People change out of self interest

I can’t imagine how anyone could be considered to be different in any way that matters — better or worse — just through an accident of birth. No one chooses their skin color or which government claims the territory where they were born. To use either of those to evaluate anyone is absurd, as is […]

Distance makes fantasy fonder

Every year at about this time, give or take a week, I begin the slow process of winter self torture by purchasing a copy of either Telluride or Steamboat magazine, and wondering what it would be like to actually go on a winter vacation to either of those places. My reference, of course, is to […]

Commissioner announces intent to run

CNJ staff District 1 City Commissioner Randy Crowder has announced he will run for re-election. Crowder, 61, is a self-employed general contractor who has held his seat since 2004, said he feels he still has some things he’d like to see through as a commissioner. He served as mayor pro tem from 2006-2010, and served […]

amos the churchmouse: amos fights his self-image

amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pew

Press release: Clovis man shot parents, self, police say

On Friday, October 14, 2011, at approximately 11:00 AM, Curry County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 4200 block of Homestead, southwest of Clovis, regarding a report of a shooting. The reporting information indicated that Daniel Sena (25 YOA) had shot his parents at this residence. Upon arrival, deputies found Ramon Sena (64 YOA), who was […]

Listening to child builds self esteem

Today we hear a lot about self esteem as people look at a child or teen who is struggling. It seems to be a common deficiency among kids who are under-achieving or getting in trouble. What can parents do to help their child with esteem issues? Many times we equate self esteem with the ability […]

Fireworks light sky

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The $25,000 pyrotechnics exhibition Smoke on the Water lit the sky for 30 minutes at Greene Acres Park. Kevin Wilson The annual Smoke on the Water fireworks, like many years before it, saw music, fun and a Clovis sky full of colorful explosions. On its perimeter, citizens practiced self-restraint. Fire […]

Parents should separate own self-esteem from child’s performance

There’s become a common phrase for what used to be called “stage moms”. Today it’s “tiger moms!” This is not exclusive to moms, though. In the sports world there have always been dads pushing their boys to be the next great something. So just what is that all about? Lest we think this is only […]

Hello, we’re awesome: Kids who feel good about themselves make parents feel the same way

Paula Sirois My 8-year-old daughter and her friends started a band called Hello, We’re Awesome. I helped her design some fliers for their first performance, complete with star borders and stage names: Milk Chocolate, Mandarin Oranges, Laughing Twizzle and Tropical Starburst. Granted, they haven’t decided on the type of music they’ll play or if any […]

Easier to change self than state

You can see anything more clearly after taking a step back from it than you can while you are in the middle of it. If you want the truth about a cult, you ask someone who was once a part of it, but who got out. You can’t get an accurate version of the truth […]