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Book reviews: New novels great gift ideas for Mom

Two highly entertaining, new novels would make great gifts for the mom who needs a Sunday afternoon on the couch.

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Janet Sheridan: A traveler’s vocabulary

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.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Branding a time-honored, necessary tradition

It is the time of year when nearby ranches are branding the new crop of calves. It is a celebration of a successful calving season, a time-worthy tradition and a labor-intensive day filled with help from family and friends. Why do we do it?

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Dog’s Eye View: To whom are you speaking?

It might be surprising to you many dogs have never been taught what it means when you say their name. We use so many different word sounds and clapping sounds in addition to what their “official” name is, it’s a wonder they really know their name at all.

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Tales from the Tread: Exhibit showcases Steamboat's founding families

The Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Foundations of Steamboat exhibit series presents the stories of local families who have made, and continue to make, a lasting impact on the heritage of our area.

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Jimmy Westlake: Spring’s diamond in the sky

The Spring Diamond asterism, also called the Virgin’s Diamond, is marked at its corners by four of the brightest stars sparkling in the spring sky: Arcturus, Spica, Cor Caroli, and Denebola.

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Monday Medical: Make sure kids breathe easy

If you find your child is often coughing and wheezing, the common cold may not be to blame. Rather, it could be asthma.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Strengthen your child’s EQ (Emotional Intelligence)

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.”

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Book review: 'City of Secrets' educates, enlightens

I like novels that educate, that teach me something about a history I don’t know, reveal a dimension — the human experience — of a history I thought I knew. "City of Secrets, by Stewart O'Nan, succeeds on both levels.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Why we need to talk about food waste

We all eat. Unfortunately, we all throw away food. Every year, 40 percent of food produced in the United States is thrown away. When one in eight Colorado residents are food insecure, there needs to be more awareness about how food waste can be diverted to the people who need it. Food waste has major environmental, social and economic implications.

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Dog's Eye View: Recipe has not changed

I’ve written and published more than once on this topic, and hopefully, this awareness is beginning to grow. The snow is melting in our parks and on our trails, creating a horrible, unsightly feces soup. All that snow drains into our beautiful Yampa River or soaks into the soil along walking paths and in our parks.

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The Bock’s Office: Live-action ‘Jungle Book’ has the right kind of bite

You may know the basic narrative of “The Jungle Book,” but it’s a testimony to moviemaking when something with decades of familiarity can make you jump out of your seat in surprise at the fur, scales, claws and fangs that seemingly come out of nowhere. It almost makes you wish they could figure out something better than a red diaper for the hero to wear.

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Stories from Scotland: From one mud season to another

After eight months in Scotland, we’re used to mud season: where we lived in Fife, the whole winter is muddy.

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Colorado Master Gardener: Thanks, Deb

Sixteen years ago next month, Deb Babcock wrote her first gardening article for Steamboat Today. She researched dozens and dozens of gardening topics and created a trusted, well-informed series of gardening articles that have become a must-read for our community. And this spring, she’s putting away the keyboard in an effort to find more time for gardening and travel.

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Jim Clark: Major projects accompany change of seasons

As the seasons change, so do activities. I plan on making the “Steamboat Shuffle” to put the winter toys, gear and snow blower away and bring the summer gardening, camping and fishing equipment out. I’m sure many of you will soon be doing the same. Here at the Chamber, we’re busy preparing, too.