Wendy Jepson: Honoring her dad by helping others

January 7, 2022 |

Caption for 2020 Clothing Drive: Wendy Jepson of Boise was motivated to perform acts of service to help address the sadness she felt following the death of her father, John Stutznegger. Shown here is a handwritten sign she erected in front of her home in 2020 to help collect clothing for the homeless. (Courtesy photo)…

Encore Creative Center: Where families find many creative choices

January 7, 2022 |

Caption info: Encore Creative Center student Claire Peterson, right, listens to her sculpting instructor, Rachel Kitzmiller, left. Encore offers a varied list of options for creativity for kids and families. (Courtesy photo) By Gaye Bunderson Proving that even a pandemic can’t pause artistic passion for long (if at all), Danika Starrharrt opened Encore Creative Center…

Prepare your kids: Careers in an AI-driven future world

January 7, 2022 |

By Kimberly Blaker Many parents today never experienced a world where computers weren’t a standard household fixture, let alone a world without the internet. When the World Wide Web first became available to the public in 1991, it was archaic compared to today. Yet at the time, it was quite the phenomenon. But the rapid…

Shake it off: A simple way to cast off life’s stresses

January 7, 2022 |

By Macaile Hutt With the holiday season wrapped up, many of us are feeling the “come-down” from all the madness that time often brings. We feel excited and hopeful for a new year, but sometimes we still find ourselves carrying some of the weight and heaviness from the past year. It’s hard to feel both…

Winter movement: 7 activities the whole family can enjoy

January 7, 2022 |

By Cara Johnson-Bader Looking for ways to keep you and your child active during the winter months? Well, we have a few ideas for indoor and outdoor winter movement games and activities. Here are some of our favorites. Outdoor Winter Movement Games• Go on a winter-wonder walk. Enhance your walk by playing “I Spy” or…

Real Money, Real Families: Driverless finances: make it ‘automatic’

January 7, 2022 |

By Luke Erickson A few years ago, as a brand new starry-eyed financial educator, I believed that I could change the world through financial education. All I had to do was drop some knowledge on people who really needed it and they would instantly begin on the path toward spending frugally, budgeting, getting out of…

Wednesday’s Child: Joseph, 17, fond of taking care of animals

November 1, 2021 |

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Joseph, 17, is an outgoing young man with a passion for riding anything with wheels, including his bike, electric scooter, longboard or roller blades. When he’s not busy being active, he can be found reading novels by…

Real Money, Real Families: Financial lessons from Alexander Hamilton

November 1, 2021 |

By Luke Erickson As a transplant from Eastern Idaho about four years ago, one thing I can say is that Boise rarely has a shortage of fun things to do. This December is no exception – theater-goers are in a for a treat. First, and most important, yours truly (who dabbles a bit in theater…

A tale of two choices: Dual options can produce one outcome

November 1, 2021 |

By Macaile Hutt As a pediatric occupational therapist, I see a lot of power struggles and attempts to gain control from our tiny clients in the clinic. Over my years of practice, I’ve noticed a trend with children impacted by medical involvements requiring lots of doctor’s visits, surgeries, procedures, or hospitalizations and the attempt to…

Family of brothers: Thanksgiving near the Korean DMZ

November 1, 2021 |

By Dennis Lopez There were six of us living in an isolated compound of green Quonset huts not far from the Korean Demilitarized Zone: a staff sergeant, two engineers and three announcers – two Army, one Air Force. It was 1969 and we were the voice of the U.S. Army’s Second Division; we were Radio…