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Elevated Reading: The Highlands and 'Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers'

Oct 17 2019
As Denver grows, so does its national recognition as a hip, up-and-coming place to live. Denver’s hippest places are on full display in...

Protecting your skin: Resources for understanding melanoma

Oct 17 2019
Imagine having an appointment with your doctor, a regular yearly checkup, and everything is going well as usual – that is, until your doctor says,"Hmm, this mole looks kinda funky. You mind if I do a quick biopsy just to check it?" When this  happened to me, I felt confident – I'm a young and...

The thrill of the heist

Oct 9 2019
A heist story turns its audience into the accomplices of a crime. Other stories ask us to like or empathize with their characters. A heist story asks us to discard the ethics and morals we abide by in our daily lives. The main characters are criminals, stealing something that was never theirs to...

Elevated Reading: 'Tallgrass' and the history of Japanese internment camps in Colorado

Oct 3 2019
This is the first post in Elevated Reading, reviews that will focus on both fiction and non-fiction books that take place in Colorado, and the history behind those subjects. Tallgrass, a novel by Sandra Dallas, is a fictional novel inspired by the very real internment camp of Granada, also called...

So you want to write a book: Steps to take before Chapter 1

Oct 3 2019
It starts with the whisper of an idea; a concept, an inspiration, a fresh take on something that has already been done. Perhaps it’s something you’ve seen, or a song that you heard. Perhaps you’ve read something and thought “I can do better.” Perhaps you’ve read something and thought, “What great...

New haunted reads for Halloween

Sep 20 2019
Halloween season is here and I, for one, am ready for it. My family lives for trick-or-treating, Halloween costumes, pumpkin patches, copious amounts of candy and flickering candles. To help set the ominous atmosphere, I decided years ago that I would only read creepy books for the entirety of...

Review: 'Rumple Buttercup' by Matthew Gray Gubler

Sep 20 2019
Sometimes it's necessary to depart from your normal and branch out into something fun and youthful. Being a fan of Matthew Gray Gubler's work in the show Criminal Minds, I have been waiting for his children's book...

Book review: 'The Stranger in the Woods' by Michael Finkel

Aug 20 2019
I was slightly intrigued by The Stranger in the Woods when I sat in on...

Boarding school reads for back to school

Aug 20 2019
The summer is winding down (thank goodness), and it’s that time where parents and kids alike are ready to head back to school. Like many of you, I grew up reading boarding school books, and would wistfully imagine returning to ivy-laden dorms tucked under stone walkways, where teachers wore robes...

Year of the Rocket Man

Aug 16 2019
As a child Reginald Dwight was shy and lonely, but possessed of an astonishing natural gift for the piano. Flash forward to Aug. 25, 1970, when the then 23-year-old would give a mind-blowing performance at the ...

In praise of Pixar

Aug 16 2019
It happens to every adult: that moment – after years of loving Pixar movies as hilarious, exciting yarns about anthropomorphic toys and fish and, well, Cars – when you...

Dungeons and Dragons, Understood

Aug 16 2019
Stranger Things doesn’t hold back when it comes to its blatant love of Dungeons and Dragons (commonly called D&D); in fact, some would argue that the hit show is its own version of D&D – it certainly seems to play out that way. At the end of the last season, one character leaves a small...

Book Review: 'The World According to Mister Rogers" by Fred Rogers

Aug 8 2019
I have such fond memories of watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood. I didn't wholly appreciate the essense of what Fred Rogers did through his program until I recently watched the documentary,...

The fabulous films of Quentin Tarantino

Jul 27 2019
One of the things I’m most excited for this summer is the release of Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood. Fellow Anythinker Nicole Falcone and I are big fans of Tarantino’s work, so in honor of Hollywood’s release on July 26, we’ve decided to share some thoughts on our...

Potty train like a pro

Jul 26 2019
After what feels like two years, but has just been a little over one, I can proudly tell you that my child is potty trained. I went into the process feeling prepared and optimistic. I had all of the relevant tools and resources to guide me on the journey. I had backup plans for my backup plans in...

Elevated Reading: 'Sand' and the history of the Great Sand Dunes of Colorado

Jul 26 2019
"We live across the thousand dunes with grit in our teeth and sand in our homes. No one will come for us. No one will save us."  Thus begins the description for...

Every body is a swimsuit body: Exploring body positive YA novels

Jul 26 2019
Four years ago, author Julie Murphy released the powerful YA novel, Dumplin’. The heartfelt story of Willow Dean Dixon – a...

Book review: 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle' by Shirley Jackson

Jul 18 2019
Shirley Jackson was truly a master of weaving suspense and humor in her work. Known for her iconic short story, "The Lottery,"...

Camping time in Colorado

Jul 18 2019
Camping is a great way to connect with nature, especially in our beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. There is excellent camping nearly everywhere in Colorado, with some of the best campsites to be seen. Colorado has a good mix of paid developed campgrounds and also underdeveloped primitive sites...

'First Man' deserves a second look

Jul 17 2019
The Apollo Program is the subject of numerous documentaries (I wrote about two of my favorites, For All Mankind and...

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