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Monthly Archives: February 2018

 

Start Your Morning by Hitting Snooze

February 28th, 2018

So, you’re on your way to catch a train, and absolutely starving. You’re not fond of the slap-dash bagel places or the egg sandwiches you can buy at the kiosk in the train stations, so you don’t know what to do. You turn around and there it is, staring you in the face. Snooze the restaurant. You walk up to it and are immediately energized from the atmosphere. You sit down in the packed breakfast eatery, stare at the mouth, watering menu, and live happily ever after. Although Snooze has multiple locations throughout Colorado, California, Arizona, and Texas, I happened upon their... Read More

Punk Rock Burlesque

February 27th, 2018

Someday, when I’m rich and famous, I’ll have my own dressing room with a responsive thermostat and at least 35 watts of lighting. Until then, I’ll continue to prep for burlesque and comedy shows in a variety of dim, crowded green rooms that seasonally vacillate between frigid and sweltering. If these tiny purgatories didn’t contain some excellent people, they wouldn’t be half as much fun, which the same thing I would expect to say about an actual Purgatory. I’ve been in a green room that also serves as the utility locker for the building’s main HVAC unit. I’ve been in a “green... Read More

Locals at the Olympics

February 27th, 2018

As the Winter Olympics extinguish their flame and the clean-up crew of PyeongChang do their best curling-like sweep job in the aftermath, the country of Norway left South Korea victorious with a total of 39 overall medals, followed by Germany with 31, and Canada with 29.  The Republic of Colorado finished in 15th place, just behind China. Okay, Colorado isn’t exactly a country, but with 31 athletes representing the United States, more than any other state, it could have been.  Athletes from Colorado won more gold medals than Russia, more silver than Finland, and more Bronze than Sweden. Mikaela... Read More

Cell Theory

February 25th, 2018

How do you solve a problem like Annihilation? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very good and very challenging film, and one that everyone should see as quickly as possible. Before we get into the specifics, let’s talk about the tragedy of its release, and why it bodes ill for intelligent art. Paramount Pictures ponied up $55 million to adapt the first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. Alex Garland, the director of the superb Ex Machina, was hired to write the screenplay and direct. An impressive team of actors was hired. Things were a go. Upon the film’s completion, as always... Read More

Cannabis for Seniors

February 24th, 2018

With the legalization of cannabis across more states and the stigma surrounding the plant and its users shifting, so has the demographic of people benefiting from the plant. According to the CDC, Americans aged 55-64 who use marijuana regularly has risen by 455%. Those aged 65 and older has risen by 333% from 2002-2014. Why is this shift occurring and how can seniors benefit from cannabis? We know that each person has their own endocannabinoid system. The endocannabioid system has recently been recognized as the most important modulatory system within the body. It is responsible for regulating... Read More

Write Well! –Tips For Writing Your Dating Profile

February 24th, 2018

If I had a dollar for every time I read a dating profile that said “I don’t know what to say here” or “I don’t like to talk about myself,” I’d be a wealthy woman.  It is not difficult to say a few things about who you are and what you are looking for, but it does require a little thought.  Men who say they are just looking around or don’t know quite what they want get no attention from me.  So, what are the bones of a good dating profile?   Give a snapshot of who you are, how you live your life and the relationship you are seeking.  Here’s a formula for writing your profile. ... Read More

Great Sand Dunes National Park

February 24th, 2018

With spring (hopefully) around the corner, you might want to start planning trips to visit Colorado’s National Parks. Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison are must-do’s when in Colorado, but the Great Sand Dunes is often overlooked. It’s our small but mighty National Park, and well worth a visit. It may not look like much from the highway, but once you hike over that first ridge of sand, you’re engulfed by the enormity of the place as you gaze out over 30 square miles of sand, with dunes rising as high as 755 feet. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains serve as a grand... Read More

Local Literary Sites Worth Citing (& Sighting)

February 22nd, 2018

Wander Any Tattered Cover Bookstore There are three Tattered Cover Bookstores in the greater Denver area. TCB proffer a variety of books in numerous genres, both new and used. The indie-pendent (see what I did there?) book store chain first appeared as a single location totaling 950 ft. with a mere two staff members in 1971, and celebrated four decades of success and expansion in 2011. It’s difficult to trace which prominent figures have visited which locations, earning the small book store chain a literary historic reputation that is recognized nationwide. Some of the authors, significant figures... Read More

Scientists Investigating Test for Autism

February 22nd, 2018

One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder, a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Scientists have taken the first steps towards what they say could become a new blood and urine test for autism. A study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute tested children with and without the condition and found higher levels of protein damage in those with the disorder. The researchers said the tests could lead ultimately to the earlier detection of the condition, which can be difficult to diagnose. While prior research often focused... Read More

Art for the Nations

February 21st, 2018

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