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In last week’s article I wrote about changing your story to help you accomplish your New Year goals. This week I am going to explain how to go about changing your story.

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In this new Star Wars movie, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Rey has found Luke Skywalker, but he fears the great power within her and refuses to train her. While on the other side of the galaxy the rebels are in trouble and Kylo Ren is still conflicted. So not much new going on here.

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Every year it seems like the holidays just blow-by with the hustle and bustle and are gone before we know it. This year, with a five-year-old, I want to slow down and give meaning to the season. I want her to learn that Christmas isn’t just about the presents and teach her about love for oth…

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Something I am thankful for every day is books. I’ve been reading a lot of really good books lately. I’m rereading “Harry Potter” with my book club and a new Brandon Sanderson book just came out. I love when I stumble upon a new book that I enjoy just as much as my favorites.

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The holidays are such a great end to the year. They give us the opportunity to give thanks for what the year has brought us and to show love to others. It’s fun to participate in Thanksgiving traditions like saying what we are thankful for around the table or sharing what we are grateful for…

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Being a Marvel fan I wasn’t sure how much I would like “Justice League” but I did like “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” so I went in with an open mind.

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This may be the last Family Matters column I ever write for this newspaper so here’s your last chance to get wise advice from me.  You ready?

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Why will a kid eat French fries he found under his car seat, but won’t touch a sandwich if the crust hasn’t been cut off, or if he can see a sliver of lettuce clinging to the bread?

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There are just some things from the year 2015 we should be happy to see in our rearview mirror.

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A couple Christmases ago, I was totally unprepared for how much knowledge my oldest child would glean from a semester of college.

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Sorry, Donald Trump, even if you are elected president, you won’t be boss. The world already has a boss—social media. The internet is in charge of the world. And we pretty much march lockstep with whatever is trending on twitter or going viral on YouTube or receiving precious buzz on line.  

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Looking back there are several things I regret about my life. These regrets include: having high expectations for Greek yogurt, accidently clicking on a video which taught twerking to senior citizens, downloading candy crush and saying right out loud in front of gossipy witnesses how my son …

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Really, I am much too busy to write anything today, because as you are probably aware, this is the Christmas season and I have a lot of Christmas stuff to do. For one thing, I have to find some tinsel.

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful tradition where we gather friends and family around the table.  This simple act reminds us why we’re grateful we don’t actually live with all these people.

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If not this Christmas or the next, eventually my children will get me the crazy cat lady action figure doll.

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If you have the internet or a Walmart store, then you are most certainly aware of the heroic efforts made by daring manufacturers to provide us with items which will fulfill needs we never even knew we had.

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Charlie has teeth marks where he received a very painful bite. The little boy sobbed dramatically while explaining the horrible agony he was called upon to endure. There was no blood involved in this excruciating injury. The only fluid on the little guy’s forearm was slobber.

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While putting the pictures of veterans in this week's special section, I had to ask myself what I had learned from my contact with veterans over the years.

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Halloween costumes seemed a little bolder, brighter and weirder this year than I’ve noticed in the past.

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Even good parents say stupid stuff to their teens. We just can’t stop ourselves from verbalizing totally unnecessary commentaries. Here are just a few examples.

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Much has been written about the self-centeredness of today’s youth. But how are adolescents to learn compassion and kindness when they are being raised by callous parents like my friend, Caroline?

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Even though I have been way too busy to go through a midlife crises, my children think I’m old. I try to explain to them how “old” and “mature” are not synonymous. I have matured, maybe not gracefully, but the following indicators suggest I am more mature than any of these children inhabitin…

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                Last week I walked in to the Ballard city offices and city secretary and recorder Kaelyn Meyers handed me a copy of the Standard and there in huge type was the headline of the story about Shopko having their grand opening ceremony in Roosevelt - not Ballard.

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With students back in school, we have the opportunity to turn our children into mini tax collectors.

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My son, by his own admission, doesn’t know everything, but, also by his own admission, he knows all the important stuff.

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If all the liposuction billboards and “Be your most beautiful self through expensive plastic surgery” signs are any indicator, there must be a lot of people willing to be sliced or sucked into a more attractive form.

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Snails are not allowed on the floor of Miss Lexy’s first grade classroom. This is a new rule created out of necessity when several of the aquatic creatures escaped from McKenzie’s desk.

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This year already, there have been 83 officer deaths. Of those 83 deaths, 24 have been from gunfire. In 2014 there were 133 officer deaths. Of those 47 were from gunfire.

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Only a few weeks into the fall soccer season and I’ve already observed the aerobic benefits of the sports.

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Colors exploded from hanging flower pots up and down the historic Victoria, British Columbia street. The warm sea breeze had followed our ferry ride from Port Angeles in Washington State, across the Strait of Juan De Fuea to Canada. What a great start to our trip with two of our children and…

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My personal reflects are so sluggish, I am seldom capable of successfully swatting a fly which is buzzing around my head or trying to walk on the deviled eggs. I do, however, admit to wanting the bothersome insect dead, gone, lifeless and away from the potato salad and watermelon.

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If you are raising a “one upper,” you need to put a stop to this behavior or resign yourself to living an incredibly stressful life.

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 With thousands of attendees flocking to Roosevelt each year, UBIC is one of the biggest summer celebrations in the Uintah Basin.

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I believe in a free market system where the market is driven by what the consumer wants and needs. One size or type of service does not fit all. For these reasons I am a supporter of charter schools.

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The whole world has been talking about courage lately. You know with Caitlyn—formerly Bruce—Jenner having the courage to be a woman.

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Technology supposedly streamlines our lives making us more effective, efficient and productive. Then along came texting end emojis. Every face to face encounter is now interrupted while we tap tap tap on a tiny keyboard. How inefficient, unproductive and wasteful can you get?

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