Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: You know there are teenagers in the house when…

Marla Jo Fisher I have a friend whose children are old enough now to strike fear into the hearts of their mother, as she dreads the coming transformation from adorable kid to hulking, hairy creature from the black lagoon. Since my kids are already well into this transition, Barb views our family like a big, […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Ten things to know before you become Mom

Marla Jo Fisher Life would have been easier if I had known these things before I had children: 1. It’s pointless to buy nice furniture It’s so much easier to just get cheap stuff than to spend your life hollering and frantically running around trying to clean up messes. My children are active _ OK […]

My turn: Smoothie gets a fruity tweak

Argen Duncan I know they say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but sometimes it’s not bad to tweak a good thing. Case in point: Lemonade, strawberries and mangos. Inspired while browsing through recipes in search of a column idea, I decided to create a strawberry-mango lemonade or raspberry-mango lemonade smoothie. I went with […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: My kids don’t know how fierce I am

Marla Jo Fisher There seems to be some sort of fundamental misunderstanding around my house, in which my children perceive me as being hideously old-fashioned and, in fact, just plain old. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a very groovy, hip and with-it chick. I love to sit around and have a […]

My turn: Journal delivers encouragement

This may sound strange but I have recently discovered how much fun it is to encourage others, whether you know them or not. It may not quite fall into the category of entertainment but it’s always fun nonetheless. The mother of a friend of mine who lives out of town was recently battling cancer and […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Nia Vardalos on her adoption journey: ‘A peacefulness came over me when I met our daughter’

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Jenny Schafer Actress Nia Vardalos stole our hearts in the sleeper hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” The Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and her good friend Tom Hanks co-wrote “Larry Crowne” which is in theaters this weekend. Nia opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her adoption journey while shattering myths about the American foster care […]

My turn: Important to stick to schedule

Hey kids, do you know what time it is?

Freedom comes with limitations

The week leading up to Independence Day made it glaringly obvious to me that few people today really know what freedom means. Sure, they know and use the word, but it is something like the word relativity to them: Something they have heard of and that they might think they understand because of how others […]

My turn: French art bold choice

People say to write about what you know. In 2000, however, when I, a single mom, and a former bachelor-swinging co-worker of mine had to decide who would cover the grand-opening of a new children’s museum in Abilene, Texas, and who would cover a prestigious French Impressionist art exhibit (I knew nothing about French art), […]

Our people: Clovis pastor keeps busy

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Clovis resident David Dawson has lived in Clovis for 38 years. He spends his time doing many things including being a singer, songwriter, producer, motivator and pastor. If you know Dawson, you’re wondering why he didn’t list coach. He said he’s not a coach, he’s a motivator. “Coaches have to understand the player is the […]