In search of ponies: Egg-citing discovery

Sharna Johnson I have to admit and even I am surprised, but I am actually enjoying having chickens. Racquel and Molly — they came with names — are perfect ladies and are actually kind of neat to have around. They don’t like to be touched, but by the same token they like to shadow me […]

Military mama: ‘Mommy TDY’ just what I needed

When it comes to being a military wife I will admit I am a bit of a pansy. When my husband deployed the first time the prospect of living in Sin City with a grumpy toddler didn’t sound very appealing. Since my family was within a day’s drive it made sense to do the “Deployment […]

Military mama: Learning language part of military life

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Looking back on my first few months (and probably years) as a military wife I will admit I was often confused. If you saw me with that happy but oh-so-puzzled look on my face, it was likely because you were speaking “military.” The abbreviations and acronyms are truly a language of their own and tossed […]

Christmas time to think about Jesus

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Christmas is just three weeks away. Even though Christmas is a time of lofty hopes and expectations, I have to be honest and admit that some years I haven’t had much Christmas spirit. I think it has to do with really seeing the meaning of Christmas during all our activities. […]

We Really Need a Cell Phone Tooth Brush?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist I admit it: I’m a nerd. I love technology mainly because I love techno-gadgets. I know. Sometimes you’ve got to wonder about the practicality of some of the gadgets. Just because it’s possible to make a cell phone that doubles as a tooth brush, should we? Do we really […]

Commercial jingles stifle originality

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist We complain about commercial jingles and other clever advertising, but we must admit sometimes those witty sayings find their way into our everyday dialogue. I heard a university English professor say if Shakespeare were alive today he would be writing commercials instead of plays and poetry because “that’s where the […]

Health care overhaul will prove costly

Freedom New Mexico You have to admit it takes a certain amount of chutzpah to try to sell expanding the role of government in health care as a way of controlling costs and improving services. Yet judging by recent statements and his speech Monday to the American Medical Association, that has become one of President […]

Western code: Never admit to pain

After years of personal observation I am ready to reveal the real, true code of the West. Here it is: “Don’t ever admit you’re hurt.” We all know the guy who gets bucked off on his c

Private sector probably best bet for Edwards

Freedom New Mexico It has been a few days since John Edwards went on national television to admit an extramarital affair. While the passage of time has calmed some of the tumult surrounding this latest sex scandal, North Carolina’s former senator has yet to emerge on the other side of this dark cloud of controversy. […]

Christian band wins invitation to music festival

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Courtesy photo Portales Christian rock band Third Morning Rise will be performing at the Rock the Desert music festival in Midland, Texas. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Portales Christian rock band Third Morning Rise is making a name for itself after only a year playing together. The four-member band is leaving for the Christian […]

Work commences on turf replacement

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The grass at Clovis High School’s football field at Leon Williams Stadium is being replaced by artificial turf. The work is scheduled to be done before the start of the 2008 football season. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis High football coaching staff members admit it’s odd to see […]

God can help us to bear our best fruits

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I passed a huge garden near Texico the other day, and it brought back memories of my garden planting experiences. I estimated that the garden was about an acre and the owner had it so manicured and neat that it could appear on the cover of any national magazine. I […]

Browsing backgrounds

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Informal investigatons using information on the internet are becoming more common. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer With the rising ease of using social networks and public record databases online, people admit they’re doing informal investigations to know who they’re dealing with.

Admit you cannot do everything

By Anita Doberman: local columnist As if being a military wife is not difficult enough, I sometimes find myself wrestling with what I call the “super military wife syndrome.” This condition lies dormant, but can be aggressive when activated. It peaks during husbands’ deployments, when the sufferers attempt to become Super Heroes. In the wives […]