Growing up Colorado Style

Climbing into The Gondola at Winter Park, I thought I had the car all to myself.  But at the last minute, a young teenage girl climbed in with me.  She sported a sleek, lycra racing suit and carried long straight skis with her. “I guess you’re racing today?” I asked….

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Holiday Lights

Like many kids, I loved Christmas. But it wasn’t just about the presents under the tree.  I loved everything else — the gingerbread cookies, the wreaths on the door and yes, the holiday lights. My dad kind of took a unique approach the lights.  He bought these iridescent blue lights…

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Recycling the Christmas Tree

It’s January 3 and Christmas is officially over.  Yes, it’s time to take down the Christmas tree.  Which entails a slightly different approach from the one I grew up with. In the suburbs of St. Louis, we would remove the ornaments, pack them into boxes and shove them in the…

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A Mouse…Not in the House?

I’m not a morning person.  Getting up at 5 a.m. is hard, very hard. Lots of coffee helps, as it did one recent morning as I navigated the dark, snowy roads of our neighborhood.  As the headlights lit the road in front of me, something scurried across.  Something very small…

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