A Mount Evans fixture
Jun02

A Mount Evans fixture

 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 searched the Internet for information on the trip up the highest paved road in North America knows his website. Coming out of the...

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Shikata ga nai
May05

Shikata ga nai

It appears there is nothing left of Amache except a small cemetery with gravestones and other memorials.  The swirling wind doesn’t remember.  The prairie grass twitches indifferently.  The concrete barracks foundations are motionless. But buried below this forlorn landscape are pieces of ceramic tea cups, Go game tokens, hair barrettes, eggshells, rounded stones from the nearby Arkansas River and residual pollen from plants grown on...

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Practicing retirement
Apr15

Practicing retirement

More than 10,000 baby boomers a day are turning 65, a pattern that will continue for the next 19 years.  Many expect to keep working since 40 percent are not sure they will have enough money to retire. Robert Schulz saw the trend when he started researching retirement issues and making a plan for he and his wife.  After attending several retirement seminars he realized many of the programs were trying to sell him products he didn’t...

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Pursuing marriage
Mar31

Pursuing marriage

Lisa Anderson asks her young adult listeners why they aren’t pursuing marriage, questioning their dating styles, their cohabitation and their infatuation with their careers, trying to give them a vision for marriage and help them understand that it is critical to their future. Anderson sees her role as encouraging her 39,000 listeners to move beyond “adultescence”, an ambiguous developmental stage between adolescence and adulthood....

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America’s carousel conservator
Feb26

America’s carousel conservator

From 1885 to 1928, an estimated 4,000 wooden carousels operated in the United States; less than 300 of those exist today, about 150 of which are operational. They were carved and painted by European immigrant craftsmen who were proud to be in America.  Patriotic images such as eagles, flags and banners were used extensively. Will Morton has spent half his life using his form of exploratory craftsmanship to reveal the character and...

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Harp shooter
Feb03

Harp shooter

The glaring sun burned in the still, humid air.  The clouds had fled. The bugs had not. Courtney Hershey Bress was starting to sweat in places under her helmet and harness.  She laid down in the hot sand and looked at the rows of targets in front of her, and beyond at the pine-covered hills around Columbia, South Carolina.The loudspeaker from the range tower blared, “Ready on the firing line.  Commence firing.” With hands that...

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