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The Greening of Greensburg

(9) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 12:31 PM

Very early in the morning on May 5, 2007 I got a call from NBC News to hurry from Denver to Greensburg, Kansas. There had been a huge tornado and the town was devastated. Go! Go! When I pulled into the town six hours later I was stunned...

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Is It Possible To Live To 1,000?

(7) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 2:45 PM

Want to live to be a thousand years old? It's not far-fetched at all if you ask theoretician and geneticist Aubrey de Grey. He believes within the next 25 years there is a 50/50 chance we'll have the technologies to extend human life indefinitely. I learned of Aubrey and his...

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Prostitution in Perspective

(290) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 10:21 PM

When I was a senior at St. Andrew's Priory in Honolulu I was selected by my high school government class to spend a week at the Hawaii state capitol observing the legislature. My assignment was to select one bill under consideration, research it and follow it through the session. I...

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On Veterans Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 2:39 PM

As a mother I can't imagine my son coming to me and saying he's going to join the military. I am not brave enough for that conversation. I don't ever want to sit across the table and hear that news. Every time my son hyperventilates over "Call of Duty" (he...

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The Camel and the Cell Phone

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 3:16 PM

Andres from Switzerland, his girlfriend Paola from Brazil and I were riding on camels in the Thar Desert outside of the western Indian town of Jaisalmer. We were in a spot as remote as I've ever been, 21 hours by train from Delhi, just 60 kilometers from the border with...

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Benchwarmers Bails

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 2:30 PM

Benchwarmers Tavern and Grill opened about a month ago in my Centennial, Colorado neighborhood; then just yesterday, the restaurant, which was an anchor of the retail complex at Arapahoe and Peoria, closed down. Apparently they stiffed all their employees as they shut the door. I heard about it on 9News....

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Oil Spill: The Ripple Effects

(2) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 2:14 PM

I finally got to the Gulf coast to work on a story about the oil spill for PBS NewsHour. I didn't see any oil, but what I did witness was a a boatload of fear. Correspondent Tom Beardon and I visited Bayou La Batre, Alabama to attend a town hall...

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Politics and Plagiarism

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 1:52 PM

Middle school and high school students are taught to never plagiarize. When you turn your paper in, it better be your work. My then tweenage son forgot the rules and got a big fat zero once.

Apparently Colorado GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis missed class that day. Or maybe...

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Kampala World Cup Massacre

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 3:17 PM

I had hardly stopped fist pumping in the air over Spain's victory in the World Cup when I heard the news about the simultaneous bombings in Kampala, Uganda. What caught my eye immediately, besides the death toll in the senseless attacks, was that one of the locations of carnage was...

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Deed for Life

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 12:28 PM

Ndagire Sarah walked the red dirt carpet in her perky hairdo and a beautiful blue and white gown. She carried herself like a rich lady in a gomesi, the formal dress of women in Uganda. When I saw her, I was overcome with tears of joy. I had met Sarah...

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Toy Story 3: A Mom Reflects

(3) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 3:36 PM

I guess it was inevitable. Andy in Toy Story would grow up just like little Jackie Paper in "Puff, The Magic Dragon." To this day I cry when I hear Peter, Paul and Mary sing the song so I wasn't surprised that I got sentimental when I saw Toy Story...

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Can Dolphins Commit Suicide?

(6) Comments | Posted May 28, 2010 | 1:15 PM

Richard O'Barry gets misty eyed when he talks about Cathy. His beautiful girl died in his arms. Suicide he says. Cathy was a bottlenose dolphin, one of five he trained for the 60′s television hit Flipper. Her death in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium changed his world and set him...

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Favorite Friends I've Never Met

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 4:33 PM

Several of my friends and even my family think social networking is a waste of time. They won't Facebook, Twitter or read blogs and can't really understand what I get from it. I've found the most vehement opposition from my tango dancing mother and my friends who are cyclists. These...

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Politics With My Cappuccino

(5) Comments | Posted May 10, 2010 | 12:05 PM

My barista leaned over the counter today. "What do you think of the MSNBC host who said she hoped it was a Tea Party member rather than a Muslim who set the car bomb in Times Square?" His colleague at the cappucino maker edged closer to hear what I had...

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