Realizing goals requires planning, flexibility

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The heavy pall you see and feel hanging in the air, if you are aware of and responsive to it, is the aura of holiday decorations being removed and stored for another year. New Year’s Day is perhaps a fine time to begin this, at least in our family. Certain […]

Stocking stuffers

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CNJ staff photo illustration: Liliana Castillo Stockings are a chance to show your friends and family members you’ve been paying attention to what they like. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Stocking stuffers can be anything from holiday candy to money, but in the end, as long as the stuffers bring a smile to the […]

Positive outlook takes work

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist I am always amazed when I meet people who are extremely positive no matter what happens out there. It may pour rain or thunder but nothing can take their smile away. Whenever I asked these people what their secret is, they often say, that’s just the way I have always […]

Increased holiday workload can be draining for plumbers

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Garry Bonnett, a Denton Plumbing employee, works on a drain. Another local plumber says calls increase around the holidays, in part due to the number of people gathering together in homes. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Stomachs aren’t the only things that get full after a holiday banquet. Holiday […]

Tossing diapers can’t be good karma

By Grant McGee: Local columnist There’s something great about a new morning on the High Plains. The sun has just come up, the air is still cool and fresh, birds are singing. It’s even better when it’s my day off and The Lady of the House hasn’t given me her chore list yet. This was […]

God walks with us all along life’s journey

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Guest columnist I just saw something I thought I’d never see — but this week I’ve already seen a wad of things in that category.   I’m presently in the air over northern Africa. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a light flash on outside the window. The […]

Police: Senior citizen traps alleged burglar

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An 85-year-old city resident took law enforcement into his own hands, capturing a teen at gunpoint Tuesday during an attempted robbery. When police arrived at the home just before 7 a.m., they found Alton Tillman pointing a handgun at a 16-year-old boy who was standing against a wall, a police […]

Panic not uncommon

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I get panic attacks. They’re not frequent, and I’ll go years without one. But inevitably and without warning, they show up like an uninvited guest. I say without warning, but they’re not entirely random. While my husband is trying to assure me I’m not having a heart attack, he’ll gently ask […]

Role models don’t always go by ‘dad’

By Grant McGee: Local columnist There’s a framed black and white snapshot on my shelf at work. It’s of a smiling, jovial guy in a flannel shirt standing in front of a car with the hood up. Every now and then someone asks me, “Who’s the man in the picture?” “That’s Scoutmaster Phil,” I say. […]

Children feel life’s unfairness

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few days ago, my second-born, Anna, threw a temper tantrum because her older sister was going to play at the home of a friend from kindergarten. She insisted it was unfair, and what started with a pleading tone quickly escalated into whining and yelling about this apparent age discrimination. “Why […]

Size doesn’t solve society’s issues

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer My dad was talking to my 10-year-old niece, Mireya, recently about the music devices he grew up with — cassettes, reel-to-reels and eight-tracks. “And those ‘big CDs,’” Mireya remarked about the old vinyl records. This remark not only cracked me up, it got me started thinking about how so […]

Mother still one of the true greats

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My mom is the greatest mom there ever was and I love her just a whole lot. Well, I know there are lots of folks who think their mom is the best. I’m not exactly happy about where my mom is. She’s 88 years old and spends her days in […]

Whole new world: Chinese immigrant joins Air Force

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Courtesy photo By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Airman 1st Class Yi Liu felt she had no hope for a future in China. Immigrating to America and enlisting in the Air Force changed her outlook. The 24-year-old will soon be promoted to senior airman. She is hoping to trade her job at the Cannon Air Force […]

Littlest things can interrupt routine

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I get lost so easily in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Sometimes I’m in and right back out of the store in a few, but when I walk out of those sliding doors, I can’t remember where I parked. Even more baffling to my friend Bernard, however, is how I can […]

Former athletic director looks back on athletics

Randy Adrian was inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame during March’s state basketball tournament. His biggest thrills over the past year, however, more likely include two trips to Philadelphia to watch Eagles wide receiver and Clovis native Hank Baskett play, and a vacation at the Sturgis, S.D., motorcycle rally. The former […]

Collector knows when to clean house

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “You don’t like my collections for some reason,” I said. “You make little snippy comments about them every now and then.” “I don’t like collections that gather dust,” said The Lady of the House. “I don’t mind your music collection; you play all those LPs and cassettes. But that book […]

Disaster situation handled well

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist We have read and heard a great deal about the tornado that swept through our town March 23. It seems inappropriate not to add to that, pulling out some of the positive things that meant we as a community pulled together to weather this situation. Only one radio station was […]

Twister threat left time to reflect

By Grant McGee: Local columnist You kick a few things around in your head as you hunker down in the hallway of your home, wondering if a tornado is going to come whirling out of the dark, rainy night and slam into your house. That’s the way it was last Friday night, The Night of […]

Happiness requires hard work

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Apparently there is a secret being revealed to the world through a book, appropriately titled “The Secret.” In it, philosophers, Reiki masters, speakers and authors describe how they got all the great things they wanted, such as wealth, good health, great jobs and perfect relationships, by simply wishing for them. The […]

Q&A: Former player at helm of Play Inc. board

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Charles Lott grew up with days of football and nights of basketball at Play Inc. Now as the president of the board he tries to give the same positive sports memories to today’s participants. He’s been a board member since 2003. Q:What are your earliest memories of Play Inc.? […]