What to do when there’s ‘nothing’ to do . . .

EVENTS Author Salon with Todd Mitchell. 7 p.m. Thursday, January 13, The Wandering Jellyfish, 198 Second Avenue, Suite 1A, Niwot. Tickets: $19 (includes one copy of Mitchell’s writing craft book) Join award-winning author and creative writing professor Todd Mitchell as he shares radical, perspective-shifting solutions for how to enhance creativity, deal with doubt, procrastination, and […]

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Taste of the Week: The Brexit Sandwich @ Le Frigo Deli

My inner child was feeling cranky after the first of the year, in need of an uplifting lunch. I wanted a singular sandwich, memorable and well-composed, with nothing excessive added for effect. That’s what I found when I finally stopped in at Le Frigo, Boulder’s French-oriented deli. The Brexit sandwich spoke to me because it […]

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Mountaineering mathematics

I will wager Sir Isaac Newton wasn’t a climber, but mountaineers do share bonds with the great mathematician and physicist. For instance, he discovered gravity, a topic of extreme interest to those of us hoping to avoid its effects. We also share a wider focus on life’s quantitative side. Mountaineering’s status as a STEM activity […]

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Tenth Mountain Division is Boulder’s bohemian battalion

In the summer of 1943, Colorado’s famed light infantry, 10th Mountain Division, helmed by Brigadier General Lloyd E. Jones, made Camp Hale home. It was there, tucked neatly between Minturn and Leadville, that 15,000 young faces donned white camouflage, a pair of skis, and a military-issue rifle. Eighteen months later, those same men—strangers turned brothers—were traversing […]

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All Forms Will Have an End

991 homes were burned into oblivion On Thursday, December 30th, 2021. The fire did not discriminate. If the houses were beautifully kept Or cluttered and in need of cleaning, If the people inside were satisfied or sad, Aching or afraid, If the objects inside were artistic and treasured Or used in a perfunctory way, The […]

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Dinner deliverance

Between COVID variants, ingredient shortages, and hard-to-find workers, Boulder restaurants have struggled the past two years. One thing that has helped them survive has been the pandemic-driven boom in takeout and delivery food. In the spring of 2022, even bistros that had disdained delivery had to embrace packaging their cuisine for transit to local homes. […]

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History belongs to everyone

When author Preston Lauterbach first met Ernest Withers, the famed Civil Rights-era photographer left Lauterbach in his studio alone while Withers took a meeting. “Before [Withers] left the room he’s like, ‘Just don’t touch anything; I’ll be back in 15 minutes,’” Lauterbach says on a recent phone call from his home in Virginia. “But this […]

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Green tide rising

When Colorado legalized cannabis, there were a lot of skeptics who feared the state’s workforce was about to become lazy and unmotivated. It was a social experiment, and one that was actually about to affect labor supply and labor demand in this state—just not in the way those skeptics expected. “When there is a new […]

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