Follow God’s lead despite second thoughts

Have you ever had second thoughts? Like cooking spaghetti for supper and thinking you should have gone the roast route? Or heading down Prince Street, encountering all the traffic and wishing you had turned at Llano Estacado? Those are second thoughts that cause us to look back over our decisions and ponder on what could […]

Forgiveness often means adding God to equation

Have you ever experienced events that you never dreamed you would experience? I am thinking about over the last 10 years of my life. I have done some things I thought I would never do. Here is the list: • tried to water ski once again at my age when I have not water-skied in […]

Group organizing troop care packages for holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Corissa Breeden of Clovis brushes up on her social networking skills during a break Wednesday at the Hastings coffee shop. Breeden’s suggestion on Facebook to gather items for deployed troops has turned in Operation Home Front Cares, which will put together care packages for military members and military working dogs […]

Camp fosters invention

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jack Green, 10, left, 9-year-old Spencer Biagini, center, and 9-year-old Abby Barela work together using objects in two shapes to build a structure. The class learned how different types of molecules combine to create matter. Liliana Castillo Camp Invention returned to Clovis for the third year this summer. The week-long […]

Positive thinking featured on program

Information on positive thinking and flower arranging will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Judi Moreo is a motivational speaker and an author, and she’s going to talk about her latest book titled “You Are More Than Enough,” and explain why we should associate with positive people, […]

McGee: Landlordin’ not for me

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist All this talk around here about affordable housing got me to thinking about landlordin’. I thought maybe I could pick up some real estate real cheap, slap on a coat of paint, then sit back and watch the big coin roll in every month. But, I don’t know if landlordin’ […]

Times piece insulting to Muslims

Tibor Machan Do I search for hypocrisies among my adversaries? Only when it is too obvious to miss. And what if anything is wrong with hypocrisy? So what if you are a liar but make a big deal about condemning lying in your neighbor? Why is that a problem? In this era when major political […]

Your double may be out there somewhere

Grant McGee: Local columnist Last weekend while yard sale-ing I made the acquaintance of a woman who told me I look just like a relative of hers who lives in Plainview. While she was telling me how much I looked like her nephew, I was thinking about how much she looked like my Aunt Marguerite […]

Graduates, I salute you

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It’s graduation time again. Did you worry that you might not make it? I got to thinking about those who are graduating and those who’ve dropped out. Then I remembered a high school friend named Catfish. Back then I wondered if he was going to join me and my pals […]

Jesus only standard by which to judge

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist This Father’s Day I am thinking about my father. I am thinking about an incident that happened many years ago when I was a small child. It shows how sometimes people judge others by earthly standards. A valid measurement involves looking at ourselves and others by God’s standards. An incident […]

Gift of life

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Breanna Tolley gave birth to her first child Thursday. Tolley said she thought she was ready for motherhood until she saw her daughter, Cambree Tolley. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Thinking of Mother’s Day always meant thinking about someone else for Breanna Tolley. Until Thursday night. At 8:19 p.m., […]

Coffin issue a matter of respect

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist If my husband died in combat, would I want the media to photograph his coffin as his body came home to me? I can’t help getting choked up thinking about this grim scenario. I don’t even want to consider the possibility, let alone worry about whether I would want the […]

Truest love in the world comes from the heart of God

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist With Valentines Day approaching, I have been thinking a lot about the meaning of love.

City officials thinking green

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City leaders in Clovis are seeing green these days when they look at water from the treatment plant. Green like the color of money. Members of the city’s water policy advisory committee decided Wednesday there is big money to be made by selling effluent — the non-drinkable water discharged […]

Milk behind philosophical thinking

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist There are no three-quart milk jugs — only philosophical dilemmas. I face mine while staring through the glass — not opening the door so as not to fog the view for the next person’s philosophical dilemma. Half-gallon or full gallon? If I go half, I run the risk […]

Rail riding still not appealing

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist The Lady of the House and I were thinking of taking a train trip to visit family in northern Minnesota. Once we checked into it, it was obvious that ridin’ the rails ain’t what it used to be. We’d start at Las Vegas, N.M., on Amtrak’s “Southwest Chief” and, according […]

Positive thinking key

Anita Doberman 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 been. Unfortunately, I […]

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 […]

Dangers abound out on open road

By Grant McGee: Local columnist There’s nothing like a crack in your windshield from a rock shot from the wheel of a passing pickup to get you thinking about your fellow drivers. The Lady of the House warned me not to drive over the freshly re-rocked County Road K on the way to my day […]

Learning to procrastinate takes time

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’m writing about procrastination this week because I haven’t gotten around to researching other topics. I didn’t use to be a procrastinator, but lately, I’ve been thinking about becoming one. I just haven’t decided yet. I was going to write about the new Taco Bell commercial, the one with the […]