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About six months ago, I chose my word for the year, an activity I do annually instead of making New Year’s resolutions. My word for 2015 actually chose me on Christmas night, when I sat down to the piano after what must be 40 years. I was … more
For a few hours last year in Washington, D.C., I was Eva Levine, born July 6, 1916. I saw what she must have seen, and I understood — like a punch in the gut – what she must have experienced as she was being transported first to Ravensbreuk, a … more
As we approach the celebration of our country’s Independence Day, I cannot help but have various patriotic song lyrics running through my head. Music is such a wonderful way to express ourselves and how we feel. Let me share just a few snippets of … more
Certainly newspapering and telling stories is a circular process. Back in 2007, when I wrote (what I thought at the time) was probably my last column for a certain newspaper, I mentioned the basic … more
My first paying job in the newspaper business was folding the Dolores Star as it came off the press when I was six years old. It didn’t pay much – unless you can count the experience and … more
Hospice care, palliative care, end-of-life care — no matter how the phrase is turned, it rings with finality. For pet owners, the terminal diagnosis of a pet is fraught with conflicting emotions, confusing information, and confounding decisions … more
Ben Franklin, an old newspaper man himself, noted that is “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” In the midst of questioning authority, and generally … more
I grew up on a dairy farm – a farm which also grew grain crops. Every year we prayed for a good crop so we could get new clothes for school. Through it all, the farmers worked from sunrise to sunset. Sometimes a hail storm would wipe out the … more
Are you sure of the above question? In Colorado, the use of sales tax revenue has been closely guarded by municipalities ever since cities were authorized to levy a local sales tax on tangible sales. However, counties have used sales tax revenue for … more
After relating the twisting story of union boss “Big Bill” Haywood, it was made clear to me that I mustn’t forget the tale of Harry Orchard, the “Mad bomber of Cripple Creek.” It was … more
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