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How a sunset feels

Try to describe a sunset without using colors; think about how it feels, how the air smells, perhaps about the sounds that arise at...

Blurring the lines

The Lafayette Electronic Arts Festival (LEAF) is a place for hackers. Not hackers like Gary McKinnon or Albert Gonzalez, but hackers like Brian Eno,...

The gray area

For thousands of years, humans have passed stories down to younger generations with the hope they’ll continue the practice. As a member of the...

An American secret

I don’t take notes as Arthur Secunda talks to me; I’m too focused on hearing him, and it strikes me that the scratching of...

The lasting mark of art

In any given art gallery, viewers know not to reach out and touch a piece of art, no matter how tempting it seems. But...

To see and be seen

It’s 10 a.m. on a recent Thursday and Jordan Casteel has been up since 5, but she’s fresh, bright-eyed, no signs of fatigue. The...

Conversation series focuses on experience of war

It was a holiday weekend tradition: James Speed Hensinger and his parents would meet close family friends for a lakeside vacation full of picnics,...

Becoming American

What does “becoming American” mean to you? Is it a process? A state of mind? An act of participation? When one becomes American, what’s...

The walls move outwards

When Lior Gross emailed Eyal Rivlin to ask about joining one of Rivlin’s Hebrew classes at the University of Colorado Boulder last spring, Rivlin...

Tips for thrifty living

Sparrow is a self-taught visual artist, pianist and chef — and has a master’s degree in creative writing. He lives in a doublewide trailer...

For my mother

It’s been almost two years since my mother got divorced. Unlike some middle-age separations, hers was a complete and sudden shock — no falling...

Echoing across the vista

After hauling backpacks weighing almost 100 pounds to 13,300 feet above sea level, waiting out a snowstorm and finally reaching the perfect spot on...
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