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Diamonds are Forever: How a Marketing Campaign Created a Worldwide Phenomenon

The first documented offer of a diamond engagement ring was in 1477, to Mary of Burgundy from Archduke Maximilian of Austria, setting off a trend among European royalty and nobility.

Colorado Landlord & Tenant Law and Resources

During the 1950's contractors in Beijing, China, were required to include huge basements in all new construction. Meant to serve as air raid shelters, the basements were equipped with electricity, plumbing and sewer pipes. Currently, due to a huge population increase in Beijing, an estimated one million immigrants (usually young people starting their careers in the city) live in these catacombs - one, two, or even three stories below ground, in spaces averaging around 105 square feet.

Steampunk: Where the Future Meets the Past

While doing some early online holiday shopping, I came across the "steampunk roadkill leather top hat," on sale for $346.50, reduced from $495.00. Although I decided against buying the hat, I realized that I wasn't exactly sure what "steampunk" is, or where it came from.

Food for Thought - Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes with Secret Ingredients

Although Thanksgiving is all about tradition, you can create your own twist on classic dishes just by adding unexpected ingredients to time-honored recipes:

Myofascial Trigger Points: A Real Pain in the Neck

During his presidency, John F. Kennedy suffered from nearly debilitating pain that almost ended his political career. He turned to Dr. Janet G. Travell, pioneer researcher of the concept of myofascial trigger points, a chronic pain disorder caused by pressure on sensitive points in your muscles that results in "referred" pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body.

The Making of a Comic Masterpiece: A Confederacy of Dunces

"When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him."

--Jonathan Swift, epigraph from Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting

How to Prepare a Living Will and Durable Medical Power of Attorney

Currently, only about 1 in 4 Americans has a Living Will, a legal document that details what medical decisions should be made if you become too sick or injured to speak for yourself.

Walk This Way: How to See the City, Improve Your Health and Find Adventure

The Old Farmer's Almanac says that we'll be having plenty of cool, sunny days in Denver this Autumn, perfect for walking one of our city's colorful parks, trails, or neighborhoods.  According to the Mayo Clinic, not only does a brisk walk offer benefits such as maintaining a healthy weight, prevention of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, it also can improve balance and give your mood a boost.

Back to School: Fashion Trends for Fall 2014

According to Pinterest's Teens Fashion, Seventeen Magazine and TeenVogue, this fall's back-to-school trends include:

Attack of the Homegrown Tomatoes

"Only two things that money can't buy and that's true love and homegrown tomatoes."

--Guy Clark, "Home Grown Tomatoes"

After last summer's squash fiasco, this year I decided to concentrate on growing tomatoes, which are more nutritious, manageable, versatile, and easier to give away.

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