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Notes of Gratitude: Start from where we are

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
***FYI---my column will only be coming out every other week from now on due to my health issues. ***

"Do what you can where you are with what you have." Theodore Roosevelt"
I often laugh at the beginning of each January because of the resolutions so many people, myself included, make---resolutions that often last only a few days or
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Geiger's Culture Counter: Obama’s legacy as the president of pop culture

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
In two days Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. But, before that happens I want to look back at what Barack Obama has done for the world of popular culture. From that first fist-bump people knew it was going to be different.
Eight years is a long time in the fast-moving pace of
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Alamosa Flowers: How many state flowers grow in Alamosa? – Part 2

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
This column continues the discussion of state flowers that grow in Alamosa gardens.
Tennessee named the Iris (Iris) its state cultivated flower. While the legislature did not specify a color or particular species, the Purple Iris is widely accepted as the Tennessee state cultivated flower. Why does Tennessee have the special distinction of ‘cultivated' in the title?
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: ‘Very active weather…’

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
That's what the National Weather Service was forecasting last week while a lot of us already were suffering from cabin fever. Well, I thought, at least we don't live in Crested Butte with its phenomenal heaps of snow that I've been reading about.
Look at it his way: It's a great time to hunker down and read, and I have
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Valley Gardening: Oyster Shell and bat poop

Posted: Saturday, Jan 14th, 2017
How do you go from 35 below to 40 above within a day? Joyfully, wouldn't you say? I don't know that I have ever seen rain the middle of December, then snow and freezing cold, and then rain in the middle of January!
It is nice when you have a chance to get the ice and snow removed
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After the Fact: Home on the range

Posted: Saturday, Jan 14th, 2017
Had I known earlier that the ex-husband was allergic to seafood, I might have steamed lobsters for Thanksgiving dinner years sooner. My daughter doesn't like turkey in any form; the son would have been just as happy with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and I'd be thrilled if I didn't have to cook anything. Particularly an "anything" that has
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Still Waters: Foreseeing the future

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
"Conditional on Trump winning the Republican nomination, he'll lose the general election … worse than either McCain or Romney."
"Donald Trump will not be the Republican candidate, but whoever is will be beaten by Hillary Clinton in November."
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Being Beautiful: What would Peter Pan say?

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
Toys are us, and I don't mean the store itself.
Even though I am 45 years old, I have found myself wandering around the toy aisles lately, getting lost in the shelves of battery-operated dogs and life-like baby dolls. I remember all the toys which kept me entertained for years--that red square Etch A Sketch with the little round knobs
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Native Writes: Dealing with bullying

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
Our incoming first lady, Melania Trump, has stated her project is to put an end to bullying, especially cyber bullying. I don't believe her young son goes to public schools or she would look past cyber space.
A happy, enthusiastic child can be driven to the door of a school, anxious to be there, and then encounter something so dark
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Amarah's Corner: Live free of guilt

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
I'm Nicole Sharp, a recovering alcoholic. This is how I have to forgive myself so I can live free of guilt.

Escaping the Guilt
by Nicole Sharp
You know that sinking feeling you get when you have to miss the school talent show, or you haven't called your mom back yet? It comes with a surprising benefit,"Guilt-prone people have
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Letter to the editor: “Culinary wasteland”? or “fertile soil”?

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
In an otherwise intriguing write up on the newly opened Rhybax Kitchen, I was disheartened to see the Valley described as a "culinary wasteland". There is no arguing that the Valley can't match in sheer number, the variety of choices found in Denver or other large population centers. However, for those who care to look, there is a great variety
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Geiger's Culture Counter: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ could have been great

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
When Fox debuted a procedural drama based on Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in 2013, I was skeptical. I thought "Sleepy Hollow" was going to be just another cop show with a gimmick that makes it slightly different than the others but it's basically a facade. Instead, I found myself pleasantly surprised.
Also borrowing from Irving's "Rip Van
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Meet the natives

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
. . . meaning wild plants and animals.
When I hear that 80 percent of the human population will be living in cities in the future, I wonder how urban children will understand the value of the kinds of places where we rural Coloradans live close to mountains, streams and open space. How will city kids have opportunities to learn
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Letter to the editor: Snowed in!

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
I hate to complain, and yet, here I am! When we got our first snowfall, sometime in November, maybe a couple of inches, we had plows out taking care of the snow, all great. I don't know if it was a practice run or what because the next two snowfalls, there was no sign of them. I contemplated writing then,
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Letter to the editor: Another point about repealing ACA

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
Mr. Taylor did a great job in his letter on Saturday of explaining many of the issues around the Republican proposal to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The area Mr. Taylor didn't address is the financial gain for the 1 percent, which will go into effect immediately while we wait to see what the Republicans decide a replacement might
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Valley Gardening: Snowy egress

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
Let's see…what am I grateful for today? Well, I guess….if we had to get 10 inches of snow, more or less, I am happy that it was so nice and sunny out for shoveling. And then more shoveling, and then started up the snow blower, and then more shoveling. And then hired a guy to do a couple of
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After the Fact: No room at the inn

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
It used to be a friendly competition between a couple of ladies at Tri-County Seniors to see who had collected more salt and pepper shaker sets and of what "denomination". Last I'd heard, the numbers were in the hundreds of sets. And probably not one set filled with the appropriate spice. Some "collectibles" are just "for fun," others have
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Letter to the editor: Montoya is good neighbor

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
I would like to thank Joey Montoya for coming to help his neighbors who were stuck in the snow. Joey took his personal tractor and pulled two vehicles clear that were stuck in the middle of Cedar Road, Blanca. Joey also cleared and pulled our truck which was also stuck in the snow for four hours. No one has been
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Letter to the editor: The inconvenient truths about repealing Obamacare

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
It's time to get real about health care. For those who favor repealing Obamacare, here some inconvenient truths about where we stand today.
1. As Trump, Scott Tipton, and the Republicans propose killing Obamacare and terminating health insurance for 20 - 50 million Americans, it is important to note that they have no plan to replace our current system. You
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Still Waters: On a holiday Monday afternoon

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
Although it was after the normal lunch hour, the atmosphere was hectic in the fast food restaurant on Alamosa's Main Street on Monday.
Folks were still traveling back and forth from their holiday journeys, and some had chosen the fast food route to keep them fueled for the remainder of their trip.
An older couple with Southern accents, accompanied
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Being Beautiful: The lessons our mothers and grandmothers taught us

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
Where I grew up way out in the country, verses from the Bible were memorized during a summer tradition, Vacation Bible School, at hundreds of rural churches on the hottest days of June and July. Thousands of grandmothers recited everything from "Exodus" to "Ecclesiastes" to the babies they were rocking and the little ones tugging at their apron strings.
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Native Writes: Stay tuned, tweet you later

Posted: Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017
I can't speak to what the MSM (Mainstream Media) has in mind, but a faceless voice on Facebook declared that they were losing their mind.
Assuming that was a collective reference, the next statement was a list of who NOT to believe.
With that in mind, I remember what my grandfather once said about a metro newspaper. "Only believe half
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Amarah's Corner: Matt shares powerful poem ‘Secrets’

Posted: Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017
Hey kids like me, Matt G. shares an awesome poem today about the secrets, shame, and pain of addiction. God has blessed you with a gift of writing, Matt. I hope you don't stop writing. Speaking as the child of an addict parent, writing helps get the pain OUT:

Secrets
by Matt G.

I keep my pain a
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