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Team Rubicon: Harvey and Irma Meet Their Match

Almost two years ago, I wrote an article about Team Rubicon, a disaster-relief group made up primarily of veterans. Now, seven years after its inception, Team Rubicon is facing its largest challenges yet: hurricanes Harvey and Irma, with Jose not far behind. Disaster relief is needed in America now more than ever, and Team Rubicon has expanded its base, its outreach programs, its partnerships, and its ways to help almost

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Transitions

August 20, 2017. It’s the last day of summer, and I finally made time to go on a hike. Tomorrow I start the school year again for the 28th time. I head out of the house early and go to Palmer Park, which, in my opinion, is the city’s best park. Palmer Park is special to me because my great-grandfather used to be its caretaker. His daughter, my great-aunt who

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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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