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Liz Carlston
Liz Carlston is the author of Surviving Columbine: How Faith Helps Us Heal When Tragedy Strikes. Liz grew up in Littleton, Colo., and currently lives and works in Silicon Valley. Learn more about the book, It Gets Better at

Entries by Liz Carlston

Mormon Temple in Oakland Celebrates 50 Years

(7) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 4:28 PM

For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, no church-built facility is more important than a temple. Different than chapels, where members meet for Sunday services each week, temples are sacred places where relationships are sealed together to last through the eternities. They're a place where earth...

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15 Years After Columbine Shooting -- Reflections From Survivors

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 5:00 PM

Whenever I visit my mom in Littleton, Colo., I'll often drive past Columbine High School while running errands around town. A sobering feeling always hits as my mind momentarily flashes back to April 20, 1999.

I was a my trigonometry class...the fire alarm screeched...we exited and gathered in...

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Chasing Autographs

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 4:19 AM

Collecting autographs has always been a favorite hobby. I've been hooked ever since snagging John Elway's signature on a picture I drew of the quarterback, at the end of a Broncos training camp session in the early nineties. For me, autographs don't have any sort of financial upside. Instead, it's...

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Colorado Shootings: Something in the Water? No, Just an Invitation to Reflect

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 1:02 PM

Do you remember what you were doing 15 years ago?

Fast forward a few months and I was a 17-year-old junior, sitting in Columbine High School's library, leafing through Time Magazine. My padded armchair presented a stunning view of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains as I passively read about the...

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Chivalry is Not Dead -- At Least in San Francisco

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 1:24 PM

En route home, after an evening beach bonfire near San Francisco, my friend's car was running low on fuel. As we headed toward the nearest gas station, our VW rear passenger side tire struck a curb. Because our focus was fuel, we thought little about the bump.

The nearest...

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From Columbine to Sandy Hook -- Building Resilience and Hope

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 12:23 PM

In May, I had the unique opportunity to walk a familiar path with journeymen traveling the road for the first time. A fellow Columbine alumni and I traveled to Newtown, Conn. to share a book that was written for the Sandy Hook community. My goals with the visit...

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How to Heal After Violence

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 1:49 PM

One student asked how Columbine could compare to what Gerda endured during the Holocaust. After a brief moment, she said, "Pain is pain."

Something inside you changes when you experience violence for the first time. Unfamiliar feelings of shock, numbness, and fear shatter your world. When the shock wears off,...

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