Religion column: First impressions can often be misleading

Sometimes we make up our minds about people by looking at their dress or mannerisms. Yet, most of the time our assessments are wrong. Paul wrote: “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) The following story is an everyday example of how […]

Letter to the editor: ‘Angel’ makes Christmas brighter

We all get consumed by everyday life. Sometimes we lose sight of what’s really important. We try to make up for it here and there, never thinking to look at those around us in need. I for one am guilty of this. This year my husband and I were plagued by bad luck. We are […]

Congress has bigger worries than Internet

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes you wonder if Congress lives in the real world. With such Internet companies as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft driving what little economic recovery we’re enjoying, Congress could short-circuit the whole Internet — literally. The major legislation at issue is HR3261, commonly called SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. It […]

God’s people are to ‘Overflow’ with Thanksgiving

Curtis Shelburne Sometimes we just make things too hard. I was listening to one of Garrison Keillor’s “News from Lake Wobegon” stories one day as he was talking about the deer hunting season that had just closed up in (fictitious) Lake Wobegon right before Thanksgiving. Keillor painted a word picture (which I’ve embellished a bit) […]

Let’s talk about flat tires and faith

Curtis K. Shelburne Sometimes I think my funny bone is oddly shaped or maybe dislocated. Oh, it’s definitely there and works at least as well as it should, but it also works in inappropriate moments. And what strikes me as funny doesn’t always grab other folks the same way. For example . . . I […]

Libertarianism starts with respect

I sometimes hear people make the claim that libertarianism is “Utopian,” just like communism, because “It sounds good on paper, but it will never work in the real world.” Ridiculous! Communism requires the impossible — omniscient central planners — in order to work. Libertarianism only needs you to not steal or attack; it places no […]

Adventure fever strikes again

It is indeed nothing unusual. It happens to me about this time every year, sometimes sooner by a week or two, sometimes later by a week or two, and I have learned to adjust. It will go away, and it is by no means a malady unique to me. If there is such a condition […]

Sometimes, giving up only option

He was a sorrel, almost 16 hands, and quite healthy-looking. I didn’t have a round pen, so I put him in the woven-wire fenced square pen. I did all the things I’d been taught: tied up his foot, sacked him out, saddled and unsaddled him, leaned over his bare back, picked up his feet. He […]

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 […]

Some people can always complain

Sometimes I feel as if I’ve spent my whole life looking up at the sky, hoping to see rain clouds. That’s left over from being a child during the infamously drouthy 1950s I’m sure. These days I’m joined by the city folks who usually ignore such things. We’re all looking up hoping to see some […]

Musical legacy left behind

Music has lots of ways of connecting people, sometimes when we least suspect it. After writing a newspaper column for close to 25 years I’ve learned not to fight it when a good topic comes along. Sometimes they don’t come seeking my muse at all, the good Lord and my editor know only too well. […]

McGee: Pondering mortality

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist One of the cool things about the Internet is you can find out whatever happened to old pals. Sometimes you get an answer, sometimes you wish you’d never asked. So one day I got to wondering whatever happened to my date for my senior prom. The answer left me stunned. […]

Education column: School funds go to much-needed projects

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy People sometimes wonder what happens to the dollars that go into our schools. Lots of wonderful things are accomplished throughout the school year and during the summer. School improvements are ongoing, from year to year, but recent bonds are allowing us do some of the much-needed projects that have been waiting for the […]

Sometimes food bites back

Sharna Johnson Hunger and need change everything — even those rules we believe to be black and white. It’s a thought I arrived at this week while talking with a friend. “You know, I’ve been meaning to tell you, you’re mean,” he said jokingly. He proceeded to point out he was struck by the thought […]

In search of ponies: Sometimes dreams come true

Sharna Johnson I still remember the day I learned dreams can come true. I must have been 7 or 8 and my dad, little brother and I drove to a surprise destination on my birthday. We arrived at the stockyard and my new horse was led out. It was the best day of my life. […]

Ten rules to a good, clean fight

Curtis Shelburne Mark it down: all couples sometimes fight. If it makes you feel better to hedge, make that “All couples sometimes have serious and somewhat warm discussions.” That is nothing but normal, and may even be healthy—vastly healthier than the immature, toxic, and completely unfair “I’m clamming up,” passive aggressive, silent approach no one […]

Dog names reflect habits

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Sometimes a given name just doesn’t suffice for a dog. A nickname sometimes works better. The new dog at the Terry household, Ranger, earned one early on in his residence for his tendency to find out of the way, even hiding places to sleep. We found him behind the couch […]

Actions sometimes have unforeseen results

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The tragic death of a SeaWorld trainer, drowned by an orca, whether accidentally or intentionally. The voluntary exit of an Olympic snowboarder, after showing off a little too freely with his bronze medal. The “excommunication”of a Beverly Hills beauty contestant by her home town, after speaking on a controversial issue. […]

Governor optimistic about cooperation during session

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Many legislative sessions in recent years have been known for the stormy, sometimes rancorous relationship between Gov. Bill Richardson and lawmakers, mainly those in the state Senate. On the threshold of Richardson’s last regular session — his second term expires on Dec. 31 and he legally can’t […]

Health insurance not an entitlement

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist I am fond of affordability. That extends to insurance.My home, car, health and sometimes travel insurance would at their best be something I can well afford. But then this is so with whatever it is that I am in the market for — shoes, food, furniture, electronics, etc. […]