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The Power of Nature

I’m still thinking about the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, about 250 miles southwest of Denver, which I visited by accident a few weeks ago.   Although I’m an avid hiker, I don’t frequent this type of park, and it was heartening to see who else was there.  I chatted briefly with an Orthodox Jewish man … Continue reading

Starbucks lacks an “à la carte” spirit

I’m not a coffee drinker, and even though I prefer real cafés to corporate clones, I can’t avoid Starbucks altogether.  When I’m at an airport and want some tea, Starbucks is often the best or only choice.  When I’m on a mountain club trip, sometimes the leader decides we’ll have a restroom break at this … Continue reading

Mothers, I Ate Your Chocolate

As I pushed a grocery cart through a main aisle of Sunflower Market yesterday, I passed a table with food samples.  I slowed down and saw chocolate pieces piled in pastel cupcake liners.  An employee with wiry silver hair and a creased brown face stood nearby. “Are you a happy mother?” she asked. I stopped, … Continue reading

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