Turkey, tofurkey, and no pardon for the White House turkey

After much deliberation and serious soul-searching, I’ve come to a conclusion. If I’m ever elected President of these United States and Thanksgiving rolls around, I’m not pardoning the turkey. I’m sorry if that flies in the face of tradition, but if it’s ever up to me, that bird’s a goner. If you disagree, fine. Pray […]

Ticket feature: Blues group Soul Kitchen to perform in Clovis

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Courtesy photo Albuquerque’s Soul Kitchen will perform Saturday night at the Clovis Civic Center as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. Freedom New Mexico The blues group Soul Kitchen will perform Saturday night as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. The performance is set for 7 p.m. at the Clovis Civic […]

Time away good for the soul

Curtis Shelburne It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Though I love my usual “neighborhood,” it was nice to wake up today in another one: Robert Lee, Texas. It’s the Semiannual Pastors of the Shelburne Variety Robert Lee Ministry Conference which I’ve been religiously attending now for thirty years or so. It’s by far the […]

Christ only secure foundation for your soul

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Remember those Lincoln Logs? I was surprised to see a cylinder box of Lincoln Logs on a store shelf and that triggered some memories of my parents’ seminary days when Susie and I spent much time with Grandma Wells. The seminary daycare was located in the middle of campus in the […]

Music is in his soul

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Courtesy photo Ronny Cox, who performs a mix of folk, western, jazz and blues music, said he became a registered speech therapist in case his plans to entertain didn’t work out. Portales’ most famous actor is still acting. But that’s not all Ronny Cox is doing these days. “There’s an old saying that there’s dozens […]

Religious procession organizer determined soul

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When asked his favorite Bible verse, Sean Ferreira says he can’t possibly narrow it down to one, or two, or even eight. But when it comes to the Jump Up religious procession planned for Friday, he finds Matthew 18:20 fits the bill perfectly. The first-time event should work, according […]

Feed for the soul

How many times have you heard someone sigh and say, “I took piano lessons when I was a kid. I hated them. Now, I wish I knew how to play.” Dutiful parents sign their kids up for band or orchestra at school, rent instruments and take seriously their jobs as “reminders.” You know the drill […]

Spirituality cannot be forced

By Clyde Davis They used to lock her in the closet for as much as an hour at a time, then send her to bed without supper. They said it was good for her soul. Next time, they said, she would listen better. Whippings were not uncommon, though in truth they never hit her anywhere […]

Path to Mexican soul always special

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist The feds shut down one of our ports of entry with Mexico last week. The place is about six hours from Clovis, the one just south of Columbus in Luna County in southern New Mexico. They re-opened the crossing after a bit. It was all over a shootout across the […]

Christmas gives meaning to first and final breaths

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist A few months ago, my wife and I and two of our sons stood beneath a giant tree in a Ugandan rain forest. The guide explained to us that what we had thought was the bark of the tree was actually a parasitic vine that had for multiplied scores […]

3/17 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. cheetos and faith boss i m facing a lull in my faith life right now a void in my quiet time a […]

Big business destroying Mom and Pop

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I don’t expect you to shed any tears because Aron’s is gone. Unless you grew up in L.A. as I did, you’ve probably never even heard of it. Aron’s was this used record and CD store that I discovered 30 years ago. It was a quirky place, an audiophile heaven where […]

Amos 5-13

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. amos misses a quiet time boss i had a lot to do today but when i woke up this morning life looked upside-down and blurry and not even your stale coffee […]

Taos is no longer the soul of New Mexico

Grant McGee I like to get out of town at least once a month. It makes me appreciate Clovis. The most recent destination: Taos, about four hours northwest in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo mountains. Taos means different things to different people: It’s an art colony, a ski destination and a tourist town. Taos beckoned […]

A loose nut encounters amos 

By Gary Mitchell a view from under the pew   Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hurling himself at the keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. a loose nut encounters amos  boss i was just minding my […]

Amos – a view from under the pew: Reflecting on Christ’s suffering

By Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks — except the hyphens and dashes. After seeing Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of the […]

Clovis soul-food cook plans June retirement

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Velma Jackson, owner of Velma’s Bar BQ, will be retiring after spending more than 20 years cooking in Clovis. June 30 will be the last day she will cook at the restaurant. By Jack King Soul food, that bedrock of Southern cooking, is as rare in the Southwest as a good enchilada in Peoria. When […]

Menudo can heal the soul like soup

By Helena Rodriguez You’ve heard about “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” compilations of warm, inspirational stories and messages that make you feel all mushy inside. My daughter Laura and I love to read them, and most recently, my niece, Marili Diaz, has discovered the warmth of reading these books. There are many versions of Chicken […]