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March 2016

At age 18, Devin Urioste was struggling. He was behind on school credits and had experienced a run-in with the law for spray-painting. In order to catch up on credits that he needed to graduate, Urioste enrolled in Denver’s Respect Academy, a public school dedicated to a blended and flexible learning environment to help motivate students to earn a high school diploma. It was there that Urioste was introduced to Youth on Record, a Denver-based youth outreach program using music to empower students.

“Learn to code.”

You hear it all the time – from tech entrepreneurs, educators and even the White House. But why is coding important, and who should be learning to code? We’re here to help you get started. 

Americans Lewis Thorwaldson and Brandy Davis quit their jobs in May 2014 for one big bicycling adventure. Without a specific destination in mind, they started at the northernmost point in British Columbia, Canada, and have been pedaling south ever since. The following is an excerpt from one of their travel days in Mexico. You can follow along with their adventures online at rudimentsofgruel.com

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2/19/15 Fishing Hut to Caimanero

63 miles

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“Why is Trixie here?” I asked my mom.

“I don’t know,” she said, shaking her head. “I thought maybe she’d be able to smell you and, you know, rescue you.”

It was June 14, 1997. My feet were slightly frostbitten, and I was hungry. Moments earlier I had been helped off of a helicopter near Salida, Colo. I had spent an evening hypothermic and scared, yet here was my lazy beagle, wagging her tail. Trixie wasn’t trained to do much more than shake her paw, and she certainly didn’t fit the image of a St. Bernard delivering canteens to skiers in the Alps. 

“It is not understanding that destroys wonder, it is familiarity.” 
– John Stuart Mill, 1865

The regular transactions of our lives have a way of taking over and becoming the norm: getting the kids dressed, fed and off to school; grocery shopping; making sure the car is maintained and has enough gas; going through an onslaught of emails; politics and the 24-hour news cycle.