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Museum Feature: The Story of Us

If you haven’t had a chance to get to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum lately, an exhibit well worth your time awaits. It’s called “The Story of Us,” and it features the city’s history in an interactive, non-traditional way by representing our history through the alphabet, one letter at a time. Here’s a snapshot of the exhibits, along with some extra commentary based on my experience. Click on the links

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More Modern Lessons from Mark Twain

About a year ago, I published a piece called “Modern Lessons from Mark Twain,” in which I looked with a fresh perspective on some of Twain’s classic aphorisms. For this week’s column, I’ve chosen a few more of them: It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. I use this phrase all the time,

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Pioneer Profiles: Fannie Mae Duncan

Fannie Mae Duncan may have arrived in Colorado Springs 50 years after our city’s founders, but she was a pioneer in ways many people couldn’t fathom at the time. She ignored social constructions and paved the way not just for women, but for people of color during a time when Colorado Springs really needed it. She was progressive way before that word became a label, and she advanced the opportunities of marginalized

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An Afternoon with the John Saunders Band

Last weekend I had the pleasure of experiencing the John Saunders Band as they performed at the Whitewater Festival in Canon City. Their fusion of nineties classics with John’s organic song-writing skills creates a sound that is uniquely Colorado that they call “alt country.” Hailing from Castle Rock, the band performs regularly at local gigs not only in their home city but also in Denver, Colorado Springs, and other surrounding areas. John

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Accidental Lessons: Redux

This article was originally published on August 8, 2015, just after I had finished teaching a summer session of freshman English. Of the 12 students who finished the class, eight of them were combat veterans. I learned more from those guys than I could have imagined at the start of the semester. They were not afraid to tell it like it is, even to my face. I must make a

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Touching a Piece of Geologic Time

This week, Local Time welcomes guest writer Sherrie Horn, who shares her experience with a unique student program. Volunteer naturalist Bob Hickey, from Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Mueller State Park, came to my charter school, Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning  (a free charter public school in Colorado Springs District 11 that specializes in gifted education) to present a touch-table format talk displaying and explaining regional rocks. My students learned first-hand all about

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