Pika the Cello Meets New People

Pika the Cello Meets New People

Pika didn’t so much mind the move up to Colorado. Several hours in a truck was fine. What Pika did mind was the complete and utter neglect. Life inside a cello case was, well, confining. Life in the dark back corner of the closet was, well, somewhat scary for a social, lively cello. For new years, I got Pika and I a weekly date: lessons! Through music store, I found Karen who is a fabulous teacher. …

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Are We Hard Wired to Hate?

Are We Hard Wired to Hate?

I’ve observed it again and again: People readily put other people into boxes. Rednecks are this way, nerds are that way, blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics, you name it, any discernible group of people is identified by others and assigned blanket characteristics. In the past I always thought this was learned behavior. A child grows up with parents telling him or her to avoid this or that group, they’ll rob/cheat/hurt/betray/blame others (fill in the blank here). …

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William Lamson’s Place- and Time-Based Art

Last night I had the pleasure to find an unexpected film-based work at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. William Lamson’s Action for the Delaware is as captivating as it is difficult to characterize. Lamson himself, and the Delaware River, are both subjects in this work. In essence, the artist attempts (and succeeds) in giving the illusion that he’s standing on the surface of the river. But rather than leave it at that, which is …

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Remembering Denver’s Beats

Remembering Denver’s Beats

Neal Cassady would have been 85 years old today, and some people in Denver remembered. We happened into the Mercury Cafe looking for vegetarian dinner before the Denver’s RiNo first friday art walk on Feb. 3, just as a celebration of Cassady was going on upstairs in the ballroom. After dinner we headed up for readings and music inspired by Cassady, and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many people remembered a figure who …

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FE Results Are Here! Did I Study Enough?

FE Results Are Here! Did I Study Enough?

Can we all give a sigh of relief? I’m glad it’s over and I’ll never have to retake this test. I’m not sure if I’m PE-bound but I’m sure that I don’t want to think about it quite yet.

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Clothing for Winter Hiking: What to Wear

Clothing for Winter Hiking: What to Wear

Even with snow and rain and ice, hiking in the winter can be a great way to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors. You just have to be prepared. And that brings up the question, what clothing to wear? I’ve been hiking in winter for many years, and here’s what I’ve found almost always works. Avoid Bulk I was a Boy Scout, and they taught us the mantra “layers, not bulk.” Big bulky coats, …

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REI’s Flash 18 Day Pack

REI’s Flash 18 Day Pack

Rating: 4/5 Pretty Darn Nice I’ve used this pack to summit Colorado 14er Long’s Peak and for many smaller day hikes. Its so light and packable, you can bring it with you inside your overnight backpack for a day hiking pack option. This is a frameless, basic pack, really just a stuff sack with shoulder straps. That makes it very light and versatile, which all works well as long as you don’t need to carry …

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Hiking Footwear: Boots, Shoes or Sandals?

Hiking Footwear: Boots, Shoes or Sandals?

When it comes to footwear on the trail, I keep it simple. I pick a style of trail running shoes that is lightweight, fits well, is a good balance between flexible and stiff, and seems reasonably rugged. I typically hike once a week, on a Saturday or Sunday, and occasional multi-day hikes throughout the year. These shoes last for about a year and a half. I only wear hiking boots when I need protection from …

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Outside Adventure Film School Workshop with Ryan Van Duzer

I missed all of the films at the Adventure Film Festival this weekend but I did catch a workshop put on by the Outside Adventure Film School in conjunction with the festival. “Story Telling, Editing, Shooting, and the One Man Band theme of doing it all yourself” by Ryan Van Duzer was just what I hoped for: down to Earth, sound advice by someone who does it all himself and does not get hung up …

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Book Review: Best Region Boulder Hiking Trails

Best Region Boulder Hiking Trails By Bette Erickson Published 2009 Full color, 272 pages Publisher: Westcliffe Publishers Rating: This handy little book was the very first I bought when I moved to the Boulder area in 2011. It’s a local bestseller and I can see why. The organization is good, it includes lots of photos (so many hiking books have bad or few photos) and it’s well written and concise. The only improvement I could …

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