Accuracy important in marriage

Grant McGee On our recent vacation we stopped to visit family in Pensacola, Fla. It was still another 10 hours of driving, one way, to visit my mom in south Florida. “That’s a long way,” said The Lady of the House. “I might just want to stay here with my sister.” “My brother has a […]

Mom was wiser than she realized

My mother died one year ago tomorrow. My niece Carol — her primary caregiver and one of several grandchildren and great-grandchildren that my parents raised — and I went through mother’s modest possessions trying to decide who would want what. None of her six kids, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren or six great-great-grandchildren is starving, so […]

Chicken harvesting not for meek

In early spring you get baby chicks at the feed store in town. My mom always ordered them in bunches of 25. I don’t know if that was just a good number she dreamed up or what, but there were always 25 in each batch. Usually, she’d have several mother hens who had a few […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Ten things to know before you become Mom

Marla Jo Fisher Life would have been easier if I had known these things before I had children: 1. It’s pointless to buy nice furniture It’s so much easier to just get cheap stuff than to spend your life hollering and frantically running around trying to clean up messes. My children are active _ OK […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Lost something? Not my problem

Marla Jo Fisher If my kids were cast into an episode of the TV show “Lost,” they would have to stay that way. Forever. This is because I have a very firm rule in my house: I do not look for kid stuff. Period. Exclamation point. End of paragraph. Some people think this one is […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: My kids don’t know how fierce I am

Marla Jo Fisher There seems to be some sort of fundamental misunderstanding around my house, in which my children perceive me as being hideously old-fashioned and, in fact, just plain old. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a very groovy, hip and with-it chick. I love to sit around and have a […]

God insists that his children learn to be thankful

My parents believed in giving thanks. Yes, they believed in giving thanks primarily to God for the blessings he showers upon us. But Mom & Dad also believed in giving thanks to the people around us. My mother, normally a most loving woman, was an absolute tyrant regarding “thank you” notes. From the moment we […]

Birthdays — June 3

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Padilla [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Happy 3rd birthday Eddie Eli Padilla! We Love You with All Our Hearts! Love Dad, Mom, Ethen, Jadyn, Nene, Nino and all your family! — Submitted by Diana Decker

Great moms raise tomorrow’s freedom fighters

Freedom New Mexico We often hear the cliche about Mom, baseball and apple pie to describe that which is red, white and blue. The one that matters most is Mom, who we honored Sunday. Baseball and apple pie are by-products and symbols of freedom, while Moms are producers and defenders of freedom. Moms don’t get […]

In honor of Mom

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Don Reid wrote to his mother at least three times a week while serving in Vietnam. Before she died, she returned the letters to him. In honor of Mother’s Day, the CNJ asked Clovis citizens of all ages to tell us about their mothers. Among them: • Candace […]