Mary and Jack called Love INC the other day, (you can use any name you wish, but I’ll use Mary and Jack for my family-the names have been changed to protect their identity). They were really struggling this year. Prices have gone up on food and everyday needs while income has dropped. Jack was a construction worker you know, and in the wintertime the job opportunities go down.
Under the dome
I’m once again struggling with the question of how to best represent western and rural Colorado. While it’s certainly an honor to be a state representative, it’s also true that we are outnumbered and outrepresented by the east slope urban corridor. Add that most rural legislators are members of the minority party. It’s important that we choose our battles carefully. I’ve chosen to get broadly but deeply involved in budgeting and technology across the many state programs so that I can detect potential impacts to western Colorado and work for our interests.
During the busy buildup to Christmas, I’m going to remind myself to notice simple pleasures and open myself to them, to remember all that I have. I invite you to join me.
If you’re upset by the approach of spring and seeing the snowman in your front yard evaporate into nothingness, fret not. The movie “Frozen” teaches us that the coldest creatures welcome the warmth as much as anyone. You can even kick their head off, and they’ll just giggle and ask for a hug.
Students at Moffat County High School decided on a major shift this year and voted in a new schoolwide saying: “Dare to Dream.” The banner hanging in the commons area during the past three or four years read, “Every Student Will Graduate” — and more than a few students have, which is something we are very proud of as teachers.
At about 2 o’clock on the morning of June 5, 2002, Elizabeth Smart was taken from the bedroom of her Salt Lake City home. She was just 14 years old, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family. Elizabeth was held captive for nine months. “My Story,” written by Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart, is her memoir of those horrific nine months. The book, copyright 2013, is a new one at the Moffat County Library.
Winter holds so many wonderful memories for me. My daughter is getting to where she hates seeing the snow come, but I remember when she couldn’t wait for it. She used to love getting out and playing in the snow.
’Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, and so goes the song. What is it to “be jolly?” The mind brings up images of joyful, festive, merry or even plump and agreeable in appearance. Can I be in the jolly mood right now? I don’t think so.
This past September, our son Jamie and grandson Kenny went on a hunting trip to Alaska where they got two moose. They packaged the meat and flew it home, and they shared some of it with us. So when Jamie and Kenny were here a couple of weeks ago, I made a moose stew.
There were lots of awards Just think how important record keeping is in our lives. We keep medical records, information needed for figuring income tax, business records and a whole lot more. That’s why record keeping is included in 4-H and FFA project work; it is a valuable skill for young people to learn.
You could look at a movie like “Out of the Furnace” and say things only go from bad to worse to rock bottom. Then, once the floor caves in, there’s a new standard for substandard conditions, but that just makes the climb back up all the more important.
On Wednesday, my husband Shawn and I took our first Northwest Colorado flower delivery to Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab in Craig. Over the years, each delivery has been very different. Some are more difficult than others, and our visit to Sandrock was extremely emotional and tough for a number of reasons.
The other week, I asked readers for popcorn ball recipes, and I got two calls — one for popcorn balls and the other for popcorn candy. I can hardly wait for the weekend so that I have time to try the recipes.
There were lots of awards and other recognitions during the 2013 Moffat County 4-H Achievement Night, held Nov. 13 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. In fact, there were so many that this week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture” has more results to report.
Craig Daily Press sports columnist Nate Waggenspack on the fun rivalries renewed during the holidays.