What does God see when he looks at you?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist What do you think God sees when he looks at you? I didn’t ask what you think others see. I didn’t ask what you think you see when you look at yourself, but it’s an interesting question. We tend toward extremes. We might as well admit it. Most of […]

Hounds post record-setting romp

CNJ staff GOODWELL, Okla. — As anticipated, Eastern New Mexico University’s football finale on Saturday was a relative walk in the park. The Greyhounds broke five school records — two by senior quarterback Michael Benton — and rolled to a 52-0 victory over winless Oklahoma Panhandle State, snapping their own six-game losing streak. Benton rushed […]

Hospice makes bad times bearable

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist The last few days of life for a person with a terminal condition are challenging both for the patient and for family members. During my grandmother, Nonna Dela’s, last days on this earth, her children, including my own mother, were in a state of complete upheaval. Emotions were raw and […]

Some thoughts on dealing with desynchronosis

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Since my wife and I returned from Uganda, I’ve discovered a thing or two about jet lag, or, if you want a more impressive term, “desynchronosis.” (I learned that term this morning doing an early morning Google search for “jet lag.”) Jet lag is a real thing. It takes […]

Sept. 9 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families edited by Andrew Carroll was given by Jim and Carolyn Shipley in memory of Livio Edward Palla. From riveting combat accounts to profound reflections on the wartime experience […]

Auntie will reap rewards in heaven

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist A former student of mine who was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base told me this personal story. I tell it again because many readers have found it to be a story of inspiration. Auntie Mille, a single mother with two children, struggled to make her meager income meet her […]

Shelburne: The only way for imperfect people to be saved Is . . .

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist As members of the fallen human race, we’ve got a problem. We’re always fouling something up, messing something up, shaking, scratching, bumping, breaking, and otherwise mutilating this amazing gift we’ve been given — the gift we call life.   Even at our best, and we are rarely at our […]

Education Feature: Sew-ful studies

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Saida P. Guidero, right, owner of Saida’s Designs, gives student Daisy Negrete of Clovis guidance on her first day at fashion design school. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Saida Guidero moved to Clovis from California three months ago to be closer to family members and to open a custom-clothing […]

Report entertaining, but inaccurate

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” is a hate-mongering show, and its viewers and advertisers believe Muslims are lazy, and Democrats are communist slime maggots whose views would embarrass Nazis. At least that’s the statement I would make if I were applying Bill O’Reilly’s journalistic standards to his own program. Stay […]

Finding identity difficult process

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My cousin M. was recently divorced. During a family gathering, she shared with my sister and me how difficult it was to start a new life as a single woman after having been married for many years. M. joked that her couch cushions permanently show her body imprint because, since getting […]

Summer seminarian

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CNJ staff photo: Helena Rodriguez John Trambley, a second-year seminarian, is spending the summer in a priestly internship at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales, learning firsthand about his future career as a man of the cloth. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer John Trambley believes he was called to the priesthood over several years […]

Kids learn at their own pace

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s the first day of swimming lessons. In my house, the commotion starts at 6 a.m., when my three older girls wake up ready to go, never mind that lessons don’t start for another three hours. They can’t contain their excitement and demand to put on their bathing suits immediately. “No,” […]

Bottom line doesn’t measure dreams

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “For Rent” read the sign taped to the big plate glass window of an empty store in Clovis. It’s one of a number of empty stores around town. Some have “For Rent” signs, others are just empty, lifeless. This particular storefront caught my eye because not too long ago it […]