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exterior of artwork at All Star Park in Lakewood Colorado

Little league dreamers play like big leaguers

March 2022
Driving on West Alameda Avenue in Lakewood, Colorado, might elicit a double take. Is that...? It can't be! But it is: A miniature carbon copy of Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies baseball team.


As Told To: My husband and I bought a 7-bedroom house and filled it up with our community. They helped us survive early parenthood.

February 2022
I wanted to run down all three flights of stairs screaming, "I'm pregnant!" But one of our housemates was hosting a dinner party, and I was terrified. I wasn't sure how anyone would react to a tiny human in the house. Over a year earlier we announced at a house meeting that we were trying. The fertility struggle that followed became common knowledge.

art at Convergence Station the Meow Wolf in Denver. photo by Joshua Hardin

The magic of Meow Wolf

January 2022
It’s obvious this will be different from a standard museum experience from the moment visitors arrive. Someone clad in a spacesuit calls out through an amplified headset, “Welcome to Convergence Station. Have you traveled with QDOT before?” QDOT, we learn, is the Quantum Department of Transportation, the agency tasked with guiding “travelers” through this strange spot...

musicians Taj Mahal and Lyle Lovett playing on the eTown stage

Broadcasting from Boulder to the world

November 2021
A guitar twangs out a bluesy chord progression before drums and piano kick in, creating a jazzier medley. Then, Helen Forster’s soothing voice says, “From the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, it’s eTown with this week’s guests…” before dropping the names of two musical acts. This scene has unfolded nearly a thousand times on eTown, a music-meets-talk show recorded before a live audience in downtown Boulder and then broadcast weekly on 300 radio stations worldwide.

John Kite playing piano in the lobby of the Brown Palace. Photo by Joshua Hardin

The Brown Palace

November 2021
POP! The telltale sound of a champagne bottle uncorking reverberates in the hotel’s eight-story atrium lobby. People young and old — the tattooed, the golf-shirted and three blondes clad in yoga pants and perfect makeup — cross paths heading for elevators, restaurants and a large revolving door leading out into downtown Denver. Ladies in big hats sip tea, while an immaculately-dressed Cuban man in a Panama hat checks in for a stay celebrating his 55th birthday. This is a day in the life of the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, where similar scenes have played out since the hotel opened in 1892.

lighter skinned hand clutching a rubber chicken with wide eyes and an open mouth. image by Whampoa Sports Club from Flickr

Homegrown novelty company makes SLC the rubber chicken capital of the world

July 2021
How many rubber chickens does Loftus International produce each year? Casey Fitts, CEO of Loftus International, and its new owner as of 2018, won’t squawk. “That’s an industry secret,” he said.


Let’s be frank: These Colorado hot dogs are worth relishing

July 2020
Though debate continues as to whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich, one thing remains clear: The right combination of casing, cooking and toppings make for a tasty treat. A good hot dog should release a burst of juices and zest when you bite into it, an important and distinct firmness-to-flavor equation.

illuminated neon sign of a happy chef flipping pancakes at Pete's Kitchen

NEON: Denver’s Gordon Sign lights the night

May 2020
The happy chef, who first flipped his hotcakes in 1955, beckons diners to Denver’s Colfax Avenue 24 hours a day — a neon sign with the added oomph of animation. This beauty, and many others, was made by Gordon Sign, the oldest continuously operating sign company in America.


Dolan Geiman brings out the beast in his art

November 2019
The question isn’t what it is about Colorado that inspires Dolan Geiman, it’s what doesn’t? “If you stick around, the night birds come out and trill and rustle in the little canyons below the hills, sending their songs like sharp little lullabies gliding up the hillsides,” he said. Most of his resulting artworks draw not from a specific memory, but instead by adding elements of many observations together, “like ingredients in a stew.”


Denver’s 16th street ‘doors to nowhere’

September 2019
Perched above Denver’s 16th Street Mall are two mysterious doors. The doors lead nowhere; opening them would mean tumbling down thirty feet to the road below. Yet these obscure doors used to be the main commercial entrance to each building. How is that possible?


A Very Alive Ghost Town

July 2019
Front of book story for Colorado Life Magazine, a print publication exploring the Centennial State’s most fascinating stories, captivating characters, and spectacular scenery.


Manassa: Colorado’s most perfect town?

July 2019
The town is an eerie sight on maps and satellite photos. Manassa, Colorado is not only a complete square, it’s also platted to the cardinal points: North is true north, no compass required.


The Cherry Cricket

July/August 2019
Food and recipe multi-page feature spread for Colorado Life Magazine, a print publication exploring the Centennial State’s most fascinating stories, captivating characters, and spectacular scenery.


My Period Is Ruining My Marriage

June 2019
Personal essay for The Girlfriend, a digital publication for Gen X women from AARP—the large nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and producer of the largest circulation publications in the U.S.


Denver’s power couple of stained glass

March 2019
Multi-page feature spread for Colorado Life Magazine, a print publication exploring the Centennial State’s most fascinating stories, captivating characters, and spectacular scenery.


Meet a ball named Saul

January 2019
The average sticker weighs .00001 pounds. The number of stickers in the ball at the record-setting event was 171,466, but, in the two years since, Saul is up to about 225,000 stickers.


Painter brings life to barren branches

January 2019
“Anywhere I am in the world, trees call out to me and I walk up to them, reach out to them, touch them and hug them.” Including the dead ones.


Walk This Way: Art Meets Outdoors Along the New 40 West ArtLine

June 2018
Arts and culture feature for West Colfax Lately, a magazine printed in collaboration by the 40 West Arts District, City of Lakewood Economic Development, Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District, and the West Colfax Community Association, located in the vibrant Denver suburb of Lakewood, Colorado.


Parker Palm Springs

April 2018
Example of one of 50+ expert reviews created for Fodors.com, the online arm of the venerable travel and tourism publishing giant.


Date Night West Colfax Style

April 2017
Food and culture feature for West Colfax Lately, a magazine printed in collaboration by the 40 West Arts District, City of Lakewood Economic Development, Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District, and the West Colfax Community Association, located in the vibrant Denver suburb of Lakewood, Colorado.


Surviving Casa Bonita… Challenge Accepted

March 2015
Humor feature for West Colfax Lately, a magazine printed in collaboration by the 40 West Arts District, City of Lakewood Economic Development, Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District, and the West Colfax Community Association, located in the vibrant Denver suburb of Lakewood, Colorado.


The Future Could be Beautiful

September 2009
Cover story for Women’s Magazine, a defunct monthly publication by the Boulder Daily Camera; this first-person longform narrative discusses the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, my family history, and my own struggle with the choice to know or not to know about my fate with cancer.


Inside “He’s Just Not That Into You”

April 2009
Greg Behrendt may not be a household name, but you definitely know him. He's a stand-up comedian and was a consultant for "Sex and the City." Oh, and there's that little book called "He's Just Not That Into You," which recently became a movie starring the likes of Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Aniston.


Dating & Other Bad Habits: Plucking the Perennial Favorites

April 2009
I have a whole crop, eight or nine of them — men I've never slept with, never been on more than a few dates with, who disappear and reappear every few months.