There was something our wonderful mother would say to me that my beloved siblings and I still laugh about to this day. 

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It’s been a wild news week for those of us who follow election fraud. It’s got me thinking a lot about Shakespeare.Being a former English teacher, I am an unrepentant Shakespeare fan. While all of his works are enjoyable, I’m a big fan of the tragedies. When I taught high school English, I m…

We’ve always gotten crazy emails at the Indy. People write to us about their conspiracy theories, their cures for COVID, their opinions about abortion and other social issues.Here are a few examples from the last couple of days.One guy says he can prove Dominion tampered with voting machines…

Taking a new job and moving to Colorado Springs was a big move for me, and not just because of the distance involved.As someone who’s worked full-time in education for over 10 years, returning to journalism is a pretty major gear shift. It’s not only my first time living in the great state o…

Last Saturday, I received a text from one of my kiddos saying that they had COVID and would I send them and their roommate some games and puzzles to keep them entertained while in quarantine. In this case, the roomie is my youngest child. Knowing the texter to be a bit of a kidder, I said “w…

Vaccine hesitancy is a real thing — for all kinds of reasons, depending on who you’re talking to.Some people say they don’t want the government telling them what to do. Some say they don’t know what’s in the vaccine. Still others say it was developed too quickly and could be dangerous. Some …

 I drive a lot. I’m no long-haul trucker, but I commute, roundtrip, about an hour to an hour and a half every weekday. That adds up.So, of course I found some info that basically says commuting will put you in an early grave. Longer commutes leave little time for exercise, they expose commut…

Autumn is upon us, and so is the news fatigue. For those of you looking for a quick, succinct update on national news, this one’s for you. I’m, like, 65% sure this is what’s been happening.Federal investigators are now asking for Rudy Giuliani’s emails and texts after an office raid in April…

There was a popular song in the late '80s that spoke of “the end of the innocence.” It came to mind in 1999 with the massacre at Columbine High School. That tragedy was not only physically close to Colorado Springs, but emotionally close as I had a family member there that day who thankfully…

I’m going to take this space today to thank the readers who have devoted their time to share thoughts about some of our daily columns. I appreciate the feedback and I know my fellow journalists do as well.

Being a photojournalist is not a job; it’s a privilege. I remember that every time I lift the camera to my eye and push that little black button.

When I moved to Colorado just over four years ago, I thought I was done with journalism. The last daily newspaper I’d worked at in Texas had pretty much ruined it for me. It was everything I felt like a media company shouldn’t be. 

I am thinking more of late that some are pushing the whole COVID and vaccine hoax conspiracies for the sole purpose of further polarizing our society. If that’s the case, I find it deeply troubling and extremely sad. It does not bode well for our collective future.  

You probably know the names Katie Ledecky, Caeleb Dressel, Allyson Felix, April Ross and Alix Klineman.But how about Allysa Seely, Hailey Danz, Jessica Long and Susannah Saroni?The first group, all gold-medal winners in the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, are household names now.Seely, Danz, Long …

The Twitter goldmine strikes again.A few nights ago, I did my daily/nightly search for a couple of stories to read via social media. Rarely am I disappointed.I found a story about a "high school football team" comprised of a few kids but mostly grown-ass men posing as 5-star college recruits…

Life behind bars can be ugly — incarcerated people can spend years in solitary confinement, watch as guards and inmates fight, see family members drift away as they are moved from facility to facility.

Well, it’s that time of year again… Kids are brushing off their news kicks, grabbing their backpacks and heading out the door to catch the bus. Yes, the new school year has begun (my kiddo just started the third grade last week).

I’ve been covering election fraud claims a lot lately. Some members of what I call “the Heidi Beedle Fan Club” have let me know how biased and uninformed my coverage is, and even sent me videos from Rumble (it’s like Youtube for people who think horse dewormer will kill COVID) of Mike Lindel…

I don’t know about everyone else, but the idea of raising a tiny human can be terrifying. That's especially true when it comes to driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states more than 2,600 children under 13 years old are involved in car wrecks daily.

It's important to have things to look forward to in life — from the quotidian to the fantastic. And in my family, we're often looking forward to our next meal! Not to mention the discussions beforehand about what will be on the menu, where we will obtain it and how it will be prepared.  

 Some of us have heard the phrase, “Never meet your heroes.” The idea: Once you’ve built someone or something up, you’re likely to be disappointed when you cross paths with the real deal. You’re better off living with an idealized fantasy than having to face reality and handle the disappointment.

For the past 28 years, the Indy has held its annual Best Of competition. Hopefully the contest helps our readers choose where to grab a bite to eat or decide which dentist or orthodontist to try out — or even where to buy their cannabis! 

I don’t know about you but this current go ‘round with the Delta variant has got me thinking — and reaching the unfortunate (but pragmatic) conclusion that needing COVID is with us for the long run. This calculus is for my mental health; I figure the sooner I accept life as we knew it before…

One of the things they don’t tell you about getting a degree in literature is that you will be cursed with a quotation for all occasions. The collected works of literary masters swirl around inside your head, random synaptic firings mix the horror of modern existence with allusions to writer…

There is something about the beginning of August that always resonates with me. At July’s end I begin noticing the subtle decrease in the brightness of the sunlight and the shortening of days. The daylight morphs into what I like to think of as having a Champagne sort of quality. It always d…

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Anyone who has lived in the Colorado Springs area for a while might have sensed something different about the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. You just couldn’t put your finger on it.The answer: For the first time in a generation, nobody from our daily newspaper was there to cover the Olympics.The …

It was just a year ago that we launched our daily Indy Now e-newsletter. I’ve always thought one of the coolest parts of it is our Photo of the Day.

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We just never know when we are seeing someone for the last time. I was reminded of this on Monday when I got news that a beloved brother-in-law had passed away. George had become ill in mid-spring and did not suffer long — so for that I am grateful. But oh, how shocking it is to think that w…