Got everything minus flying cars

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist I traveled back in time a few days ago. One moment I was driving north on Prince, the next moment I was 15 and riding with my buddy Catfish.

Fleeting life composed of defining moments

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Here it is, nearly the middle of October, and before we know it, Christmas will be upon us. It seems that this year, as the saying goes, “has just flown by.” I think about what the Psalmist wrote when he was thinking about time and how his little short life […]

Young men need to learn lesson fast

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Good morning, gentlemen. I don’t know your names yet, but I want to talk to you about the man you killed. I read about it in The Miami Herald. How Lemroy Lawrence walked out of his house in Miami Gardens about 9 p.m. Tuesday to get some papers from his […]

As world changes, Christ’s love stays constant

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Religion Columnist When I was a child, one of the things I liked best was bubbles. Yes, the old kind in a jar with the plastic blower within. In Kansas City, Mo., Susie and I always had Soapy Bubbles. I don’t think there is such a thing anymore, but the Soapy […]

Moments in time delicate as soap bubbles

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Bubbles in bottles have been around for a long, long time. That is a big game with kids … blowing bubbles and then trying to catch or pop them. A bubble that is giant, wobbly and delicate disappears in an instant because it is so fragile. It’s like time because […]

Moment evokes feelings, wishes for upcoming year

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist While driving north along Prince Street, I happen to glance up at the sky above a field to the east, where I see what appears for a split second to be a toy kite or plastic bag. Realizing it is none of the above, rather a desert falcon, I stop the […]

Moment of quiet remembrance appropriate today

Freedom Newspapers As eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle reflect this Memorial Day upon the sacrifice made by those who died in the nation’s armed forces, finding a place in memory for the prisoners of war and those missing in action is in order. Just 10 days ago, the U.S. Department of Defense POW/Missing […]

Jesus’ love constant

By Judy Brandon It is getting that time again. May always brings graduation and suddenly parents feel the pinch of an empty house. This only verifies that time passes and sometimes it hurts. The passing of time is like playing with bubbles. I ran into a sale the other day and stocked my “bubble cabinet” […]

Pop black culture ignorant, disrespectful

By Leonard Pitts, Jr. It was a sunlit moment. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had students in my pop culture class talking about black images in entertainment media. As part of that discussion, I showed them a movie — Spike Lee’s 2000 satire, “Bamboozled.” It is in some ways a deeply flawed film. […]

Change can be bad, no change is worse

Leonard Pitts Jr. “Hope I die before I get old.” The quote, of course, is from Pete Townshend of The Who. It’s a lyric from “My Generation,” a song that came out in 1965, the year Townshend turned 20. He was, at that age, a long-haired rock star famous for windmilling his arm and smashing […]

Are you really too busy to make a sandwich?

Leonard Pitts Jr. How long do you figure it would take you to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Not trying to set a land speed record, mind you. Just working at a normal pace, slapping jelly on one slice of bread, peanut butter on the other. How long do you figure it would […]