not for meek

In early spring you get baby chicks at the feed store in town. My mom always ordered them in bunches of 25. I don’t know if that was just a good number she dreamed up or what, but there were always 25 in each batch. Usually, she’d have several mother hens who had a few […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Ten things to know before you become Mom

Marla Jo Fisher Life would have been easier if I had known these things before I had children: 1. It’s pointless to buy nice furniture It’s so much easier to just get cheap stuff than to spend your life hollering and frantically running around trying to clean up messes. My children are active _ OK […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Lost something? Not my problem

Marla Jo Fisher If my kids were cast into an episode of the TV show “Lost,” they would have to stay that way. Forever. This is because I have a very firm rule in my house: I do not look for kid stuff. Period. Exclamation point. End of paragraph. Some people think this one is […]

Still trying to fit part of super mom

We all have the same amount of hours in the day. However, what we can accomplish varies greatly. I often feel like I’m running on a hamster wheel. I try and try, but my to-do list keeps getting longer, the clutter piles up and I am left wishing for more time. I appreciate the break […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: My kids don’t know how fierce I am

Marla Jo Fisher There seems to be some sort of fundamental misunderstanding around my house, in which my children perceive me as being hideously old-fashioned and, in fact, just plain old. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a very groovy, hip and with-it chick. I love to sit around and have a […]

God insists that his children learn to be thankful

My parents believed in giving thanks. Yes, they believed in giving thanks primarily to God for the blessings he showers upon us. But Mom & Dad also believed in giving thanks to the people around us. My mother, normally a most loving woman, was an absolute tyrant regarding “thank you” notes. From the moment we […]

Birthdays — June 3

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Padilla [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Happy 3rd birthday Eddie Eli Padilla! We Love You with All Our Hearts! Love Dad, Mom, Ethen, Jadyn, Nene, Nino and all your family! — Submitted by Diana Decker

Great moms raise tomorrow’s freedom fighters

Freedom New Mexico We often hear the cliche about Mom, baseball and apple pie to describe that which is red, white and blue. The one that matters most is Mom, who we honored Sunday. Baseball and apple pie are by-products and symbols of freedom, while Moms are producers and defenders of freedom. Moms don’t get […]

In honor of Mom

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Don Reid wrote to his mother at least three times a week while serving in Vietnam. Before she died, she returned the letters to him. In honor of Mother’s Day, the CNJ asked Clovis citizens of all ages to tell us about their mothers. Among them: • Candace […]

a view from under the pew: a tribute to amos s mom

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. a tribute to amos s mom boss i was searching forkite string […]

Food at the speed of life: Pasta salad tangy, healthy

When I was growing up, my mom started making a pasta salad that’s still one of my favorites. (In fact, she made it last time she came to visit.) It’s cold, so it’s good for summer, and it has a nice variety of colors and flavors and a general light tanginess. It’s healthy, too. Mom […]

Grant McGee: Manners lesson from mom

Grant McGee The Lady of the House and I were having breakfast at a local eatery when I got to thinking about manners; manners in restaurants to be specific. It seems there are some manners everyone follows and others no one cares about. “You know,” I said, “You just don’t hear anyone belch in a […]

Mom’s letter greatest Christmas gift

Curtis Shelburne I received a nice Christmas present this morning that was truly a surprise: a letter from my mom. One glance at the envelope told me who it was from. No reading required. My mother’s handwriting was the most beautiful I have ever seen. She could have written the book on perfect cursive and […]

Small video stores keeping pace with change

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sarah Scioli of Clovis, a manager at Talico Video and Book Exchange on Prince Street, places a video back on the shelf Tuesday. Scioli said the store has been in business for 30 years. Kevin Wilson Here lies the mom and pop video store. The eulogy’s been written numerous times, […]

‘Team Mom’ supports soldiers

U.S. Army photo: Tim Hipps All-Army women’s softball coach Sgt. 1st Class Rob Bailey of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., hangs his gold medal around the neck of Debra Rogers, mother of All-Army second baseman Dann Rogers of Camp Walker, Korea, at the 2010 Armed Forces Softball Championships at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Despite battling […]

Owners say ‘mom-and-pop’ businesses challenging, rewarding

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Roger and Patricia Grah said their family-run business is working out well after years of dreaming about owning a business. Sharna Johnson Running a “mom-and-pop” business is rewarding and offers freedom, and some Clovis business owners wouldn’t have it any other way. Patricia Grah said after more than 50 years […]

Military mama: Being mom means letting little things slide

There’s something about motherhood that makes becoming a public spectacle acceptable, as long as that cranky child turns his or her sobs to giggles. Those moments in the grocery store when the last nap and next meal are just too far apart for your little one to maintain composure. Suddenly mommy has to think quickly […]

Grandparents show perseverance

If there is one aspect of the human condition I find more prevalent than its tendency to sweet leisure and lethargy, it is a predisposition to self-doubt. Every single person I have ever met, including myself, wallows in the muck and mire of anticipating an unpleasant task or being afraid to fulfill an aspiration. In […]