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The last, final diatribe on an unneeded, unnecessary word

I, like, give up. Once a year for the past eight years, I have written a column about the extra-grammatical use of the word “like” and its part in the ruination of the English language. Each … more

Guys, please stop wearing clown shoes with cleats

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey may have gone out of business, but there are still plenty of clowns to go around. They perform in the National Football League, and provide adoring fans with … more

All joking aside, brace yourself for puns

When Chopin — one of my favorites — died, he began to decompose. No one is born with a sense of humor, and you can’t order one online. Some people are funny and some people aren’t. Some … more

Place of shelter shouldn’t become place to swelter

Former talk show host Dick Cavett said he saw Groucho Marx on the streets of New York, and told him he was a big fan. Marx said, “If it gets any hotter, I’m going to need a big fan.” After 22 … more

Well, as it turns out, there is an ‘I’ in team

There’s only one of me (you’ll be happy to know), but from now on I want to be thought of as Team Craig. Calling yourself or yourselves a team is the latest and the greatest, and I don’t want … more

Shades of gray look a lot less shady

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The day I found my first gray hairs, I thought I’d dye. Today’s essay is about gray hair. I like gray hair. Americans are not allowed to grow older gracefully. … more

Saying goodbye to District 5

It is bittersweet that this is both my first and last column for the Washington Park Profile as District 5 councilwoman. I’ve been asked to write because re-districting in 2015 included the … more

When it comes to love stories, bibliophilia is one for the books

I have books on shelves in two rooms that I will never read from cover to cover again. I keep them because they are some of my dearest friends. What’s on someone’s bookshelves tells a lot about … more

Concentrated innuendo brings about maximum effectiveness

Six words may not seem like a lot, but think of the evocations of “I love you. Or do I?” You have a story, complete with conflict. Entries in the six-word story contest came from California, … more

Hey kids, life is nice without that device

I was standing at the crossroads a few years ago. Along came a fellow with a guitar. Said his name was Robert Johnson and that he had something to sell, but not to me. I told him, “Me too.” He … more

Peak experience is a case of aiming way too high

The greatest risk I am willing to take is grocery shopping in Douglas County on a Saturday afternoon. It is an electrifying episode of “Supermarket Sweep” conjoined with a dress rehearsal for … more

Essentially, some of these claims seem pretty oily

Some jokes about oil are too crude for my taste. But seriously. While I was waiting for my prescription to be filled by the pharmacist, I waited in a small area that was shelf after shelf of … more

Rules are rules, even if your fur baby is special

I will say it from the start: I know how unfair this is to you. I know it’s unfair to you because you’re different. You’re not like everyone else, and neither is your dog “Rex.” Your dog is … more

Contest launched, and headline is clue

William Shakespeare wrote, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” Dorothy Parker wrote, “Brevity is the soul of lingerie.” Now, on the same footpath as the 17-syllable haiku contest comes this: a … more

Editorial: Acts of heroism, kindness supply hope amid grief

For many years, we watched from our office windows as the students at STEM High School Highlands Ranch left school for the day or headed over to the Starbucks across the street. The school is in the … more

For a life well done, have friends who are rare

A good friend was once defined as someone you could call at 2 a. m. and tell, “Bring a shovel, and don’t ask questions.” Plutarch said, “I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and … more

Memories keep the past from going past its prime

Major news stories tumble on top of each other like newborn puppies, and there is a new litter every week. How’s that for a simile? Remembering what and when becomes more challenging the older we … more

National Small Business Week celebrates entrepreneurial spirit

It was 1963 when President Kennedy issued the first Small Business Week proclamation, announcing to the nation the critical importance of local small businesses in our communities. Here we are 56 … more

Spring has sprung in south Denver

Spring has finally sprung in southeast Denver and residents are energized and excited to get outside to enjoy nature. District 4 is home to some truly wonderful outdoor amenities. One of our … more

Keeping up with the changing rules of the road

Have you heard the rumor that driving a black car on Sundays in Denver will get you a ticket or even arrested? Although this purported “law” is actually more of an urban legend, it points to just … more
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