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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

Lean into those helpful holiday traditions

So, this week I started in on a ritual that I’ve observed for, oh, probably about the last 12 years. I started watching, on Netflix, through the sequence of West Wing Christmas episodes as I work … more

Miners Alley is a home four holiday theater

Holiday theater is a big deal, as Len Matheo, executive and artistic director at Miners Alley Playhouse, well understands. He estimates that the theater makes about 25 percent of its yearly income in … more

From one’s perspective, two’s a crowd

Few remember Love, a 1960s Los Angeles rock band. They had a number of minor hits, including “My Little Red Book,” “7 and 7 Is,” and “Alone Again Or.” “Alone Again Or” was released in … more

Realize you are amazing and watch what happens next

Here we are, four weeks out from ringing in another New Year. Many of us can’t wait to put 2020 in the rearview mirror. These last 11 months are difficult to describe in one word, it’s even hard … more

Arvada Center brings nostalgia, humor to holiday offerings

There’s no doubt the holidays this year are going to be both familiar and totally different as the country struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arvada Center is embracing that dichotomy with … more

Behavior clears path and motivation follows

One question that I seem to be getting more of these days is around motivation. Not only are people asking how to get motivated, but they are also asking how they can stay motivated. “People often … more

Going forward and looking back

It won’t be long before we’ll start to see trees strapped to cars and colored lights outlining houses; maybe a few front lawn inflatables; countless advertisements; and familiar holiday songs. … more

Sharing ‘Daddy Bruce’s’ story this holiday season

If you’ve been in the Denver metro area for a while, there’s a good chance you’ve come across the name Bruce Randolph at least one or twice. You might recognize it as a street name, the name of … more

A digital testament to those we’ve lost

“On one of our walks during quarantine, my mom and I talked about how sad it was that people were dying and their loved ones couldn’t memorialize them or celebrate their lives. We decided we … more

Our lives influenced by technocrats and criminals

Tell me something, if you can: When did we, as a country, become so comfortable, and even blasé, about mafia-like behavior? For, example, two nights before the election, one of the bigger national … more
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