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Pioneer Profiles: Starr Kempf

You may have wondered about the interesting giant steel sculpture in front of the parking garage in central downtown Colorado Springs. It’s a clock! Since it’s only the hands, you may need to take a second look. The creator of that clock was one of the more interesting characters of Colorado Springs history. Starr Kempf, a pioneer of unique artistry, began sculpting in 1955, but what makes his work pioneering

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Parental Alienation: The Silent Killer of Families

In my article, “The Covert Aggressor: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” I discussed how manipulators in a relationship can set up their partners for failure, then feel like they “win” when their partner feels bad. I’d like to visit another type of manipulator, the Parental Alienator. Meet Bob and Penny. Penny, never having had much male attention before, is thrilled that handsome, mysterious Bob wants her. Bob is happy to

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The Grammar Police: To Serve and Correct

I love words. All sorts of words, and the weirder the better. I learn new ones all the time, even getting a word delivered each day to my inbox so I can increase my vocabulary. My favorite part of words is their etymology, and if I had a chance to study word origins specifically, I would. I had a chance to edit a friend’s novel, and since it was a

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Pioneer Profiles: Laura Bell McDaniel

Laura Bell McDaniel, known as the “Queen of the Colorado City Tenderloin,” was a pioneer not just because she was an early resident of Colorado City, but because, as the city’s premier madam, she was an anomaly among the soiled doves. She used her given name, she kept in close contact with her family, and she conducted business with some of the most respected people in Colorado Springs. Born in

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An Open Letter to My First Love

Recently I ran across an article called, “We Only Fall in Love with 3 People in Our Lifetime—Each One for a Specific Reason,” whose premise is simple: our first love teaches us how to love; it is our “idealistic” love. Our second love teaches us boundaries; it is our “hard” love, the one in which we experiment with different types of people to find the right fit. Our third love

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Squirrel Hockey

Those who live in Colorado know how beautiful the scenery is, no matter the season, and the wildlife abounds. As the cities grow, though, they have been encroaching on the habitats of local animals. Deer are common sights in yards of homes near the foothills, and pronghorn are abundant on the plains, whether houses are around or not. It surprises me how domesticated these animals can get around our house,

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