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Mary Jo Brown: Believing compliments

Have you ever noticed how many times a compliment is shrugged off with a remark like, “this old thing,” “do you really think so?” or some other trite remark that depletes the meaning? If you keep sending the compliments away or make light of them, after a while you may stop getting any because it will appear you are ungrateful. It seems that we are afraid to admit that we are worth a compliment, we discount the marvelousness about ourselves.

Over a Cup: Taking some time to bake

With all my appointments and paperwork, I don’t have a lot of time to bake. This week, however, my car is going to be in the shop for repair of its heater (and not a bit too soon), so I’m going to stay home a little more — at least for a few days.

From Pipi’s Pasture: You know it’s cold when…

The weather has been so mild, and suddenly (within minutes it seems), it has turned cold. So all day I’ve been keeping track of what it’s like to try to adapt to the frigid temperatures here at Pipi’s Pasture, and the following is what I included in my notes.

Conservation Colorado: Sage grouse woes and wonders

As the last rays of sunlight disappeared under the ridge and the cold began sweeping across the basin, I slowly came to grips with the fact that another hunting season was being put to rest, and I was going to be trudging home without filling the freezer.

Craig health briefs for Nov. 15, 2014: Open enrollment for 2015 health insurance plans begins Saturday

To compare health plans, visit Connect For Health Colorado at http://connectforhealthco.com. Open enrollment ends Feb. 15, 2015, however to receive coverage beginning Jan. 1 or to change your existing plan, you must complete your enrollment by Dec. 15.

Janet Sheridan: Things I wished for

When my birthday rolled around earlier this month, I had a list of things to wish for as I blew out the crowd of candles that topped my cake. Fortunately, oxygen-deprivation didn’t impact my mental acuity, and I remembered the entire list.

Lance Scranton: Seeking refuge in strength, wisdom

This past week two news stories have torn at my heart and challenged my conscience. Two young women, each stricken with rare forms of brain cancer, made two very different decisions.

Prather’s Pick: A new Longmire book

A couple of weeks ago, while I was at Downtown Books in Craig, I was delighted to find a brand new book by Craig Johnson. He is the author of 10 bestselling novels set in Absaroka County, Wyoming and featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire. The books are so popular that they have inspired “Longmire,” the A&E drama series, starring Robert Taylor. Johnson’s new book, “Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories,” is published by Viking Penguin (2014).

Stephanie Pearce: Fearing Alzheimer’s disease

As a writer, I always hope that something I write will touch someone. I want to have an impact on my readers in a positive way. I want people to remember me in an optimistic light.

Mary Jo Brown: Don’t cast verbal stones

We shouldn’t go around talking negatively about someone else. We need to look at our own behaviors, habits and the way we live before we speak of others. No one is perfect.

Thoughtful Parenting: Temperament is just 1 aspect of your child’s design

Temperament is a biologically-driven human trait — it’s how we are uniquely designed.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Cleaning the dining room table II

My little cottage office is located in our front yard, right next to Pipi’s Pasture. My son Jamie designed and built the office for me some years ago, and I love it.

Over a Cup: Pumpkin preserves, blueberry coffee cake

This column features one more recipe in the pumpkin butter category, but this one is a little different. It is for “Pumpkin Preserves.”

Baxter Black: Keepin’ busy

The story of Skip.

René Littlehawk: Winterizing our pets

Burrrrr! Fall is here and winter is fast approaching. The cold and the snow will soon be blowing and all of our feathered and furry friends are going to need some extra TLC.