Thank you, Mr. Rogers: Valuable lessons from a TV icon

December 5, 2019 |

By Sandy McDaniel One of my most favored, inspirational teachers is Fred Rogers. His unlimited capacity to love everyone, especially children, and to walk into children’s fears and lessen them with awareness and understanding, were unparalleled. He understood that slow, easy talk is what small children need, so their brains can absorb information and ideas…

The Bell Ringer: Rock concert to play at Civic Center

December 5, 2019 |

By Gaye Bunderson Peter Orullian of Seattle took a common holiday figure — one frequently ignored and often merely tolerated — and turned him into a vivid character that is the central figure of his new show, The Bell Ringer. The Bell Ringer is part rock, part symphony, and part Broadway. “It’s not a play…

Wednesday’s Child: Teen not a relationship scorekeeper

November 2, 2019 |

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Fourteen-year-old Austin is one amazing young man. Austin’s permanency team is searching for a caring and very committed single dad or two-parent family of any age to make Austin’s wish for a Forever Home come true. Austin…

‘Confirmation bias’ Your brain, your emotions, and you

November 2, 2019 |

Possible pull quote: “Do you believe children are lazy? Then you will subconsciously look for — and see — that behavior to affirm your beliefs.” By Daniel Bobinski Perhaps you’ve heard of the best-selling book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” It was a book the world needed, and it’s just as relevant today as…

The Outdoorsman: Dog musher’s knot not so foolproof

November 2, 2019 |

By Chuck Carpenter In the early 1960’s my family was living in Alaska. My dad was trapping for a living and the first winter he traveled around a lot on a pair of snowshoes. By the second year he had a dog team. He bought 7 trained sled dogs, harnesses, dog sled, and towropes. After…

No time to bake? Try this quick holiday cookie recipe

November 2, 2019 |

By Mary Ann Wilcox If you’re pressed for time this holiday season, there are some recipes that lend themselves to coming up with something FAST. This is an oldie but a goodie and one of my go-to cookie recipes. Whenever I need a large batch to share at an event, or if I want to…

The Family Vehicle: Getting your car ready for winter

November 2, 2019 |

Caption for Alex Hunter Pic: Detail technician Alex Hunter uses an orbital buffer to bring life to oxidized paint. Buffing is the first step in producing a mirror-like finish to your car’s exterior. (Photo by Dennis Lopez) By Dennis Lopez Next to your home, the family car is probably one of your biggest purchases. And,…

Sensory-Smart Travel: Making holiday trips a bit simpler

November 2, 2019 |

Macaile Hutt With lots of fun holidays just around the corner, many families will be piling in the car to drive to Grandma’s, to see the cousins, to chase warmer weather, or to visit an out-of-state family member to spend the holiday festivities together. As much as this can be a fun and exciting time…

Requiem Haunted House: Scaring people, helping great causes

October 1, 2019 |

By Krista Brower-Wood My name is Krista Brower-Wood. My husband, Michael Wood, and I own Requiem Haunted House. We opened Requiem to bring something fun for families to do during the fall season in downtown Caldwell. We have two children, Trinidy and Titus, that work at the haunted house during the haunt season and give…

Save your pumpkins, Don’t toss them out — use them

October 1, 2019 |

By Mary Ann Wilcox Canned pumpkin puree has gotten really expensive as of late. My last price check was $1.20 for a 15oz. can. To me, that’s crazy! Pumpkin puree is so easy and inexpensive to make yourself, why would you ever buy it in the can for that much? Thanks to Halloween, pumpkins are…