Author asks right questions

Curtis Shelburne Of the three major events of Jesus’ life—Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter—only the Crucifixion took place completely out in the open for all the world to see. And when the four writers of the Gospels set forth their accounts of Jesus’ life, they devote one-third of their time to that most excruciating event […]

Biblical women showed gratitude to God

With Thanksgiving so near, I have been thinking about many Bible women who were thankful. Their examples can give us encouragement today that God is the author of all blessings. God works out the biggest events and the smallest details of our lives. Eve was no doubt t thankful when she had another child after […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Meet the author, Rock n’ roll cleanup and the Red Scare

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Meet the author Portales’ award-winning writer of paranormal romances, Darynda Jones, is scheduled to speak at the Friends of the Portales Public Library meeting at noon Sept. 1 at the library. The meeting is a brown bag lunch and open to the public. While […]

Thursday morning briefing: Meet an author, a new video game and Il Duce’s demise

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Author, author Clovis Community College is hosting a meet and greet with local author Darynda Jones. Jones is author of “First Grace on the Right” and won the 2009 Golden Heart award for Best Paranormal Romance. It’s noon Friday in room 103 of the […]

Wednesday morning briefing: An author, school photos and a king

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fast fact Michael Blake, the author of “Dances with Wolves” attended Eastern New Mexico University. Website of the day This is a link to a collection of photos of construction projects going on at Clovis Municipal Schools: http://www.cms.k12.nm.us/operations/construction-gallery/Main.html Question of the day Freezing one […]

Bible remains bestseller for reason

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Last week I came across a website that had a list of the most widely read books in the world over the last 50 years. The author of the website wrote that the numbers reveal the quantities of books printed and sold. The list goes like this: 10. “Diary of Anne […]

Education column: Drama classes open doors for students

Sitting in on a couple of Clovis High School drama classes taught by long-time educator, Keith Ingram (who also happens to be a motivational speaker and published author), I was astonished by the skills and talent I had the privilege of observing. The sketch was underway when I entered the elongated drama classroom. As the […]

Religion feature: Church to host bible study simulcast

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales is sponsoring a satellite broadcast of a day-long presentation by popular women’s Bible study author Beth Moore on Saturday. Argen Duncan Bible study author Beth Moore, who focuses on women’s ministries, is appearing in Portales Saturday via satellite. Linda Davis, who helped organize the event at […]

Education column: Accomplishment doesn’t have to be big to be meaningful

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy I came across a quote by Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor and author of Man’s Search For Meaning, which read: “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” It made me think about purposeful living. How easy these days to fall victim to information overload in the […]

Soul should become instrument for God

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I have been doing some reading this week in an unusual book. We have some of the Foxfire book series on our bookshelves in the den. The books in this group are an accumulation of the people’s ideas, ways of doing things, tips for cooking and canning and just general knowledge […]

Friday morning briefing: BBQ, a local author and stepping up.

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day: It’s in your backyard Web site of the day http://www.library.cityofclovis.org/elecresources.html Find online resources offered through Clovis-Carver Public Library’s Web site. BBQ time Check out the American Legion Post 117 barbecue 11 a.m. Saturday until it’s gone. They say it goes quickly. The post […]

Book’s success ignited Boy Scout program

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist How great were the days of yesteryear and how filled with the promise of those ahead for the youngsters who follow in Scouting and the various Council programs. Thanks to the author who started it all. General Douglas McArthur’s farewell address to the Congress of the United States was a […]

Aug. 14 Religion Digest

Author scheduled to speak monthly Jewish studies author Sam Peak will be speaking in Clovis once a month for the next year. Peak will speak at 6 p.m. at the Best Western Clovis Inn every third Monday. In September, Peak will speak on the second Monday of the month. Information: 309-6293

Author found success after struggle

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist I grew up to be 16 on a small farm, driving a tractor, pulling a one-way and plowed all day and dreamed of being a cowboy. My hero was none other than Zane Grey and yet not a cowboy, but the best writer of the west. Recently I’ve had time […]

Navajo mysteries brought to life by author

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist I saw in the Florida’s St. Petersburg Times on Monday that Tony Hillerman had died this last Sunday of pulmonary failure. He was 83. I almost cried, as I had been reading his great books since 1971 and still have some of them now. Hillerman was born in Sacred Heat, […]

Late author meshed different worlds

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist The recent loss of author Tony

Aug. 1, 2008 Religion Digest

Author Yaffa McPherson will speak at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the B’Nei Yisrael synagogue. McPherson will speak about her book, “God’s Prickly Pear,” which tells of her family’s experience escaping from Jewish refugee camps during World War II, according to Tawana Johnson, a member of the synagogue and one of the organizers of the event. […]

Memoirs tell of drama in Portales

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Memoirs left by Levi J. Whiteman, grandfather of the author’s wife Kathy McAlavy brought to life a drama that was produced in Portales in 1907 by Whiteman, then 20, and his friends. The historical melodrama was written in 1888 by John A. Fraser. The melodrama was called “A Noble Outcast” […]

Sin is real, but God’s grace is deeper, stronger

If a writer has ever lived who could better turn a phrase than the early 20th-century author G.K. Chesterton, I can’t imagine who it would be. Here are a couple or a few quotable examples: “Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.” “Among […]

Sin is real, but God’s grace is deeper, stronger

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist If a writer has ever lived who could better turn a phrase than the early 20th-century author G.K. Chesterton, I can’t imagine who it would be. Here are a couple or a few quotable examples: “Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they […]