At eighteen I was raped by a roommate’s boyfriend who broke into our home when I was alone. Nine weeks later, after avoiding thinking about it because it was too awful, I found out I was pregnant.

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The 20th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11 was different from all the others. That’s because, after so many years, the lens we’re looking through has changed so dramatically.

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There could be no celebration as the Afghan war finally comes to an end. At best, there can be mixed emotions, but mostly there’s sorrow and there’s regret. As Americans, we never like to say we’ve lost, but this time it’s unavoidable.

When I first moved to the Springs as a teenager in 1999, Powers Boulevard bordered rural land — there was the airport east of Drennan Road and a McDonald’s on Constitution Avenue; Dublin Boulevard marked the outskirts of town. This was well before the city was represented on any Top 10 lists…

As universities welcome students to a new academic year, the question of pandemic-related trauma and its impact is rising to the surface. Last year’s classes were largely online, which means many students are now experiencing their first year on campus. It will take a little time to see how …

As a writer, I get stuck every so often straining for the right words to tell my story. Over the years, though, I’ve learned when to quit tying myself into mental knots over sentence construction, instead stepping back and rethinking where my story is going.

‘In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.” These words, by poet John O’Donohue, have guided me for several decades. This simple sentiment is a whole sermon in two sentences.

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Just when you think the war against COVID can’t get much stranger, we now have the third-jab issue to contend with.

In the western world, there exists an over-arching reference to the Holy as “He.” Jesus, Muhammad, the Buddha — so many male expressions. Few can quickly name three female faces of the Holy. Mother Mary comes to mind — and then who?

We’re in that lull between the Fourth of July and Labor Day, summertime holidays that focus our attention on “liberty and justice for all,” as the Pledge of Allegiance says. But while we deck our streets and store fronts in red, white and blue, we’ve become too well informed to believe our c…

A few months ago, I was accepted as a fellow with the Transformative Leadership for Change 2021 cohort, a statewide coalition specifically designed for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) leaders across the state.

When I was just a tyke, cowboy actors were marketed as role models for little backyard cowpokes like me, and we could send off to get a certificate making us “Pals of the Saddle” or some such with Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy or others. 

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There’s something going on in Washington, something terribly strange, something all but inexplicable, and yet nothing to do with aliens.

Anyone who has lived in the Colorado Springs area for a while might have sensed something different about the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. You just couldn’t put your finger on it.

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Things I ask myself as I sit in my formerly mask-free coffee shop/office, which has responded to new CDC regulations by going back to the bad old days hanging a “mask-up” sign on the door…

Mega-investor Warren Buffett once held a big portfolio of daily and weekly newspapers, and he specialized in squeezing out competitors so each held a local monopoly. Then he’d chop staff and news content, letting him glean annual profit margins above 30 percent.

This month, District 49 is set to push forward a resolution banning the teaching of Critical Race Theory in Falcon’s schools. If no public input comes by Aug. 4, given a 3-2 majority school board vote in July, expect the resolution to be adopted as is — perpetuating a complete rewrite of his…

How do we balance the needs of one against the needs of the whole? This question keeps surfacing in conversations about everything from gymnastics to vaccines.

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I’m told that people like me should be sympathetic to those tens of millions of Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against the coronavirus, even as new cases and hospitalizations and deaths are climbing again, thanks to the highly contagious Delta variant.

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Joe Biden’s “Have You No Shame” speech on voting rights the other day was passionate, powerful, necessary, mostly on target and yet almost entirely useless.

Ralph Waldo Emerson told of a dinner guest who went on and on about the virtue of honesty, offering his own life as a model of perfect rectitude. “The louder he talked of his honor,” said Emerson, “the faster we counted our spoons.”

In 2021, over 3 billion people use social media. The average American is on social media 2.4 hours each day. That’s 876 hours or 5.2 weeks a year. I don’t know about you, but doing the math shocked me! That’s more than twice the time most of us take for vacation each year.

‘Those in the know” say that We the People should forget any progressive fantasy that — at long last — Washington might finally produce the kind of bold FDR-style agenda that America needs. They smugly lecture us that recalcitrant Republicans in Congress, not to mention a swarm of corporate …

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The tragedy that played out in Arvada June 21 began with a phone call to the police from Ronald Troyke’s brother, warning them that Troyke was about to “do something crazy.”

In a country where recent statistics show three out of five of us are suffering from loneliness, I’ve seen one thing consistently lift people up — and no, it’s not prayer — it’s service. Somehow, when we do something for someone else, we’re infused with hope that we, as individuals, can make…

Juneteenth was different this year. Indeed, there was an extra cause for celebration for those who have fought long and hard to gain national attention for the day. That finally happened June 17 as President Joe Biden signed a bill establishing a federal holiday recognizing the end of slaver…

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It seems as if the idea for the Juneteenth federal holiday sprang up from nowhere. It didn’t, of course. Many of those in the Black community have celebrated it for generations. We’ve celebrated it in Denver for years. Activists like 94-year-old Opal Lee, who was among those chosen to attend…

I remember when author and Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong said he would no longer debate the issue of homosexuality with right-wing Christians. “I will no longer dignify by listening to the thoughts of those who advocate ‘reparative therapy,’” he said. That was in 2009. “Certainly, the w…

Colorado Springs has been getting hotter. Climate change and subsequent extreme weather like drought and scorching-hot temperatures create prime conditions for both residential conflagrations and wildfires.

According to Gallup analytics, American membership in houses of worship declined in 2020, dropping below 50 percent for the first time in its eight-decade study of the trend. Only 47 percent of Americans said they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque, down from 50 percent in 2018 and 70…