Category Weekly Features

Downsizing for Life

My pants fell down the other day. Fortunately, I was in my closet at the time. But then it happened again in the garage while I was carrying in groceries. No one saw me thank goodness. I’m either going to have to get a smaller belt or get my pants hemmed. Don’t even suggest that I buy new clothes. That is not in the budget. Some people would be happy

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Reminds Me of You: A Poem By Hudson Hintze

(Special this week to the Academic Redneck: A poem written by Pikes Peak Community College student Hudson Hintze. Over the last several weeks, I filled in for my colleague, Larry Giddings, in his Introduction to Literature class. The students and I covered the poetry unit, and I encouraged them to share their creative writing with me for publication in my column. Hudson, one of Larry’s students, sent me this poem.

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Teachers and Doers, or: Those Who Can Do May Also Do Teaching

Maybe you’ve heard the old saying about teachers not being competent enough to actually do the thing they’re teaching. After all, the logic goes, if someone is proficient at their craft, why would they forgo fame, acclaim, and the ability to purchase frighteningly expensive houses just to slum it as a teacher? The horror. I don’t buy it. It makes no sense to assume that being a teacher disqualifies someone

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Ten Reasons to Visit Steamboat Springs in the Autumn

I profiled the Tread of Pioneers Museum in a companion article, but my recent visit to Steamboat Springs reminded me of all the great activities people can do all year round (besides the obvious skiing, of course). Here are ten things to do this fall: History Happy Hour. The Tread of Pioneers Museum sponsors this fun event the first Tuesday of every month, from October through April. Hang out for

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Ten Reasons to Avoid Confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias is a tendency to seek out and interpret evidence that confirms one’s existing opinions while overlooking or dismissing opposing beliefs. In other words, it’s a form of applied prejudice at the expense of objectivity. Following are ten reasons to avoid confirmation bias. In group settings, carefully examining alternative viewpoints while challenging our own assumptions allows us to understand situations more accurately and thereby make better decisions. This means

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Blamed

Your voice is too friendly, Your smile too inviting, Your laugh too welcoming. Don’t speak. You’re giving these people the wrong idea. Be silent.   White powder spread across the table, glass bottles scattered on the floor; the loud men filling the room grow more menacing with each snort of cocaine. Such peace for me in his chaotic life when he doesn’t notice me. He reminds me, “Lock the door

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