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The Awesome Power of Immersion

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Slowing down and going deep trumps speeding up and going crazy. Immersion trumps diversion. It's possible. Yes, it is. I have proof. And so do you, if only you would pause long enough to remember those extraordinary times when you unplugged and tuned in.

Unusual Company Curates the Ugliest Clothing Ever Made

Aimee Heckel | Posted 12.05.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

It was the last First Annual Heckel Tacky Christmas Gala, a festive blur of gold lamé turtlenecks, Slim Jims and Easy Cheese platters, Carlo Rossi wine sold by the jug and three hours of dirty regret before the party ended early in the emergency room.

Colorado Communities Are Making It a Crime to Be Homeless

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 12.04.2014 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Communities in Colorado and around the nation have passed a wave of new laws and ramped up enforcement of old ones targeting people who are homeless, from bans on sleeping in cars or taking shelter in bus stations to laws that prohibit sitting or lying down in public areas to restrictions on when and where someone can peacefully ask for charity.

Behind the Scenes With One of Broadway's Biggest Magicians

Aimee Heckel | Posted 11.07.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

Nearly a decade ago, I'd found Trent's ad seeking a summer assistant on Craigslist. The main qualifications: small stature, not afraid of small spaces, able to dance. Not many people are claustrophiles, so I had an advantage.

Interview (And Movie) With a Real-Life Vampire

Aimee Heckel | Posted 10.31.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

I am watching a vampire movie -- with a real-life vampire. So is the rest of the audience the Boedecker Theater at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, although none of them knows it.

Can a Halloween Costume Be Haunted?

Aimee Heckel | Posted 10.28.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

Before you read this true story, make sure you're cuddled up with your blankey, a cup of soothing tea and your mommy's number on speed-dial. (Because I grew up in the '80s and think speed-dial is still a Thing.)

When Halloween Costumes Go Traumatically Wrong

Aimee Heckel | Posted 10.20.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

he was a fairy princess for Halloween last year, and this year she decided to be something much different: a fairy Ariel princess. No, not a Faerial princess, Mom. Stop trying to be clever; you're annoyatating me.

Extreme Body Painting Takes Halloween Costumes to a New Level

Aimee Heckel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

If your costume is on the seasonal shelf next to the skeleton-print napkins, and also made out of the same material as the napkins, perhaps you could better invest that $79.95.

The Source: Every Cup of Coffee Tells a Story

Dark Rye | Posted 11.29.2014 | Taste
Dark Rye

The journey from crop to cup has so much potential to go wrong, which is why Daniel and Allegro's work is so important.

What I Always Meant to Say to My Young Adult Children

Jennifer McGaha | Posted 11.26.2014 | Women
Jennifer McGaha

My son was pursuing a degree a little like mine -- journalism with an emphasis in environmental issues. He wanted to educate people about climate change, to make people think and feel, to change the world, no less. He was, in fact, the man I had raised him to be. Still, I was sad.

Xcel "Inadvertently" Bills Coloradans for Expressing Opinion, Voting

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

Is Xcel billing ratepayers for the cost of attacking ratepayers who go solar?

Where's the Best City to Start a Food Company?

Dan Garblik and Lalit Kalani | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Dan Garblik and Lalit Kalani

Our company is based in San Francisco - one of the best areas in the world for a tech startup. But is Northern California the best place to start a f...

Is It Sexy To Be A Hairy Lady?

Aimee Heckel | Posted 09.15.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

In order to meet the hairless, pre-pubescent body ideal that the American society sets up for us, women must engage in a constant war against their hair.

A Zero Emissions Manifesto for the Climate Justice Movement

Tom Weis | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
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Tom Weis

Top military experts and government institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense and National Intelligence Council warn that climate destabilization threatens our national security, yet global emissions just keep going up.

Mysterious Ring Discovered at Deceased Woman's Estate Division

Aimee Heckel | Posted 11.08.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

What was Geraldine Deal doing with that hippie ring? It wasn't her style.

True Story: The Rooster Who Went to Vegas for Halloween

Aimee Heckel | Posted 10.22.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

The best costumes don't always win trophies. In fact, sometimes they're not even condoned, as is the case with the rooster who went to Vegas for Halloween.

I Accept That My Husband Has Other Lovers

Aimee Heckel | Posted 10.20.2014 | Comedy
Aimee Heckel

My husband must be a masochist. Both his mistresses are needy, expensive and abusive. They are reliable only in that they will always let him down. Donna regularly steals him from me for weeks at a time. And more than half the year, I am a football widow.

State of the Art: The Installation Begins

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

On November 11, 2013, the second anniversary of the Museum's opening, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.

Would You Live With Mannequins (or Marry One?)

Aimee Heckel | Posted 10.01.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

Tilly is my fourth mannequin. My house is getting full. So stop asking me if I'm going to have another kid. We're totally at capacity over here with our only child, two dogs, four fake people and all the roly-polies my daughter sticks in her pockets.

Xcel Energy: Swiftboating for Solar

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

Like many other corporations looking to make hay out of the environmental movement, Xcel has been greenwashing with gusto. The new image comes replete with chirpy narration, crisp graphics and opaque accolades.

It Ain't Easy Being Tall (Or So I Hear)

Aimee Heckel | Posted 09.06.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

My husband is tall. Without heels, I don't reach his chest. That's right. He's lanky and has exceptionally and borderline-disproportionately long monkey arms, and no buttocks whatsoever. Just a flat leg-back connector. He's not big and tall. Just tall.

Proof That You Can Return Anything to Wal-Mart (But Should You?)

Aimee Heckel | Posted 08.26.2014 | Comedy
Aimee Heckel

I tried --unsuccessfully -- to join the cult of the beturners, folks who buy something with the explicit intention of using it one time and returning it. It's part stealing, part retail-borrowing, and pure evil. We all know about beturning, but no one likes to talk about it.

Never Wear Spandex on Your Bike Again

Aimee Heckel | Posted 08.20.2014 | Style
Aimee Heckel

My bike's name is Cerise -- French, of course, meaning cherry red. I call Cerise my "moving meditation," with no distractions, no radio, no cell phones or passengers or coffee cups balancing on the console. Just me, Cerise and my skirt.

The Future of Public Power

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

If utilities continue to rely on their comfortable monopolies, more and more consumers are going to demand a change.

Surely, This Is What the Buddha Meant by Beauty, Right?

Aimee Heckel | Posted 08.09.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

My first encounter with this object was in the kitchen. For some reason, it was drying on the stovetop: a shiny silver one-foot-tall statue of a flying hotdog on a triangular podium. So many thoughts raced through my mind. Oh, so many.