Lincoln remains most influential of past presidents

Today we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. He is the most widely honored president, certainly by Americans, and probably throughout the world. Despite everything that has been written about him, Lincoln remains a mystery. He was a quintessential politician: He would keep his word until it was expedient not to. He would […]

God silently guides us along life’s path

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist This Thanksgiving season, I am thankful for God’s provision for our future. I have seen that through all my years of teaching. Let me explain. At the beginning of my teaching career, I taught at Lincoln-Jackson Elementary School in Clovis. After our first child was born, I stayed home until […]

When is a house a home, and where is home, really?

By Curtis K. Shelburne Lately I’ve been thinking more than usual about the venerable “father of the faithful,” old Abraham. More than ever, the great patriarch has my respect. God called Abraham to take a trip (God didn’t specify exactly where), to make his home in a country that would one day be his (God […]

You never know where you will find your calling

Judy Brandon There was a time in my life when I thought I would be a junior high schoolteacher forever — or at least until I retired. Yet, after seven years of junior high school days filled with spit wads, students sent to the office with disciplinary notes, early morning pep rallies and hall duty, […]