Child Sense: Smoothing out the highs and lows of back-to-school time

Priscilla J. Dunstan Back to school – a time both loved and dreaded by children and parents alike. Being back at school will bring out the extremes in your children. Tactile children will need more physical contact and cuddles, visual children will be more particular about how things look, auditory children will chatter more, and […]

Badgering prey makes little sense

My brother and I came upon a badger out in the pasture one summer afternoon. He looked at us. We looked at him. He glared at us and looked mean, so we thought we should return his angry stare. His body was muscular, and his mottled brownish gray fur was highlighted by a white streak […]

Child Sense: Remember your child’s dominant sense while starting a garden together

Priscilla J. Dunstan Family activities are wonderful for creating memories, building family unity and having fun. It’s important to pick activities that the whole family can enjoy, remembering that not everyone enjoys things in exactly the same way. Building a spring garden together, while using each child’s dominant sense, can make each part of the […]

Child Sense: Plan your child’s summer around their sensibilities

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer holidays are looming, and it’s hard to know what to do with our little ones. It’s a hard balance to get right. Enough time to rest, enough time to spend with family and enough activities to keep them busy and interested. By being aware of your child’s dominant sense you will […]

Education column: Bella Vista community fosters sense of joy

Cyndi Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools “Nothing Without Joy.” What a message to see when you walk into your school each day. Most of us are aware of a very special school in our community, but many might not fully understand the vision behind the arts-infused “magnet” school called the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. It […]

Ag Sense: Staying optimistic on wheat

By Mark Marsalis It doesn’t take very long while driving down the road to notice that things this spring are looking especially green and healthy. For wheat farmers this year, particularly dryland farmers, hopes are high for a good crop yield come harvest time. In fact, the anticipation has been building over the winter with […]

Dreams shape children’s futures

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Sometimes the world is best seen through the eyes of a child, where the world of wonder is still all encompassing, where the harsh limits of reality have not yet begun to intrude into one’s life space. Such a view is still capable of believing, for example, in a magical […]

Snow calls back childhood memories

A white Christmas may not be as precious to folks who live where a snowy Yuletide is the usual order of the season, but to me a white Christmas is cool in every sense of the term, and that is exactly what we had this year! I agree with the fellow who commented that in […]

Letters to the Editor: Sense of pride missing in Clovis

Sense of pride missing in Clovis I’m 66 years old and I love to walk. As I walk, I enjoy looking at scenery, what people have planted in their yards, and the awesomeness of God’s beautiful creations. I recently spent one hour, over a quarter mile, filling four big 30-gallon bags with plastic water bottles, […]

Sense of entitlement killing dream

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Now and then one hears or reads reference to “the American Dream,” as if there were just one such thing. What is uniquely American is just that Americans are supposed to be free to dream their own dreams, pursue their own happiness as they understand it. Very loosely, […]

Legalization of marijuana worth debate

Support for a more common-sense approach to marijuana has been quietly building for years now. And California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comment last week that “I think it’s time for a debate” on the subject of legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana seems to have elevated the topic to a much more serious level. CNN did a […]

Ag Sense: Planting season time for optimism

By Mark Marsalis: New Mexico State University If fall is a time to look back and reflect on the season’s bountiful produce, then spring is certainly a time to look ahead in anticipation of what is to come. As the winds start to blow and temperatures rise, you’ll begin to notice more and more activity […]

Feeling of reverse deja vu unshakeable

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist We all know that deja vu is the sense that you have lived this moment before. What, however, is the sense that you will live this moment in the future ? English teachers call it a foreshadowing event; I had one of those today. We had my 4-year-old granddaughter Mikayla […]

Ag Sense: Proper seed selection can pay off at harvest

By Rex Kirksey With the recent changes in the economics of farming, every decision that affects the farm’s profitability needs to be made wisely and carefully.

Some birds were never meant to be grounded

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist One of my favorite pieces to pass out to my freshman English classes is an essay by a scuba diver. Placed loosely in the science category, it involves his reaction when, while diving one day amid schools of smaller fish, a school of tarpon moved through the area. The diver, […]

Farwell senior will attend West Point

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Farwell’s Briana Anglin will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the fall. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer Spurred by a sense of patriotism instilled by her parents and a love for a challenge, Farwell’s Briana Anglin will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West […]

Common-sense approach a winner

Editors asked for readers’ response to Tuesday’s municipal elections in which Gayla Brumfield became Clovis’ first female mayor and voters approved Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. Here’s what Connie Belcher had to say: “Gayla had my vote from the beginning. Her common-sense approach and five-point plan demonstrated she had a well thought-out campaign. I was […]

Superstitions abound in local area

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist Anyone who can read this should consider themselves lucky — they survived yet another Friday the 13th. Not that I’m superstitious, knock wood, but certain things, like a full moon or the stray black cat that’s been circling my yard, just make me a little wary. This certainly applies for Friday […]

U.S. needs to explore alternatives to war

Letter to the Editor Jimmy Carter said, “The existence of war is incompatible with our basic needs as human beings — stable homes, food, health care, a life free from fear and persecution.” Most of the world agrees. For modern technological society, war is obsolete. Because we are as hard-wired for conflict as we are […]

Silver anniversary time for reflection

Clyde Davis : Local Colunist I don’t usually get specifically “religious” in this space, though I flatter myself that I often get “spiritual.” However, I am approaching my 25th year anniversary of ordination to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). What is ministry? To the spiritual seeker, ministry is life, life is a journey of ministry. We […]