Over a Cup of Coffee: Side dishes for Thanksgiving

Enjoying family, food and traditions during Thanksgiving

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, family members might look forward to the side dishes, like stuffing and salads, even more than the ham or turkey. This week’s column features two side dishes.

From Pipi’s Pasture: A snowy Thanksgiving

As I do morning chores here at Pipi’s Pasture, I can see the school buses coming and going. Recently on a snowy morning I was reminded of my teenage years when I was growing up on the ranch. My siblings and I rode the bus about 13 miles to attend Moffat County High School in Craig. On top of that Dad had to drive us nine or so miles to meet the bus. In all those years, school was never cancelled because of snow.

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Forget Me Not: The power of intertwining generations

Something powerful happens when you put high school students together with senior citizens. Students become more aware of a generation often forgotten, and elders feel overwhelming gratefulness of their presence.

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The Bock’s Office: Final ‘Hunger Games’ nails it

In any fantasy or science fiction series, there are bound to be weak portions in the unfolding of a lengthy story. Fortunately, unlike the movie that preceded it, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” is right on target.

Mike Littwin: What’s next in a post-Paris world?

We now live in a post-Paris world. And the question, after the unspeakable horror of the attacks, is just what that means.

Lance Scranton: Terrorist attacks stir emotion

I have to admit that after hearing, and seeing the death and carnage visited upon the French by Islamic terrorists this past weekend — I was upset.

Prather’s Pick: A new mystery novel

I enjoy Elizabeth Adler’s novels so I was thrilled to find “One Way or Another” with the new books at the Craig Moffat County Library. The novel, with a 2015 copyright, is published by Minotaur Books. Adler has written 30 novels.

Stephanie Pearce: See your value — don’t live in shame

A few years back, I wrote a column called “How Much are You Worth?” I went back and read it this last week. It still speaks to me, especially in this month of November. This is the month where we really concentrate on the things we are thankful for. I’m so thankful for knowing my worth and knowing I am increasing in value as the years go by.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Time to let go

Each year around this time, I finally decide that it’s time to let go of my garden plants. This week’s column is dedicated to gardeners like me who enjoy watching things grow and have a hard time letting summer go.

Health insurance open enrollment FAQs

Take advantage of help enrolling in health insurance

If the thought of finding health insurance makes your blood pressure rise, it's understandable. The process can be confusing and complex. The insurance marketplace, where many people will need to get their health insurance for 2016, is not open long; you need to enroll by Dec. 15 to be covered at the beginning of New Year. The following are answers to frequent questions about open enrollment. The most important thing to know is that free, in person assistance is available locally to help you find the right plan.

Rep. Bob Rankin’s Under the Dome: State spending and cuts

Summer was way too short. Joyce and I go back to Denver this week and start activity that will be nonstop through next May. But we’re not complaining. It’s an honor to represent Northwest Colorado in the legislature and we look forward to what’s coming.

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The Bock’s Office: Good grief — ‘Peanuts’ revamp is great!

At this point, we’re not unfamiliar with a world where a doghouse doubles as a Sopwith Camel, all adults sound like a trombone solo and no one questions why a child is almost completely bald. Still, a return to one of the most beloved series of the last 60 years feels like visiting old friends and finding a new reason to love them in “The Peanuts Movie.”

Mike Littwin: Republican candidates on immigration show party rifts

When the GOP debate was finally over and the Fox Business Network softballs were all put away, the last thing I expected to be thinking of was something that Jeb Bush had said.

Janet Sheridan: The pursuit of perfection

I used to read Shel Silverstein’s poetry to my students because it made them giggle. One of his poems described the persnickety Mary Hume who spent her life finding unforgiveable flaws in her birthday parties, boyfriends and pupils.

Lance Scranton: In their debt

It’s a debt we can never repay. We have history to look back on but recent times offer up scarce examples of a loss of freedom in our country. Sure, it’s election season, and I could rant and rave about any particular group whose political bent either confuses or defames my traditional sensibilities. But, regardless of my particular identification as an elephant or a donkey — it’s because of our veterans that I get to choose.