amos the churchmouse: learning english ain t easy

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. learning english ain t easy boss you may think thatspeaking writing and learningthe english [...]

Suffering, joy result of free will

Curtis Shelburne How can a good and powerful God allow suffering? That has always been a good and powerful question, and one asked most often and most poignantly in the midst of shock, pain, and perplexity. The question defies easy and glib answers. Pain is a caustic solvent that melts away easy answers and plastic [...]

Singing easy in theory

I like to sing, but surprise me in the shower or rip the headphones from my ears and sometimes it’s not all that pretty. My elementary school teacher, Mrs. Brazzell, tried, bless her heart, but music theory and actual skills never did stick with me. If you handed me a flute-o-phone I still couldn’t play [...]

Committees, officials discuss jail solutions

Kevin Wilson A lengthy back-and-forth between citizens and county officials made it evident there are no easy solutions to Curry County’s jail issues. Inexpensive solutions seemed just as rare. Members of three citizens committees met for nearly three hours Saturday morning at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, with discussions about the challenges the county faces in [...]

In search of ponies: Natural solution found for mouse problem

Sharna Johnson At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I would catch small flickers of motion in my peripheral vision but when I turned to look, there was nothing there. And my ears started picking up on little pockets of noise, light and easy to tune out, like branches rubbing against [...]

Christmas shopping never easy

Kevin Wilson College basketball reminds me of Christmas shopping. It’s not so much because one friend loves Syracuse basketball and another loves Kansas basketball and gifts are easy to find. It’s more because of what I saw Tuesday on ESPN. The sports broadcasting company used its numerous networks to broadcast 24 hours of college basketball [...]

Spiritual growth not simple, easy

Curtis Shelburne DO YOU WANT YOUR CHURCH TO GROW SPIRITUALLY?” queried an item in my e-mail in-box today. I can be a little contrarian, and since the only option given for me to click on was a “Yes,” my first reaction was, “No, not really, but thanks.” Well, duh! Aside from the fact that it’s [...]

In search of ponies: Easy living comes at cost

Sharna Johnson He wanted to be with us. It was one of those bizarre instances that feeds theories — perhaps he sought refuge with us because of hunting season, or maybe he was a lost pet — but the answer was never known. He flew into the yard a short distance away then waddled to [...]

King wins attorney general race

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Republican Attorney General candidate Matt Chandler, left, looks at New Mexico returns Tuesday night in Clovis with Campaign Manager Henry Varela. Kevin Wilson Gary King never thought victory would come easy. But he said the spoils had to be short. “I feel like it was a good, hard battle,” King [...]

Mayor to talk accomplishments in state of city address

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File photo Securing money for the Hull Street Overpass construction is one of the successes Mayor Gayla Brumfield plans to discuss during Thursday’s State of the City address. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Mayor Gayla Brumfield thought there were great successes for Clovis over the last year, but an easy ride isn’t expected for [...]