Deep spiritual roots can bring stability

When we added on to our house about three years ago, we had to move an aspen in our yard. With the help of a giant machine, we moved the tree and hoped for the best. The first few weeks, we were worried about the aspen’s ability to withstand the transplant. At 20 feet tall, […]

Parents should have option to pick schools

Freedom Newspapers National School Choice Week started Monday, focusing attention on efforts of parents, activists, legislators, students and grass-roots networks to promote school choice programs throughout the United States. Legislators should take heed and this year expand choice programs for all students in an effort to fix the country’s ailing public education system. School choice, […]

Looking back can help keep faith’s roots strong

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist It is planting time again. Those bushes and shrubs that have looked beleaguered during the winter are beginning to show signs of flourishing. Years ago we brought an aspen tree home from the mountains and planted it in our yard. Worried about the trees ability to withstand the transplant, we […]

Country music has origins in American roots

By Don McAlavy: County historian In the beginning of the 20th Century the mere idea of an American Music Canon did not exist. The American scholars and music people looked to Europe where classical music thrived and folk music was standardized. One hundred years later, American roots music and what came of it — pop […]

Poet’s interest in Cowboys has roots in childhood

By Don McAlavy: Local historian Don McAlavy has written poetry since he was a farm boy at his family’s home 16 miles north of Clovis. He fell off the first horse he rode, herding “woolies” with his father. As a gangling long-legged youth he worked on the Joe Bailey ranch in the Frio Draw and […]

Rodeo still remains true to its roots

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist I got a chance to do something last week I haven’t been able to do in 35 or 40 years. I sat through a performance Thursday at the Pioneer Days Rodeo. I’ve been to lots of rodeos in three different states in that time, but I’ve always been there as […]

Mother’s Day time for cultural reflection

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Beyond the sentiments, what are your roots? What I mean is, inspired by Mother’s Day but not limited to that, what do you know and value about your ethnic origins, your cultural origins, your background in terms of heritage, location, awareness of who you are and who you have sprung […]

Western artists have roots in rodeo

Glenda Price I’m sure it’s written someplace that every ranch boy must try riding a bull – in a rodeo – at least once in his life. In the olden days most every town had an amateur rodeo every year – usually a jackpot deal. That was the perfect place for a ranch youngster to […]

GOP blueprint should involve return to roots

Freedom New Mexico It’s tough enough for a party to lose a national election, but even tougher for its leaders to listen to the myriad advice from all corners, including from the pundits on Freedom Communications editorial pages. So the Republican Party must now endure the ritualistic finger-pointing, circular firing squad and lectures following Democratic […]

Life’s drastic turns can lead to spiritual lessons

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist In February, we moved a huge aspen in our yard that is more than 20 feet tall. It was quite an event. The first few weeks, we were worried about its ability to withstand the transplant. After all, it is more than 20 feet tall. We waited in wonder as […]

Republicans need return to limited-government roots

Freedom Newspapers The decision by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay not to attempt to keep that position — though he still claims he will be vindicated soon of the campaign-finance violations with which he has been charged in Texas — has opened up a race to fill that post. It should be an occasion […]

Creativity evolves from past memories

By Clyde Davis The writing student with an exceptional talent for storytelling was talking with me about his fiction, a field to which I’d encouraged him to devote some time and energy. It became a discussion of style and approach when I told him there was a certain element in his writing that resembled the […]

Return to your childhood spirits for strength

By Judy Brandon Years ago we brought an aspen tree home from the mountains and planted it in our yard. Worried about the tree’s ability to withstand the transplant, we chose an area by the patio because it seemed to be a cooler spot. The following days made us think the tree was going to […]