Monarch butterflies remind us of beauty in nature

Orange is a color that comes into its own this month: Glowing pumpkins, crisp leaves, dazzling marigolds, and for those of us lucky enough to live around here, fluttering butterflies — Monarchs to be precise — making their unlikely journey south for the winter. One October of my childhood, a number of the evergreen trees […]

Charity pageant set for Saturday

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Monarch Formals coordinator Ty Caffrey helps Emily Gomez and Peytynn Gomez choose dresses for her upcoming fundraiser, a Mommy and Me pageant. By Alisa Boswell: CNJ staff writer Monarch Formals is kicking off its Mommy and Me pageant Saturday, a modeling event for mothers and daughters. The pageant is 7 […]

Amos: Melody the monarch

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos received a letter from his niece, Annie Marie (a.k.a. Mara Andrews), who wrote about her friend, Melody Monarch, and wanted to share it with his readers. Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hurling himself at the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, […]

A view from under the pew: melody the monarch

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist melody the monarch dear amos i ve been having funvolunteering at thelittle mousey schooldown the street especially with thosekindergartners uncle -they re so cute withtheir wide eyesfull of awe was i everthat wayuncle but anywaythe cool thing waswhen they learnedbout butterflies andhow they go from asad woeworm to abeautiful […]