Permit Systems Narrow the Gateway to the Outdoors

Published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, May 8, 2019. In the age of competitive online permitting systems and limited-use restrictions, digital expertise is, bizarrely, becoming an essential outdoor skill. While recovering from the 12-hour flu on Saturday night, I was participating in one of my daily rituals: refreshing Recreation.gov to see if any permits... Continue Reading →

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Put Teachers First and Students will Thrive

Published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, January 9th, 2019. In the unhealthy relationship between public education and the classroom teacher, teachers are both the abuser and the abused. Along with building and district leadership, they are the ones gaslighting each other and themselves that it is somehow all OK. They see their peers giving... Continue Reading →

Do You Speak Emoji?

Published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent December 11th, 2018. Welcome to the 'Super Nerd' edition of the Ante-Milennial. Today I will explain why "kids these days" may actually be fluent in a form of communication which you and I will never master. My goal is to prove that emojis are a legitimate form of... Continue Reading →

We Can Still Save Colorado’s Schools

Published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, November 14, 2018. For the last three months, I have taken my column away from serious politics, unable or unwilling to deal with the deaf shouting match that is politics. Midterms came and went, with their crescendo of opinions. And I originally planned to write about the use... Continue Reading →

Tales from the Riverside Crypt

Published on the NRS Duct Tape Diaries on October 26, 2017. (Check out my true story, Skinwalkers of Desolation Canyon, below) The sun has finally gone down and the crackle of burning kindling echoes off the canyon walls. Beer or wine or hot cocoa in hand, you inch a little closer to hear the chilling... Continue Reading →

Mountain Towns Should Embrace Remote Work

Published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent on October 9, 2018. Today's topic on the Ante-Millennial is remote work. It is just one of the many aspects of workplace expectations that fuels contention between generations. I could dive down the rabbit hole of office tensions and address everything from dress codes and decorum to coffee... Continue Reading →

The Issue: Affording Life

Published 9/11/2018 by the Glenwood Springs Post Independent In today's installation of the Ante-Millennial, I'd like to talk about budgets. Between baby boomers and millennials there is a large, controversial gap in how money is earned, valued and spent. The older generation sees whiny, entitled young people. The younger generation sees a towering pile of financial... Continue Reading →

The Ante-Millennial

Published by Glenwood Springs Post Independent on August 7, 2018 Six years ago, my husband and I bought our first smartphones as tools to more conveniently capture thousands of pictures of our (then) new baby and share them with the ravening hordes of out-of-state family. But a year later, we ditched said smartphones after finding ourselves sitting... Continue Reading →

Toxic Identity Politics

Published by Glenwood Springs Post Independent July 10, 2018 Tracer rounds, fire restrictions, traffic congestion on 82, budget transparency for city councils, and mountain biking trails. What do these all have to do with national politics? Somewhere between very little and nothing. Yet, to read the comments on the paper's social media pages in regards to these... Continue Reading →

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