We can be right and still be terribly wrong

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist If heaven were not already Paradise, the mere fact that no misunderstanding will mar its joy would make it heavenly.   Drat it, yet again, I’ve heard of another misunderstanding that has broken relationships, caused deep hurt, and wasted precious energy that could be put to far better use. […]

Motherhood is full-time position

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone has a strong opinion on whether a mother should work or stay at home with her children. Working moms say that it’s not the amount of time spent with their children that matters but the quality of time they have together. Stay-at-home moms say that the only way to raise […]

Setting good example full-time duty

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I was looking through some old pictures and found a picture of my daughter, Annie, at 3 standing with my shoes on and an old purse slung over her shoulder. She went through a time where she tried to wear my shoes. Once she would get my shoes on, she […]

I say we oughta just bill ‘em

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I had an interesting meeting at lunch with some of our leaders. I have little doubt that most of the good things accomplished in this world are accomplished in spite of meetings, not because of them. We didn’t solve every issue — not even close — but I thought […]

Center of universe beats cold any day

By Grant McGee: Local columnist You’ve been tempted to leave Clovis, haven’t you? Come on, admit it. Well, such temptation came to me in an e-mail the other day. A former co-worker wanted to know if I’d like to be on his staff at a business in Iowa. I hadn’t been looking for a new […]

Hounds turn back East Central

CNJ staff ADA, Okla. — Senior guard Stephen Wilson scored a season-best 23 points and junior guard Justin Redman-Trotter added 16 points and 10 rebounds Thursday, helping Eastern New Mexico University rally past East Central 72-62 in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game. The Greyhounds (6-8) also got 13 points from guard Tristan Largent […]

A Wonderful Truth Becomes a Great Christmas Gift

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Years ago when my oldest brother and his wife left for 20 years of mission work in Malawi, Africa, I was barely a pup. I was too small to remember much of the early time of their service there, but I well remember that then and always, whenever our […]

Majestic wind towers intriguing sight

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I was on my way to work in the pre-dawn darkness when I saw them on the southwestern horizon. I’d never seen them before. I don’t know if I’d never noticed, if the conditions were just right or if they had just been turned on. “They” were dozens of red […]

Giving thanks with grace has many twists

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It was a sunny December afternoon and I was riding home on my bicycle. It was a wonderful afternoon with blue skies and a light eastern New Mexico breeze that carried the fragrance of something that I thought smelled like chocolate. A long-forgotten tune came to my mind for no […]

Santa’s spirit will not be forgotten

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Santa Claus has cancer. It started in his esophagus and spread to his liver. He’s being treated, but chemotherapy has sapped his appetite and energy and he’s down about a hundred pounds. He’s worried about money, too. The treatment costs more than $16,000 a month and his insurance doesn’t cover […]

Promises to God should be carried out

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist During this week of Thanksgiving, another woman Bible character is an excellent example for all women. Why? She is not known for her Thanksgiving meals nor is she known for an immaculate house and entertaining in the most impressive way. She is known for something far greater. She was obedient […]

Sometimes death defies all temptations

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I was still in high-top shoes when my Uncle Claude, a luckless man, tried to cash in a one-way ticket to eternity. He tried to commit suicide. It was in the autumn years of the Great Depression, and Uncle Claude’s luck fit the economic catastrophe. He was thousands of dollars […]

Occupational dreams fill busy weekend

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Pondering being a goat herder, selling fudge from town to town, riding a Spanish bicycle, looking for treasure in Clovis, visiting a Celtic Faire in Amarillo … it was all part of a High Plains weekend. Afterward, it occurred to me there’s plenty to do around here. Come along through […]

Dogs’ hunger knows no bounds

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist My dog found a new habit. A very expensive habit. A very expensive, life-threatening, rush-to-the-vet-so-he-doesn’t-die habit. To make it sound fancy schmancy — as all expensive habits should — one could call it sedentary mouth squashing. Or igneous ingestion. Or metamorphic mastication. In other words, he ate rocks. The rocks themselves […]

Military families have much to offer

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist My husband and I adopted our son Matteo from Ethiopia. Our adoption journey has been exceptional. It has taught us things about ourselves and others, and surprised us in unexpected ways. Being a military family, we had to overcome practical obstacles. Finding references who lived in our area and had […]

Allergies leave nothing to sneeze about

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The stuffy head, the clogged breathing, the sore throat … I have all these as I sit here writing. The allergy has arrived. Or is it allergies? I don’t know. All I do know is I feel funky and I have finally joined the ranks of lots of other sneezing, […]

Leaving teaches lesson in love

Anita Doberman: Local Columist Goodbye is a powerful word. By saying it we close a chapter, a relationship, and move on to something else. It’s great if we are the one who really wants to say it, but not so wonderful if we are the one left behind. I have a long list of goodbyes […]

Pride can be a pitfall

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Here is the summer camp story again. I have had some requests for it. I think some readers must have had similar experiences with pride. There’s something unique about being at camp in the mountains. The mountains, the solitary atmosphere of old cabins tucked away in the pines … the […]

Confrontations come with excess baggage

Grant McGee: local columnist A total stranger angrily confronted me the other day. I’m not going to go into any great detail about what happened. I drove into a Clovis neighborhood and stumbled into a drama-in-progress. The stranger thought I was part of it. Later as I tried to make some sense out of this […]

Snap judgements frequently lead spirit awry

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist This Father’s Day weekend, I remember a talk I had with my father when my attitude was less than Christianlike. It was years ago and all the teenagers were sitting at the back of the church. As my minister father walked to the pulpit, a strange man stepped into the […]