This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day, and this week’s column celebrates mothers everywhere with two picture books intended for children that are guaranteed to be enjoyed by readers of all ages, especially mothers.
As the chairman of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors, I’m excited to represent our organization in this month’s column. Our organization is currently hiring an executive director to replace Audrey Danner, I am filling in to keep you informed of our economic growth work and exciting opportunities.
Last week I wrote about a recipe that I used to make when I hadn’t been married too long. This week I was thinking about when I used to make a spaghetti casserole that had hot dogs on top. The hot dogs were left long, but I made a lengthwise slit in each one and filled it with cheese. I think the cheese was from slices that had been cut in strips. The casserole dish was put in the oven until it was hot and the cheese had melted.
After two months of calving season here at Pipi’s Pasture, it’s almost over — as far as the actual calving, that is. (We still have to keep an eye on the calves and brand before “turn out.”) But we’re down to two cows — just two more to calve! When it comes to the chore involved with calving, the cow-checking is probably the most draining so when that’s finished, I’m grateful.
This morning, as part of our Seminary class study of the Old Testament, we were discussing Jonah. You remember the story, right? Jonah is called by God as a prophet and commands him to go to Nineveh to preach. Ordinarily this might not be a problem, but Nineveh was one of the seats of the Assyrian Empire.
Hang on as I explain a very interesting event that happens at Sand Wash Basin several months of each year. Sand Wash wild horses have advocates that travel for miles to perform an intricate, much needed service. In hopes of decreasing the number of foals and in cooperation with the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), SWAT — Sand Wash Advocate Team — is in the field documenting the herd and administering a vaccine or birth control injection commonly known as PZP.
April is the Month of the Young Child. What does this mean for our community? The National Association for the Education of Young Children is a professional organization that works to “promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8.”
Young adults are at the peak of their youthful idealism. They want to believe in their future and aspire to greatness. We motivate and inspire when we connect to this glorious youthful passion and encourage them to rise above the bitter cynicism biting at our collective heels. Now, more than ever, we need them to maintain hope during this time of pessimism and relativism.
Mrs. Huff was noted for her monumental bosom and the hiccupping soprano. She used to teach my third-grade class the song “Far Away Places.” Singing lyrics about the alluring glamour of lands across the sea shaped my desire to visit “places with strange sounding names,” and motivated my collection of unusual words that describe travelers’ experiences or emotions. Some of my favorites follow.
Just when it seemed certain that America — or at least a large Republican slice of it — had gone completely mad, the Trumpian night of reckoning came face to face with the now-famous eye roll. OK, it was a small thing, but if you’re among those grasping for hope, this is what you’ve got.
“The Nest”, this week’s new novel, is a first for author Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. It is published by HarperCollins Books (2016). The novel’s story is about a dysfunctional family, the members of which scheme, lie, cheat and even steal to get what they want. The leading characters are the Plumb siblings — Leo, Bea, Melody and Jack. The plot revolves around The Nest, a joint trust fund to be shared by the siblings when the youngest, Melody, turns 40. That’s going to happen in February.
Economic development is a huge issue in and around Moffat County these days and there are definitely some ideas that could be considered for making Craig a possible hub for some exciting adventures year-round. A good friend of mine always liked to describe Craig as the donut hole and went on to explain that surrounding our peaceful Hamlet are any number of recreational and tourist opportunities.
Parents ask all the time, “Why does my baby cry? Why does my toddler refuse to share? Why does my preschooler bite?” Many behaviors, in which families regard as problematic, are age-appropriate. A 2-year old who is not able to sit still is acting his age; a 5-year-old who has trouble waiting her turn is behaving typically for her age. So what is a parent to do?
We live in a high pressure society where we sometimes hyper-focus on grades and test scores. However, there’s more to being successful in life than “book smarts.”
Vernal has fallen on hard times — again. Northeastern Utah, like many western regions, has had a boom and bust economy for decades. Each cycle, the Uintah Basin becomes economically dependent on the energy industry. Then as the price of oil and gas drops to dismal lows, so too goes our economy. Can we break this cycle? Can we create a sustainable economy? If we look at past cycles, it becomes clear that we must look to our renewable assets to create a better future.