Hello, 2019!

As we bid farewell to 2018, we are looking forward to each issue of 2019 with excitement.

Art is…

I consider myself a global citizen. At the age of 15, I received an art scholarship to study Fine Arts in Edinburgh, Scotland, which introduced me to my passion and calling. From my wonderful teacher Ms. Francesca Shaw, I firmed in my resolve to learn and to further explore my love for colors. Ms. Shaw's belief and encouragement turned into…


For a quiet moment alone or with loved ones, the Sanctuary Center in Sedalia might just be the most mysterious, tranquil and little-known (till now) places in Douglas County. Small shrines created by previous visitors commemorate beloved pets and lament lost loves, while a "wish tree" made of ribbons blows softly in the wind, revealing the written hopes and dreams of…

The Stories of Us

There are few things in life more precious than candid photographs of those special moments. As a professional photographer, I put a huge emphasis on capturing natural spontaneous photographs. Extreme photojournalism I call it! Here, a few tips for commemorating those special, often unexpected, moments.

Your Photogenic Pet

Our pets are family, and we love to photograph their memorable moments just as much as anyone else. But it's not always easy to capture the true beauty of the moment on our iPhones. Here, a few tips for getting the best of your pet's moments.


1) Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Colorado. Minus a 4-year stint in the Army, I've always lived here.

Summer Golf Tips

A beautiful Colorado summer brings with it the optimism of an improved golf game for many Colorado golfers. Whether you’re gearing up for a summer of tournaments or you just dusted the clubs off for a few weekend rounds, a proper grip is essential to a consistent golf swing and more accurate golf shots.


My mother was a photographer and had a dark room in the house I grew up in. I was always printing something from my 35mm AE-1. Through high school and college I learned a multitude of technical aspects of photography, including Photoshop for digital imaging. After having my daughter 9 years ago, I decided to turn my passion into a…

A Winter Reading List

It’s hard to compete with winter in Colorado, but these books are something you can warm up to. Whether you’re on the ski train to Winter Park or nestled comfortably in front of the fire, there’s a little something for everyone.

Colorado Hops Boom on the Western Slope

Colorado is no stranger to great brews. The MillerCoors empire expands across nearly 600 acres in Golden and brings some of the nation’s favorite beers. Still, there is no question that Colorado has experienced an explosive craft beer movement. This also means that Colorado has responded accordingly and hops yards have popped up in regions all over the state. Few…

Just A Perfect Day

y passion for photography comes from my father, who gave me my first camera in England, when I was 9 years old. I've enjoyed shooting all over the world since then. Our family traveled every year - around Great Britain or overseas, to mainland Europe, Mediterranean islands or South Africa. I went on school trips to Austria, Germany, Israel, and…

July 2016 Parting Thoughts

It is July! The weather is fabulous, we celebrate our independence and we want yard games. Who doesn’t love hanging out with friends and family and enjoying some relaxation and mild competition? If you are looking for something to do with your children, or even just for you, how about a simple DIY project for you to brag about? Maybe…

From the Editor

As Brad mentions in his letter at the beginning of our April issue, we are so excited to be a part of this publication. We are fortunate and would like to thank Kelly Veltrie for launching and building this publication. Another special thanks is needed for Susan Cormier for taking the reigns as editor during the first year; we're excited…

Mom on Patrol

When my brother Gene and I were moving our mom into assisted care a few years ago, I came across her rust-colored National Ski Patrol jacket. Myra Toussaint (Slusser) Devine fought her way onto the all-volunteer – and nearly all-male – National Ski Patrol in 1959. It was quite a battle. Myra, who had learned to ski in her twenties,…

The Past 
is a Present

Here we go, 2016, another new year. And as good little citizens of this fast-paced world, we begin immediately to look forward. We set resolutions, new goals for the year, run the numbers to see where we might be able to get to this year. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that. As humans, our minds are built for moving forward.…

Coffee Cabin – A Perfect Example of Community

When I reflect on community and what it means to be “inspired by community,” I can’t help but think of Wesley Crespi at the Coffee Cabin. As you pull up to order your coffee, you are greeted with an enthusiastic and energetic welcome. While Wes will gladly sell you a favorite beverage, he also wants to get to know you.

Seeing Ourselves 
Through Teachers’ Eyes

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, reminding me of everything that is near and dear. A recent interview with Legend High School’s Cari Corley has given me some new thoughts as we head into the season of gratitude. And that is a big “thank you” to the teachers who saw something in me that I did not see myself.

Legend High School’s Jason Ritter

Legend High School’s Jason Ritter and his students may have been gone for several years, but the social studies teacher and basketball coach will never be forgotten. That’s a tribute to Ritter himself and some fellow teachers and friends at Legend High School who were part of the core team involved in opening the new school in 2008.

A Challenge to Support OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS

September is upon us. And, as we enter the start of fall, we start to see the changing of the seasons. The sunny days and cool nights spark autumn colors. Schools of all levels are in full swing, and for some of us, it means it is Football Season!!!

Another D-Minus Summer

For me, the phrase “Back to School!” stirs up feelings of failure. I know others swoon when the calendar flips to August, and for many reasons. End of summer vacation means kids will go to bed earrrrrrrlier. They will meet new calculus-obsessed friends. They will get smarter. They will have something to do that doesn’t involve game controllers, over-chlorinated water,…

independence day:
An Expat Couple’s Perspective

Ernie and Joan Salisbury have celebrated the 4th of July together 54 times.

Keeping the Legacy Alive

It’s hard enough running a retail business. But when you combine overseeing a family business with a full-time job, taking care of a wife who was severely injured in a car accident and then overcoming a fire, it can become an incredible task.