Birthday — July 31

Tristan Noah Gonzales celebrated his second birthday on Sunday with a Mickey Mouse theme birthday party at his home with family and friends. Tristan has an older brother Patrick and is the son of Patrick and Heather Gonzales. His grandparents are Delfina and Mauel Preciado, Cynthia and Rick Acker of Tucumcari and Vicki Ferguson of […]

White space is not your enemy

I just ordered a book recommended to me by a friend helping me with some ideas for the cover of my new Christmas record. (A CD is still a “record,” as in “recording.” And, no, it is not difficult at all to sing “Let It Snow” with deep feeling on a 100-degree day.) The title […]

What To Do When You’re “World-weary”

World-weary. I need a word, and perhaps the hyphen-spliced alliterative combination-word above is not too far wide of the mark. Webster’s online says the word has to do with “feeling or showing fatigue from or boredom with the life of the world and especially material pleasures.” I’m not sure that last half suits my need, […]

Our page — July 17

Burns-Breshears Steve and Kim Burns of Tucumcari announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Stephanie Marie Burns to Josh Breshears, son of Cindy Fox of Nevada, Mo. The couple will be married on Oct. 12 at the First Baptist Church in Tucumcari. Burns is a 2006 graduate of Tucumcari High School and a 2010 graduate […]

‘You are the salt of the earth’

“You are the salt of the earth,” Jesus once said to his disciples. German theologian Helmut Thielicke makes an important point regarding Christ’s words when he notes that Jesus did not say, “You should be the salt of the earth.” No, Christ said, “You are the salt of the earth.” Jesus is calling his disciples […]

Genuine freedom is costly gift

Over 28 years ago, when I moved to small town America, I discovered the largest and best part of America, the small town part, and Independence Day came alive with color. I felt like a deprived little rich kid growing up in a mega-church who thought he knew what a church dinner was but then […]

What you can do about mental illness

Sitting on my desk is one of those book club cards I’m supposed to return if I do NOT want this month’s selected book. Two books, actually. Book clubs like to bundle books together. A pernicious practice. Anyway, one book they want me to buy this month evidently has to do with “What You Can […]

Criticizing others is a poisonous pleasure

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion Columnist In an old issue of Leadership Journal, Haddon Robinson retells the story of a talented young musician who was crestfallen as he sat reading the critics’ stinging reviews of his recent concert. But an older and much more accomplished musician, the famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, comforted the young man […]

Notes from the church lady: Lessons learned on Indiana road trip

“I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways” Psalm 119:15 Jesus lived a very busy life that consumed almost every waking moment. Still, He found time to get away from everyone and spend time alone with His Father. Everyone, even Jesus needed time away from the pressures of everyday life. In […]

Birthdays — June 19

Nials Lilly Nials will turn “terrific two” on June 20. Lilly is the daughter of Dustin and Relissa Nials. Her grandparents are Robin and Aleta Smith and Ray and Jo Ann Nials. Her great grandma is Leona Smith. Lilly likes riding horses, chasing and catching chickens, and acting like her sister, Rilee, and her brother, […]