Winfield Scott Stratton: The $10 Million Man, Part 1

A Test of Faith Winfield Scott Stratton, perhaps the least known but single biggest contributor to Colorado Springs was an enigma. Known as much for his benevolence as for his eccentricities, Stratton was Colorado Springs’ first and biggest nineteenth-century multi-millionaire. Born in Jeffersonville, Illinois in 1848, he was one of eight children, six of whom were girls. Most of his siblings died in infancy, so by the time he was

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Wayward Son, Chapter 12

The End There are as many lessons and stories that came out of Vietnam as there are soldiers who went there. It remains a signature moment for my life. Until 9/11, America declined to send troops all over the world for insignificant political reasons. Now that lesson seems to have been forgotten. But I learned that dying isn’t to be feared. The accident that killed me also saved my life.

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Why Ferguson Still Matters

There’s a commercial that consists of videos of different species of animals frolicking together. These are an Internet staple. Cats with birds, dogs with fish, lions with gazelles, and countless other unusual pairings from YouTube fill up our inboxes. The cuteness factor of these GIFs is beyond question, but why? Animal babies are cute, and we are hardwired to respond to baby like features. But many of these animals are

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Popsicles

Remember the hottest day ever— sweat open-faucet pouring over your kid head sweltering & miserable mouth huffing steam— when you heard the merry jingle from the ice-cream truck fingered $.25 pocket treasures swallowed hard & shoved-popsicle-push-up-unmannered-into-mouth tongue exploding sticky summer satisfied & suddenly— you never wanted that day to end? That is your top lip. Your bottom lip is an open highway— windows down, radio loaded, wanderlust amplified & there’s

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