Even small transgressions start down path of sin

We have two dogs, a long-haired dachshund and a Scottie. Buster, our dachshund, is the timid, short, long one and Beau the Scottie is the stout, brave one. Both are considered members of our family, and Buffy dotes on them and cares for them. I read several years ago in a paper from a city […]

Bible’s stories accessible to everyone

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Very often newspapers are filled with accounts of children in the United States who have been lost or abducted. It is still a mystery as to the whereabouts of a boy who was camping with his family in the Utah mountains one summer. He was with his dad fishing and […]

Bible gives us clear picture

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Once Buffy got a splinter lodged in the palm of her hand. I worked carefully to get it out but with little success. Even with the help of the sunlight, I still couldn’t see the splinter well enough to deal with it. Then the thought came to me: try the […]

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 […]

Quick ride leaves lasting impact

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Several years ago when I was teaching at Clovis Community College, on one of New Mexico’s unusually rainy days, Buffy and I turned out of the college parking lot and onto the street that borders the college. We saw a woman in the distance walking in the rain. She carried […]

Characters’ flaws help us relate

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I was visiting the other day with some parents who were leaving on a weekend trip to Six Flags in Texas. Our conversation brought back a flood of memories about Six Flags. Our youngest daughter, Buffy, was 6 when she got lost at Six Flags in Texas. Charlie and I […]

God’s gift of writing came through painful times

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I talked to a young mother the other day with sick children, and it reminded me of those days when our three were small. Specifically I think back to 1977, a few months after Buffy was born. It was the time that Annie and John Scott had chicken pox, and […]

Heaven must be beyond our imagination

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist I saw a little black dachshund the other day that reminded me of Pepper. We found this tiny black dachshund at our friends’ house. Immediately Buffy loved her and every time we would visit our friend, instead of Buffy playing with the other children, she always entertained herself by playing […]

The Bible is the world’s magnifying glass

Judy Brandon: Local columnist Any mother with children has experienced splinter days. When our children were small, any day could become a splinter day. They might have been in the back yard or on the swing set but suddenly they would come running into the house, complaining about a splinter in a hand. On one […]

What were once chores are now fond memories

By Judy Brandon It is nearly time for school to be out. As this academic year ends, I look back over the school years of our children’s lives. I get a little nostalgic this time of year because our children are far beyond school age. Being a room mother, attending parent-teacher conference appointments, sponsoring field […]