She stands there – a 40ish woman, dressed in slim jeans and what looks like her best matching denim top. “I wanted to know who I am,” she says, looking straight at the camera. The “am” sounds pleading. She’s looking to her ancestors to define who she is.Continue Reading →
When I mentioned to a Colorado state official that I was doing a story on Kayvan Khalatbari and planning to call him “king of cannabis,” the guy nodded his head and said, “that fits.”Continue Reading →
Ashley, Renee and six others stood in pairs massaging each others’ shoulders, scratching each others’ backs, and sweeping away stagnant energy with their hands. Then they hugged each other tightly, let go enough to bow to each other, and said, “kam sa ham ni da.”Continue Reading →
“Social media make conflicts extremely difficult to deal with. I’m glad I didn’t have Facebook in high school,” Charla Agnoletti said. You’d expect this from someone over 40. But Agnoletti is only 26. It’s because she’s in the thick of it.Continue Reading →
One day about 10 years ago, Bruce Johnson stopped by his favorite fish market on the way home from his cushy management job. He was a regular – and the owner opened up – he was thinking of selling the business. Johnson blurted, “Let’s talk.”Continue Reading →
From a blue-collar upbringing in Groton, NY, a small town near Ithaca, to Cornell University majoring in industrial engineering, to “Philly,” to the NYC poetry scene, to three cross-country poetry tours, back to Groton, now in Colorado, Hahne’s journey is not over yet.Continue Reading →
I was dreading the drive through Kansas on my cross-country road trip. Everyone said – it’s as flat as a pancake, you’ll have to pinch yourself to stay awake. I was on the last leg, from Ohio to Colorado. A straight road ran to the horizon with no end in sight. Then …Continue Reading →
A reader asked me to write more about my impending “emigration” from Ohio. I had likened my journey to my grandparents’ trip to America more than 100 years ago and noted some similarities – being a stranger there, having to build a new life.Continue Reading →
Here is a short report on my first act of kindness. Must walk my talk, after all. The act? Giving 9 little gift bags with flowers and candy to workers and patients at the Woodlands Healthcare Center. Why workers?Continue Reading →
When taking a walk, I happened upon these magenta berries – so unexpected and so beautiful. I love discovering small, unexpected gifts of nature. Then I wondered – what if I tuned in to small acts of human beauty, of kindness?Continue Reading →
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