Denver’s Cliff May Enclave

The form called a ranch house has many roots. They go deep into the Western soil. Some feed directly on the Spanish period. Some draw upon the pioneer years. But the ranch-house growth has never been limited to its roots. It has never known a set style. It was shaped by needs for a special… Read more »

Joy of Blogging Part III

You’re always writing it to be something. Later, you decide whether it’ll ever see the light of day. But at the moment of its writing it’s always meant to be something. So, to me there’s no practicing; there’s only editing and publishing or not publishing.—Steve Martin Writing can be a solitary experience and certainly when… Read more »

Ancient Epics

Odysseus, the great teller of tales, launched out on his own story…. “Come let me tell you about the voyage fraught with hardship Zeus inflected on me homeward bound from Troy.”—The Odyssey, Book Nine When I wrote my November 2019 post, I looked at storytelling from various angles, most of which could have independently filled… Read more »

An Elegant Haunt

Several psychics and mediums who have visited The Keep believe that when they dug down that far and tapped into the aquifer, they created some sort of otherworldly passageway that has made the hotel a way station, not just for travelers in this realm, but also for spirits on their way to the afterlife.—Ghost Tour by… Read more »

Joy of Blogging: Part Two

Finding My Voice For any given piece, journalists and essayists can tell many stories, go off on dozens of tangents, while gradually coming to focus on the meaning of their research, ideas, and interviews.—Lee Gutkind, author of You Can’t Make This Stuff Up Even though I embraced the epistolary format of writing early on, it took… Read more »

Joy of Blogging: Part One

Captain’s Log, Stardate 43125.8. We have entered a spectacular binary star system in the Kavis Alpha sector on a most critical mission of astrophysical research. Our eminent guest, Dr. Paul Stubbs, will attempt to study the decay of neutronium expelled at relativistic speeds from a massive stellar explosion, which will happen in a number of… Read more »

Yea? Nay? All Win In Denver Elections

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” – John Quincy Adams When I signed on to be an election judge in 2018, I thought—correctly—the job might be fun and interesting and I might meet some new people. But I never… Read more »

Mr. Rogers And Journalism

Mr. Rogers And Journalism Journalists need to let their ahhh (wonder) show through when they witness the glory of life … they have as much responsibility to celebrate life and the goodness of it as they do to root out evil.—Fred Rogers When I saw A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, I was pleasantly surprised to… Read more »

Taking Teaching From Onsite To Online

Starting around March 2020, schools throughout the U.S. suddenly found themselves immersed in distance learning. Write an essay in three parts telling what this was like first from a student’s point of view, second from a teacher’s point of view, and finally from a parental point of view. Feel free to use your imagination and… Read more »

Responding To A Slacker Vampire

Plenty of writers resist this idea. They feel that revising a story according to the likes and dislikes of an audience is somehow akin to prostitution. If you really feel that way, I won’t try to change your mind. You’ll save on charges at Copy Cop, too, because you won’t have to show anyone your… Read more »