Erica Hardcastle 
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Re: “Palmer High School to host 'Unity Fest'

Oh TejonTech you poor, poor sad troll, whose arguments are full of fallacies, anger, racism, sexism and all things wrong with the world. It is you who will be held responsible for war, terrorism and chaos. For it is you who has no vision, no laughter and no beauty in life or for life. It will be you who aides in the destruction and the killing of decent and moral people- while these kids will continue to fight for love and happiness and morality and UNITY. Get over yourself. You got a rise, the next time you try for one, I dearly hope no one in your way gets harmed because you are to selfish and angry to control yourself.

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Posted by Erica Hardcastle on 04/29/2013 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Palmer High School to host 'Unity Fest'

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes had a booth set-up.

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Posted by Erica Hardcastle on 04/28/2013 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Palmer High School to host 'Unity Fest'

What about Unity and Diversity don't you understand? While this article leans towards the gay/straight alliance club and it's history. it is by far not the only club celebrated in this festival. What is celebrated is the Diversity of the school population. Palmer is home to one of the most diverse student populations in the city. Students attend from every socio-economic level- homeless, to rich. It contains one of the largest ESL populations, as well as a strong deaf and blind program. Students come from throughout the city to attend the IB program. It also has a first rate restorative justice program, and a dedicated staff that really cares. At last count their are several dozen clubs, ranging from the gay/straight alliance to Palmer Live, anime, chess, religion, video gaming, eco and Peace Jam to name just a few. There is a place for every student. Bullying is minimal. Fights are minimal. This is what Unity Fest celebrates. A chance for a diverse population of kids to get together as one. (And a school wide prayer is constitutionally illegal, however I'm sure several members of clubs may have done just that if that's what they wanted to do).

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Posted by Erica Hardcastle on 04/27/2013 at 8:32 PM

Re: “We're the second-worst-dressed city

I have never been called pompous in my life! Mother, wife, lover of art and caretaker to all. Please, come into the store and meet me! I am sorry that my previous post was taken to seem pompous and self indulging, but it should not be confused with having better things to do than take care of a fellow human being- most people and friends I have would not walk away; do not confuse a sense of fashion with wanting to help people. My kids know most downtown homeless people by name, and know what to do to help them if they are in need, and everyone I work with are very community aware; we know our neighbors, we support as many people as we can, in as many ways as we can.
Chuck, the nastiness concerning the symphony- we are talking about artists who spend hours of their day honing their skills, performing in black tie? And it's all right to show up in jeans and tennis shoes? They honor us with their skills, while appearing on stage well-groomed, well studied, and we honor them with jeans and hoodies? It is a reciprocal relationship. They deserve our attention and care as artists. If they wanted grunge, they would not be performing in black tie, they would be at the Black Sheep playing rock/punk to an audience dressed similar to them. Btw- I have been to operas, ballets, art openings, symphonies, and many punk rock concerts, I am a native who camps, hikes, climbs, 4 wheels and raises kids in the outdoors. Each situation deserves certain clothing- the problem is that camping clothing gets worn to nice restaurants, or the symphony, and it's okay to wear pajamas anywhere at anytime. So, next time I find a beautiful and flattering outfit for a woman who has had a double mastectomy, I will make sure to feel shame for giving her confidence to walk down the street feeling beautiful. Next time I go to the symphony, I will make sure to appreciate the music more in my jeans and tennis shoes instead of feeling good in a nice dress, in a rare nice setting where I feel like I, in some small way am thanking them for their effort- after all, they dressed up for me, shouldn't I do the same for them?

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Posted by Erica Hardcastle on 04/07/2013 at 12:24 AM

Re: “We're the second-worst-dressed city

Nick, I manage one of the few high end boutiques in Colorado Springs (actually Manitou, but close enough)- safron of Manitou. In some ways I agree with this, I have continuously made complaints about going to the symphony and seeing many people in jeans, tee's and tennis shoes (Come on- this is a REAL reason to dress up and impress). I also work with several women who have a wonderful grasp of fashion, and money does not equal fashion! It helps, but fashion sense is innate, more important is the sense of pride and confidence that comes when being well put-together. Pajama's do not show confidence, they show laziness and a "whatever" attitude. Wear your jeans- just make sure they fit. Wear that cute top, just make show it's not terribly revealing, or that it fits correctly and to your body type.

And for those out there reading this who do care, visit your local boutiques!!! Every shop has a huge range of prices, and at times we all sell Neiman Marcus designers without the quadruple mark-ups! Help out your neighbors, and get one on one attention and style advice that will make those $20 jeans actually make you look and feel good. Boutique does not equal expensive. They are just run by people who believe in small business, community, and we are all fighting the big box stores. Help us all out!

If a well dressed person shows confidence, think about a well dressed city. Why can't we have our health, our hiking/biking/running/climbing/fishing city also have some actual class? A run up the incline followed by a dinner and a show? It's lovely to have the options to do so, but this city is all about the chain stores, the chain restaurants-- nothing original, nothing new, and nothing that supports your neighbors as small business owners. It does not attract new and upcoming artists or entrepreneurs, and yes, fashion does play a role in this.

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Posted by Erica Hardcastle on 04/04/2013 at 9:15 PM

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