September 15, 2020

Interrupt Anxiety with Gratitude

by Linde Marshall “Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.” – Albert Schweitzer There’s a good news movement on the rise! I am welcoming this movement because positive thoughts are proven to counter negativity and anxiety and increase happiness and emotional health. As parents, focusing on […]
May 9, 2016

My love/hate relationship with summer vacation

by Melissa Muhr Summer vacation. I have a love/hate relationship with it. For my children, summer vacation symbolizes freedom, fun and testing my patience. Without the structure of a school day routine, it can be easy for children to fall into bad habits, such as watching too much TV, playing […]
April 4, 2016


by Mary Cornforth Cawood Spring has officially sprung in the valley – spring break is over and the mad dash to the end of the school year has begun. Proms and graduation parties will soon fill the weekends; teenagers will be celebrating their official rites of passage.  Too often these […]
February 29, 2016

Happy families

by Sarah Johnson This morning I saw a post on Facebook about the four habits of happy couples: 1. They don’t leave without saying goodbye to each other, 2. They talk face to face every day, 3. They say “I love you,” 4. They surprise each other (in a good […]
December 7, 2015

Put to the test by holiday stress

by Mary Cornforth Cawood The calendar is filling and it is only December 1.  I already feel behind. According to my kids, we are the only ones who do not have any decorations up.  Did I mention it is only December 1? My mom used to have a rule that […]
January 15, 2015

It’s time to talk about something unpleasant

By Fran Parker / Mesa County Health Department A month ago, I was intrigued when my friend Sherry told me about this year’s selection for the One Book, One Mesa County program. Mesa County Libraries’ choice for this year’s literary event was Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by […]
December 17, 2014

‘She’s starving herself to death’

By Fran Parker / Mesa County Health Department My mother died at the end of October at the age of 87. She didn’t “pass away” or “expire” or “depart.” She died. I’ve never understood why people use euphemisms rather than talk directly about death. Her death certificate says she died […]
December 17, 2014

Tradition’s deeper value is sense of comfort, security

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place My husband and I thought about putting our Christmas tree in a different spot in our living room this year. But then the panic happened and we changed our minds. Our middle school daughter was definitely not OK with this potential change to the holiday […]