Mother still one of the true greats

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My mom is the greatest mom there ever was and I love her just a whole lot. Well, I know there are lots of folks who think their mom is the best. I’m not exactly happy about where my mom is. She’s 88 years old and spends her days in […]

In Tribute: Adventurous owner ‘didn’t feel like a granny’

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer They had their fair share of parent-child arguments, as expected in any parent-child relationship. The most common disagreement Sue Crow of Clovis started was when she would boast her frequent travels took her to every state, including Alaska twice. “She never was convinced Hawaii was a state,” said daughter […]

CHS senior earns top state honor

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Clovis senior Tori Northcutt is playing in her third state final in four years. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent T-Bird connotes a certain amount of class when the subject of vintage cars comes up. Evidently, it has the same meaning when it comes to Clovis senior Tori Northcutt. Northcutt has […]

Having positive attitude is important

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist When I speak, and often when I write, my husband “gracefully” watches our five children, ranging in age from 6 years to 5 months old. The kids’ ages make it difficult for anyone to baby-sit, let alone for a man, my husband, to handle them for long stretches of time. […]

Moms helping moms

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Racheal Irizarry, 24, snuggles with her newborn daughter, Serenity. Born in January, Serenity is Irizarry’s first child. (CNJ Staff Photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The only child in sight is 40 days old and in the arms of her mother. A calm prevails, in spite of her whimpers and her mother’s […]

First impressions matter — sometimes

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’ve had plenty of opportunities to make first impressions in my life because I’ve had so many job interviews. I’m just about an expert in the field. As they say, first impressions make lasting impressions, and yet job experts say it only takes a few seconds for these impressions to […]

All’s fair when fighting anonymity

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Anonymity’s a conditional thing, I’ve come to find. When I’m running errands and nobody tells how good my columns, photos and news stories aren’t, anonymity’s a good thing. On the flip side, anonymity is a bad thing when it comes from my best friend’s parents. What follows is a […]

Christmas Eve present tradition worth passing

By Karl Terry: Local columnist Christmas Eve gift! It’s a simple phrase that’s been uttered on Dec. 24 by my family as long as I can remember. In fact I’m not sure anyone knows when it all started. That makes it a family Christmas tradition. I’m sure if someone in my family or anyone else […]

Thanksgiving not only about eating

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Is there anybody out there who wishes, at this time of year, for wild rice stuffing? C’mon, anybody out there? I don’t mean the type that comes in a box, taking only a few minutes to make. I mean the kind my mom used to make, from the slow-cooking rice. […]

To avoid time in jail, heed mom’s advice

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Recently I met Leslie Johnson, warden of the Curry County Detention Center. In chatting with her, thoughts about jail and prison came to mind; some inspired by movies, some by my own experiences. I’ve often pondered hard time in the hoosegow. It started when I was a kid watching Burt […]

Forgetfulness sign of brain overload

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist What kind of a child forgets their own parents’ wedding anniversary? A self-centered, ungrateful, spoiled brat, right? Or in my case, a normally organized and occasionally thoughtful daughter suffering from brain overload. Yes, I’m guilty as charged. Line me up before the firing squad. But I have a perfectly justifiable […]

Mastering coffee drinking takes practice

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I’m a novice when it comes to the art of coffee drinking. As a somewhat new sipper of this perked beverage, I’m envious of the grace and skill my parents exhibit in drinking coffee. My first attempts to become a coffee drinker in my early 30s resulted in a scalded […]

Character means much more than size

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Two is a company and three is a crowd, but five makes for a good basketball team, six makes for a Brady Bunch and, as for 12, well, many things are cheaper by the dozen. What I’m talking here is the number of children in a family. Today’s family’s are […]

Mother’s Day options abound in Land of Enchantment

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers It’s that time of year to thank one of the most important people in the world — mommy dearest. After all, if not for her, we wouldn’t be here in the first place. This fact, sadly, is frequently twisted and used against her by the angry teen who screams about […]

Little things make mothers special

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Sometimes it’s the little things about Mom: That annoying tone in her voice when she wants something. That wrong-size birthday gift. That “Someday when I’m no longer here” line, which gets old. But the worse part is I’ve found myself doing and saying all of the above “mom things” to […]

Funerals one of life’s inevitabilities

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Been to any good funerals lately? These days, funerals seem more like family reunions to me because that’s the only time my mom sees some of her relatives. She was so close to them as a child, but has since grown apart due to time and space. Seeing tios, tias, […]

Teen driver forces examination of habits

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist What kind of a sick, twisted, teenager would voluntarily go to school at 7 a.m. every morning? Now change the question. How far will a teen go to get a driver’s license? The things teens will do these days just to get behind the wheel of a car are interesting. […]

New addition to goat family came in with clamor

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist My four goats were on fire. Or dying. Or on fire and dying. There would be no other way to explain the mind-splitting bleats coming from the goat pen that sunny New Mexican afternoon. Being the good goat mom, I immediately ran outside with a bucket of water and that […]

Musical parenting something to pass on

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I’m wondering what young parents these days are singing to their kids, if they’re singing anything at all. My mind flashes forward to 2075. An old guy will be sitting in a Clovis nursing home remembering, “Yeah, I can still hear my momma singin’ in the kitchen ‘Just A Lil […]

Big business destroying Mom and Pop

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I don’t expect you to shed any tears because Aron’s is gone. Unless you grew up in L.A. as I did, you’ve probably never even heard of it. Aron’s was this used record and CD store that I discovered 30 years ago. It was a quirky place, an audiophile heaven where […]