Pictures can’t tell whole story of life

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Editor’s note: This column is being re-run by request. My sister Susie was here not long ago, and we were looking through some old family pictures. Mother even has for each of us reprints of photos of generations going back to our great-great-grandmother and great-great-grandfather. Our children enjoy looking at […]

Fill yourself with the best of media

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Religion Columnist The word “media” encompasses a wide variety of devices and systems these days. When my sister Susie and I were growing up, media meant radio, the newspaper, Reader’s Digest and especially television. Susie and I had our favorite TV shows, and one of them was “Gunsmoke.” As I remember, […]

In Christ’s eyes, all people are truly equal

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Several years ago I attended a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., where President George Bush spoke. But he was not the first president I saw. Once, my sister Susie and I saw Harry Truman. During grade-school years, we went with our parents to a church convention in Kansas City, […]

Those who believe won’t be left behind

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Over the last several years, “Left Behind” has been a popular Christian fiction book series. I read the first book because I had met one of the book’s authors, Tim LaHaye. I found myself waiting for the next in the series to come out. Because of the series’ success, countless […]

As world changes, Christ’s love stays constant

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Religion Columnist When I was a child, one of the things I liked best was bubbles. Yes, the old kind in a jar with the plastic blower within. In Kansas City, Mo., Susie and I always had Soapy Bubbles. I don’t think there is such a thing anymore, but the Soapy […]

Judging by earthly standards often incorrect

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Sometimes people judge others by earthly standards. A valid measurement involves looking at ourselves and others by God’s standards. An incident in my childhood just verifies this. I had no idea of the implications of the lesson at the time, but now I realize its significance. When I was a […]

God plays big part in modern medicine

By Judy Brandon My sister Susie lives in Rochester, Minn., where she has made friends with a wonderful lady. While caroling two Christmases ago at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester with some other volunteers, Susie got coupled with Sister Dora, a 78-year-old Catholic nun who is also a nurse. The two soon became great friends […]

Instructor nails down national championship

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Frank Oborney demonstrates his technique for hammering in nails with both speed and accuracy Tuesday at Clovis Community College. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Frank Oborny is worried a national championship and a brief appearance on ESPN’s top 10 plays of the day is going to send the wrong […]

Trusting God makes it easy to take life step by step

Judy Brandon: Local Columnist My sister Susie, who is great at searching e-Bay for bargains, surprised me three summers ago with five cowbells she had ordered. She got five for herself, also. Charlie made wind chimes with the bells for Susie and I. The sight of those cowbells brought to mind the vacation days we […]

Liars always get caught, often by themselves

Judy Brandon Once I stole a Hershey candy bar at the drug store. The cover up left me in an entangled snare of deceit. On that day, we were at the Katz Drug Store in Kansas City. Following my mother to the pharmacy area, I spotted the Hershey on the candy aisle. I justified in […]