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    CVEPA Views
    By John Armstrong

    So often in environmental defense it is necessary to be critical or take the offensive.

    The Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association (CVEPA) is so pleased to pen a letter of thanks and commendation. Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is responsible…

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    Thanksgiving with a Latin twist

    Bits & Pieces
    By Judith Ritschard

    There’s an old adage my mamá always said: “Pansa llena, corazón contento,” or full belly, happy heart. It’s a pearl of wisdom that I fully live by, and come to think of it, maybe that’s why I love Thanksgiving so much.…

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    Gemini and Sagittarius Eclipses close out a tumultuous 2020

    Sun Signs
    By Whitney Will

    A penumbral lunar eclipse of the Gemini full moon reddens the sky on Nov. 30. This is the first eclipse in the sign of Gemini since the nodes of the moon ingressed into Gemini/Sagittarius in May, setting in motion a series of…

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    Branching Out: Artemis outdoors club for girls

    After I write this, I’ll be guiding five fourth and fifth grade girls in fresh snow. On walkabout, we’ll focus not on the cold, but the stories we encounter in whiteness, letting the natural world fill and propel us for an afternoon.

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    The three most important things

    It dawned on me the day after my youngest son had his first day of in-person school a couple weeks ago that he had just experienced his first day of high school! What a significant milestone. Now we have two boys in high school, which gives me aread more →

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    The View from the Therapy Pool: Celebrate, but don’t gloat

    Shortly after the 2016 election, an evangelical Christian, fervent Trump supporter friend of mine was teaching me how to use Facebook. She had me call up a scene where a group of Clinton backers were sobbing uncontrollably. I looked back at my friend and, to my dismay, sheread more →

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    Ps&Qs: ‘Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die’

    Now I’ve seen it all. 

    Like Donald Trump’s mother. An immigrant from the slums of Scotland, Mary Anne MacLeod truly went from rags to riches, living the spectrum of wealth firsthand. Unlike her offspring, who have never known poverty. 

    It is typical, their family’sread more →

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    Seeking Higher Ground: Moving to the right side of the tracks

    “You’d think a white girl like me woulda had a better relationship with money.” 

    I blurted that out during a recent “Money Matters” interview. Across Colorado, financial disparities are widening, particularly across racial and geographic lines. So the Bell Policy Center, with funding from the Coloradoread more →

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    Branching Out: Dear mountains

    I see an orange flash amid the mowed green clover and brome, roadside. Fox. Dead. Fur, still like down fluff. Its form is lithe, not yet bloated. Heading to a favorite fishing hole late in the day, I can’t stop. Can’t do both. I’ll come back tomorrow.

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    Racism in my college town

    I was greatly distressed to hear Bloomington, Indiana, where I matriculated for four years in the 1960s and ‘70s at Indiana University, has become the latest battleground in what’s becoming a national race war. 

    Black human rights activist Vauhxx Booker was walking with friends by theread more →

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