"The universe is made of stories, not atoms." ~ Muriel Rukeyser

  • Brands. The return address for 3 million livestock in Colorado.

    April 18, 2014 | 0

    Chris Whitney grabbed a pair of worn leather gloves from his back pocket, pulled them on with his teeth and stoked the campfire and the red-hot branding irons which read Lazy T Reverse F. The young calves were restless and noisy.  Whitney looked across the Uncompaghre Valley at the towering snow-capped peaks of the Cimarrons […]

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Gas, coffee and quinoa: A life changing pit stop.

September 14, 2013 | 0

The San Luis Valley is a high-altitude agricultural basin covering approximately 8,000 square miles in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.  The average elevation of 7,664 feet above sea level is similar to the Altiplano regions of Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Peru where 90 percent of the world’s supply of quinoa (keen wa) is grown. The […]

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Mountain Man Badger Puthoff

May 2, 2013 | 0

Approximately 3,000 mountain men roamed the Rocky Mountains between 1820 and 1840, the peak beaver-harvesting period. While many were free trappers, most mountain men were employed by major fur companies. Mountain men lived aux aliments du pays, French for “nourishment of the land”, surviving by using the provisions of nature.  Eating bull cheese (buffalo jerky) and […]

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The ballads collector of Lake Champlain

December 4, 2012 | 0

Journalist Marjorie Porter watched the old woman’s wrinkled hands spinning yarn and listened to the tune she was quietly humming as she worked.  A cool breeze from across Lake George was stirring the humidity in the shade.  It was 1941, and Porter, 32, had spent many summers with her family at the lake. Today, this […]

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Capitol building tour guide

September 24, 2012 | 0

  Richard Lamm was governor (1975-1987) when Carol Keller started giving tours of the Colorado capitol building 25 years ago. She waits quietly for her next tour group to gather.  She says good morning to Gov. John Hickenlooper as he enters the Executive Chambers near the capitol tour guides desk.  It’s Friday, 10 a.m., according […]

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School Lunch for 35,000

September 13, 2012 | 0

Jason Morse was following a narrow snow path to his neighbor’s house for Sunday brunch.  It was one of those crunchy, my-breath-almost-froze-in-front-of-my-face Minnesota winters. The couple treated him like their grandson. Using their finest silverware, silver pitchers and china they covered the large dining room table with pastries and salads, meats and vegetables.  It was […]

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The Lone Man

August 7, 2012 | 0

Something flows through the work of fine art photographer Cole Thompson.  It is a current from secret, obscure shadow to revealing, engaging light.  It circulates like blood flowing in ones veins, or, like warmth from the sun. Thompson often finds the edge between shadow and light, moving away to a place of solitude, examining the […]

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An Irish Storyteller

July 18, 2012 | 0

In the town of Ballybay, in the County of Monaghan, four roads converge beside Lough Mór. The Dromore River meanders south of this Irish town. Tommy Makem, The Godfather of Irish Music, sang about a young lass in Ballybay who had a wooden leg to which she tied a string and played it like a […]

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Jesus in my knapsack

July 4, 2012 | 0

    Lawrence Egan is fluent in Spanish but his Queens, New York, accent still comes through. His second-generation Irish father was not enthused about Larry becoming a priest.  He became decidedly less enthused when Egan told his parents he had signed up to be a Maryknoll missionary. Father Egan arrived in Guatemala in 1964, just […]

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Cowboy rhymes with thyme

June 11, 2012 | 0

  Cowboys driving cattle after the Civil War cooked on hot, smoky coals and recited homemade poetry.  They flavored their beans with molasses and stories.  The chuckwagon was the kitchen cabinet.  Poems were the entertainment.  Mix in some rain and dust, add a heavy dose of lonesome, and a pinch of Irish storytelling, Scottish seafaring, […]

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A Mount Evans fixture

June 2, 2012 | 0

 Karl Snyder has been driving from Boulder, Colorado (5,430 ft above sea level) to the top of Mount Evans (14,264 feet ASL) to shoot photographs ever since he got his first driver’s license way back when.  The Forest Service rangers know him.  The staff at the Echo Lake Lodge know him.  And anyone who has […]

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