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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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Territory Days: A Colorado City Tradition

Today marks the start of the 42nd annual Territory Days in Old Colorado City. The events at Territory Days span four city blocks of Colorado Avenue, from 23rd to 27th Streets, and last the three days of Memorial Weekend, this year May 27-29. Live music is featured every day at two stages, and vendors of all kinds line the blocks. Fun events like gold panning, train rides, an old-west shootout, Native

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Close Encounters with the Consumer Electronics Show

Every few years I attend the Consumer Electronics Show, and each time I am blown away by the advances in technology. Going to the CES means walking through the almost seven million square feet of displays, and competing for foot space with over 175,000 people from all over the world. The show lasts for four days during the first full week in January. It takes place in Las Vegas, and

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Pioneer Profiles: Alice Bemis Taylor

Alice Bemis Taylor was a pioneer of arts and social programs in Colorado Springs. Although she preferred a quiet, humble lifestyle, her legacy has been the foundation of many familiar landmarks of Colorado Springs. In 1881, Alice Bemis was four years old when she moved with her family to Colorado Springs for her mother’s health, a common reason for relocation for many people at the time. Alice had a typical childhood,

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Pioneer Profiles: Thomas MacLaren

One of the most secretly influential pioneers of Colorado Springs was quite literally a “pillar of the community,” Thomas MacLaren. Born the last of eleven children to a Scottish farmer in 1863, MacLaren was encouraged, along with his brother James, to attend college. Both MacLarens became architects after attending the Royal College of Art. James set up shop in England right away, but Thomas spent some time touring and drawing

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