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Figuring out how to recover what our kids have missed

Do you ever wonder if “normal” is a wasted opportunity? We’ve had two years now (almost to the day) of not knowing, then being scared of everything, then arguing over the science, then shutting everything down again, then learning to live with masks… and then, we look up, and notice that our kids can’t read or do math. more

Don’t forget to prioritize your health

Recently I was diagnosed as having kidney stones. I paid $150 out of pocket to have some CT imaging done to discover that. While it is certainly unpleasant to have them, those stones are not my major health problem. The imaging discovered a 1.5 inch mass on one of my kidneys.   more

Rediscovering Orwell at the Arvada Center

As the author of some of the most searing indictments of the damage governments and people can do, George Orwell has become synonymous with the kind of prescience most artists only dream of. But all … more

Gratitude as a game-changer for life

It has been said that gratitude is one of the strongest human emotions. If someone has shown you gratitude or expressed their sincerest thanks, you know exactly how powerful of an emotion that is. … more

Ancient Egypt beckons at DMNS

There are many reasons ancient Egypt looms so large in human imagination - the way they approached and shaped the world around them was monumental in all senses of the word. The impact they made on … more

Another lap around the sun

So, it’s my birthday. Thank you. No, that’s not why I mention it. more

A historic figure for modern times

Sometimes, a person becomes a legend whether they planned to be or not. It is a safe bet that Kate Slaughterback, an infamous Greeley frontierswoman, didn’t plan on going down in history as … more

A time for rebirth and reflection

Have you noticed an influx of birds to your neighborhood? The population of robins has boomed around here. I swear a few of them have soot on their feathers. Did they flee the conflagration to find refuge in my backyard? They’re welcome if they did, but I’m hoping amid the rebuilding in Boulder County, some habitat gets restored. more

Enjoying the humor and irony in life

Go ahead, raise your hands. I won’t hold it against you: how many of you, on or about Dec. 20 asked for snow? Had enough, yet? (Yes, by the way, my hand is up.) more

A cinematic celebration of resilience

There are many reasons to attend a festival, but most regular attendees will explain that it’s the community of attendees that keeps them returning. This year, the Colorado Dragon Boat Film Festival will be able to offer that again, with the return to the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. in Denver, from Thursday, March 3 through Sunday, March 6. more

We are the people we’ve been waiting for

Lately, I’ve been wondering how I’ve moved from “It’s a Wonderful World” through “It’s the End of the World (as We Know It)” to, simply, “Wake Me Up (When It’s All Over).” When did I actually give up? more

Editorial: Acts of heroism, kindness supply hope amid grief

For many years, we watched from our office windows as the students at STEM High School Highlands Ranch left school for the day or headed over to the Starbucks across the street. The school is in the … more

Storms never last, or do they?

Life is for one generation. A good name (or a bad one) is forever. The area known as “the Divide” has a historically strong name or reputation for inclement Colorado weather. The May snowstorm of … more

For dad and daughter, a game that two can coach

Caley Mitchell stands next to third base, a white baseball cap shading her eyes, a single braid running down her back. Intensity radiates from her small frame as she leans her hands on her knees and looks toward the batter at home plate. more

Nepalese voters risk lives for what we have

In a brief moment of Internet connectivity while traveling in Nepal a couple of weeks ago, I glimpsed headlines reporting that state Sen. Evie Hudak had resigned rather than face a possible recall election. Before I left, I’d seen banners … more
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