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Do something by the book and don’t

Don’t. Don’t smoke. Don’t drink. Don’t run with scissors, spit into the wind, or put your jeans in the freezer. Someone who thinks I am officious sent me a book: “Don’t: A Manual of … more

The simple violet marks springtime in gardens

During springtime in Colorado, gardens are suddenly filled with an explosion of flowers and blossoms that bring us excitement after the long winter. Among all this cheerfulness, the violet — with … more

Public Works procedures aim to lessen construction impact

In response to my efforts to alleviate construction project management issues throughout the city, Denver Public Works (DPW) has released updated procedures that aim to lessen construction impacts to … more

Internet shows that you can’t spell ‘antisocial’ without ‘social’

Every day, every single day, maybe on the hour, someone is shamed, chided, ridiculed, put down and disrespected because of an image of them or a comment they made that was posted on social media. And … more

His comedy gives black-and-white conversation a new hue

Comedian Sam Adams had just finished auditioning for a commercial the afternoon of Aug. 22, 2018, when he saw the text from a friend: “Dude, you are blowing up Facebook.” A video showcasing a … more

Big buildings, big business, big basketball blunder

OK. Here we go. It all comes down to this. With 4.8 seconds left, Smith takes the inbounds pass and dribbles the length of the court, maneuvering around the bewildered Missouri Tigers along the way. … more

‘Like’ is, like, not really something to, like, like

I am, like, tired of it. More than tired. It makes me puke. Vomit. Regurgitate. Retch. Heave. It is the extra-grammatical word “like” I am talking about. It adds nothing, it means nothing, but it … more

Battling at backgammon — that’s just how we roll

It is one man against one woman, without handicap or charity or concession. There is strategy and there is luck. There is grit and there is determination. Words are said in the heat of competition … more

Looks like America isn’t good enough for America’s pastime

Play ball. The 2019 Major League Baseball season is about to get underway. Did I just hear yawns? Attendance was down at 17 MLB stadiums last year from the year before. There are a number of theories … more

Choices resonate like the sound of a gong

I’ll take Door Number 2. We’re all vulnerable to the choices we make. The college we go to, the city we move to, the job we take, the man or woman we date or marry, and whether to have children … more

And now, in the great tradition of newspaper haiku contests

Maybe the time of the year, and a series of snows, contributed to the haiku contest’s success. Winter, someone said, “forms our character and brings out our best.” I hoped for a dozen entries. … more

Sadly, there’s no such thing as an influencer vaccine

Jennifer said, “I watched a great documentary about the Fyre Festival.” I am systematically out of touch, with the hope and intention of keeping it that way. I told her I didn’t know what she … more

Keeping the planet clean in February

Oh, them Romans! It’s the Month of Purification and fumigation, as we all—now—know. We must think about where to start! The heavy equipment will move in soon. First, Feb. 1, Groundhog’ Eve … more

‘Knock-knock.’ ‘Who’s there?’ ‘A dissection of types of humor.’

Say “Knock-knock.” “Who’s there?” I’ll get to that. If someone were to ask you if you have a sense of humor, would you be able to give an objective answer? Everyone thinks they have a … more

Picture-perfect pictures aren’t always a good look

If you were born after World War II and before Apple, you might have some out-of-focus family photographs around the house. Unless you had a Nikon or a darkroom, and not many of us did. We had … more
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