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A love (language) letter to America

Dear America, my most beloved America … The events of last week – pretty much all of them, including the astonishing, distressing and mostly overlooked COVID-19 numbers – left me speechless for … more

In a challenging 2020, music kept us going

It’s safe to say 2020 is a year that we’re unlikely to forget any time soon. We all had to get through it in our own way, and music played a big role in my survival. I picked five of my favorite … more

Let the story, our story, unfold

Do you remember that old saying, “Never judge a book by its cover?” Well, if you are like me, and if you don’t mind admitting just how many times that you made the big mistake of rushing to … more

Apparently this road was paved with good intentions

Harry and I went for a Sunday drive. Only I made a big mistake. I forgot to put the “Sunday Drive” sign in the window that lets everyone know we’re on the road for leisure, not for the rat … more

What word should define 2021

A colleague of mine here in these editorial pages likes to pick a word to live by at the beginning of the year. It’s a useful exercise, and, in the spirit of resetting literally everything for … more

Colorado Office of Film recognized for highlighting native voices

Never underestimate the power of storytelling. Not only can the art entertain and enlighten, but it helps keep histories alive — both personal and those of a group of people. That’s why the … more

Sibling is almost like one of the family

My sister and I are unalike. My sister and I are so unalike I required a DNA sample before I agreed to include her in my will. “Cindy” makes lists. She makes lists of the lists she is going to … more

2020 might have won, and 2021 has just begun

A friend of mine is an expert in emotional relevance. His name is Alon Zaibert and he writes a terrific blog. In a blog that he wrote just before Christmas, Alon visits the topic of identifying and … more

Reality-based greetings as another year begins

Sir Walter Scott said a new year is “The fittest time for festal cheer.” I wish I had it in me. Flipping a calendar page isn’t enough. There’s too much weight and I’m too realistic to … more

This is the year of our unbreakable resolutions

With the New Year come New Year’s resolutions. Making resolutions and sharing them with others can be motivating and fun. I mean who among us doesn’t want to make some kind of change or … more

A special 2020 letter for Santa

Of course, we’ve all heard of Christmas Lists — many of us used to make them, and collect them from our children. And we’ve all heard of the so-called “Grown-up Christmas List,” made famous … more

Let us resolve to leave the worst bits of 2020 behind

Okay, so, I suppose, if I have a 2020 Christmas List last week, I should have a few New Years’ resolutions this week. I know, I know — I’ve said before that I don’t believe in New Years’ … more

Arts remain unbound during COVID pandemic

With so many stuck inside for the bulk of this year, there’s a common outlet creatives all over are turning to — podcasting. Doug Kacena, artist and owner of Denver’s K Contemporary art … more

Looking near and near for the best things in life

Annually I submit a list of things that make (my) life worth living and it’s usually a snap to write. After all, why wouldn’t life be worth living? Then 2020 showed up. It walked in the door … more

Waking up each day knowing we are making a difference

The inspiration for this week’s column comes from a movie I had watched over the weekend, “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” It is the story of Charles Dickens and how he came to write his book, … more

Wondering about how so many things came to be

Sometimes I think strange thoughts. I know — big shock to regular readers. Both of you. But, do you ever wonder about how some things came to be? Like, for instance: who was the first person who … more

Music won’t stay silent, for better or worse

What’s science got to do with it? What’s science but a secondhand emotion? Music, eventually, finds its way into almost everything, including a pandemic. The same is true for all of the arts. … more

Who is on your Have Not Called list?

A special thanks to one of our community families, Mr., and Mrs. Arthur Emerson, for inspiring this week’s column, your encouragement is greatly appreciated. Who is on your Do Not Call list? I … more

Pop Culture Con cancelled for 2021, still connects with community

Fans of superheroes, science fiction, elven kingdoms and anime are going to have to wait longer than they were hoping to meet some of their favorite creators and other fans in person — after … more

Time to clothe the wolf in regulatory clothing

The Colorado Gray Wolf reintroduction initiative legislation passed on the narrowest of margins. The Colorado population who closely follows and understands wildlife management issues understood the … more
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