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YOLO! (You Only Live Once)

Say it with me: YOLO! Now, say it even louder: YOLO!! And, for goodness' sake, say it one more time: YOLO!!! If you're not familiar with this word, let me tell you what it stands for. YOU ONLYLIVE ONCE. That's right - I've had you saying YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE; so, do the most with your life.

I thought I saw a UFO! I did! I did see a UFO!

The disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight brings back memories of being fascinated (and frightened) by paranormal phenomena like the Bermuda Triangle.

What Can You Learn from a Dog?

Guide dog in harness. Courtesy of Guide Dogs for the Blind

You recognize a guide dog when you see one, but I bet there are questions you wish you could ask. Meet Barbara Wells, an experienced puppy-raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the 5 month old puppy she is training. Specially bred, and very specially trained, GDB dogs make all the difference for their blind or visually-impaired partners.

Splinter! Colorado Wood Today at Foothills Art Center

Founded in 1968 by a group of Golden artists, the Foothills Art Center in Golden is located in a renovated 1872 Gothic church just a few blocks from the lively downtown area. In addition to exhibiting the visual arts in many mediums, the Center offers classes, lectures,seminars and tours.

Test your nzambi (zombie) knowledge - before it's too late!

Zombies

Colorado Public Radio recently posted an essay (along with the audio of an interview) called "Could Colorado be ground zero for a zombie apocalypse?" and there certainly is a lot of teen fiction about zombies.

But what should we know about zombies... before it's too late?  Test your knowledge now!  

What the Frack?

drilling rig, pipe, & well pad - Piceance Basin, CO. Photo by Tim Hurst

What’s all this fuss about "fracking" and why should we care?
In honor of Earth Day (4/22) and the earth’s capacity to support life, including our own, let's begin to “drill” into this phenomenon of hydraulic fracturing.

We Will Ride!! We Will Ride!! We Will Ride!!

Courtesy of ADAPT.org

Meet some folks who have spent time behind bars.

Larry Ruiz (1954-2012) had cerebral palsy and spent the first 18 years of his life warehoused in institutions for the physically and mentally disabled, or in nursing homes. It turned out he had a sharp mind! He was among the first to roll in front of a bus in protest of inaccessible transportation, and was arrested over 60 times. He lived independently for over 30 years after leaving the Heritage House nursing home in 1975.

Lunar Eclipse Tonight - Late Monday, Early Tuesday April 14-15, 2014

Starts 12:30 a.m; peaks 1:46 a.m.; emerges 3 a.m. MDT. Photo credit: NASA.gov

A couple of times a year, the celestial bodies align so that the earth's shadow obscures the moon. The shadow will move across the moon starting just after midnight Mountain Time. The eclipse will be full around 1:46 a.m. and then the moon will emerge from shadow about 3 a.m. The moon will turn a deep reddish color during the eclipse. Lunar eclipses are safe to look at directly. You're looking at the moon, not the sun. It can be viewed with the naked eye or binoculars.

Mushroom Foraging: Not Just for Fun Guys

"Every mushroom is edible, but some just for once."

--Czech saying

As hobbies go, mushroom hunting is relatively inexpensive - all you need are some paper bags, a pocketknife, a soft brush, and an identification guide. And, in spite of our dry climate, Colorado is right behind the Pacific Northwest in concentration of mushrooms, and has 2,000 to 3,000 varieties.

There's a Snake Under My Pillow - and other Peace Corps stories

Peace Corps logo

Back in the early 1990s, just after finishing college, I was shipped off to the Central African Republic (CAR) with the Peace Corps as a math teacher. The first few weeks of training were spent in a village in Cameroon called Batié. I remember landing at the Douala International Airport on a balmy June evening hoping to see elephants and giraffes roaming around in the distance. Ah, the naïveté.

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