McGee: Roomate was right about computers

Have you ever heard about something new and thought, “Pshaw, that won’t be around long.” I got to thinking about this while I was at a rummage sale over in Earth, Texas. There amongst the books for a dime or a quarter was a thick, yellowed volume labeled “FORTRAN.” It was a textbook about the […]

Forgiveness often means adding God to equation

Have you ever experienced events that you never dreamed you would experience? I am thinking about over the last 10 years of my life. I have done some things I thought I would never do. Here is the list: • tried to water ski once again at my age when I have not water-skied in […]

Keep Internet away from U.N.’s clutches

Freedom New Mexico The Internet is the most free form of communications ever developed. Anyone can put up a website or blog and spout opinions — whether brilliant, inane or very wrong. But governments, in their lust to control our lives, just can’t leave the Internet alone. The latest threat comes from an agency of […]

God’s plan almost always surprises us

Curtis Shelburne Does God ever do anything just like we’d expect him to? A world to save, a Gift to give, a Baby to send . . . And the greatest Christmas Present ever given is all wrapped up in swaddling cloths and laid in a feed trough. And the mother of the King is […]

McGee: Street names have interesting origins

Have you ever wondered where some street names come from? I’m sure folks who pass through our High Plains towns might ponder the naming of John Doe Street in Clovis or Chicago Avenue in Portales. The Lady of the House and I had such a moment in our recent travels to visit Palm Beach, Fla., […]

God uses both Mars and Venus to make Earth work

If I ever actually had any doubt (and I didn’t) that, to borrow from the wise guy’s book title, men really are from Mars and women are from Venus, one evening’s dinner drama would have put that doubt to rest yet again. There was no fuss. My wife and I really don’t fuss much. Well, […]

Conservative could trump race card

Freedom Newspapers Some on the left, frustrated by the disappointing presidency of Barack Obama, are resorting more than ever to the politics of ethnicity. Those who don’t like Obama’s policies may be racists, the reasoning goes, because Obama is black. One problem is the matter of conservative voters in Florida giving an enormous straw poll […]

Green thumb no match for drought

If I ever had a green thumb it has turned black. I’ve lamented recently the condition of my front yard but I have to report with the recent rains it’s starting to green up. Of course the green parts are grass burrs. The rose bushes decided to emerge from their drought-induced dormancy long enough for […]

Times of drought remind us to be thankful for better days

With all of my heart, I hope that T-shirts emblazoned with that slogan are soon printed and available. At this point, though, one wonders if they ever will be. I hate to whine. Well, that’s probably not strictly true. Most whiners whine because they enjoy it, and while they’re doing it, they don’t have to […]

Royal wedding inescapable

Who would ever believe I would live in the time of two separate “weddings of the century.” I tried my best to ignore them both but it just wasn’t working on this last royal wedding. A couple of days before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton I awoke to the memory I had […]

McGee: ‘The kissing disease’

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Do people ever get “mono” anymore? Or is it that I’m just in the age group that doesn’t know or care about mononucleosis anymore? Surely you’ve heard of mononucleosis, “The Kissing Disease.” Don’t ask me about how it works and that stuff, this isn’t that kind of article. There’s the […]

Embellishing only spices up story

Ever notice how whenever you have a problem, friends and family proceed to tell you about their similar difficulties that are much worse? I’d like someone to explain to me exactly how that is supposed to make me feel better. If so, I’m here to tell you it does not work. When my pickup is […]

Education column: Food program aims to build foundation for culinary careers

If you ever happen to wander down the halls in A Building at Clovis High School, I have to warn you it’s a risky business at certain times of the day. Often, the most delectable aromas are emanating from the food lab. The lab is an oversized, fully equipped, professional kitchen shared by teachers in […]

Don’t get too hung on resolutions

As 2011 creeps ever closer, it’s time for us to draw our lines in the proverbial sand and resolve to improve ourselves. Whether that may be finishing a long-forestalled project, cutting out a bad habit or squeezing in a good habit, goal setting is an essential aspect of a fulfilling life. My little brother George […]

Woman’s spiritual journey an inspiration

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist My sister Susie sent me this e-mail last Sunday. It is worth reading in the original form and I can add nothing to it. She gave me her permission to share it with you. Dear Judy, Today I heard one of the most inspirational women I have ever encountered. When I […]

Bible God’s “Google”

Curtis K. Shelburne It boggles my mind to wonder how I ever got by without Google. Every day, multiple times, I “google” some word or phrase looking for a trickle of the amazing flood of information available on the Internet. I chomp down on a Tootsie Roll Pop late one evening and pop off a […]

Crying not sign of weakness

Clyde Davis Popular enough, on Facebook and other social networking sites, are those questionnaires that reveal categorical details about who you are, by insight into certain categories-favorite food, best movie you ever saw, and so on. I am going to propose one I have never seen, which doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist, and as […]

McGee: ‘Blowing up’ happens to everyone

Grant McGee Have you ever had enough on the job? Blown up at a customer? Lately folks have been talking about this since that airline attendant cussed out passengers, then slid down an emergency chute into his 15 minutes of fame, two brewskis in hand. I blew up at a customer once upon a time, […]

High Court delivers another blow to liberties

Freedom Communications Americans must be ever-vigilant that, in the name of combating terrorism, we don’t also undermine our vital liberties. That’s why we’re troubled by the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that upheld banning even clearly nonmaterial support to groups the government considers terrorist organizations. In Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, Chief Justice John […]

Good shows should tell stories

By Clyde Davis: FNM columnist Ever seen “Whale Wars”? No? Normally, as regular readers of this column know, I have very low tolerance for reality TV, but there have been a few recent and notable exceptions, of which “Whale Wars” is one. That and a few of the others are the subject of this column. […]