Journey of 1,250 miles begins with jerky

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM columnist As I prepared for my 10th high school class reunion, I couldn’t help but think about the class motto we’d decided on that fateful senior year: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.” A decade later, I realize that’s a load of bull. If you’re a […]

Trip helps unload emotional baggage

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist I just returned from an unforgettable trip to Tucson, Ariz., which made me realize 1) I don’t understand the concept of “light packing,” and 2) I also carry a lot of “spiritual baggage.” My daughter Laura and I went with the youth group of St. Helen’s Catholic Church to a […]

Testing won’t solve high school steroid problem

CNJ staff W hen you hear about a steroid problem on the professional level, one of the first concerns is how long will it take for this problem to trickle down to high school sports. Athletes like to emulate other athletes, and some people figure it is only a matter of time before prep athletes […]

Life is like puzzle; pieces have to fit

Helena Rodriguez: CNJ columnist My daughter Laura and I recently achieved a great accomplishment. We finished a 500-piece puzzle together. Wow, 500 pieces. Big deal. In today’s world though, that just may be a big deal. How many people actually sit down and do puzzles anymore? When I bought the puzzle, Laura objected to the […]

Keeping fit spiritually very important

By Judy Brandon I’m trying something new, and I really enjoy it. The thing is that I have been trying to exercise and the cardio cycling class at the college fits right into my schedule. The teacher is great, the people in the class are friends, and it’s a real uplifting experience. I just got […]