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Children cook creatively in snug mugs

Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, about creativity. — Guy Fieri No one is born a great cook, one learns by … more

What are you smiling about?

“I saw a picture of you. Those were the happiest days of my life.” Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of the Pretenders, wrote “Back on the Chain Gang” as a memorial to lead guitarist James … more

People love to hear a good, positive story

Some of us like to tell a good story, some enjoy hearing a good story, and some of us appreciate both. And although there are a few people who seem to derive pleasure from a bad or negative story, I … more

Big-bang bullies take to the air

From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4, my neighborhood sounded like Hell. I was Clint Eastwood mad and helpless. I expected the worst because for weeks before the Fourth there were nightly fireworks all … more

Wards or at-large: Key discussion due for Westminster

There is an important item scheduled to be discussed as part of the Westminster City Council’s July 6 study session. Very few voters even know about it or just what is slated to be addressed. Some … more

What are we talking about?

There is a quote that some of us may have heard before, and it is a quote that is often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. This is another of those timeless quotes that never seems to lose its … more

Oh, fireworks, it’s so bad to hear from you

Choosing a cliché carefully, this essay will probably fall on deaf ears. After all, what would the Fourth of July be without fireworks? For one thing: enjoyable. Maybe this year it will be quieter … more

Thoughtfullness, not impulse, needed with racial reform

Clearly, the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has become the ignitor of a clarion call for reform, equality, justice and a motivation to reexamine what needs to be changed. The peaceful protests … more

Rounding out our wheel of life

A couple of weeks ago I had written about the wheel of life and making sure that we try and find balance in all areas of life. more

Overblown sports deserve to see the clock run out

Jonathan Swift had “A Modest Proposal” and so do I. Let’s do away with all college and professional baseball, basketball and football teams. I, for one, would live. more

Can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube now

There is no one, probably literally no one, who hasn’t been made aware of or participated in the protests around the world against state killings of black people in our country. As I’m writing … more

Choosing our words wisely in a time of change

In no time in history has it been more important to follow the guidance of choosing our words wisely. more

Overused words are, like, totally overused

Do you know someone who has a way with words? Or someone who no have way? Lake Superior State University, located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, has hosted an annual List of Banished Words from the … more

Riding the wheels of balanced success

“Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Wouldn’t you like to get away?” — That’s the intro to the … more

Not kidding at all — this dachshund is deep

“I’ll take him,” a friend said. A neighbor made the same offer. If Harry outlives me, he’s covered and I will go contentedly to my urn. What I didn’t tell them was that Harry’s services … more

Watch out for fraud connected to legitimate COVID-19 fears

Over the past several months, our country and others around the world have pulled inward, slowed down, and taken a more conservative pace amidst the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Yet, scammers are … more

Steaks, salons and state parks: Thoughts on reopening

Hey Colorado, things are incrementally opening back up! While it might seem like a year ago, in reality, it is more like 2½ months since we have had the opportunity to go to a dine-in restaurant and … more

Police and black folks — the swagger and disrespect must end

The argument that we ask police to risk their lives and make split decisions is no excuse for them being wrong when making life-and-death decisions. more

We win when we expect more from ourselves

Have you ever wondered why sometimes we can get so frustrated and even angry at other people because they aren’t serving us fast enough, meeting our needs and demands, or just behaving in a way … more

Money is in the cards, and some will stay there

Four million Americans will find a prepaid debit card in their mailbox soon, if not already. I found mine. How about you? The Economic Impact Payment Cards are going to certain people who filed a tax … more
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