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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.

Forget Me Not: Bringing children and elderly together

Sunset Elementary School’s preschool students participated in a wonderful community service this week — they visited the elderly at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab on Wednesday and sang songs, bringing laughter and joy to Craig’s senior citizens.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Nightcrawler’ a terrifying tale of media mayhem

Most people probably don’t realize the amount of labor that went into that 10 seconds of footage on the evening news that shocked and dismayed them. However, if you’re thinking that image always tells the whole story, the guy from “Nightcrawler” will have you thinking twice.

Jonah Goldberg: Maybe Big Data should play smaller role in our politics

"To everyone who voted," President Obama said in his press conference on Wednesday, "I hear you. To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate yesterday, I hear you, too." Let me begin with a bit of a rant.

Mike Littwin: A Republican wave, a Democratic disaster and a mystery

What we know is that Election 2014 was a Democratic disaster, and nothing less than that. Yes, there was talk of a possible national Republican wave, but this was not a wave. This was more an unforeseen storm that seemed to have swept through Colorado on its way through much of the nation.

Prather's Pick: A library that opens at midnight

The artwork for “The Midnight Library, “ written and illustrated by Kazuno Kohara, is striking, indeed. The pages are done entirely in light orange, dark blue, and black, and the combination of colors makes the midnight setting feel very real. This 2014 picture book is intended for young readers.

Stephanie Pearce: Grace, joy, pride

Grace. When I say the word I think beauty. I think how I have received something I don’t deserve and how beautiful my life is because of it.

Mary Jo Brown: Family generations, gatherings

With October gone our thoughts now turn to November, the coming of Thanksgiving and perhaps a family get together. Of all the holidays, Thanksgiving is probably one that calls for gathering together with family to enjoy a hearty meal and getting caught up on how everyone is doing. These days getting families together is not easy for a lot of reasons, which makes it even more special when it does happen.

Veteran's Hotline: Medical treatment options changing

Remember importance of Veterans Day

Nov. 5. will be the activation date for the Veterans Choice Act. This pertains to the 40-mile, 30-day requirements for Veterans to receive care outside of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs under certain conditions.

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The Bock’s Office: Halloween movies take all forms

Another October, another selection of horror-centric movies released in theaters. This year is no exception, whether your tastes lie with the extremely abject — in which case, be sure to check out Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” — the sensation of a good old-fashioned seance — “Ouija” — or something that is only slightly in the neighborhood of the holiday like the dramedy “The Skeleton Twins.” Here’s an assessment of some of the latest appropriate offerings.

Janet Sheridan: Halloween loses its allure

I did not glide into adolescence gracefully. Unlike my peers who seemed to frolic into their teens with nary a backward glance, I plodded forward reluctantly, unconvinced that being a rookie in junior high school was better than being royalty in elementary school. My uncertainty intensified as stores filled with costumes and candy, the mountains displayed swaths of color, and Oct. 31 approached.