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I’m not exactly sure how to describe it... It doesn’t really make sense, but I ran one of the worst/best races of my life on Saturday. I felt good at the start. Like really good. Like today-could-be-the-day-I-run-50K-in-five-hours good...

I’m back with more Underinformed Foreigner talk about Thanksgiving, but now I’m pretty excited that Thursday is close because we got our menu ready.​Look:NachosMini sausage rollsWingsNutella starsOreo pieLamb roastMore wingsMashed potatoSmashed potatoesPotato gemsApple crumbleTim TamsFruit s…

Experts have expressed concern that our country has been vulnerable to a “twindemic” ever since COVID-19 entered the pandemic phase in the United States, meaning an additional pandemic or even a bad flu year could happen simultaneously. I wager that we have already been hit with this twindem…

Wow, what a week for the justice system… As of this writing the jury was still deliberating in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial while the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial is about to begin its 10th day.

Maybe it’s just my seasonal affective disorder kicking in, but I’ve been thinking a lot about German philosopher Friedrich Nietzche. He famously said, “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”I think that is probably …

My oldest daughter, Taylor, became engaged to her longtime boyfriend last Saturday. I’m so happy for both of them. They’re both kind, caring, bright people and I’m rooting for a long, happy life (with lots of grandchildren for me to spoil) for them both.

What is with these southern Colorado representatives? This week, let’s explore Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District... 

Have you ever noticed as you get older time starts to speed up? When I was a kid, I remember the tortuous countdown to significant milestones every year. The number of days and hours until each weekend and a welcome reprieve from homework. The excitement that built toward the last day of sch…

A reader brought to our attention that 5th Congressional District Rep. Doug Lamborn recently announced he was awarded the Hungarian Order of Merit, a very high honor from the Hungarian government. The award’s timing, apparently, was meant to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the short-li…

I never planned on being a journalist. I never really planned on much of anything, to be honest. I just sort of found things I was interested in and took them as far as I could. I have no idea where I will be in life next month, let alone five years from now.​My approach to things has given …

So, how do you feel about guns? Firearms are never far removed from public discourse in this country, perhaps because there are enough of them here to arm every man, woman and child.

You are either “apple” or “pear,” and if you aren’t one of those, you are “hourglass,” “inverted triangle” or “ruler.” 

In case you aren’t aware, Election Day is Tuesday. And though it isn’t the midterms or a presidential election, it is still damn important that we get out and vote. It isn’t too late — you can still drop your ballot in one of the many boxes around the city. We can even help you locate one!  

If you dig deep enough in my sent emails (for your own safety, please don’t) you’ll find an email I sent to my family and close friends on April 30, 2017, from our 8-year-old son’s ICU bedside in Children’s Hospital, Denver. I didn’t even do the “Dear”:

I had a chance last weekend to do something I’ve been wanting to accomplish ever since my best friend mentioned it to me four years ago. It was a bucket list item — running rim to rim to rim in the Grand Canyon.

When I was in high school, I went through a pretty serious Ani DiFranco phase, which makes much more sense now than it did at the time. One of my favorite songs of hers was “Angry Anymore” from her 1999 album Up Up Up Up Up Up. It’s a song that is ostensibly about coming to terms with dysfun…

All politics is local, and that’s particularly true with this year’s elections — city, state and county initiatives, school board elections, Manitou Springs mayoral elections.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez once asked about the ethics of procreation in the face of climate change, a question that sparked outrage. But it is an interesting point to consider: What do we owe our children? 

Hope. When I saw the huge Obama/Biden campaign sign in our office dumpster last week, it reminded me of the optimism I felt during the lead up to both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

You really can’t go home again.I visited my hometown for my father’s birthday. I grew up in Sardis, Mississippi, an teensy dot of a town that doesn’t even make the map of a state full of small towns.My parents live in the countryside among green rolling hills. Even in the fall, trees full of…

When I was 20ish and living between two Australian cities, my clever general practitioner realized all the weird stuff happening to me meant I might have cancer. She didn’t say so; she referred me to a specialist and a whole five days after her initial hunch, a brilliant endocrine surgeon op…

Answering the phone and the front door — not to mention going through the incoming mail at the offices of Colorado Publishing House — is always interesting.Some examples: One caller wanted to know what time a movie was showing at a theater because they didn’t have internet access. Someone at…

I would be lying if I said I haven’t been tempted to, at least momentarily, stop reading all the COVID coverage out there in order to help heal my whiplash. Even among reliable sources one can find all kinds of conflicting info.

Everyone in America should take some time to watch Stanley Kubrick’s Doctor Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. It’s on HBOMax.

Last week, I got an in-depth look at a project that’s as exciting as those that make up City for Champions.

How to go camping: pack light, bring a good book, wake your boyfriend up in 45-minute intervals to get him to check if there’s a bear outside, whisper “Did you hear that?” a total of 16 times, give up and man the area yourself from 2 to 5 a.m. because you’re obviously the only one paying att…

This was the hottest, driest September I can recall, and  I have been in Colorado during the fall since 1979, with the exception of one season in northern California. I don’t know if it’s my imagination or if meteorological records would back me up, but to quote the Grateful Dead, “...what a…

Before I leave for any event, I always double check that I have the correct date. It’s about as standard as the “phone, wallet, keys” pat down I conduct before I depart anywhere.