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Thoughtful Parenting: Learning to read

Learning to read is nothing short of a miracle. Our brains are not built for reading.

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Connie Sue Ellis: Tuesday Night Training at Freedom Hooves

The Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding horses are giddy with anticipation of the fun to come this year as people begin to appear at the facility. Smiles grace the faces of volunteers, both new and seasoned, and young and old, as they come to Tuesday Night Training events to help prepare the horses to understand and accept all that will be asked of them in their job.

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Faith Column: Love and hate

We just celebrated Resurrection Day, a time of joyfully remembering God’s ultimate act of love through Jesus’ sacrifice to pay the debt for our sins. God loves us and there is no doubt about it. But, have you heard the saying, “Love the sinner, but hate the sin?” How can we love and hate at the same time? How can God be love and yet hate anything?

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Using leftover ham

We have quite a lot of ham left from Easter dinner. I’ll bet you do, too. One of our favorite ways to use leftover ham is to grind ham, pickles, hard-boiled eggs and then mix it with Miracle Whip. It’s a great sandwich mix. We also like scalloped potatoes with pieces of ham mixed in with them. This week’s column features two more recipes for using leftover ham. Enjoy!

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From Pipi's Pasture: Remembering the spring seasons of the past

When my siblings Duane, Charlotte, Darlene and I were growing up on the ranch at Morapos, we looked forward to spring — boy, did we ever! The snow really piled up in the winter so it took a while to melt.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Furious’ franchise refuses to slow down

In a series that knows no limits, logic dictates that land, air and sea be conquered as the world proves too small when you live your life one quarter-mile at a time. And, if you’re familiar with what led up to “The Fate of the Furious,” you know there’s no doing things halfhearted.

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Janet Sheridan: On practice and perfection

Though I questioned our tight-lipped instructor’s teaching methods, I recognized the wisdom of her mini-lecture.

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Lance Scranton: Apathy for the human condition

We’re studying fear as the semester rapidly winds down and seniors, especially, are confronted with making some important decisions or fully understanding the reality of choices they’ve already made about their future. Making plans for the future is exciting, scary, and as adults are well aware, doesn’t always go as intended. Fear of failure can be a powerful motivator for some but a roadblock for others who are paralyzed by what might happen. However, the fear we are studying in literature classes involves the kind of fear even adults confess to having from time to time.

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Prather’s Pick: A story about a chicken’s adventures

Kate DiCamillo is one of my favorite authors. She has written many books for young readers, ages young adult and elementary. Readers may remember “The Tale of Despereaux” which won the Newbery Medal and “Because of Winn-Dixie,” recipient of the Newbery Honor.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Celebrate Month of the Young Child

April is Month of the Young Child in Routt County, and nationally, the week of April 24 is Week of the Young Child.

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Sasha Nelson: Judging Horizons' Pick-a-Dish reminds that best food comes from the heart

Insights from behind the judges' table at the fifth annual Pick-a-Dish contest and fundraiser.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Coloring Easter Eggs

When my sisters, brother and I were growing up on the ranch, we looked forward to coloring Easter eggs — perhaps as much as hunting them.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making Easter Salads

Awhile back, Patty Myers, of Hamilton, sent me a recipe for “Raspberry Salad.” I put off making it until Easter, so it’s on the menu for Sunday dinner. Patty got the recipe from Berdna Nicodemus. I featured the recipe in a previous column, but I’m repeating it this week just in case you want to go out and buy the ingredients and make it for your holiday dinner, too.

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Puberty blockers should not be used on trans children

The transgender movement in America has officially gone too far.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ haunted by casting choices, slow development

With massive holographic advertisements, mechanical geishas and other embodiments of artifice prominent in the Asian metropolis of “Ghost in the Shell,” you’d think that’d be the biggest example of fakery. But, the inauthenticity goes even deeper, dear viewers.

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