Keyword: Craig Marshall Smith
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Disease that’s spreading isn’t entirely about virus

“Four dead in Ohio,” the song says. It was recorded by countertenor Neil Young and the other members of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on May 21, 1970, just weeks after a tragic incident on the … more

This seems like dreams and weird extremes

Dickens memorably began “A Tale of Two Cities” with a perfect description of 2020, especially the first twelve words. It sums up, at least in my lifetime, the current world, where extraordinarily … more

This is for all the lonely people

If you have in-home family or companionship, please shove off. I’ll see you next week. This is for the others who don’t. My 80-year-old high school English teacher don’t. She’d love that … more

There’s a message in a bottle, and it’s mixed

On a Monday in March, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock briefly panicked the city by declaring liquor stores to be non-essential businesses. He declared they would have to close and remain closed until … more

Movies make sense in a world that doesn’t

During these strange days and nights, many of you are watching films to pass time. So am I: mostly comedies, mysteries, and, believe it or not, love stories. Yes, I am a bread crumb-encrusted old … more

Let’s all not get together and think about this time

Stay at home, isolate, avoid crowds such as parties, concerts, athletic events, parades, weddings, funerals, and limit physical contact with non-household members. Snap. I have been doing just that … more

Songs keep coming one day after another

Is your perception of time any different than it was a few months ago? For a while it seemed like I was having at least two birthdays every year. Now? Time has slowed down. Days are different. Weeks … more

There’s no reason we can’t have a little fun

It’s springtime in the Rockies. Try to keep that in mind. It may not be anyone’s idea of an ideal spring, but it’s the only one we’re going to have this year. A year that’s only three … more

When life gives you moisture, make the moist of it

Headline: “Celebrity swears by moisturizer.” Tell me: Who swears by a moisturizer? What exactly is a moisturizer? Is here a man alive who can say the word “moisturizer” with a straight face? … more

Art becomes something people can really get into

If you own what is commonly called a “painting,” you might want to hang on to it. Someday it might be worth a lot of money as a curiosity. Paintings, typically but not always, are considered art, … more

A handful of clues before we choose

This is it, I promise. My one and only political column. Nationally, roughly 43% of eligible voters did not vote in the 2016 presidential election. Let’s try to do better. That’s all I am going … more

Life without coffee is ... well ... well, it’s bad

Bach credited God. Raymond Chandler refused to expedite the screenplay for “The Blue Dahlia” unless he was permitted to drink alcohol and to drink heavily. I depend upon hot, black coffee — … more

Noir films are satisfying dark blend

The misquote “The stuff that dreams are made of” concludes what great 1941 noir film? The answer and some interesting information about the film come later. Every Sunday in the mid-1970s, a … more

You want buzzwords? Buzzwords we got

My hope this year is to rebrand my brand with some brand new words, while holding on to such dependable ones as “go-to” and “vibe” and “sustainable.” Listen, my go-to restaurant in Lone … more

A perfect place for those who love cats and toes

Ernest Hemingway kept six-toed cats at his home, now a museum, in Key West, Florida. They’re called “polydactyl cats.” The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum currently has 40-50 polydactyl cats … more

In the war of words, the words are losing

“Lead” not only means “first,” “foremost” and “front,” lead is a heavy metal, hence Led Zeppelin. An old adage in journalism is “don’t bury the lead.” Journalists are not … more

Count carefully to 17, and it’s fine to be sylly

English jurist John Selden (1584-1654) said, “Syllables govern the world.” Maybe syllables governed the world in the 17th century, but lately they have been treated with impudence and disrespect … more

First is probably special, but the heck with that

I will never be recognized as the first to do anything. I wasn’t the first in my family to graduate from high school or college, or become a schoolteacher, or nothing. Unless you stretch it. I was … more

Stolid, solid, dearly missed — happy birthday, Dad

My father was born 100 years ago today as I write this. There hasn’t been a day since he died in 2008 that I haven’t thought about him, and more this day than usual simply because of the … more

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In order to better serve my readers, please take the survey that follows this sentence. How did I do? Would you recommend that sentence to a friend? If so, why? If not, why? Will you read more of my … more
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