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Thoughtful Parenting: Behavior problems have varied causes

What can you do if your child is struggling with a behavior or mood problem? The starting place in helping them is to determine whether the problem is simply a normal adjustment reaction to a stressful situation.

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Baxter Black: My 10 most unforgettable lifetime experiences

My 10 most unforgettable lifetime experiences:

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Signs of winter

As I sit at the dining room table this morning I can see a little bit of snow on Pipi’s Pasture. There are water puddles, too, in the usual places where we find them following rains that put down measurable precipitation. The storm reminds me of one of those days in March when we’re into calving season. However, the first of December is just around the corner. Time has passed with the blink of an eye.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Using Thanksgiving leftovers

There’s nothing better than Thanksgiving leftovers. However, we can eat just so many turkey and hot roll sandwiches. This week’s column features two recipes for using leftover Thanksgiving dinner meats. The first is chicken (or turkey) soup, and the other is a casserole.

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Faith Column: Nature as God’s first Bible

“Nature is the expression of God, His primary word, or the Original Bible.” Many Christian mystics, from St. Augustine to Thomas Merton, saw the Bible, not as the primary revelation of God, but as secondary to nature. Nature existed as the only Bible for 13.7 billion years before man every put “the word” to paper.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ a fun, frenzied watch

With about a decade of magic behind us, it seems like moviegoers wouldn’t be impressed by much. Yet, the scaly, slimy, feathery, clawed and horned denizens of hammerspace within “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” show it’s still possible to be amazed.

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Janet Sheridan: Grateful for lesser blessings

My mother sometimes asked her children to express gratitude for something meaningful before they indulged their Thanksgiving appetites. If I had mentioned my gratitude for the raisins she put in her homemade cinnamon rolls, she would have looked at me with disapproval. But, to me, a cinnamon roll without raisins wasn’t worth chewing. I know many folks disagree, but I’ve never met a raisin I didn’t like, and I’m grateful for them.

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Danielle Elkins: Be thankful, as others have nothing

Last night, in the midst of preparing a dish to take to Thanksgiving dinner in Craig, I found myself being less than thankful because I miss my family in Virginia.

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Andy Bockelman: Give thanks for the great attitude of Moffat County athletes

Thanks to the NFL, NBA, MLB and more, sports are intrinsically tied to most of the big market holidays, but relaxing in your Barcalounger for a Christmas Day basketball game or headed to Coors Field for nine innings on the Fourth of July doesn’t have quite the same feel as Thanksgiving football. However, as much as I enjoy catching a pigskin battle while fighting off a tryptophan coma induced by too much turkey and debating a third slice of pumpkin pie, I already had my moment this year that blended sports with giving thanks. Moments, actually.

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Prather’s Pick: A Thanksgiving book with outstanding artwork

I found “Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanks” on display in the children’s room at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries. The book is edited, with reflections, by Katherine Paterson. I think that the book would be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

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Lance Scranton: When students talk politics

Teachable moments abound when election ballots are counted and the popular vote doesn’t match the Electoral College. I referred to the much-discussed controversy last week, but when classes of high school seniors became intrigued — you gotta go with it!

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Celestial New: The Triangle, the Ram and the Fly

Nestled between the constellations of Andromeda, Perseus and Pisces is a curious little trio of stellar triangles, visible on crisp November evenings. Each triangle has an interesting history all its own.

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Thoughtful Parenting: I'm such a good parent, thought no one, ever

There is no other job in which you receive so much unsolicited advice as parenting. The noise of this advice, combined with your own internal uncertainty, creates endless doubt.

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Dr. Wayne Davis: Pets provide peace during tough times

I've had quite a number of clients through the years who have made the statement that animals are smarter than humans. Well, what do they mean by "smart?” No, dogs probably can't conceive of how to build a car, though how would you really know, you can't discuss the matter with them... hmm.

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Judi Holland: The meaning of Thanksgiving

How many of us begin Thanksgiving with a story about the pilgrims? Children love stories and they love being read to. Sharing the story of the first Thanksgiving is a great way to teach children the meaning of the holiday. Read a book together or watch a video that tells the story of the pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. It is a great way for families to come together and begin to understand the meaning of this holiday.