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Prather’s Pick: Unhappy crayons

Last week, my sister Darlene Blackford, who lives in Rocky Ford, sent me a clever picture book for children. She thought that my Children’s Literature (college) students and I would enjoy the book. We did enjoy the book — very much — and appreciated the creativity that went into writing and illustrating the story.

Stephanie Pearce: Forget TV, read a book

On a rare night when I had the opportunity to flip through my options on the television, I as truly amazed with the reality shows to choose from.

Mary Jo Brown: Appreciating pros and cons

Last month, I had a slight set back heath wise and spent some time away from home in rehab. Due to a change in my ability to get around,I was told I needed to use a wheelchair on my bad days, which resulted in my moving to a wheelchair accessible apartment in my building. In the process of moving some of the projects that I had put on hold reappeared, one of which was my embroidering.

Over a Cup of Coffee: More soup II

My mind is still on soup this week. Even though the weather has been summerlike warm the past few days, it won’t be long until we’ll be craving something that’s hot and filling.

Baxter Black: Max and Brake Job the horse

Horses and cowboys go together. There are occasions when a cowboy and a horse are spoken of as one.

From Pipi’s Pasture: State fair livestock results 2014

Several 4H members from Moffat County exhibited livestock during the recent Colorado State Fair at Pueblo, Colorado. What a learning experience to be able to exhibit animals with 4-H members from all over the state, and what a big deal it is to place in competition.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘No Good Deed’ has good acting but no good suspense

We all have the urge to play the Good Samaritan for people in times of trouble. Even so, you know what they say about “No Good Deed,” and the movie of the same name isn’t going to inspire you to have faith in that lonesome hitchhiker on the side of the road any more than you did before.

Janet Sheridan: The upside of aging

At my age, if I said I’m surprised by my gravity-altered body, I’d sound no brighter than a collie being amazed by ticks after a romp in the woods. Some things in life are as certain as a stalemate in Congress.

Mike Littwin: Committed to winning the war on terror, in the same old way

It was sad to watch, but, I guess, inevitable. In delivering a strong and decisive speech on how to deal with the ISIS threat, Barack Obama resoundingly answered his critics — by sounding just like them. As Philip Gourevitch points out in the New Yorker, every American president over the last 25 years — Bush the Elder, Clinton, Bush II, and now Obama — has eventually gone on TV to announce his decision to bomb Iraq.

Prather’s Pick: A pictorial history of Meeker

“Meeker” was written by Kristin Bowen and is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. The book became available Sept. 1. It is a collection of over 200 vintage photographs showcasing the White River Valley.

Stephanie Pearce: We have to be active

So, last week, the EPA came to visit. Now what? Is it over? Do we sit back and wait to see if they heard what we had to say? Do we see if they learned anything from their visit? No. We have to be active, and there are a lot of things we need to do.

Senior spotlight: Different perspectives

My days are usually full of writing, reading or doing something that has to do with words, such as puzzles, surveys, books and so on. I enjoy working and using words in different ways. Listening to others' use of words is interesting in the way they express themselves and discuss subjects — the different way they see the same picture of life as they experience it.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Get healthy

Have you wondered or possibly been told that you are at risk for developing diabetes or that you have prediabetes? Or are you just looking for some help to get healthy?

Over a Cup of Coffee: Making soup

This past weekend, our son Jody said that his family was having chicken noodle soup for supper. It was going to be homemade, too. They had put two chickens in the oven to bake and were going to cut up chicken and put it with noodles in a bouillon broth. Boy, that sounded good!

Faith Column: God's plans to heal

Every summer Bear River Young Life takes youth on adventures. This summer one of our trips was a backpacking trip with six youth and two leaders. Kelly Knez a 2014 MCHS graduate was on the trip and had an amazing experience. I asked her to write about it for my column this time around — David Pressgrove, BRYL area director.

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