Rebooting Brains

As the nurse wrapped the rubber tube around my arm, she saw my ID badge. “You work at the Center?” she said. She tapped my inner arm to make the veins stand out. “Yes, I do,” I answered. I was grateful for the distraction. I hate getting my blood drawn. “Well God bless you. You people saved my husband’s life.” She then told me her story. Her husband had gone

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Yellowstone: A Ticking Time Bomb

Nature is a vast and inspiring phenomenon.  All rivers flow to the ocean, clusters of water droplets form clouds, and trees produce the oxygen we breathe through a process known as photosynthesis. There are countless mysteries to the planet we call home. One of the most beautiful yet hauntingly dangerous of these mysteries is the formation, function, and viable eruption of its volcanoes. Approximately 169 volcanoes reside in the United

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The Road to the Whiteboard and the Power of Pretending

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be”- Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night   This week has been a flurry of activity for me. Lesson plans and rosters need attention, and I’m working hard to memorize my new class schedule. Another semester has blossomed, and another round of students now sits before me, each with a new name and face to be

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Nature Lover

Most families choose to live in Colorado because of the scenery, but since my family has been established in this area for generations, one might assume that I take our beautiful state for granted.  On the contrary; waking up in the shadow of Pikes Peak every day reminds me of why I have never felt the impulse to move away. Some people fault the altitude and crazy weather patterns as

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