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The power of Wood.Works at the Arvada Center

Wood has proven to be one of the most reliable and dynamic materials humanity has made use of over the centuries. It has been employed to make everything from weapons and transportation to shelter … more

Bringing experience to the table for Jefferson County

In the more than 23 years that I’ve lived in Jefferson County and the almost 40 that I’ve paid close attention to county politics, there have never been new county commissioners who were better … more

Borrowing some inaugural inspiration

In compliance with a custom as old as the government itself, I appear before you to address you briefly and to take in your presence the oath prescribed by the Constitution of the United States to be … more

The grand illusion in the land of confusion

Music just seems to have a way of connecting us with feelings of inspiration, motivation, adventure, romance, sorrow, and love. We can remember where we were the first time we heard those songs, the … more

Animal adoption agencies seeing a doggone frenzy

Because of the pandemic, which of the following is way up nationwide? Average per-person daily intake of calories from sugar? Trips to the liquor store? Pet adoption? I don’t have the facts in … 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

We must get rid of the hate

Sometimes we see things we didn’t want to see, but once seen the image stays with us forever. The images of President Kennedy being shot or the 9/11 visuals are examples. Last week, we saw … 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

A peek into the crystal ball

Here are a few predictions for the 2021-22 political cycle. 1. R-E-C-A-L-L-S will D-I-S-A-P-P-E-A-R.  Recalls didn’t work because they didn’t garner enough signatures. But they still wouldn’t … more

Resolutions for 2021

Editor's Note: This column was written to appear in our Dec. 30 edition. This strange and bewildering year is in our rearview mirror. I’m sure that many of you are feeling as I do, wiping your brow … more

A responsible decision at the Capitol

The Colorado legislature returns for the first regular session of the 73rd General Assembly on Jan. 13. Kind of. Using the power that the Colorado Supreme Court gave them last year to conduct their … 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

A shot at putting the virus behind us

I’ll take the COVID-19 vaccine. I’ll take it as soon as it’s available to me. I’ll take it from any manufacturer with a governmentally approved product. I’ll take it in … 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

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
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