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Mary Jo Brown: Memories of my childhood home

When I was growing up, the kitchen was where the family and sometimes friends usually got together. It seemed that the rest of the house had limited space for gathering. Later, when we moved to bigger houses, the kitchen was still where we gathered, because it seemed like the living rooms were needed for other things — sometimes even used as a bedroom.

Stephanie Pearce: My perspective on the birth control debate

I have been doing a lot of thinking about the Colorado U.S. Senate race between Mark Udall and Cory Gardner. I actually have been getting extremely angry about it, to be honest. To me, the issues they are running on don’t even compare. I am a woman in Colorado who owns a ranch and works at a coal mine and somehow my livelihood seems more important than making sure my employer helps me to not make a life.

Over a Cup: Ideas for using leftover ham

It’s so hot that I ought to be featuring recipes for cold things — maybe smoothies or cold fruit drinks. (Does anybody have any recipes for cold drinks?) However, recently I have been trying to figure out how to fix quick, nutritious meals that fit into my busy schedule. So this week, I looked in my files for recipes that I’ve never tried for using leftover ham. That way I can fix a ham and use it for several meals.

Baxter Black: Stupid is as stupid does

In the movie Forrest Gump, the hero is a nice man with a low IQ, whose simplistic reasoning usually made sense. His response to anyone who called him stupid was to say, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

From Pipi’s Pasture: Dealing with an injured finger

I think that we sometimes tend to take our body parts for granted. Take our opposable thumbs, for example. Have you ever tried to do something without using your thumb — like writing, for example, or grasping a glass of water? There are so many ways that we use these wonderful thumbs!

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Sex Tape’ arouses little interest

Three hours, one minute and 42 seconds sounds lengthy enough for a feature film. When you consider this is the span of the piece of the accidental amateur skin flick causing all the problems in the comedy “Sex Tape,” it seems downright infinite. And while the movie itself is only half this duration, it somehow seems even longer.

Janet Sheridan: Calendars of memories

A week ago, when I planned to wash the windows or sit in the shade feeling guilty because I wasn’t doing so, for some nonsensical reason I decided to reorganize my filing cabinet instead. I flew into action, sorting and discarding with determination, until I came across a stack of old calendars.

Mike Littwin: Ted Cruz's humanitarian crisis

Ted Cruz nearly had me. I went to see the Texas senator at the Western Conservative Summit because I have a soft spot for troublemakers, particularly smart ones, and Cruz is definitely both. He's the guy hardly anyone likes who is considering running for president. No one has pulled that off since Nixon, and we know how that turned out. Sure I had to see him.

Prather’s Pick: Lou Dean’s latest book is a wild ride

Author Lou Dean is a Northwest Colorado resident, living at Blue Mountain, near Dinosaur. That’s where she writes — a lot. She has written numerous articles for major magazines and eight books, which include memoirs, young adult novels, and nonfiction.

Stephanie Pearce: Families worth fighting for

My daughter attended a large youth conference recently. She had some amazing speakers that really made her think. One spoke about how families are worth fighting for. I was really impressed about how excited she was to tell me about it.

Mary Jo Brown: Gardening an expression of self

My first experience with plants was helping my grandmother tend to her patches of spearmint and peppermint that were located on the side of her porch. She lived in Denver and didn’t have much room around the house that was allotted for that. The yard mostly was lawn with one big tree in front by the sidewalk. In the back, there was a small space that had a clothesline and no sign of grass but plenty of hard-packed dirt. The neighbors had flower gardens next to her fence that I enjoyed looking at.

Over a Cup of Coffee: To-go camping recipes

During the summer, lots of people look forward to camping out. Sleeping in a tent, sitting around a campfire, fishing and cooking outdoors are just some of the highlights.

Museum of Northwest Colorado: Disappearing boom towns

Living in a remote community brings both incredible opportunities and sometimes daunting challenges

From Pipi’s Pasture: A special letter

I assume that most of my “From Pipi’s Pasture” readers have figured out that I enjoy taking care of my cattle — for that matter, I enjoy rural life in general. However, readers may not know that I have been a teacher for over 40 years, and I love that part of my life, too.

Mike Littwin: A humanitarian crisis that brings out the worst in us

There is a rush to send the children back. That’s the message we get from Washington. There are 50,000 unaccompanied minors at the border now. The number may grow to as many as 90,000 by year’s end. It doesn’t seem to matter so much why they came here, just so long as they go.

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