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Noir films are satisfying dark blend

The misquote “The stuff that dreams are made of” concludes what great 1941 noir film? The answer and some interesting information about the film come later. Every Sunday in the mid-1970s, a … more

You want buzzwords? Buzzwords we got

My hope this year is to rebrand my brand with some brand new words, while holding on to such dependable ones as “go-to” and “vibe” and “sustainable.” Listen, my go-to restaurant in Lone … more

A perfect place for those who love cats and toes

Ernest Hemingway kept six-toed cats at his home, now a museum, in Key West, Florida. They’re called “polydactyl cats.” The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum currently has 40-50 polydactyl cats … more

In the war of words, the words are losing

“Lead” not only means “first,” “foremost” and “front,” lead is a heavy metal, hence Led Zeppelin. An old adage in journalism is “don’t bury the lead.” Journalists are not … more

Count carefully to 17, and it’s fine to be sylly

English jurist John Selden (1584-1654) said, “Syllables govern the world.” Maybe syllables governed the world in the 17th century, but lately they have been treated with impudence and disrespect … more

First is probably special, but the heck with that

I will never be recognized as the first to do anything. I wasn’t the first in my family to graduate from high school or college, or become a schoolteacher, or nothing. Unless you stretch it. I was … more

Stolid, solid, dearly missed — happy birthday, Dad

My father was born 100 years ago today as I write this. There hasn’t been a day since he died in 2008 that I haven’t thought about him, and more this day than usual simply because of the … more

Please review and rank how you feel about our survey

In order to better serve my readers, please take the survey that follows this sentence. How did I do? Would you recommend that sentence to a friend? If so, why? If not, why? Will you read more of my … more

Start a new decade loud, quiet or with a roar

With the metro area's cultural scene booming, New Year's Eve offers a way to ring in 2020 for everyone. I've selected five options, ranging from small and intimate to big and brash, which will allow … more

It’s five, seven, five / for those who participate / in haiku contest

The time has come, the haiku said. The best way to start a new year is with a haiku contest, especially a year that is as numerically unique as 2020. Please enter one and only one in the traditional … more

Greta gets it

Greta Thunberg gets the importance of decisive action to address climate change, and so does the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that recently released a report, Climate Change and Land. … more

It may be leap of faith, but 2020 should be a standout

Along with being the most poetic-sounding year of the century, 2020 will be a leap year. I know someone who was born on leap year day. When she turned 64, she told people she was 16. She also … more

Relentless barking is the sound of entitled thinking

Welcome to the neighborhood, but your dog has been barking for two hours — and it’s not the first time. Welcome to the neighborhood, but your dog has been barking for two hours — and it’s not … more

Access for all

I always knew that representing the most bustling, population-rich core of the city would come with unique challenges. Capitol Hill is the densest neighborhood in the city. Eight of the 15 D10 … more

Things to watch in Denver’s environmental scene

Welcome to my second edition of Environment with Ean. For those just joining us, the intent of this column is to highlight policies or planning processes that you can engage with in a timely manner. … more

Problem with heights is just medium high

Don’t look down. I would rather not look down from high places. How about you? I don’t have it bad, and it’s not vertigo. The misconception about Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Vertigo” is that … more

Tale of innovative artwork follows fascinating thread

When someone mentions “quilt,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Your aunt? Your grandmother? Your grandmother’s aunt? Me? I think of the young woman who cleans my teeth. Lindsay … more

Nicknames can be enigmatic, charismatic, emblematic, problematic

Most of us, including me, have nicknames. Most of us who have nicknames didn’t nickname ourselves, and that’s where this column comes in. Like everything else that we say and do these days, … more

Lovers of classic machines are caught in a type warp

Watched a documentary about typewriters. Titled “California Typewriter.” Came out in 2016. Numerous segments. Featuring typewriter loyalists: Tom Hanks, John Mayer, Sam Shepard. Others less … more

Follow the monarchs

The annual migration of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) in eastern North America is one of the greatest animal migrations the world over. Up there with the wildebeest and zebras of Africa, sea … more
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