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A Time for Thanks

Looking back on this incredibly unique year in real estate, I thank all the wonderful clients I’ve had the pleasure of working with in 2022. I feel honored to have such amazing partnerships with my clients who place their trust and confidence in me.

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.

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Loving This Brutiful Life

Whether we’re welcoming it with open arms or wanting to ignore it alto gether, the holidays are upon us. The fact of the matter is that some years the holidays feel absolutely magnificent, filled with all sorts of incredible events and discoveries, and others, well, not so much.

Glennon Doyle likes to say, “Life is brutal, but it’s also beautiful. Life is brutiful.” I couldn’t agree more. Life’s beauty is inseparable from its fra gility. It’s always amazed me how a single day can be filled with so many different types of emotions.

So my theory on holidays is this—and believe me, I’ve tried every angle—maybe consider celebrating it all this season? The highs, the lows, the leaps of courage we’ve taken and the fear we might hold of the unknown. It’s OK to feel several things at once. What if we meet the holidays simply where we’re at and be present and open about all the brutiful things that life has unfolded?

In this issue, we look at how to not get swept away in the materialness of it all and how to add little sparks of joy into the season. We hope it helps inspire you to rekindle an old hobby, embrace something new or simply to take a moment each day to soak it all in.

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inside the issue The Holiday & Giving Issue DECEMBER 2022 DEPARTMENTS 18 Lifestyle Letter 24 City Scene 32 Business Monthly 46 Giving Back LIFE + CULTURE 50 Home Update REAL ESTATE 56 Now Open ARTS + CULTURE 62 Open House HOME + DESIGN 70 Inspired By LIFE + CULTURE 76 Gift Guide LIFE + CULTURE 84 Chef’s Selection FOOD + BEVERAGE 88 Local Limelight EDUCATION 94 Fashion Forward STYLE + BEAUTY 100 Hot Spot FOOD + BEVERAGE 108 Must See ARTS + CULTURE 114 Driver’s Notebook AUTO + MARINE 116 Trend Setter LIFE + CULTURE 70 50 88 94 FEATURED 50 1538 Spring Hill Lane An Elegant Vail Golf Course Home With Old-World Charm Hits the Market 70 A Force for Healing Behind the Mission, Spirit and Ethos of Mad Agriculture 88 The Future Is Now Learn More About the Right Here, Right Now Climate Summit at the University of Colorado 94 Leela Inspired From the Unique, Delicate Designs to the Company’s Ethos, Leela Inspired Jewelry Is Made for All of Life’s Moments 20

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1: Renata Hromadkova, the winner of the Creative City People’s Choice Award, received a chalice designed by Todd Reed. 2: Boulder Ballet and Frequent Flyers provided stunning dance and aerial performances between DJ sets at the Wrap Party at Boulder Theater. 3: Leonard Segal of Historic Boulder presented EJ Meade of Arch 11 with a “Landmark of the Future” award for the house known as ‘Ludica’ on the Homes By Architects Tour. 4: A surprise visit by AIA Colorado CEO Mike Waldinger announcing the AIA Colorado ‘Firm of the Year’: HMH Architecture + Interiors. 5: MoM Powered by Pecha Kucha at The Dairy: Jay Ferracane, Michael Quirk, Lauren Folkerts, Jessica Hunter, Ruth Hiller, Martin Brodsky, Josh Wills. 6: YEUX came all the way from Austin, Texas to throw down and make the dance party happen. 7: The Creative City exhibit at NoBo’s First Friday. Photography by @lisa_doane_photography
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A round-up of exciting news from local businesses.

New Book From Local Author Shares Benefits of Eating In

Do you struggle to eat as well as you think you should? Maybe you find it easier to eat out or get meals to-go? In her new book, Eating In by Design, Callie asks us to take a deeper look at what a healthy relationship with food can look like. With this science-backed method, Callie helps corporations and individuals increase their well-being, performance and connection. Check it out on Amazon.

Holiday Sales at Starfish Jewelry

Be sure to stop by Starfish this month to celebrate the holiday season! Each weekend in December, they will feature a new jewelry line on sale. Follow them on Instagram (@starfishjewelryllc) to learn which fabulous jewelry line will be on special and the dates. They'll have some great deals, just in time for your holiday shopping!

“Topher Straus: Boldest” Solo Art Exhibition

R Gallery in Boulder announces “Topher Straus: Boldest” a solo show of Straus’ modern, stylized panoramas. In addition to work from his ever-expanding National Parks series and other landscapes, he will be debuting a new “Boulder” painting for this exhibit.

Visit R Gallery at 2027 Broadway during regular gallery hours (daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m.) and during the following special events:

• Opening Reception: December 2, 2022

• Artist Talk: December 14, 2022

• Closing Reception: January 5, 2023

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Highland - a Boulder Company on a Mission to Change Haircare for Good

The guys at Highland were fed up with the toxic junk we put in our hair. Highland's founding team, hailing from Boulder, aims to disrupt the faulted haircare industry by creating world-class products with health and sustainabil ity at the forefront of their mission.

Sold locally at Rollins Barbershop, Canoe Club and Haven, their nine-ingredi ent, gender-neutral and all-natural "Glacial Clay Pomade" is already improving the health and style of hair everywhere in Boulder. @highlandstyleco, Highland.Style

eTown has a New Chief Operating Officer

It's a new era for the music scene in Boulder. eTown and eTown Hall have a new Chief Operating Officer. Travis Albright, executive director of the Future Arts Foundation and founder of the Bluebird Music Festival, has accepted the position as COO of eTown and eTown Hall. Albright will continue his time with the Future Arts Foundation and Bluebird Music Festival as he accepts the new role at eTown.

Merry and Bright and Everything Nice!

Still looking for the perfect gift? Stop by, call or make an appointment online with Walters & Hogsett Jewelers. They'll help you find something your giftee is sure to love! Received a gift that doesn’t fit quite right? From December 27 to January 14, they're offering no rush charges for services and repairs and are wish ing you a happy and healthy holiday season!


JOHNNYSWIM Christmas Tour at Boulder Theater on December 12

JOHNNYSWIM has always given voice to life’s ups and downs, with husband and wife duo Amanda and Abner translating the memories, moments and milestones on their journey into spirited and soulful anthems steeped in singer-songwriter tradition. Come celebrate Another JOHNNYSWIM Christmas at the Boulder Theater. Get tickets at


Roark Brings New Energy to Outdoor Gear in Boulder

Outdoor adventure lifestyle brand Roark just opened its first flagship store outside of California, right here in Boulder. Roark tells stories of the brand’s extreme adventures through authentic gear, inspired by their journeys around the world. Each flagship, known as an Expedition Union, offers a unique assortment of men’s, women’s and trail running apparel, as well as travel and trail accessories. Conveniently located at Boulder’s best shopping destination on 29th Street and perfect for holiday gifts!

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Todd Powell and Adel Chefridi Holiday Trunk Shows

Let it glow this holiday season with personal appearance and trunk shows by designers Todd Powell, Dec 3-4, and Adel Chefridi, Dec 10-11. Meet the designers and enjoy their extended collections as well as one of a kind pieces specially created for their holiday shows. Private appointments and design consultations during show hours are also available. Visit or call 303544-5803 for more information.

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Bob and his wife Judy managed, and later owned, the first McDonald’s restaurant on 28th St. in Boulder, beginning in the late ’60s. Bob soon became known as the “Burger Baron of Boulder County” and eventually grew his business to thir teen other locations. He successively became a co-developer of the original Happy Meal, a trailblazer of the double drivethru concept, a co-founder of Ronald McDonald House and a creator of scholarships for his McDonald’s employees.

When asked about McDonald’s new and successful ly-hyped Adult Happy Meal concept, Bob says he thinks it makes sense “because there’s a whole other generation of people who grew up on McDonald’s."

"I used to have a lot of fun talking about what we ought to do for an Adult Happy Meal,” Bob says.

He notes his previous career in the fast food business was a great springboard for community activity and for people to get acquainted.

When Bob and Judy retired, they wanted to perpetuate the sense of hospitality and community they had built through their McDonald’s locations. They’ve carried out this com mitment through their generous dedication to many phil anthropic endeavors in Boulder County over the years, and they have made an extensive effort to support their commu nity through several different avenues and organizations.

The Charles’ support of CU-Boulder has been integral to the respective university departments' successes. Their love and past experience with music played a part in the gift of an endowed chair to the School of Music in 2001. Bob played the euphonium in high school and college and Judy played the piano.

“Music, for me, I have it going at the house here all the time, and I think it’s just a basic part of life,” says Bob.

Judy graduated from the CU-Boulder School of Education in ’59, which contributed to the decision of another endowed chair to the respective School in 2004. Other contributions to CU-Boulder include gifts to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the College of Business and the CU Athletic Department.

One of the largest impacts the Charles' have made is through their assistance to create the Imagine! Foundation, the fundraising arm of Imagine! Organization, a Colorado nonprofit that helps to integrate those with developmen tal, cognitive and physical challenges into their communi ties. The Charles' charitable gifts have helped to provide and support numerous programs within the organization, includ ing the development of two SmartHomes in Boulder County.

These homes were the first of their kind and were built to design and test technologies that allow individuals with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities to live more independently. The homes include several smart tech nologies, including integrated computer systems that pro vide detailed cooking prompts, induction heating units to maximize safety and barrier-free lifts to help assist from bed to wheelchair and to help increase individual mobility. These first SmartHomes have inspired other similar organizations to create and expand on technologies to help provide inde pendence to those who need it most and to also help provide support for the effectiveness of their caregivers.

The 22nd annual Imagine! Celebration, the organization’s yearly charity event, is being held on February 4th, 2023 at the Marriott Hotel in Westminster. Tickets and spon sorships are currently available to be purchased online at

Bob’s impact on his community through his leadership and genuine caring and kindness is evident not only through his years of gift-giving and philanthropy but also through his genuine ability to instantly connect personally with anyone he meets. When asked about his generosity, Bob humbly replies, “I’m not very good at tooting my own horn. You just pay attention and say, ‘Where might I be able to do the most amount of good?’”

The Charles' have clearly done plenty of good and have made an immeasurable and positive impact in their commu nity through their selflessness.  We don’t mind tooting Bob’s horn for him.

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The home features an impressive natural stone and stucco exterior, oversized timber trusses, oak hardwoods and elegant tile with dozens of authentic imports throughout reminiscent of a European country estate. The main level is grand yet intimate with a mixture of ornate details and eclectic finishes that feel collected over time.

"1538 Spring Hill Lane was built by the current owners to entertain friends and family," says Tye Stockton, founder and global real estate advisor at The Stockton Group, Compass. " From its inspiring great room with a towering ceiling and a fully stocked old-world bar to the expansive exterior space, this home offers close proximity to Vail Village and the world-renowned ski slopes. The timeless architecture was created to welcome family and friends for years to come."

The layout allows for entertaining with ease, thanks to an octagonal-shaped great room with a stone fireplace, towering windows framing woodland views and unique copper/leather-topped bar. The kitchen and adjacent sitting room emanate a cozy farmhouse appeal with gourmet appliances, an elongated center island, a deep stone sink and a hearth-warming fireplace.

The main hall shares multiple opportunities to access the sprawling stone patio and expertly landscaped yard while connecting two large ensuite bedrooms each with outdoor entries. Half-spiral, wide-plank stairs lead to upper and lower levels with stately views of the surrounding forest.

"One of the great features of this timeless single-family home is the beautiful and private outdoor spaces which back up to National Forest Service, ensuring privacy and tranquility in perpetuity. The towering aspens and evergreens make for an idyllic setting for long summer evenings and winter wonderlands in the winter months," Tye says.


The upstairs offers a large loft office overlooking the kitchen sitting area and a secluded rooftop patio. At one end of the hall, a pair of whimsical wooden doors open to expose an indoor bal cony above the great room below, while the opposite end leads to the primary suite featuring dual ensuite bath rooms, separate walk-in closets and a private balcony. The lower level provides a large guest suite with fireplace, kitchenette and quiet patio, in addition to a rec room, laundry/utility room, secondary kitchen for overflow entertaining, an oversized two-car garage and elevator. 53 | CITYLIFESTYLE.COM/BOULDER DECEMBER 2022

Boulder Philharmonic Celebrates 65 Years

The 75-Strong Orchestra Maintains Strong Community Presence
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The Boulder Philharmonic is celebrating a rich 65-year history of music making this year.

The outfit of 75 rostered, professional musicians will continue performing their Masterworks Series concerts at Boulder's Macky Auditorium through April. The Phil will close the season with DeVotchka in May, marking the Denver-based band's first per formance at Macky and the band’s first collaboration with the Phil, says executive director Sara Parkinson.

Formerly a doctoral student in collaborative piano and a freelance musician who has con ducted operas and has played with the Colorado Symphony, Sara has lived in Boulder since 2006. She says her main task in this 65th year of the Phil is to find new ways of engaging with the community

and remaining responsive to an ever-changing, post-COVID world.

“We are seeing people confident to come back to the hall, a lot of momentum is building around our diver sity efforts,” she says. “Our innovative programming features distinguished, world-class guest artists."

The “Boulder Phil,” as it's known, strives to create multi-genre, eye-catching performances that honor Boulder’s ethos of creativity and inclusivity. The orchestra not only plays regular concerts at Macky Auditorium but also maintains a robust calendar of student-centered education programs and smaller performances via its Event of Note series, which features players in smaller venues ideal for first-time Phil-goers.



The Phil’s history is marked by a fasci nating trail of talent. The first iteration of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra began in 1893 and was officially founded in 1957.

A year after its founding, Dr. Antonia Brico became the orchestra’s conductor. A native of the Netherlands and a pianist, Antonia arrived in America at age six. Among a string of professional musical successes prior to arriving in Boulder, Antonia was the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. She arrived in the Denver area in 1942 and remained conductor of the Boulder Phil until 1964.

Many of the orchestra’s later milestones are owing to a man who would ultimately helm it for 25 years: Oswald “Ozzie” Lehnert. Ozzie arrived in 1972 with his family. Originally, they’d been en route to California, but a stop in Boulder changed

their lives when Ozzie was hired as an assistant professor in the College of Music.

He and his Juilliard-trained pianist wife, Doris Pridonoff, were dubbed “Boulder's first family of music.” Working with 80 musicians and an annual budget of $7,000, Ozzie had a hand in many upgrades for the Phil, including the 1975 establishment of a permanent home for the orchestra at Macky Auditorium.

The Phil’s current music director, Michael Butterman, has been in the job since 2006 and is known for his passion for innovative programming, audience development and music education. Michael has also been guest conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and the National Symphony.

Diversity Efforts

The Philharmonic’s board adopted a diversity, equity


“We provide life-changing experiences that inspire and connect our community through live symphonic music, and we can’t wait for what is next.”

as part of its COVID-era work, Sara says. “We needed to take the time to look in the mirror, reflect and dig deep,” she adds. “Now it’s the lens through which we run all our programming and the work that we do.”

It reads in part: “We want everyone regardless of age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, physical capacity, income level or educational attainment to have access to the music we make and to feel welcomed by us,” and nods to “shortcomings of our past efforts.” Notably, however, the Phil has run blind auditions—meaning the hiring panel uses only their ears, unaware of names or physical presentations of those audition ing—since the late 1990s.

“We were one of the first to do that,” Sara says, while noting that the stubborn disparity between male- and female-iden tifying members of orchestras and con ductors still persists.

Further, the orchestra recently hired a bilingual staff member, Dr. Fernanda Nieto, in August, which will help it deepen relationships with the Latinx community and expand its reach.

Coming for 2023

Sara says the Phil is proud of its focus on the underserved preschool popula tion in partnership with Boulder County Head Start, which offers in-school cham ber music, Meet the Maestro visits at local schools and the Discovery Concert field trip opportunity for students in five area counties.

“We bring in our professional musicians as guests, and we invite those children and their families to the dress rehearsal,” she says. “It makes it more accessible.”

It also offers $10 student and youth tickets to all Phil performances at Macky Auditorium in addition to its four

Discovery Concerts annually. At these stu dent-focused concerts, Michael conducts a 50-minute full orchestra concert for third- through sixth-graders that ties into state curriculum requirements.

For over half a century, the Boulder Philharmonic has been defined by the art istry of its musicians, the support of our extraordinary community and the ongo ing partnerships with local organizations encompassing the arts, sciences, nature, youth and social services.

Sara says the Phil’s budget, currently $1.45 million, has continued to grow—and so have her staffing needs as the larg est employer of artists in Boulder. "The Boulder Phil has a rich history the Boulder community is proud of," she says. "We pro vide life-changing experiences that inspire and connect our community through live symphonic music, and we can’t wait for what is next."

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Designing for the Generations

A New Home by Fänas Architecture


Location, and the ability to age in place, were the two highest priorities for the homeown ers deciding to purchase a property in the Lower Chautauqua area of Boulder. Having decided to move back to Boulder to be near their grown children and new grandchildren, the owners were looking for a single-level home close to family.

The existing property fit the basic description, but it had low ceilings, outdated construction and small, chopped-up spaces. The design team decided that a new build would be the most effi cient way to meet all of the goals for the project. Fanas Architecture worked with the homeowners to clarify their priorities and helped them under stand the specific requirements in working with the City of Boulder. The finished home is an effi cient, contemporary and accessible family home for all generations to enjoy.

The homeowners desired a simple, warm, con temporary aesthetic for the home. Exterior mate rials of stucco, wood and steel combine to achieve the desired look. The single-story design allows the home to nestle into the hillside and hides the dramatic feel of the interior, only to be discovered as you enter the home.

‘Light and airy’ was the focus for the Great Room of the home. The small, chopped-up spaces found in the original home were replaced with an open-concept floorplan for the living, dining and kitchen spaces. A see-through fireplace provides definition to a small sitting area adjacent to the Great Room with a peek-a-boo view between rooms. The north wall of the Great Room consists of full-width moveable glass partitions that com pletely open up and empty onto the covered back patio, creating a seamless interface between the indoor and outdoor living spaces.

A second, higher roof was added to the main roof of the Great Room, thereby allowing the addition of clerestory windows to let in as much indirect natural light to the space as possible. The ceiling of the high roof was finished with a wood tongue and groove material that adds warmth and texture to the space while mimicking the tone of the hard wood flooring found throughout the home.

A second important element of design for the home was the ability for the homeowners to age in place. The home is a single story with all openings and doors sized to accommodate wheelchair access if ever necessary. Floor materials are beautiful and also rated to ensure a non-slip surface. Showers in the home incorporate ‘zero-threshold’ transitions with no raised curb that might inhibit flow into


the space. Blocking has been installed in the walls where grab bars can be added in the future, and window coverings are motorized to ensure that anyone is able to control the position of the shades.

Coordinating the desires of the homeowners with the city of Boulder’s requirements can often pose a challenge. For this property, the maximum allowable floor area as outlined by the city was reasonable; however, a significant percentage of this allowable floor area was required to be located on a second floor. Since a major directive of this project was to keep the home to a single story, the square footage remaining for the main level of the home was less than the homeowners would have desired. By modifying an earlier design option that showed a two-car garage to a one-car garage and carport (carports do not count towards the allowable square footage), Fanas was able to effec tively increase the square footage of the interior to an acceptable level.

City requirements for energy efficiency were also discussed with the homeowners. With Dale Smith being a founding member of the Colorado Green Building Guild and Elizabeth Smith having served on the CGBG Board of Directors, Fanas Architecture focuses on energy-efficient solutions for every project, providing guidance and recom mendations for each specific client. The energy requirements for this project were met in part with high-efficiency windows, superior insulation, solar panels and high-efficiency mechanical sys tems with equipment located in a deep crawlspace beneath the north portion of the home.

Fanas Architecture works with clients on remodels, additions and new home projects. They understand the importance in thoroughly evaluat ing any existing structure that may be present at the beginning of a project for any intrinsic value it may hold to the project. Often the goal is to reuse and remodel as much of the existing structure as possible, but frequently the best decision is to recognize the efficiencies of starting with a fresh slate. Even when a fresh start is determined to be the best course of action, a thorough understand ing of the neighborhood vernacular is paramount to creating a successfully integrated design.

Having met while in school at CU in the late 1980s, Dale and Elizabeth have watched Boulder neighborhoods develop, evolve, and in some instances, lose much of their original character, which is unfortunate. Boulder neighborhoods are unique and every effort should be taken to main tain their respective identities.

The firm’s name, Fanas, is Gaelic, with the dual meaning of space and opportunity. Fanas truly believes that every space is full of opportunity. Fanas works with clients in evaluating their property, analyzing their goals and developing unique aesthetic solutions in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Every project is unique, and the key to a successful project is understanding the specific needs of each client and translating these into a design that works for them. It’s a cliché, but they truly listen.


The firm’s name, Fänas, is Gaelic, with the dual meaning of space and opportunity. Fänas truly believes that every space is full of opportunity.


As 2022 comes to a close, our Boulder housing market remains an economic bright spot.

While real estate activity typically declines during the holiday season, we continue to see a healthy and balanced local real estate market. As we transition into colder temperatures in Boulder, nothing feels more sacred than the warmth and comfort of our homes.

I optimistically welcome 2023 with hopes for health, prosperity, and ever-greater insight. I thank you, Boulder, for being an incredible community we are proud to call home. As a Boulder resident for over 33 years (and a Realtor® for 20), I am still in awe of the beauty and vibrancy of our city.

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Behind the Mission, Spirit and Ethos of Mad Agriculture


“I love exploring humanity’s relationship to place,” says Philip, founder and executive director of Mad Agriculture. “There are big questions that humanity needs to be asking right now on this topic. What does the land want to be? What does the land need us to be? Agriculture has been one of the most disruptive forces on the planet, but the promise and potential of regenerative agricul ture is to convert that history and turn it into a force for healing.”

Philip grew up in a small farming community on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. In his career he immersed himself in the world of academia as an ecologist, with research and works published in many journals and leveraged in numerous projects. But Philip felt the need to get closer to the ground when it came to creating eco logical change. He was particularly inspired by the call to create a society based on love, reciprocity and ecological principles in the poetry of Wendell Berry. In 2016, this inspiration turned into action as Philip and his partner, Nicole Brinks, founded Mad Agriculture.

“This honestly feels like my life’s work,” says Philip. “It’s pulling together a million different threads of my personal and profes sional story into one holistic expression.”

Mad Agriculture was founded to promote, support and educate around the principle of regenerative agriculture, an approach to farming that nourishes both people and place—where the land and the steward are able to thrive through reciprocity. Mad Agriculture hopes to inspire a regenerative revolution in agricul ture—a movement that brings together unexpected allies to help create a world that is more just, beautiful and regenerative.

It’s hard not to be inspired when talking with Philip Taylor about Mad Agriculture. Whether he’s discussing the origins of the organization, the inspiring feeling of seeing his employees thrive or the joy of supporting farmers on their regenerative agriculture journeys, Philip’s passion for the relationship between the Earth and its people shines through.

“For us, agriculture is the critical nexus point between planetary and human well-being,” says Philip. “It’s the relationship that guides our mission.”

As an organization, Mad Agriculture encompasses mul tiple arms that facilitate a holistic approach to supporting farmers and their transitions to regenerative agriculture.

“Every farm has slightly different barriers to adopt ing regenerative agriculture,” says Philip. “To help each farm move from vision to action, we developed a suite of offerings that can address individual pain points and support them where they most need it.”

These offerings address the spectrum of farmers’ regenerative agriculture journeys, including pro viding equitable financing and long-term financial partnerships to farmers as well as strategic planning, boots-on-the-ground technical assistance and impact measurement. The organization also helps farmers connect to value-aligned buyers and educates the

community by showcasing the stories of the farmers that the team works with.

While Mad Agriculture began along the Front Range in Colorado, it now operates in 25 states. One example of the organization’s local work is through the Restore Colorado program, a collaboration between Mad Agriculture and multiple private, nonprofit and governmental entities that supports farmers’ regenerative agriculture projects.

For Philip, the mission of Mad Agriculture comes down to the basic human principles of sense of place, sense of belonging and sense of community—shared values that he notes transcend today’s often polarizing political arena. He also notes that agriculture is a sector that is anchored in these deeply held and deeply felt human virtues.

“Some of the largest challenges that humanity faces have been created or perpetuated by agriculture,” says Philip. “Reimagining agriculture is key to solving these problems. This is the urgency that drives Mad Agriculture.”

“Reimagining agriculture is key to solving these problems.”
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The AntiGift Guide Let’s Bring the Holiday Season Back to What’s Really Important— Creating Memories, Spending Time With Loved Ones and Enjoying the Moment Stress 76

What is it about the holiday season that makes us feel like we’re moving at lightning speed in a whirl wind of chaos and commotion? Why do we do this to ourselves year after year?

There’s a reason why Scandinavians are rated as the happiest people in the world, again and again. For the Danish, hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) makes winters enjoyable rather than something to simply get through. Hygge is the Danish art of creating joy and coziness in everyday moments, whatever the season or time of day. The idea is all about creating and incorporating feelings of happiness, friendliness and well-being into everyday life—finding the deeper meaning within ordinary moments.

“Hygge is the euphoric feeling when you are com pletely content in the present moment, when you can’t help but smile and let out a happy sigh,” says Alexandra Gove, creator and founder of Hygge Life, located in the Vail Valley. “Loved ones and good food and drinks are likely contributors, as are can dlelight and music. It's the art of creating special moments out of daily routines and rituals, whether it's lighting a candle before you curl up in your read ing nook, buying fresh flowers at the market every week, posting handwritten invitations for your backyard summer party or breaking out the good wine when your friends are over for dinner.”

Think fireplaces, cozy blankets, cups of hot cocoa. Alexandra says these wintry things are very hygge, but hygge should also trigger thoughts, intentions and feelings that happen year-round, such as campfires, picnic blankets and catching up with an old friend over an ice-cold beer. This prac tice can enhance our well-being.

“We believe that hygge can actually help ease the anxiety and uneasiness of unsettling situations as well as the busyness and stresses of everyday life. We believe hygge provides comfort, contentment and coziness. It reminds us to slow down and to look for ways to take time to pause, be calm and practice self-care,” Alexandra says.

With this in mind, we look at ways to incorporate a deeper sense of being into the holiday season, reminding ourselves that the season is not just about gifts.



Get a little help in the kitchen for your holiday meal. It’s OK, really! If cooking feels more over whelming than exciting, ditch it. Pick up pre-made meals or dine out at Hotel Boulderado, Centro Mexican Kitchen, Jill’s Restaurant at St. Julien Hotel or The Kitchen.

Pick up local author Allyson Reedy’s latest cook book 50 Things To Bake Before You Die and whip up some sweet treats in the kitchen with your children. Then relish the moment when they ask to do it again. If they’re old enough, let them give the sec ond round a go on their own. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.


Spend the evening by candlelight or sit by a roar ing fire. Carve out an hour to read a book or sip on tea or pinot noir.

Keep a pair of warm socks or slippers by your bed. Toss a soft, thick blanket across your couch. Make being cozy a priority.

If you’re looking for additional ways to embrace the season, Alexandra suggests adding winter tex tures like wool and heavy-weighted throws and adding a winter fruit bowl to your kitchen counter to add color and vibrancy to the room.


Alexandra says the key to creating a hyggelig atmosphere with children is by being present and appreciating the little things. She suggests spend ing an hour or two cooking pancakes in the morning together or to plan a hygge movie night where you pile the living room floor with pillows and hang twinkle lights.

Build memories through experiences rather than gifts. Spend the day hitting the slopes at Eldora or strap on your hiking boots for a snowy hike with a backpack containing a blanket and thermos of hot chocolate.

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Give your kids the opportunity to create while you catch up with a friend or take a moment for yourself. Ideal for ages 5-12, kids can make either a snow-filled winter wonderland or a small stuffie at Tinker Art Studio’s Winter Workshops; Dec 8th & 9th.

One of the best ways to build new memories is by trying something new. Start small by picking up several flavors of Van Leeuwen’s ice cream for a family taste-testing session. We suggest large spoonfuls of Honeycomb, Earl Grey Tea and Marionberry Cheesecake.


Wrapping gifts doesn’t have to be a wasteful experience. Rather than store-bought wrapping paper, which isn’t recy clable, opt for butcher paper and pretty twine. Top with a fresh clipping from your tree or a sucker. If little ones are around, invite them to draw on it with markers, making it a truly one-of-a-kind present.


Do you know how they say that sometimes the best things come in small packages? Walk or bike down to Spruce or Amante and pick up a latte and mouthwatering pastries. Fresh flowers are my trigger to stop and appreciate life. Head over to Lucky’s or Ideal Market for a colorful bouquet. Divvy them up to create little “stops” throughout your home—by your bedside, in your kitchen, at the dining table and more.

Is there a hobby you’ve lost track of like reading, knitting or painting? Have you lost sight of it now that the world has opened up again? Consider carving out a few minutes each day or every weekend for it.


If the thought of writing a lengthy Christmas letter this year makes you want to cringe, then don’t! Send a quick “thinking of you” text or pick up a stack of stationary or post cards. It’s always nice to receive mail and the actual amount of writing doesn’t matter. It’s more about the fact that you’ve set aside time to say hello.

“We believe that hygge can actually help ease the anxiety and uneasiness of unsettling situations as well as the busyness and stresses of everyday life.”


Try gifting experiences to those you love, or better yet, plan an experience together. Take advantage of all the amazing local offerings like the Boulder Ballet, dinner at Frasca or a staycation at St. Julien. Head out of town a few hours away and experience all the hot springs our state has to offer. Spend time at a spa in Manitou Springs, head over to Surf Hotel for live music in Buena Vista or Belly Up in Aspen. Spend the night Hotel Jerome in Aspen while you’re at it. Take your family to the Nutcracker or one of our many impressive museums.



When you match the right store with the right person, it can be hard to go wrong. This season, do not underestimate the power of giving a gift card. It saves you time, supports local businesses and lets the recipient choose exactly what they want. Wrap it well and include a thoughtful note. We promise you can’t go wrong with this pick. Here are some of our favorite places.


Entertaining With Ease

Coconut Cream

White Russian

• ¼ cup honey

• 1/2 cup water

• 2 cinnamon sticks

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) vodka

• 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) coconut rum

• 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) Kahlua

• 1-2 ounces (2-4 tablespoons) vanilla syrup

• 1-2 ounces (2-4 tablespoons) canned fullfat coconut cream well stirred


Make the vanilla syrup.

In a medium pot, combine 1/2 cup water, honey and cinnamon. Bring to a boil over high heat for 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla extract. Let cool. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

To make the Russian.

Fill a glass with ice. Add vodka, coconut rum, Kahlua and vanilla syrup. Stir gently. Add coconut cream and stir to combine.

Herb-Spiced Nuts

• 3 to 4 cups (283 to 354g) of pecans, walnuts, and almonds

• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, olive oil or coconut oil

• 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary

• 1 tablespoon chopped sage

• 1 tablespoon chopped thyme

• 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

• 2 tablespoons maple syrup

• 1 teaspoon kosher salt


Mix herbs, spices, maple syrup and melted but ter with nuts and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Simple Swedish Gingersnaps

• 2 cups pastry flour OR 1 ¾ cups allpurpose flour and ¼ cup cornstarch

• 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

• ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

• ½ teaspoon ground ginger

• ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

• ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

• ¾ cup butter

• ¾ cup sugar

• ¼ cup molasses

• 1 egg


Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cin namon and cloves together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Combine butter, sugar and molasses in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on medium speed until it is light and fluffy, roughly 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add the egg. Mix until fully combined.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture. Mix on low speed until just combined. Using a spatula, transfer the dough to a large piece of plastic wrap. Wrap tightly and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to one day or place dough in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes. The dough will be easier to work with if it is well-chilled.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll small dough balls and dip them in sugar, then press with the bottom of a glass. Bake at 350 for 8-10 min.

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Our community has experienced the tragic conse quences of a changing climate. Wildfires, floods, withering heat indexes. We fully understand that things aren’t as they used to be.

After each devastating event, we have asked our selves what we can do differently to change course. Those questions are the focus of the Dec. 1-4 Right Here, Right Now Climate Summit at the University of Colorado. Presented in collaboration with United Nations Human Rights, the inaugural gathering fea tures prominent figures, including keynote speakers Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a Canadian Inuk activist; for mer president of Ireland Mary Robinson; and Kumi Naidoo, former head of Greenpeace International.

The three-day summit takes place on campus and virtually so that anyone can take part. In addition to the keynote lectures, the summit includes panel discussions with leading experts exploring Impacts, Obligations and Solutions with calls to action to help others become involved in the effort to center human rights in the climate crisis conversation. As CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano states, “I believe (climate change) is a problem that the world needs to solve, and this UN summit is an important step in doing this.”


For CU Boulder to host such an import ant event is a testament to the initiatives that make Boulder a hub for innovation.

For DiStefano, it boils down to the solu tions: “We are eager to hear from so many esteemed, diverse voices as we discuss and commit to solutions that will address the ravaging effects of climate change on vul nerable populations around the world.”


“We are eager to hear from so many esteemed, diverse voices as we discuss and commit to solutions that will address the ravaging effects of climate change on vulnerable populations around the world.”
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From the Unique, Delicate Designs to the Company’s Ethos, Leela Inspired Jewelry Is Made for All of Life’s Moments

Living in Boulder means much of our days consist of exploring the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. From annual galas and dinner gatherings to early morning hikes and fitness classes, our lives vary by the season and are made up of everyday moments, big and small.

This variety and uniqueness are what Leela Inspired jewelry highlights. Launched earlier this year, Leela Inspired also hopes to ground and inspire us.

“We aren’t a rough-and-tumble outdoor brand only, nor are we a brand you only wear when you dress up at night. We want to be worn throughout your daily jour ney,” says Derek Matson, CEO and owner of Leela Inspired.

From smoky quartz to pearl and labra dorite, Leela Inspired jewelry is beauti fully crafted with custom-made silver and gold findings and real gems and stones that are naturally unique, just like each person.

“The stones aren’t produced in a machine where every stone is the same. They have imperfections, but that’s what makes each piece so unique,” Derek says. “The gold and silver findings simply amplify the natural beauty of the stones.”

Several Leela Inspired necklaces also feature a longer, triangular stone, creat ing a more dramatic style that boasts an unforgettable and exclusive look.

These designs come from Derek’s wife Chrissy. She started making bracelets and necklaces as a hobby and eventually grew it into a cohesive collection inspired by jewelry from Bali.

For years Derek and Chrissy talked about opening Leela Inspired. At the beginning of 2022, they jumped all-in and launched the Boulder-based online brand.

Chrissy has a graphic design and pho tography background. When launching Leela Inspired, she taught herself how to

make a website and online store while also creating the company’s core and seasonal lines. Having worked at Kendra Scott, the Shane Co., and other women’s apparel and accessory companies and running a consulting firm for small retail businesses, Derek intends to take his experiences and pour them into Leela Inspired.

Determining the ethos and foundation of Leela Inspired was one of the most important parts of building the company, Derek says. After jotting down hundreds of words that meant something to Derek and Chrissy, they came up with three buck ets—create, connect and explore. These serve as Leela Inspired’s ethos and pillars. “The goal is to create jewelry that doesn’t just fit within our ethos but enhances it,” Derek says.

The husband-and-wife duo also want Leela Inspired’s jewelry to be playful and ideal for all occasions. That’s where the name Leela comes into play. Leela is a Sanskrit word loosely defined as “play” or “to be playful.”

“The idea of play and being playful is central to our brand,” Derek says. “When you are playing, you are present, you are positive. Play takes many forms, whether that’s hiking with friends, cocktails after work or creating art. So our goal is to have jewelry that A, can be worn in all of those scenarios and B, reminds us of those play ful times when we are furthest away from being playful.”

Leela Inspired will launch two seasonal collections each year in addition to its core line and continue offering in-person, cus tom sizing for customers living in Denver and Boulder at their local design studio. The company also recently released its first solid gold and silver bracelets and necklaces. What’s next? Derek says when the time is right, Leela Inspired will open a brick-and-mortar location.

“The idea of play and being playful is central to our brand. When you are playing, you are present, you are positive.”
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ARTICLE BY ALLYSON REEDY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFF FIERBERG Noisette Is a Breath of Fresh Air for the Denver Restaurant Scene

You don’t have to love French food or style to appre ciate what Noisette brings to the Denver restaurant scene. In a sea of menus that read the same and cookie-cutter modern-industrial-chic dining rooms, Noisette’s nuanced menu and stunning space stand out, wafting a breath of fresh croissant-scented air across town. And if you do love French food and style? Well, bienvenue to your new favorite restaurant/bak ery/hangout in the city.

Noisette opened in a quiet LoHi corner (yes, one does exist) in August. It’s the dream restaurant of wife and husband team Lillian and Tim Lu—she’s the pastry chef, while he helms the savory side. While the food from the French Culinary Institute of New Yorktrained chefs certainly shines, the first thing you’ll notice is that incredible space.

Pastel, crushed velvet chairs pop against muted tile floors; brass candelabras hang from a circled ceiling; and just the right amount of French flair—two golden fans, a trio of ornate framed portraits—hang on the white walls. Tablescapes are equally gorgeous, with

cut glassware, mismatched China and small vases of fresh-cut flowers decorating the tables. Lillian spent a year and a half collecting the antique floral plates from area thrift shops, and you—and your Instagram follow ers—will appreciate every second of her efforts.

The menu is a mix of both expected French fare, like escargot, duck and those rich, creamy sauces the French do so well, and things you’ll be pleasantly sur prised to find. Monkfish, for example, isn’t something you see on many Denver menus, and Tim’s is beauti fully light and succulent, floating on a pool of mussel broth and chicken jus. The quail is stuffed with forbid den rice and topped with a sweet cherry and maitake glaze, perfect for sopping up the bowl of impossibly smooth whipped potatoes.

The mushroom and melon salad is another dish you won’t find anywhere else. The tiny cubes of cantaloupe and honeydew make a picturesque bed for the braised lobster mushroom and prosciutto crown. Eaten together, it’s a sweet, salty, umami-packed bite. The escargot is different, too, served minced with potato choux pastry and crisped up into little balls before getting a dip in herb aioli.

Lillian’s carbs deserve a story of their own, start ing with the baguette and ending with the tarte Tropezienne. The baguette comes warm, knotted and served with a cup of cultured brown butter, and you can taste every bit of care that goes into the deceptively simple starter. The dessert menu includes scoops of sorbet, a dark chocolate tarte, and that tarte Tropezienne, a split sweet brioche bun dotted with pearl sugar and filled with fluffy vanilla bean cream.

You can get more of Lillian’s sweet creations at the attached bakery, which serves a mix of croissants, cannelé, bonbons, macarons, éclair, tarts and more, depending on when you get there. You can also take home loaves of baguette and beurre Noisette, their house-made cultured brown butter, or grab coffee drinks from Novo Coffee or a Ku Cha tea.

Whether you hit the bakery or the restaurant, you’re bound to be floored by the atmosphere and the food. Especially when so many restaurants tend to blend together, Noisette is something beautifully different.

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A New Exhibition at the Denver Art Museum Explores Historic Carpets From West Asia



For Paul Ramsey, rugs are so much more than utilitarian floor coverings. They’re also works of art, windows into world cultures and vessels for exploring history. MUST SEE ARTS + CULTURE 110

He hopes other people will feel the same way after wandering through Rugged Beauty: Antique Carpets from Western Asia , a new exhibition on view at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) from Dec. 18 through May 28, 2023.

Paul, co-founder and co-owner of ShaverRamsey Fine and Custom Rugs in Denver, helped develop the exhibition, which features more than 40 rugs from Turkey, Iran and the Caucasus from the 1500s to the 1900s. Many are from DAM’s per manent collection, but several are also on loan from the Textile Museum in Washington D.C., the Saint Louis Art Museum and local private collec tions in Denver and Boulder.

The exhibition is located in the Avenir Textile Art and Fashion galleries on the sixth floor of the Martin Building and is included in the price of gen eral admission.

Paul describes the exhibition’s rugs as “among the most beautiful objects ever created by humans.” Throughout history, talented artisans across west Asia lovingly made each one by hand, weaving hand-dyed wool using a technique known as knotted pile to give the rugs their signature raised surface and rich texture.

Curators chose to focus on rugs from Turkey, Iran and the Caucasus—which includes Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia—because those regions played a key role in the evolution of rug-making.

“They represent the heart of the origins of rugs— from there, rugs spread around the world,” says Paul. “These areas have mountains and fertile ground for raising sheep. That’s one of the instrumental char acteristics of these regions is the access to sheep and their wool. These areas of west Asia that have mountains were the heartland of rug production.”

As a local visiting scholar for the museum, Paul has been involved with Rugged Beauty since day one, working right alongside curatorial staff over the last four years to help select the various rugs and tell their stories. To help bring the exhibition to life, he joined forces with DAM’s curatorial fel low Jane Burke, interpretive specialist Stefania Van Dyke and curatorial assistant Courtney Pierce.

For the exhibition, the museum decided to tap into Paul’s vast knowledge and expertise, which

he’s honed over the last 46 years while running his boutique-style store on Fillmore Street.

“We’ve always tried to engage people into under standing the beauty of rugs,” says Paul, who is 80. “We’ve tried to focus on picking the very best rugs and carpets from around the world to bring to Denver.”

Curators organized Rugged Beauty into three sec tions to help showcase different types of rug-makers: nomadic and seminomadic; court and commercial workshops; and regional cottage industries.

The “Local Identity: Nomadic Origins” theme sets the scene by mapping out the region and exploring how the landscape of west Asia influ enced rug makers. Historically, these artisans led a mostly nomadic lifestyle, following seasonal migra tion routes as they tended to their flocks of sheep and other livestock. A subsection shines a light on prayer rugs, which Islamic practitioners kneel on while facing Mecca to pray throughout the day.

Museum-goers can marvel at rugs made by specialists in court and commercial workshops while exploring the “National Identity: Workshop Carpets” section. Also on display are three rugs from the Safavid Dynasty—which spanned the years 1501 to 1736—in Persia, now modern-day Iran.

Women also produced many carpets by hand in their homes for sale in the marketplace, creating small but important cottage industries within their villages. The exhibition explores those rug makers—who often intermixed court designs with nomadic and village motifs—in “Regional Identity: Village Carpets.”

After gleaning inspiration from the rugs in the exhibition, visitors can try weaving and knotting themselves in a special exploratory space in the adjacent Nancy Lake Benson Thread Studio. There, they can also learn more about natural dyes, knot ting techniques and contemporary rug artists— and, hopefully, walk away with an even greater appreciation of this unique art form.

“I hope people see the beauty of these rugs, whether it’s the old natural plant dyes or the tex ture that comes from the knotting process,” says Paul. “I also hope people come away with a deeper understanding of the origins of rugs and the cul tures of Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus.”

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Ford’s F-Series was America’s best-sell ing truck from 1977 to 2020. And with the release of the 2022 all-electric F-150 Lightning, Ford might just reclaim that title.

The first gas-free F-Series model, the Ford F-150 Lightning accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just four seconds. With a 14.1-cubic-foot trunk, it has the larg est sealed front trunk of any all-electric pickup. The truck gets good mileage, too.

“With the extended battery, you can get 300 miles per charge pretty easily,” says PT Ertl, director of marketing at SillTerHar Motors in Broomfield, “and still have a bunch of towing capacity.” Ten thou sand pounds, to be exact.

The Lightning boasts Built Ford Tough capability, as it’s designed to travel offroad and provide power at remote sites. Pro Power Onboard supplies Lightning drivers with 11 outlets, ranging from 120 volts to 240 volts, to plug in power tools and other equipment.

The truck’s ability to provide a mobile workspace, PT says, “gives you all the func tionality of a work truck with fewer con cerns of environmental damage.” Under the right circumstances, the Ford Lightning’s built-in generator can power a house for up to three days.

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The City Lifestyle Giving Campaign

Now in its third year, the City Lifestyle Giving Campaign will give away $300,000 this holiday season to help individual community members who would benefit from a helping hand during their time of need. But they need YOUR HELP to make it happen! Maybe you know of a single parent strug gling to provide, an elderly person who has experienced loss, a child enduring a health issue, a co-worker suffering a sudden, unexpected tragedy or a neighbor with a finan cial hardship who has fallen between the cracks of getting assistance. Chances are you know someone with a specific need—even if nobody else does.

To preserve and protect the dignity of every recipient, the City Lifestyle Giving Campaign is completely con fidential. No identities will be revealed or publicized in ANY way. (Even those who nominate others may remain anonymous if they choose.)

Last year, City Lifestyle was able to give to more than 70 recipients all over the country by sending checks in the mail through New Year’s Eve. (This year, the goal is to double that number with checks ranging in amounts up to $3,000 each.) With nominations flooding in from community members and leaders such as judges, police officers, teachers, nurses, social workers, mentors and readers like you, we were able to reach people who might otherwise go unnoticed.

“We believe in giving back and serving the communi ties where we live in a real and tangible way,” says Steven Schowengerdt, CEO and founder of City Lifestyle. “This Giving Campaign is all about personally impacting the lives of people we know with an unexpected check in the mail just to say that someone thought of them this holiday season.”

Together with Matthew Perry, Chief Sales Officer, Steven adds that the outpouring and gratitude from the recipients was overwhelming and affirmed that this is a tradition they want to continue.

“We believe God has blessed our company with contin ued success,” Matthew adds, “so we in turn want to be a blessing to others.”

City Lifestyle has also enacted an internal giving pro gram whereby every employee in the company receives $100 to give away to someone in the community. “The idea is to encourage our employees to keep doing it on their own,” Steven says. “Taking care of one another and blessing others is so rewarding that it perpetuates a cycle of giving. It’s extremely important to me as a person and as a company to foster that culture of generosity.”

“This Giving Campaign is all about personally impacting the lives of people we know with an unexpected check in the mail just to say that someone thought of them this holiday season.”

Where has the campaign gifted?

To submit a nomination, follow @citylifestyle on Instagram and fill out the form found in the bio link. All entries will be read, and because this is not a raffle, there is no need to nominate someone more than once. The amount given to each recipient will be based on need.

Follow @citylifestyle on Instagram for reminders! Scan Code to Nominate between Dec. 1 – 15, 2022 117 | CITYLIFESTYLE.COM/BOULDER DECEMBER 2022

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