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Holidays! A new year. New beginnings. New opportunities. Whenever we begin a new year and move into winter months, we become excited to reinvent ourselves. Reinvention is also the focus of this ELIFE issue. What motivates you? Heath, family, work, wealth, money? In this Winter Issue, there’s definitely something for everyone. Located in Erie, Colorado, north of bustling Denver, due east of “earthy” Boulder, Erie, Colorado is unlike any other planned community. Friendly neighbors, picturesque surroundings, and endless outdoor adventures make Erie a great place to raise a family. These tight-knit communities have a reputation for thoughtful interaction through volunteer service, recreational activities, and cultural events. Erie’s economy is thriving. Area business leaders and residents are dedicated to driving the region forward. A balanced diverse combination of natural, cultural, educational and business resources makes an ideal location for growing businesses, entrepreneurs and families alike. “Amazing Erie” has become a hotspot for local artists, up-and-coming award-winning bistros, and eco-friendly farmers’ markets. Building the future by preserving the past is one of Erie’s highlights. While taking a tour around the Spirit of Flight Aviation museum, one becomes instantly aware of our country and the community’s rich heritage and deep historical roots. Architecturally, Erie indigenously includes the Arts and Crafts style in its contemporary homes. As a “city chick”, residing in Manhattan all it took was one frequent visit to Colorado . Instantly, I fell in love with Erie. Highlighting the western spirit, this small town’s charm also promised an excellent quality of life. Married to my husband, Tom and with our one year-old, I did something I never thought we’d do; we left the hustle and bustle of Manhattan to move out west. Eight years later, I'm still smitten with Erie, enjoying all the friendships our family has made. Our first issue of ELIFE celebrates what we, Erie residents stand for: family, humanity, culture, new beginnings, and progression.



Trisha Ventker is an author, photographic artist, branding and social media expert and retired elementary school teacher. She is best known for her book Internet Dates From Hell which is self-published by Ventker through iUniverse and has since had the movie rights to it optioned to Paula Wagner. She is also one of the first Indie Books authors to have a book that was optioned for the big screen. Trisha is originally from New York City, now residing in Erie, Colorado with her husband and son.

Look around at our amazing town and capture the beauty of it. It is so special on so many levels! Perhaps, take a moment to celebrate a true Winter Wonderland in Colorado. You won’t be disappointed.

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This issue is dedicated to Daniel David Sutton October 25, 2006 - January 21, 2010


01 ERIE From The Mayor's Desk: The Boneyard Erie's Rich History Things I've Done In Erie Collaboration: An Educated Approach Daniel Beautiful Erie

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02 HOME Living Holiday Trees Salt of the Earth The Erie Boom Winter Wonder in Erie

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03 BUSINESS & TECH Avoid Emotional Investment Decisions Sustainability, Shit and Shinola Does Saying "No" Make Me a Bitch? 3-2-1: A Backup Strategy Saving Early and Letting Time Work For You

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04 PARENTING The Reluctant Stay at Home Mom 4 Ways To Deal With Sibling Battles Holiday Meals Looking Beyond Quality Vs. Quantity

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05 KIDS & TEENS Teens: What to Do in Erie? The Season of Giving Cute and Easy Mason Jar Gifts 4 Winter Memory Making Activities

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06 SELF DISCOVERY Managing Holiday Stress VPS A Local Woman's Wellness Adventure After Divorce: Now What?

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07 HEALTH & BEAUTY 5 Great Ways to Get Hair Ready for Winter Healthy High Jinks Biting Off Too Much? The Harshness of Winter on Your Eyes Never Trust a Fart De-Stressing Face It

08 FOOD Put a Squeeze on Your Meal

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09 ARTS & CULTURE Art Smart Music is A-Brewin TABLE OF CONTENTS - SECTION 9 TO 12 My Own Sea 1. ARTS & CULTURE Get Reading! 2. FASHION Traveling Citizen of the World 3. PETS 4. SPORTS
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10 FASHION Dress To Chill


11 PETS Squirrel!


12 SPORTS & EVENTS Let it Snow! Events

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k s e D ’s r o y a M e h T From Dear Fellow Residents of Erie, The Erie Dog Park Committee has been working overtime this summer planning fundraisers, developing a website and designing the layout of the park. Everyone on the committee is excited to bring this long-awaited recreational amenity for our K9 friends to Erie. Special shout-out to the following committee members for their hard work: Kit Lammers, Will Powers, Todd Bachmann, Robyn Bachmann, Dawn Frasier, Deb Coyle and Michael Gides. As we spread the word and our enthusiasm we hope you and your neighbors will be just as eager as we are to build Erie’s first-ever dog park! As a reminder, the dog park will be located at Reliance Park on Briggs Street just north of Historic Downtown. Appropriately enough, the name will be The Boneyard at Reliance Park. The dog park will be approximately 8 acres in size. By comparison, the park will be larger than Lafayette’s dog park which is about 6 acres. We have launched a new website which contains everything you want to know about The Boneyard. Please visit us at to view the conceptual plan and learn how you can participate. Most importantly the committee is engaged in fundraising efforts. We hope to raise most if not all of the money needed to build the first phase. If you are looking to donate, several options are available for your convenience (on next page). I hope you will join me and the Erie Dog Park Committee in supporting The Boneyard in whatever manner best suits you. Sincerely, Mayor Tina Harris Town of Erie

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Mayor Tina Harris 3 Ways You Can Participate If you would like to make a donation of any amount, simply visit our website - dogpark - and select the Paypal button. Your donation will be used to purchase various amenities for The Boneyard including: trees, benches, shade structures and various “play” features. And don’t forget our Commemorative Brick Program! The entryway to The Boneyard will be made entirely of bricks. These Commemorative Bricks are available for purchase and can be customized to your liking. The bricks will be installed on the walkway from the parking lot to the main entrance. A standard size brick can be purchased for $100, and allows up to three lines of personalized text to put your name, or your pets name, or any other appropriate dog-related message. It is a great way to honor not only our current dogs, but also to memorialize our companions that have passed. For an additional $25, you can choose from a large variety of dog-related stock clip art. For organizations or families that want to place their logo on the bricks, you can purchase a larger 8” x 8” brick for $250 and upload your high resolution artwork. Please keep in mind that actual photographs are NOT engrave-able.


If you're a geologist, or aspire to be one, you begin with "the beginning", namely the No r t h A m e r i c a n a n d Pa c i fi c P l a t e movements, during the Mesozoic Period, over 170 million years ago crashing into each other forming The Great Rocky Mountain Range stretching from Canada to Mexico. Ninety million years later during the Paleolithic Period, the second plate movement redefined the mountains causing the slopes, up and down the eastern side of the range. If you're an oceanographer, or aspire to be one, you may want to begin with the great expanse of sea covering two thirds of the country from the Appalachian Mountains to The Rockies leaving behind some of the great marine artifacts embedded into the seabeds behind it. These seabeds are what we now refer to as our "terra firma”. If you're a chemist or archaeologist or aspire to be one, you start there, namely the the deposits of shale, limestone, lignite, coal, oil, natural gas and other elements left behind. If you're an anthropologist, or aspire to be one, you'd be compelled to jump around 90 million years forward and discuss the earliest migrating Native American Tribes such as the Arapaho and Cheyenne, migrating south from the Great Lakes Areas for a more temperate climate and arable soil. Either way, Colorado in general, Erie in particular had many beginnings depending on where your interests lie. "


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ERIE’S RICH HISTORY As a lover of history and the state of Colorado, I'd like to start with the middle of the 19th Century, when the white settlers "met" the indigenous tribes of the Plains and/or The Front Range of the The Great Rocky Mountains of Northern Colorado. Thanks to the beautiful survey books by James B. Stull and his affiliation with The Erie Historical Society and Mona Lambrecht from the Boulder Historical Society, my previous "brushes" with those 12 miles of Plains land between Erie and Boulder (my old stomping grounds), and my sister's family, who has lived in Erie for the past 8 years, my interest and love for the area has grown, compelling me to pen this series of retrospect for ELIFE Magazine. Hopefully, these short exposes will enlighten those who may not have the time to read the great books of Stull, Dyni, Lambrecht, Michener, etc. Although after these brief "walks down Erie's memory lane", you may (and perhaps should) read these authors' more in-depth views of the area. Due largely to the Gold Rush of 1858 at Pikes Peak and the tens of thousands who moved into the region as a result, the native tribes were inundated with all sorts of strange settlers on their land. The great journalist, Horace Greely from New York and his “command”, “Go West Young Man” certainly didn't help the confused and threatened Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes inhabiting these lands. If that were not enough, The Homestead Act of 1862 not only

invited those to move into these areas, but also buy and build upon the open plains inevitably changing the landscape forever. As an unfortunate consequence, nearly all of the Cheyennes and more than half of the Arapaho either left the plains for the southern "safer" areas of the territory or later on in history to the government reservations to the north in Wyoming or even further south to Oklahoma. Their departure left a cultural mystique still felt 150 years later in this region, for it is rare that we are not reminded of these superior Native Americans and their beautiful, if not awe-inspiring artwork everywhere you travel. By the 1830's white men were trapping, particularly beaver, along the Front Range from Wyoming to Colorado. Two of the earliest known white trappers in Erie were Jims Baker and Bridger, in or around 1838. It is said that Baker knew and befriended the famous Kit Carson. For 20 years, Baker travelled the West trapping and even guiding the U.S. Army in 1845, for a General John Fremont on several expeditions, one ending in California, Los Angeles to be exact. By 1847, Baker settled in Salt Lake City after marrying at least three Native American women (Shoshoni, Cherokee and Sioux) and fathering eleven children.

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HISTORY ERIE’S OF RICH ERIE HISTORY During 1857, Baker was assigned to a military unit against Brigham Young's Mormons, who attempted along with the state of Utah, to secede from the Union. After his successful service, Baker was gruesomely injured while fighting off a grizzly bear and then again when a rifle misfire took most of what was left of his face after the bear attack. In 1858, Baker left Utah, and while camping along Coal Creek, noticed the rich deposits of coal and staked a claim, which led to his owning the first coal mine in Colorado. The Erie slope mine was named Baker's Bank. His occasional coal runs to Denver drew much attention to his source, namely the town of Erie and its rich coal deposits for the taking. Baker’s death occurred in 1898 in a cabin he built in Savery, or what would become the town of, in Wyoming. The structure was unique to say the least; two full stories and a look-out tower atop the building for vengeful Ute tribes, who put a life-long bounty on Baker's head due to his involvement in the Meeker massacre of the Utes under General Thornborough in 1879. The cabin (although "tower less", due to moving accidents) was relocated to and can still be visited in Cheyenne today. Needless to say, one of Erie's first residents had quite the colorful life, to put it mildly. By the late 1860's, miners from the east flocked to Erie for the rich coal deposits and a future in mining.

Following the first waves of the "coal rush", Great Britain, France and Germany got into the act. Before long, miners from Mexico and even Japan were in the Erie territory where boarding houses, saloons, blacksmith shops, general stores, stables, and you guessed it - brothels and casinos were springing up at a fevered pitch! Erie, without trying, became a small "cosmopolitan center", wherein small pockets of "cultural sameness" became districts or later wards. These semisegregated two to four square block areas became renown. Even a small hamlet of Greek miners established a segregated community on the south side of Erie-town called Goat Hill. Two of the most popular streets were Katrell and Briggs Streets, where Erie residents could also purchase furniture, tools and clothing. Services such as dentist and doctors' offices appeared before long adjacent to undertakers, wheel makers and stagecoach depots. Before long, Erie's first train station was erected at the end of Palmer Street. With this type of developing population came the need for schools and churches. Priests and ministers migrated from the east erecting Christian worship centers on Holbrook and Wells Streets. Scores of young women arrived to teach school at the first of many elementary schools built on or around Wells and Briggs Streets. Although Colorado was admitted to the Union in 1876, Erie had established its township two years prior. By the late 1880's, Erie became one of the busiest and one of the most popular towns in the Boulder Valley.


(to be continued-next installment-“The Founding Fathers of Erie”)

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 Bibliography Dyni, Anne Quimby. Erie Colorado: A Coal Town Revisited. Erie Colorado: The Town of Erie, 2001. Print.  Lambrecht, Mona and The Boulder History Museum. Images of America: Boulder 1859-1919. Charleston, South Carolina, Arcadia Publishing. 2008. Print. Michener, James A. Centennial. New York, NY: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1974. Print. Stull, James B. For The Historical Society. Erie. Images of America: Erie. Charleston, South Carolina, Arcadia Publishing. 2011. Print. Stull, James B. A Brief History of Erie Colorado: Out of the Coal Dust. Charleston, South Carolina. The History Press. 2015. Print.




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“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it ... he who doesn't ... pays it.”― Albert Einstein

A Positive Direction is a Good Place to Start
 BY JOHN AHRENS I am confident that St Vrain Valley schools and Erie schools are in a great place. This community is being well served by our teachers, administration and all those that work with our students who give so much of t h e m s e l v e s . We a r e a

remarkably vibrant and s u p p o r t i v e c o m m u n i t y. Education is being recognized as a strong factor in our towns growth and successes plan.

”We are lucky enough to have a community which believes in the benefit of education.”


BY JOHN AHRENS The schools of Erie have won multiple awards honoring our high performance. From our STEM, coding, Capstone and Aero Space Engineering classes our students have multiple opportunities. Those opportunities continue to grow and benefit all students’ choices of study. The St. Vrain School District provides remarkable support to our students. Collaboration and partnerships are such an important part to the pathway of success in our school system. We would not have the high caliber success if not for the pedagogy of appealing to the talents and generosity of our charitable citizenry. This community gives of themselves in time, resources and capitol.  Throughout the entire district, we have collaborated with 62 different businesses and that partnership is growing on a daily bases. In the high schools, we are partnering with universities and

community colleges, which offers our high performing students a pathway to collage credit. Our town’s growth is directly related to the education we provide. A strong educational system is recognized as an important quality of life. Our success and strengths, which grow our town, are leading us towards a productive future. One that demands we continue to concentrate on our efforts on public education. Businesses continue to be attracted to this town because of the value we place in education.  St. Vrain is fortunate to be embraced by strong leadership teams. Dr. Don Haddad was nationally recognized as US Superintendent of the year, and his unwavering belief in our educational public school system is his consistent drumbeat. He would be the first to tell you, “Out of our public schools grows the greatness of the nation”. This is a quote from Mark Twain.

It is this mantra, which drives St Vrain to be the most recognized school districts in Colorado. I say that as I travel the state to meetings, visiting other districts and towns. I am consistently reminded and told St Vrain is being looked up to for that leadership. We are very lucky to have a community which believes in the benefit of education. We are also truly lucky to have the most talented staff of teachers and educators. We are a strong town and lucky to live in such a caring community.  Good luck to ELife I believe it will promote this town's footprint.


John Ahrens is married to Rhonda. He is father of two children, Jack and Sydney who attend Erie Middle and Erie Elementary respectively. John had resided in Colorado since 1998 and moved to Erie in 2002. John spends his time as a member of the St. Vrain Valley School Board as the Director of District D and the Director and Board member of the Innovation Center. He is also a coach and possesses a passion towards building strong schools and community. John was recently involved with state legislation and asked to serve on the Colorado Computer task force. He will be contributing to ELIFE magazine on a regular basis to continue to keep the lines of communication open.

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Daniel was an active, fun loving 3 year old, who loved to sing & dance, perform with his big sister and play tricks on people. He liked to yell out, "Go Cubbies" to his favorite Cardinals fan friends and give his Momma big neck squeezes. He was a curious boy who one day, during his naptime, wrapped a corded window blind around his neck and quietly strangled to death in his bedroom.

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create safer homes within our Erie community hopefully create safer homes within our Erie community and beyond. and beyond.” To learn more about Daniel David Sutton, feel free to browse his Virtual Memorial: Daniel's Virtual Memorial



This article is really about education. There are NO safe corded window blinds. You can't tie them up or cut them short to make them safe. There are still inner cords and what about that one time you leave the blinds pulled up and the cord is then long enough to create a dangerous loop? Once you know better, it's best to remove all corded window blinds from your home, as quickly as possible. We're coming up on Daniel being gone for 6 years, as he died on January 21, 2010. We miss him every day. PLEASE DO something about the dangerous products that are in your home... it could save the life of a child. For more information, please go to:  -Andrea Sutton


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 in the least amount of time. And that I did”! When I first moved to Boulder, in May of 1980, a childhood friend of mine, who lived up on Pleasant Street, or what was commonly and lovingly known as "The Hill", took me on a series of motorcycle rides through Boulder, Adams and Weld Counties. Each day after work at The What's Up Food and Booze Restaurant, which was on the corner of Pearl and Broadway, overlooking the mall, we would ride the country sides experiencing some of the most breathtaking and memorable landscapes. After the "Canyon runs" to Nederland, Central City, Blackhawk and Golden, I recall my friend, Gerard saying " now it's time to see my favorite - the plains". I seriously wondered how anything could top the mountain scenes I had ridden through, but if they were half as beautiful, I'd be satisfied! Since he, not me, was the experienced rider, having crisscrossed the country on motorcycle prior to my move, he explained the beauty of "the flat ride". Who was I to argue? All I wanted to do was drink in all of Front Range Colorado that I could in the least amount of time. And that I did! On an unusually warm summer night in June, we headed east on Baseline Road. There were at least three hours of sunlight left, and we

were going to make the best of all three of them. Rounding the lake and coming up to the extension to Baseline, beginning at the old derelict corner gas station in Louisville, we stopped at the light. Gerard yelled, "once we get past the elementary school on the left and what's left of the town on the right, we're going to open it up a little, all right"? Again, who was I to argue? That was my first introduction to Erie, Colorado. “I am and always have been cursed by Chief Niwot from those initial days on the plains of Erie, for I have been back countless times over that span of three and a half decades”. Even though I tried desperately to focus on a road I'd never ridden before at a slightly faster speed than what I'd used to ride, I simply couldn't. I can remember the hypnotic sun setting to my left, leaving an eerie reddish - purple glow on the foothills across the plains to our bikes. The fields of grass and myriad crops on both sides of Baseline Road were glowing, distracting my attention to the point of me pulling over and staring at the mountains. Gerard realized I'd stopped and u-turned yelling something about the clutch is sensitive; stay in one gear as long

as you can. I told him, "it's not the clutch-look at this scenery; I feel like I'm high or something"! After laughing for what seemed like minutes, he assured me that I "was"; and this is why he felt the plains were his favorite place to be. Thirty-five years later, it's still his and most assuredly mine, although from a temporary perspective. As a high school and college teacher in New York for the past 32 years, I can't visit, or should I say bathe in this area's grandeur whenever I need to. I am and always have been cursed by Chief Niwot from those initial days on the plains of Erie, for I have been back countless times over that span of three and a half decades. This past July, visiting my sister and her family, Erie residents of Vista Ridge, brought that June night rushing back to nearly all of my senses. As the late, great Yogi Berra once said, "Deja vu all over again"!

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Of course, this past time my vehicle was not a 750 Honda with a faulty clutch; my sister's Land Rover supplied me with a safer view of the same sights, all the way from Lafayette to North Boulder.

“I can remember the hypnotic sun setting to my left, leaving an eerie reddish - purple glow on the foothills across the plains to our bikes.” Certainly, the landscape has changed, and the feel is different, but one thing is constant, especially early in the morning - that's the smell of the air! I don't think I'll ever forget that smell. The clean agrarian aroma with a hint of livestock can only be experienced not described. I'm sure that Erie's scent, if you will, never appears on the real estates' multiple listings asset advertising for these beautiful properties and homes. Maybe it should! It is certainly a selling point from my perspective. Some day I will purchase Erie land, and the bonus, aside from the house and property will always be the smell, the wonderful aroma of Erie! (To be continued in the Spring Issue)



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LIVING HOLIDAY TREES SPRUCE TREES Holiday season is upon us.

Many of us have settled into the holiday spirit indoors and have been busy decorating for Thanksgiving and planning for the upcoming winter holiday season. This year, instead of cutting a live tree in the mountains or digging that old dusty artificial tree out of the crawl space, consider a live holiday tree that you can plant in the yard. There are many great examples available at your local nurseries. Any coniferous evergreen will do (those are the ones that have cones!), but there are a few that stand out. The three major choices are Fir, Pine, and Spruce. Generally, for any manageable size tree, a 5-6’ specimen in a #10-#20 size pot will be able to be moved by two strong people.

FIR TREES The Fir trees (Abies xx and Pseudotsuga xx) are desirable for their soft needles as holiday trees. Fir choices that might be found at local Front Range Nurseries are Dwarf Blue Corkbark Fir, Nordmann Fir, Concolor or White Fir, and Douglas Fir.

The Pine trees (Pinus xx) have longer needles and offer a different look. Austrian Pine or any of the cultivars are a good choice. Some columnar varieties include Arnold Sentinel and Frank’s. Vanderwolf’s Pyramidal Pine offers two tone needles and a nice shape. Chose a sheared variety for that tight holiday tree look. Other options are Bosnian Pine, Pinon Pine, Bristlecone Pine, or Upright Scots (or Scotch) Pine.

The Spruce trees (Picea xx) are probably the most widely purchased for indoor holiday trees since they are most readily available at nurseries. If you need a tree taller than 6’ for your vaulted ceiling, but do not want a tree that is 8’ wide, consider the Cupressina Norway Spruce. They are quite tall and generally come with much smaller root balls. Two to three strong people could handle wrangling a 10’ specimen into a living room. A 10’ specimen would probably fit in a #20 sized pot. And, some pots come with handles! Other Spruce options are any Colorado Spruce, Serbian Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, or a Compact White Spruce.

CARE AND FEEDING Care and feeding of your holiday tree is simple. TheRIGHT only drawback PAGE is that your tree can only be inside for a week or so.

DAVID ARTICLE The key points are: WHITE acclimate the tree in- 2  your garage for a few days and water prior to bringing inside; don’t overwater when inside; acclimate to the garage after the holidays for several days; and plant within a week to two outdoors, water, stake, and mulch heavily. Then, enjoy your living Holiday tree for years to come!

ABOUT DAVE Dave White is the CEO and President of Glacier View Landscape and Design, Inc. which is a design/build landscape firm in Erie. Dave is the Northern Front Range Landscape Examiner, writing articles on horticulture each month, a 33 year resident of Boulder County, and enjoys gardening, landscaping, the natural outdoors and spending as much free time with his family. Contact him through Glacier View at 303-748-2921.


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Understanding What Drives Mortgage Rates EMPLOYMENT PATTERNS The number of jobs available and the rate businesses and operations hire new employees impact the average interest rates seen across the nation. The Mortgage Reporter noted strong employment growth will likely also drive up interest rates while a weak job report will keep rates low. THE STOCK MARKET The stock markets will impact both the Bond and real estate markets directly. Interest rates will reflect the condition of the stock market, according to The Truth About Mortgage. THE FEDERAL RESERVE When money is pulled out of the monetary system, the Fed likely anticipates inflation and interest rates will increase as a result. If cash is added to the monetary system to help stimulate the economy, interest rates will likely decrease. GLOBAL IMPACT The average interest rate will also fluctuate in tandem with geopolitics and other events that occur globally. Mortgage rates will also decrease if natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, occur anywhere across the globe.

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Jacqueline Chavanu-Gilbert


“Create a Winter Wonderland with a creamy palette that sparkles like freshly fallen snow. Add sparkle to your foyer with a candlelit greeting.”

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I love creating a sense of wonder in my home during the winter months. Sparkling lights, festive decor and natural materials that say "Winter" (not just Christmas) is what I love to express in my home during the cold days and dark evenings of December through January. Every year after the holidays are over, I “shop the sales” and add to what is now an extensive collection of holiday decor. I start decorating after Thanksgiving and leave it up through the middle of January so my family and friends can enjoy festive decor for as long as possible. Here are some quick tips you can use to make winter last until we are ready for the flowers to bloom, the grass to turn green and enjoy the outdoors once again. However, for now, prepare a cup of your favorite hot beverage,

Jacqueline Chavanu-Gilbert • I love decorating with white. Create a winter wonderland with a creamy palette that sparkles like freshly fallen snow. Add sparkle to your foyer with a candlelit greeting. Set a tray of three white pillar candles on a white platter, tuck in flocked greenery and hang a small crystal wreath above the vignette. • For a simple mantel display, bring in a rustic element such as an old window or part of an iron-gate (I found both at a local flea market) lean it on your mantel and hang a fresh pine wreath over it to create dimension. Add sprigs of eucalyptus to the wreath. It will scent your home with the freshness of winter. Display fresh cedar on the base of the mantle and add a few candles (battery operated) on either side of the wreath display to add balance.

snuggle in to your warm home and bring in a bit of sparkle to celebrate the season.

• Use ornaments on your tree with similar colors and shapes or themes to create an uncluttered look. (see photo) • Paperwhites are easy to grow and make your home smell amazing! I use a simple pewter or white bowl, again found at a thrift store, and plant the bulbs around the middle of November. Set the bowl in a relatively sunny area, water and wait for the magic to happen. When they start to sprout "mulch" the base with small green and white globe ornaments for added sparkle. • Group your favorite collections of pottery and frames then mix it with wire baskets filled with globe ornaments and candles on shelves. Unite all the elements using the same color theme. • Last of all, have fun and let your creativity come through! This is a great time to experiment and try new ways to decorate your home. After all, spring will come soon enough and you can pack it all away until the days grow short again.

Jacqueline Chavanu-Gilbert lives

in Erie with her husband Mike, daughter Ana, and their two cats, Dave and Butterscotch. Jacqueline has an interior design degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and has been published in both regional and national shelter magazines featuring her work in residential design. Contact: or call 303-808-5541.


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MAKING SENSE OF INVESTMENTS Avoiding Emotional Investment Decisions



“In the investment world, the flip side of “fear” is “greed.”

Avoid Emotional Investment Decisions What’s the biggest obstacle to your ability to invest successfully? Is it the ups and downs of the financial markets? Political events? The fact that you weren’t born rich? Actually, the chief hurdle you face is something over which you have control: your own emotions. Your emotions can lead to a variety of ill-advised investment behaviors, such as these: • Cutting losses – Declines in the financial markets can lead some investors to try to “cut their losses” by selling investments whose price has declined. Yet, when prices have dropped, it may actually be a good time to buy investments, not sell them, especially when the investments are still fundamentally sound.

• Chasing performance – In the investment world, the flip side of “fear” is “greed.” Just as some investors are propelled by fear of loss, others are motivated by quick, big gains. They may pursue “hot” investments, only to be disappointed when the sizzle quickly fizzles. Instead of trying to “score” that one big winner, you may be better off spreading your investment dollars among a range of vehicles – stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit (CDs) and so on. While diversification can’t guarantee a profit or protect against loss, it may help reduce the impact of market volatility on your portfolio.


• Focusing on the short term – When the market is down, you might get somewhat upset when you view your monthly investment statements. But any individual statement is just a snapshot in time; if you were to chart your investment results over a period of 10, 15 or 20 years, you’d see the true picture of how your portfolio is doing – and, in all likelihood, that picture would look better than a statement or two you received during a down market. In any case, don’t overreact to shortterm downturns by making hasty “buy” or “sell” decisions. Instead, stick with a long-term strategy that’s appropriate for your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. • Heading to the investment “side- lines” – Some people get so frustrated over market volatility that they throw up their hands and head to the investment “sidelines” until “things calm down.” And it’s certainly true that, when owning stocks, there are no

guarantees; you do risk losing some, or all, of your investment. But if you jump in and out of the market to “escape“ volatility, you may take on an even bigger risk – the risk of losing some of the growth you’ll need to reach your goals. Consider this: If you had invested $10,000 in a package of stocks mimicking the S&P 500 in December 1979, your investment would have grown to more than $426,000 by December 2013. But if you had missed just the 10 best days of the market during that time, your $10,000 would only have grown to less than $206,000 – a difference of about $220,000, according to Ned Davis Research, a leading investment research organization. The bottom line? Staying invested over the long term can pay off. (Keep in mind, though, that the S&P 500 is an unmanaged index and isn’t meant to depict an actual investment. Also, as you’ve no doubt heard, past

performance is not a guarantee of future results.) Our emotions are useful in guiding us through many aspects of our lives, but when you invest, you’re better off using your head – and not your heart. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

About Ryan



providing executive level customer service and support to enhance your client experience. Our clients never hesitate to call on her with questions concerning their

Providing personalized financial guidance as an advisor in Old Town Lafayette, my

statements, dividends, and administrative questions relating to insurance policies

office offers taiIored investment expertise to a limited number of families, executives


and business owners locally as it relates mainly to their retirement planning. Our firm also offers estate and trust services. Our practice focuses on delivering exceptional service and unrivaled competence around the construction and management of a comprehensive financial plan, including our clients' CPA's and estate attorneys in the

Relationships are key, and in our view, meeting face to face builds strong relationships. We meet when it's convenient for our clients because we recognize the challenging needs of their business and their lives. We provide highly personalized service and grow with new clients selectively. All


aspects of our business are aligned to help us better understand and meet our

In addition to my prior experience as a business owner, as well as having my Series 7

clients' unique goals and needs. For that reason, we offer a 'meet and greet' to

and Series 66 licenses, I received the AAMS® professional designation in 2012. The

individuals and families who want to explore what our practice may have to offer for

College for Financial Planning awards the AAMS® designation to individuals who

their particular needs. We look forward to meeting and addressing your needs and

successfully complete a 12-module professional education program, pass a final

concerns soon.

examination, commit to its code of ethics and agree to pursue continuing education. My wife of seven years Becky, and I have two children; Charlotte Love (a very spirited 4-year-old) and Griffin Forbes (a healthy, toddling 1-year-old). I was born and raised on the coast of Maine, and initially came to Colorado for its amazing alpine ski terrain before attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. I am also a

Let me know if you need anything else, and thanks again! Ryan   Ryan Maskewitz, AAMS® | Financial Advisor | Edward Jones | Lafayette, CO 300 South Public Road Suite 104, Lafayette, CO 80026 Office: 303.926.6754   Fax: 877.402.8982

passionate musician, having played the drums in big band, rock, funk and fusion

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groups since I was young. I have lived in

Lafayette and Boulder since 1998 and prior to Edward Jones, owned and operated a custom homebuilding company in Boulder. My branch office administrator, Debra Brunty, has over 20 years of experience in

sustainability, shit, and shinola by Kevin Kisich

“There is shit, and there is Shinola. It is important to know which is which.” AN INTRODUCTION

other peoples' opinions. There is shit, and there is

This column is to be about making sure my kids can live in Colorado, and raise their own kids in here if they

I have spent most of my adult professional life working in

want to. I have talked with a number of folks who tell me that the world is coming to an end, and by the time I am dead and buried, there won't even BE a Colorado for my kids and grandkids to live in. The aluminum foil hats they wear (in many stunning styles, but that is a different discussion) indicate that these folks may be bat crap crazy. Just because they are living in a reality rather removed from my own does not mean they are completely wrong. Sometimes, it is important to look at actual facts, instead of basing my lifestyle choices on

“shinola". It is important to know which is which.

a military capacity (USAF, where my job was to find out “stuff” the enemy doesn't want us to know), and as a scientist inventing new medicines and vaccines for infectious diseases (i.e., germs that make us sick). In both of these careers, my business was to figure out what the facts are, and provide those facts to people who needed them. For money. The flip side is, nobody ever paid me a nickel for my opinion. Facts, and opinions are fundamentally different things. Facts have intrinsic value, and can be sold for money. Opinions.....have no intrinsic value. You get what you pay for.

AN INTRODUCTION So I will look for the facts I need to figure the odds that my kids and grandkids will be able to live, work, and raise future generations of Kisichs here in Colorado. Where possible I will gather the facts from direct observation with my own senses. If I cannot, I will rely on peerreviewed scientific literature from other scientists. I will not resort to “I read it somewhere on the internet”, or “The Bible says”, the opinions of my friends who stink of Patchouli and reek of pot, or the opinions of my friends who have 7 copies of the “Tea Party Manifesto” on their coffee tables (and reek of pot). The first questions for next time: Will there be food, water, and decent housing?

ABOUT KEVIN Kevin Kisich, Ph.D., USAF (fmr) lives in Lafayette, Colorado. He currently spends his days packing lunch for kids, talking to school officials about why that particular lunch started a food-fight, or was used in a 7 level pyramid/ponzi scheme. In his spare time, he drags home old trees nobody wants, and turns them into furniture and home décor. You can see pictures of the stuff he makes at w w w. S t o n e a n d C o t t o n w o o d . c o m o r o n F a c e b o o k a t

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“Does Saying “No” Make me a Bitch?” by Tedd Taskey

In both personal and business relationships, people often struggle with saying “no” to requests made by others. Even if saying “yes” is at great peril for those who are accommodating, they often cannot stop themselves because the habit is so ingrained. 

“I just don’t want people to think I’m a bitch, so a lot of times I just say ‘whatever’ and go along with it.” This is a common theme among many of my female clients who have not yet learned how to appropriately assert boundaries.  Meanwhile, their male counterparts struggle with feeling like


a “jerk” or an “ass” when they need to say “no” to those requests that will cause them unnecessary stress or significant disruption of their own life.

The journey to one gaining healthy boundaries starts with the realization that he/she has developed a habit of people pleasing.

This habit

eventually leads to exhaustion --- personally and professionally.


actions teach others how to treat us. And if we constantly teach others that we will say “yes”, they will keep asking.  Wouldn’t you? 


In his book The Power of Habit, Charles

While we work on the inner aspect of

For example, my clients are coached to

Duhigg (

changing the inner language, we work on

work with their habit by saying “Yes,

power-of-habit/) elaborates on the

new verbiage to facilitate the changing of

but...” or “Yes, as soon as…” as a first

significance of identifying the “keystone

the habit of always saying “yes”.

step to forming better inner boundaries.

habit” that, if changed, will enable all other changes. For some, this keystone habit is a simple little word which comes out every time something is asked of him/her: “Yes.” 

It comes out as

automatic as a heartbeat and can cause so much distress and anxiety.

An effective therapeutic journey will include a discovery where this habit of pleasing others originated.

Once we

understand our deep rooted need to

Because changing a keystone habit can be so challenging, I don’t coach clients to fight the uphill battle of a cold-turkey change, but to actually add to the habit in a way that will bring about the change they need.

For example, when responding to the request of helping a colleague with a work project, add to the habit of “yes” with “Yes, but I can’t help you until after 2pm when I’ve completed my deadline”, or “Yes, as soon as I’m finished with my conference call and lunch appointment”,

The first part of the system that I teach

or “Yes, but I won’t have time to help you

my clients to the habit of “yes” is to

until tomorrow…” etc

actually add to the word, rather than try to simple stop something so engrained.  

please others, we can begin to change


our inner language that keeps us hostage to the notion that we cannot say “no.”

RESPECT YOURSELF This slight change can make a huge difference. From here, more changes can take place and you can regain control of your life, rather than suffer the self-imposed tyranny of being the people pleaser.  Saying “no” does not make you a “bitch” or a “jerk”.  It does indicate that you are a person of boundaries who knows how to respect yourself. 

Tedd M. Taskey, MS, LMFT resides in Erie, Colorado and serves the Denver area as a psychotherapist and executive trainer. He works with couples and individuals working on a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, and anger management. His practice specializes in serving the highpowered “A-type” personalities who often fall victim to entitlement behavior which can be abusive and destructive to their personal and professional relationships.

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by Shawne Beeson 3-2-1 : A Backup Strategy Your palms are sweaty. You have a sinking feeling in your stomach. You have rebooted your computer 3 times already and it’s the same thing every time—the Blue Screen of Death! You start to panic. When was the last time I backed up my data? Have I ever backed upped my data? How many memories am I going to lose? My wife is going to kill me. Will I be able to get any of my data back, and how much is that going to cost? Scenarios like this happen to people like you and me every day. In this day and age, our lives are digital. Everything from videos and pictures of our loved ones, to important documents like birth certificates, social security cards, and taxes are stored on our computer hard drives. Have you ever wondered what a hard drive is? It’s really just a tiny, cheaply built, mechanical magnet with two motors and a spinning disk—moving parts that can easily break. Most people don’t even think about their hard drives, and don’t realize that a hard drive can fail at any minute, for any reason. If your hard drive fails, it just might take all of your digital data with it. Sometimes you can recover your data at a huge cost, and sometimes you cannot recover your data at any cost. It’s like a punch in the gut to hear that your digital life has been lost and you will have to “start over.” So how do you make sure this never happens to you again? It’s as simple as remembering 3-2-1.


3 copies of your data 2 different mediums


1 copy off-site 3-2-1 is a backup strategy, a way to look and think about your data and how it is stored. It ensures that you never have to worry losing your data. It works like this: 3 -At least three copies of your data 2 - In two different mediums 1 - With one of those copies off-site 3- Store your data in three separate places to ensure you never have a single point of failure. Your computer’s internal hard drive is one copy, your backup external hard drive is two copies, and your off-site DVD backups are the third copy. 2- Store your data on two different mediums (different computers, DVD drives, USB sticks, external hard drives), and make sure one of the three copies somewhere off site. The offsite copy can be a cloud service, such as Crashplan, Mosy, or Google Drive just to name a few. That offsite location can also be your brother’s house, a safety deposit box, or your work site—anywhere that is not where your other two copies are. 1- The main idea with this backup strategy is redundancy. Redundancy protects your data in the event that your computer is stolen, your kid spills soda on your laptop, or your turkey fryer starts the house on fire. Maintaining the health and wellness of your data with regular, redundant, back-ups will give you peace of mind. Don’t put it off until next year. Happy Computing!

Do you want more information on backing up your data, or do you need help implementing your backup strategy? Shawne Beeson is the owner of SnowBee PC, and is Erie’s local computer expert. Visit Shawne at his shop in Old Town Erie where he can help you with all of your computer needs, or visit his website at


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As a young investor, you have a powerful ally on your side: time. When you start saving and investing for retirement in your twenties or LEFT thirties, you can PAGE put it to work for you.


The effect of compounding is huge. Most people underestimate it, so it is worth illustrating. We will use reasonable annual return rates to do so – we will assume an investor can earn an average of 6-7% a year on

SAVING EARLY & LETTING TIME WORK FOR YOU Provided by Thomas Taylor The earlier you start, the greater the compounding potential. If you start saving and investing for retirement in your twenties, you gain a definite compounding advantage over someone who waits to save and invest until his or her thirties. Another comparison bears this out. Take two investors, both contributing $200 per month into their retirement accounts. One does this for 40 years starting at age 25. The other does this for 30 years starting at age 35. Again, we assume a 6% annual return for each account. The investor who

his or her portfolio.

starts at 25 winds up with $402,492 at age 65, while the one who started at 35 amasses just $203,118 over 30 years.3 Just ten years

What if you invest $500 a month

of difference in the start time, yet the money almost doubles by age 65. This is a compelling argument for starting to save for retirement

at age 25 & realize a 6% annual return? Under those hypothetical conditions, you would become a millionaire at age 65. To be precise, you would need to invest $499.64 per month starting at age 25 and keep it up for 40 years.1 At age 25, saving and investing

(and other goals) as early as possible. Even if you start early & then stop, you may out-save those who begin later. What if you contribute $5,000 to a retirement account yearly starting at age 25 and then stop at age 35 – no new money going into the account for the next 30 years? That is hardly ideal, yet should it happen, you still might come out ahead of someone who begins saving for retirement later. As J.P. Morgan

$500 each month may seem like a

Asset Management research notes, an investor who consistently directs $5,000 a year in a retirement account from age 25-35 with a

luxury. It is closer to a necessity. In 2055, having $1 million or more

7% continued annual return ends up with $602,070 at age 65 even if contributions cease after age 35. The really startling part: that

saved up for retirement may be essential. Over 40 years, inflation will

investor actually amasses more retirement savings than an investor who steadily contributes $5,000 a year from age 35-65 at the same

make $1 million worth less than it is

rate of return – he or she realizes just $540,741.1

today. The good news is that if your investments return more than 6% in

This is all worth noting, because many millennials seem wary of

a year, you could reach and surpass that $1 million mark faster. It need not take 40 years for compounding to make a difference for you. Shortening the timeline of this hypothetical example, after ten years of saving and investing $500 a month at a 6% annual return, you would end up with $81,939.67 compared to the $60,000 you would realize from merely saving the cash sans investment.2

investing. This spring, a Bankrate MoneyPulse survey indicated that only 26% of Americans under age 30 are investing in equities. In July 2014, another Bankrate survey found that Americans 18-29 favored cash investments (i.e., bank accounts and bank-based investment vehicles) above all others. Student loans and child-rearing costs reduce investing potential for many millennials, but as these survey results hint, some are cynical about the whole investment process. 4,5 If you were born in the late eighties to early nineties, you are old enough to remember the dot-com bust of the early 2000s and the crushing bear market of 2007-09. This may have given you an early negative view of equities; these events are clear examples of how risk plays a part in this type of investment.


Thomas Taylor may be reached at


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Every time my brother comes to visit, he calls on his way home to tell me how much he enjoyed how “full of life” our house is. To me it is chaos, but it seems to stave off the boredom.

You see, I’m a reluctant Stay At Home Mom…but after a decade I’m learning how to make it work for me.

Being a Stay At Home Mom is not a decision everyone arrives at easily. For me, I was completely in the other camp until I had my first kiddo. And once I was home it felt like the right thing for my son, but I became incredibly resentful. I felt like my brain was shriveling up and dying. My witty, smart personality was floating away like a snowflake in the breeze. I medicated with busyness. I would constantly rearrange furniture, start new “I’m a reluctant Stay At projects, Home Mom…but after a take the kids on decade I’m learning how adventures. to make it work for me.” Don’t even get me started on the number of pets we’ve had! (Four dogs, four cats, countless fish/snails/frogs…)

Flash back to 10+ years ago when my first son was born. I had my first anniversary at my dream job and then went into labor. My husband and I were planning to send our son to daycare but during maternity leave we realized that we just couldn’t have it all. I was a director at a non-profit but it was a no-brainer. My salary barely would cover daycare costs for one kid, let alone any future kiddos. Thus began my reluctant new role: Stay At Home Mom.

I’ll admit it; the first nine years were rough! I’m not exactly what you would call a ‘sit-and-relax’ type of gal! I was used to going a million miles a minute and now was sitting with a newborn…nursing and

watching the dust bunnies roll across my floor like tumbleweeds. Sometimes I get nostalgic for the mall in that little college town we first lived in. I spent a few days a week wandering there just to get out of the house.

Flash forward to two more sons, two more moves across two more time-zones, two more dogs, two new cats…get the picture? Life got crazy – which kept me occupied! Then I decided I couldn’t take it anymore. End of the summer I called my hubby at work and said that I was DONE. I was going BACK TO WORK ASAP! He was very sweet and completely supportive. Why that didn’t work out and the reasons why it’s partially my fault are for another post. Needless to say, I’ve come full-circle from a year ago. I now see the value of being the family anchor…the value of being there for everyone to count on, to make sure I’m raising successful boys who will become great men… being the anchor for my husband to keep growing his career and providing a great life for us.

I know I’m betraying my mother’s generation who fought so hard to “bring home the bacon AND fry it up in a pan.” Please withhold all your comments on that subject. I see now that my job is making my family successful in whatever way works for us. That is NOT because I think every woman should stay home. Absolutely not! I have some great examples in my own family and friends who are doing it differently than me. And their families are beautifully happy!

The point is you need to find what works to keep your mind, your soul happy and engaged. This blog is dedicated to showing you how I did it…To show you that you, too, can find a way to find value in yourself beyond wiping butts, cleaning house, helping with homework, driving to soccer practice, etc. That just because you’re a Stay At Home Mom you can still be more!





ABOUT HEATHER My name is Heather and I've been struggling to find my identity beyond a mom and wife. I hadn't planned on being a stay-at-home-mom but here I am...a decade later. I'm busy raising three boys in Colorado, am happily married, surrounded by pets and beautiful views of the Rockies.

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IN THE KNOW WITH DR. R-O 4 Ways to Deal With Sibling Battles I have brothers and battles with them were pretty common. My kids, despite one being almost continuously clad in a tutu, have been known to get into a physical battle. The other day two siblings kids I knew got into a fight and one smacked the other one in the face. I thought whoa that seems to cross the line. It got me thinking sibling fights how bad is it to let them fight it out? A punch, a pinch, a headlock it was all seen as normal when I was a kid. But is “normal” healthy? Not really at all according to pretty recent research. According to researchers, sibling aggression is as bad if not worse than school bullying by a peer. It can lead to lifelong problems with mental health. But that’s gotta be from severe beatings right? Not according to researchers who followed kids

from elementary school into adulthood. Even mild levels of violence between siblings have consequences like being more likely to abuse drugs or develop serious anxiety. And while it’s pretty obvious you don’t want to be the one getting hit, the hitter ends up with consequences too. Both the aggressor and the victim are more likely to develop mental health issues as they get older and have less impulse control. So now what? I get that I should probably step in and derail the battles before they get physical and I do that, but I set out to collect some tools to help. There are a lot of resources out there for helping children deal with their anger and frustration. Here are a few that I liked.


*Reward the use of words to express their frustration. The more they practice that the better they will get. I created sister points. It’s like a reward chart but they only get a point if I see them working together. I don’t step in to fix the fight over whatever, but if they both work it out on their own well they earn a point towards something they both want. It can be a movie night or a trip to the WOW museum, I let them choose. *Another way to deal with overwhelming feelings of frustration or anger is to take a deep breath and think about the souls of your feet. I know seems silly but it is a meditation practice. You send anger or deep sadness or other big emotional feelings down through the souls of your feet. *Another is when you feel your hand clench into a fist because you are angry, open your fist and walk away. *If you are concerned that your kid seems really terrible at anger management, then consider asking your pediatrician about counselor who could help, getting them help early can have lifelong benefits.

Dr. Anamara Ritt-Olson has a PhD in Preventive Medicine from the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. Her focus is on adolescent health and well-being. She teaches Personality Psychology and Social Psychology at California State University, Long Beach online and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California's Department of Preventive Medicine. Contact Dr. Anamara:


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 memories of My earliest and arguably fondest holiday feasts took place in my grandmother’s basement, remodeled as a second kitchen with an extra-large dining table. Family and the occasional friend or passerby would join in the turkey plus fixings, ham plus fixings, and my grandpa’s latest wild game catch. Sometimes squirrel, other times rabbit or whatever unfortunate creature was hopping by near meal time. Around the table people would laugh, discuss the divine food, or sometimes bicker and insult one another. Some in good fun, others not so much, depending on the day. After the meal the dessert was served. I’m talking about a table of dessert choices to rival most fine restaurants. The dessert and coffee were served just as you were swallowing your last bite of ham. In the mid-west you don’t waste time with food digestion before digging into dessert. You pile it in like a trash compactor. If someone, especially grandma, noticed you were slow to pile, you were interrogated about your well-being and assumed sick. After grandma’s hosting days dwindled to an end, from her aging, my mom or one of my aunts attempted to take up the reins. However, because their homes were much smaller, their joy for hosting such events was mired by space limitations and the extensive work of such a meal. The trifecta of meals my grandma served was reduced to only a ham, or only a turkey. Sometimes roast. The gathering of family and friends dwindled to family only, (although restricted to family, we really liked it without the fussy ones). The "large table" became plates resting on laps scattered about the house. The dessert selection became one pie, and coffee wasn’t served.  By the time I left for college, the celebration meals dwindled even further. I returned for a holiday meal and discovered the dinner plates had become paper plates, and the glasses had become Styrofoam cups. It was clear to me the well of the dinner-as-an-event had run dry for my family. Although I was still new to adulthood, I truly missed the proper family meals "around the table" events.

The hosting torch was passed to a cousin for a short while in an attempt for a rally, but between her dog begging and breathing on our legs during the meal, and the horrifyingly hairy corn dish that someone slid onto the buffet at her newly adopted pot-luck style meal, we all had trouble digesting this new state of affairs and the family meals essentially scattered.  

I soon found myself taking advantage of opportunities that were afforded from living in another state and sought the comfort of holiday meal events with others. LEFT PAGE I once spent Christmas with a friend in the role of passerby at the table of a Romanian JEN BARTON 3
 family. We feastedARTICLE on pork-greaves and pig trotters with cabbage in the company of this gracious family. Another Christmas was spent with a friend whose small family’s tradition was a lasagna meal around a simple table. These, and many others like them, were new, but welcomed holiday meal experiences. Soon I married and was welcomed at the table of my inlaws. I felt like I hit the jack pot in terms of finding a permanent place where meals truly were a proper event again. My mother-in-law set beautiful tables with handmade table cloths, family heirloom china, a dazzling collection of water goblets and a meal that would rival kings. From this woman I learned the details required to host my own meals and properly arrange a table. I even started my own collection of interesting water goblets. Unhappily, the marriage ultimately lacked her elegance and grace making this stint of my life short-lived. During the divorce proceedings, I pondered ways to keep my mother-in-law and her holiday meals, but regrettably it could not be arranged.  Years later I remarried. Along with him came a new group of in-laws who have grown to tolerate my food snobbery ways, but don’t always share my zeal with cooking or hosting elaborate gatherings. This was my opportunity for a new start, to resurrect the meal as an event. I engineered a torch and passed it to myself. I have since set events in motion that have redefined my family holiday meals, gatherings, and traditions, and I now hold the position of head hostess. I’ve tried to set the stage for my own children, to one day pass my torch to them. That they would join in the gourmet meal planning and table setting learned from my grandmother (sans squirrel kabobs) and former mother-in-law is my dream. 

Last Thanksgiving I prepared a lovely feast and served it at my autumn-themed dining table using family heirloom china. The cloth napkins and water goblets were placed with the utmost care. Each dish was planned with painstaking details in mind. We sat down to enjoy our meal, a new chapter for us all. Shockingly, instead of lively conversation, my son regaled us all by promptly throwing up on his plate after being encouraged to try a new food. I wouldn’t say we’re off to a top notch start just yet, but this hostess is determined to prevail.

Jen Barton a 10 year Erie resident, is a wife, mother, and freelance writer. She writes mainly as a means of cheap and convenient therapy. She can be contacted at








As a person trained in the methodology of family science, there is nothing that

 than when the media misinterprets a research article. Researchers bothers me more know this happens frequently and are often leery of publicizing their work (even interesting work) because of this issue. Case in point—the recent study that was all over the media concerning the amount time parents spent with their children. You probably read the headlines—“Parents, give up the guilt, study says quality time matters more than quantity.” It is quite telling that almost every article that discusses this study includes the word “guilt.” This tells me that this is an emotionally charged issue, not just for the readers, but perhaps for the journalists writing the articles .First, before I delve into this further, let’s look at the basics of the study:

• the study examined children ages 3-11 and adolescents ages 12-18 • the outcomes that were assessed in the children included emotional adjustment, academic achievement and behavior • the authors looked two types of time: (1) accessible time—time in presence of mother, but not engaged in an activity; (2) engaged time—basically any time engaged with the mother in an activity • the data came from time diaries from one weekday and one weekend day. The authors “created” weekly sums by extrapolating 2 day sums to a full week (they say this is a common practice) • they also looked at children and adolescents’ time spent with their father (alone) and both parents • as usual, the study include other structural factors— mothers’ education, family income, family structure (i.e., two-parent, single parent, step-family, etc)



First, the main finding that prompted all the headlines was this one: the sheer amount of time mothers spent with their children was not associated with any of the  child  outcomes. It did not matter when the authors looked at engaged time or accessible time; the amount of time was not related to outcomes. This was for children only; there were some relevant findings concerning time spent with adolescents. Okay, that is interesting but does it imply the headline that “quality trumps quality.” In contrast to virtually every media outlet around (except notably the  Brookings Institute), I say “no.” This finding does not imply that quality trumps quantity when it comes to time spent with children. As the authors themselves point out, they did not specifically assess “quality” time.

“although we examined engaged time, in which children and mothers were interacting with each other, we did not focus on quality time – the amount of time in particular quality activities with children, such as reading or eating meals together versus watching TV or cleaning with them – neither did we assess the quality or tone of mothers interaction with children, such as warmth, sensitivity or focus.” To adequately assess the question of quality time versus quantity of time, a study would have to specifically measure these two concepts distinctly and compare them. This study did not do that. Although this study did separate out engaged and accessible time, it did not define either of these as “quality time.”



From this study alone, we have no better understanding of what “quality time” actually looks like or what types of activities might be more beneficial for children. This was not the goal of-the AMY WEBB ARTICLE 4
 study, yet the media has extrapolated from this study that “quality trumps quantity.” Yet another disappointing example of how the media often overlooks the details of a study to get a flashy headline. As I mentioned, the word “guilt” was included in almost every story written about this article. What does this tell us about the state of parenting today? Apparently, we as parents (perhaps including the journalists) are dealing with a lot of guilt. I understand this. I am a stay-at-home parent so I spend a lot of time with my kids and I still feel guilty at times. Is the answer to this to believe whatever the media tells us to moderate the feelings of guilt? I believe not. How about taking a different approach? How about we “own” these feelings of guilt and use it as an opportunity for self-reflection. How are our children doing? Are they misbehaving at school or acting particularly rebellious at home? If so, maybe this is a sign that we do need to spend more time with them. However, it’s not because we feel guilty; it’s because our children need us. If our children are overall adjusted and seem to be functioning well, then maybe our guilt it just societal-driven and not based on anything real. We all face many pressures as parents in today’s culture. I think the key is to take some time to really look at your specific family and decide whether your choices to work or stay at home or work part-time are really meeting the needs of everyone involved. If so, then have confidence in your parenting and the idea that you are doing best you can. Please do not buy into this media-contrived idea of “quality vs. quantity.” This is not the answer; parenting and life are much more complicated than that. Milkie, M., Nomaguchi, K., & Denny, K. (2015). Does the Amount of Time Mothers Spend With Children or Adolescents Matter? Journal of Marriage and Family, 77 (2),

Amy lives in Erie with her husband and two energetic boys. While her PhD is in Human Development and Family Sciences, her best education in parenting (and life) have been her two boys. While completing her degree, she realized there was not enough research-based parenting and child development information that was easy to understand for the average parent. Much of the research done by university scholars is not easily accessible to parents. With her writing, she hopes to provide thoughtprovoking and insightful information that will be useful to parents. She doesn't pretend to be a parenting expert, but rather a translator of research into a parent-friendly format.

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Manda M. is a high school student who lives in the Erie area. She has multiple interests in art including photography, drawing, painting, mehndi art, and writing. She put together this piece to explain and take notice of things to do in Erie for teens (community service was also included).

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What is one of the most stressful parts of being a teen in Erie? Vo l u n t e e r i n g f o r c o m m u n i t y service! Whether you’ve been in NJHS/NHS or a specific class that requires service hours, you know this is something not to procrastinate on. So, in another question on the informal survey, I asked for good ways to get service hours. The most common answer was to volunteer at the Erie Community Library. I have some experience (trying to) volunteer there. You actually need to apply ahead of time so that’s a big heads up for the next year. Besides just the library, you can check in with the Elementary schools and see if they have any events coming up (they usually do). In addition to the events, they also have babysitting and tutoring for the elementary kids.

What to Do? The Erie Community Center actually does have a few things to do. Every month, they have specific events and activities planned based off the current weather or holiday season. In December there will be the Country Christmas parade and the Holiday Cookie fest. So if you need something to do in December, you have a few options. I hosted an informal survey in November in which I asked Erie teens what they like to do in the winter. Some teens said they like to relax, watch movies, drink cocoa, etc. You can always visit the Erie library and check out movies to watch for free. They have a pretty nice selection. Moving on...Erie High School is actually a nice place to go for entertainment. They often have sporting events (or just single games) going on in the evening. They also have a winter play and spring musical every year. You can check out the high school’s website for their calendar of upcoming activities. Although going to an Erie High School (basketball) game may seem to be something not on the top your list, they actually turn out to be a lot of fun and supporting the team is nice too. Overall, there are a lot of things to do in Erie, it just takes a little bit more effort to find them. Until the next issue of ELIFE...~Manda

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The Season of Giving In this article I will be telling you four ways you can

are four simple ways to give back this winter.

give back this winter. The first way is to donate

Finally, in addition to being the right thing to do,

hats, gloves, coats or anything else that can keep

giving to others makes you feel good too!!! Let’s all

people less fortunate warm. Who doesn't want to

pitch in during this season of Giving, the world will

be warm during this cold snowy season? Another

be a better place…

way is to donate canned goods to a food bank. Food banks provide meals to people who can’t afford them. This is a great way to help out in your community. You can also purchase gifts for kids whose parent don’t have enough money to buy them Christmas or Hanukkah presents. Doing this will really make someone's day and show you care about other people.   Lastly, you can donate to a charity. Donating money to a charity is great because sometimes you are unable to directly help. For example, if you want to help kids in Africa get an education, then donating money is a great way because even just one dollar can add up. These

Olivia is a 5th grader who loves reading, swimming and being on student council.

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by Sarah Iwanski

Cute and Easy Mason Jar Gifts

With the inaugural issue of ELIFE dedicated to the holidays, I thought a few gift ideas would be in order. I’ve decided to offer a few Mason Jar gift ideas listed in order of least to most expensive. All "jar" gifts are put together in a quart size (preferably wide mouth) Mason Jar. We will start with the “Hot Cocoa” gift. LEFT PAGE

3/4” x 11” red felt with 1/2 inch slits on each Hot Cocoa Gift end CUTE AND EASY MASON JAR ARTICLE - 2

3 black buttons

printed label

printed instructions

2 12” pieces of ribbon or string

1 3/4 cup powdered milk

3/4 cup cocoa powder & powdered sugar

1/4 cup mini morsels & mini marshmallows

You will need: a 3⁄4” by 11 inch red felt with 1⁄2 inch slits on each end, 3 black buttons, a printed label, printed instructions, two 12” pieces of ribbon or string, 1 3⁄4 cup powdered milk, 3⁄4 cup cocoa powder, 3⁄4 cup powdered sugar, 1⁄4 cup mini morsels and mini marshmallows to fill. First let's add our three buttons and scarf to our jar by gluing them on with a hot glue gun. Next we are going to layer all the ingredients in order starting with the powdered milk. Once everything is in your jar (all the way to the top even overflowing a little) put your lid on, then add your label on the opposite side of your jar from the buttons; cut out your instructions, fold them in half, punch a hole in the top left corner to string your string through. Tie your string onto the jar, trim ends and tuck left overs under your scarf.

printed label, printed instructions

2 15” pieces of ribbon

1 1/3 cup of flour

1 t baking soda

1 t baking powder

1/4 t salt

1 cup rolled oats

3/4 cup M&M’s

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

Cookies for Santa

Next, we will do “Cookies for Santa”! You will need a printed label, printed instructions, two 15” pieces of ribbon, 1 1⁄3 cup flour, 1t baking soda, 1t baking powder, 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, 1 cup rolled oats, 3⁄4 cup M&M’s, 1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar, 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar, fill to top with chocolate chips. In a small bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together and add to your jar. Continue by adding the rest of the ingredients in order and be sure to pack down the brown sugar in your jar. Again, you want your jar to be basically "overflowing". Close off your jar, add your label and instructions but be sure to tie your ribbon in a cute bow.

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Winter Survival Kit

3/4” x 11” red felt with 1/2 inch slits on each end CUTE AND EASY MASON ✤JAR ARTICLE - 3
 3 black buttons ✤

printed label

printed instructions

2 12” pieces of ribbon or string

1 3/4 cup powdered milk

3/4 cup cocoa powder & powdered sugar

1/4 cup mini morsels & mini marshmallows

Next is the “Winter Survival Kit”. This can be played with in several different ways to tailor it to the recipient. Your basic supplies are peppermints, an anti-stress facial mask, nail file, Aleve, fuzzy socks, nail polish, chapstick, Peppermint Schnaps, cough drops. Add everything into your jar leaving the cough drops for last to use as a filler. Tie off with a piece of pretty ribbon. Other ideas would be hot cocoa packets, tea, 5 hour energy, lotion, mittens, kleenex, hand sanitizer. The possibilities are really endless. All printable labels and instructions are available in the file section off : The labels I used for this project are Avery 22816 square labels. The instructions are printed on plain card stock.

Sarah Iwanski is a happily married mother of three that missed her calling as a handyman! She loves a good challenge and will try any project at least once. She doesn’t typically make and sell the items she creates but can occasionally be talked into it. For any Questions or comments she can be reached through her Facebook page

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4 W inte r Me m o r y Mak ing Activ itie s by Carmen Mendoza

It’s 20 degrees outside, you have already heard Elsa’s sing “Let It Go” 20 times in FROZEN and it’s only 10:00 a.m. There are other things to do than watching Frozen on a winter morning. Here are four memory-making activities that you can do with your kids that doesn’t include a phone, i-Pad, game console or Laptop!

4 Winter Memory Making Activities RIGHT PAGE • Afternoon Tea- Indulge in the fine art of Afternoon Tea. Take down the fancy china, nice plates and

make some finger sandwiches. Set up a table of which The Brown Palace would be envious, and partake in a fancy tradition that will leave your kids feeling not only regal, but also composed and relaxed. You can even set up a Tea Buffet that includes a variety of teas from which your child can choose. Not only will the kids have a blast, but they will also will consume some extra antioxidants and benefit from the amazing health attributes of tea.


• Indoor Obstacle Course- Time to get creative! Think of Mine Craft, played in your living room! Gather all the pillows, sheets, toys and items you can find and create an energy burning obstacle course in your house. The kids will burn off that extra winter energy, and you will be able to dust behind those places that have been covered for months!

• Host a Film Festival – Break out the old classics, and enjoy some family down-time with a walk

down memory lane. Enjoy some of your favorites that your child hasn’t seen before and make it an event. Dress up, create a “Red Carpet” with some old towels, and cook up some movie-themed meals that will tie together the whole evening. Watch films such as Lady and the Tramp and enjoy it with a huge plate of spaghetti and meatballs. Laugh along with Honey I Shrunk the Kids and whip up a buffet of mini cheeseburgers on whole wheat buns, mini salads with baby corn and cherry tomatoes and for dessert, a mini cupcake. The Film Festival will give you a chance for some family down-time while revisiting some old film favorites.

• Do –It-Yourself Cooking Show – Now that your kids are on recess for a few weeks, the on-the-

run meals and snacks are a thing of the past. Set up an in-house “Cooking Show” where your child is the star. Let your child cook a meal and film the entire event. Set up their “stage” with all of the materials they will need to create a dish for which Rachel Ray would drool. Have them explain what they are doing, step-by-step as if they were the host of a televised cooking show. It could be something as simple as peanut butter and jelly. However, they will feel as though they have created a masterpiece! Not only will it be fun to go back and watch the “show” later, but it will also help them foster the skills necessary to give oral presentations and public speaking reports in school.

Carmen Mendoza lives in Erie Colorado with her husband and two daughters. Before starting a family, she worked in Early Childhood Education as a Montessori Teacher and Directress with children from Preschool through Elementary. She holds her Colorado State License for Early Childhood Education Director Certification and her Montessori Teaching Accreditation in ages zero to three. She is currently working on obtaining her IBCLC, to be used to help educate and teach women the art of breastfeeding. Her passion in life is to be engaged whole-heartedly in family life, and has always had an interest in the education of the "whole-child”. Her column titled Carte blanche is derived from its definition, meaning to give complete freedom, or to act as one wishes. Her belief in trusting our inborn parenting instincts and following your heart while parenting, guides her writings and her day to day interactions with her family.



by Anne Meyers MA NCC

Managing Holiday Stress Who could forget the scene in A Christmas Story when the Bumpus hounds devour the Christmas turkey? Aaaah, those furry wrecking balls of holiday hopes and dreams. The holidays are filled with anticipation, and also, stressors: upcoming parties, presents to buy, food to make, Secret Santa presents to pull together, and schedules to match up with extended family. Before you know it, it’s January. You may feel exhausted, disappointed and wondering where December went. How can you make the most of the holidays before they are over? Here are four tips to help you thrive during this busy season: 1. Limit your expectations and enjoy the moments. Sometimes, family meltdowns can occur when your expectation of what is “supposed” to happen on the special day doesn’t happen. Pick 2-3 family traditions that are (a) simple and easy to achieve, and (b) “must do’s”. Try to let go of other expectations. 2. Learn to say no. If you have difficulty saying no, do a practice session or two of saying “no” with a friend or loved one. This can help you feel more comfortable setting boundaries for yourself so that you do not overextend. 3. Practice self-care. How do you take care of yourself? It can be as easy as setting aside 20 minutes at the end of the day to read, coloring with your child, or taking the dog for a short walk. Your goal is to decide what makes you feel good and to do it regularly. This will help replenish your energy supply so you can make it through the holiday marathon. 4. Let yourself feel without judgment. You made your grandma’s pecan pie recipe but it didn’t turn out well. Now you feel disappointed. Allow yourself time and space to reflect upon your feelings, without judgment. When we try to push “negative” feelings aside, they can build and roar back at us with a vengeance. Give yourself room to feel (and make sure you bought some chocolates or cookies for dessert backup.)


When we set our expectations of the holidays aside, we then make room for living in the moment with our loved ones. At the end of A Christmas Story, the “Old Man”, Ralphie and the rest of the family make the most of their situation by going out to dinner. If the Bumpus hounds hadn’t eaten the turkey, Ralphie’s story as an adult wouldn’t be nearly as memorable, would it?

Why “The Quiet Woods”? When Anne Meyers started her counseling practice, she wanted to create a space for clients that is peaceful, accepting, and removed from the “noise” of daily life. Inspired by the Robert Frost poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Anne created the name for her counseling practice:

Quiet Woods Counseling, LLC.

Anne Meyers is a registered psychotherapist who has lived in Erie, Colorado for the past 16 years. Anne works with teens, adults and families at her counseling practice located in old town Louisville. Anne specializes in trauma, issues related to adolescence, and family relationship problems. When Anne is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family (including three animals), reading fiction, hiking, seeing live music, and lounging on the couch enjoying movies. For more information about Anne’s counseling services, please visit Enjoy your holiday season. Best wishes to you, your friends and family.

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What does a divorce coach do?

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Get organized for divorce

Find an effective divorce attorney

Identify resources needed for the process

Help manage thoughts and set goals

Oversee the implementation of separation agreements and parenting plans

Be a sounding board and thinking partner


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“If you always do the same thing, you will always get the same results.”


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 get to our goals? After The Secret came out in 2005 in both book and feature length film format, millions of Americans adopted these principles.  Uncovering the secret laws and principles of the Universe, Rhonda Byrne unveiled a groundbreaking and life changing work, finding validation in its thesis that one’s positive thoughts are powerful magnets that attract wealth, health and happiness.  In 2006 I began my quest to manifest what I wanted out of life and hence, drank the “Kool-Aid” and began to practice the principles. The Secret suggests you list everything you want out of life like a childhood Christmas list to Santa Claus, but The Secret did not include steps in which to get to your goal as if your items on the list would one day magically appear at your doorstep. This is when I created the VPS©.  VPS© is an acronym for Vision, Plan and Steps.  My VPS© is the equivalent to your GPS, you use to take you from one location to another. 

The Vision part, the

V in VPS© is super easy.

Visualize what you want out of life (examples: better job,

bigger house, meaningful relationships, etc.). This can be created through music and images. Clip pictures and words out of magazines and put them up on your personally crafted vision board.  Hobby Lobby, Target and Walmart has colorful cork boards that can be used for this purpose.   •

Next, put together a plan to get to your vision. The plan is the

P in your VPS©. Try something new

every day. Make a call to someone who you normally would not be on your list.  Do something out of your comfort zone daily.  Change your code (your paradigm) that has been programmed from stimuli, childhood upbringing, family, outside influences, etc.  •


S in your VPS© signifies the steps in which you must take to implement the change desired. If you

always do the same thing, you will always get the same results. You can visualize until you turn blue, plan until your heart’s content, but if you don’t execute your plan, then nothing will change. 

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It All Began With a Miracle My newborn son was fighting for his life. As I lay on the delivery table, I was watching the doctors and nurses working on him. My mind was processing the fact that he wasn’t breathing; everything felt like it was in slow motion. I remember filling my lungs with air ready to cry out, and at that moment I saw his chest rise. I exhaled and then relaxed. Before I knew it, I was the one surrounded by doctors, nurses and medical equipment. A rare genetic blood factor was causing all of my veins to collapse. My family was told I wouldn’t survive the night. Then, a blood transfusion saved my life.

Undetected Hepatitis C from a Blood Transfusion What no one knew was that the life-saving blood was tainted with the hepatitis C virus. As my son was graduating from Colorado State University and beginning a new journey in his life, my life was also about to take a major turn. I sensed something wasn’t right with my health. I started experiencing symptoms of severe fatigue and recurring infections. No one could find any cause for the general malaise. The doctors didn't think about my liver, because my blood work was in an

Multiple Attempts to Treat Hepatitis C RIGHT PAGEThe initial efforts to treat the hepatitis were ineffective. In 2001, I

started a current form of standard treatment. I suffered from several side effects, but showed no positive response. At month 11, my doctor saw no point in continuing the treatment.


In 2010, I tried a new treatment, with even more disastrous results. After only nine days, I had to stop because the drugs almost killed me. At that time I decided to wait for a treatment than wouldn’t be worse that the disease. I was compensating well for my liver damage; I had made life changes to reduce stress, improve my diet and exercise. Then in 2012, a routine mammogram found breast cancer. This trumped the hepatitis C and I endured a harrowing decision-making process on the best way to treat the breast cancer. I have now been cancer-free for 2 1/2 years. My determination to fight and live life at my best has remained strong through it all. In October of this year, after completing a six-month regimen of the latest Hepatitis C treatment, I received the good news! No virus detected! It was music to my ears when my doctor said “you may never need a liver transplant.” Managing the Emotions of a Health Diagnosis When I first learned of my Hepatitis C diagnosis, I was petrified with fear. It is frightening having an unwelcomed intruder invade one’s body. Adopting a mindset of self-leadership is what guided me through this difficult health journey. When I was first diagnosed, I turned my care over to the doctors. I told them, “tell me what to do and I will do it.” The consequences were overwhelming. I finally took back control of my own health care. Diet, exercise and reduction of stress are critical components of wellness, but I had to get in touch with my internal wisdom, digging beneath my fear and anxiety.


I discovered meditation techniques that changed my life. I found a “touch therapy” technique called Zero Balancing that changed how I interface with myself and the world around me. I then pursued certification of Zero Balancing (ZB), because I experienced how it eased me into life changes, wanting to share that gift with others. Healthier now than I was 15 years ago, I have learned how to turn a "health-scare" into a "self-care" adventure. Now I commit myself to helping others who are ready to take back control of their lives and their wellness. The beauty of a "wellness journey" is you can learn a new way to interface with yourself and the world around you. Then you can live and give your best.

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As people, we have all done this…we run different thoughts and ideas through our heads. Would a change in my life be better or worse? If I make that kind of choice, what will the consequences be? What will it feel like? Is it better than my current reality? We will continue to go over the pros and cons of a choice that will affect your life. How will that feel? There are results that can be truly exciting, and there are also parts that may be scary! Does the excitement outweigh the fearful side? Will the worst case scenario doom us and our families? When we decide, that moment becomes real. Now what? When it becomes personal, What do I do and where do I go? Shamefully, I must tell my friends and family about the “D” word. Divorce! I never wanted to be a part of “That Group”, nor do I now. Divorce is not a label. Divorce is not a character trait. Divorce does not mean that

one is a failure or less incompetent. Divorce does not mean you become automatically less desirable. It just means that you and your spouse are now on different paths. Just because you no longer have that same thoughts, beliefs and goals, does not mean that you are correct and they are incorrect. It just means that you both have grown apart and have different visions on where you want to take your lives. So be it! Although you are traveling a new path to self-creation and growth, what does that look like? How does one move forward?

Rediscover your identity. The first thing to understand is that this transition will not be easy. Just because you made a decision or someone made the decision for you, doesn’t mean you can flip a switch and everything will be all right. Divorce is right up there with a loss of a family member. You need time to “mourn”. You need time to be sad, angry, confused and lonely. Completely understandable. You may not have experienced the death of a parent, but you did lose part of your life. Don’t rush the mourning process. You may have friends and family members tell you it takes “X” amount of time. We all cope in our own way. Don’t follow someone else’s timeline. Be true to yourself and your emotions. Do not try to cover them up with non essential things. When enduring, learning to love yourself again will result in finding true happiness.

Identify your financial situation. Determine what your monthly living expenses will be now living alone, and anticipate any unexpected costs that could potentially arise. Your financial path may become quite confusing. Projecting your financial obligations will also become an issue. Make smart financial decisions that will not only impact your situation in the current state, but also what will happen in your future.

Take one step at a time. As you go through divorce, your mind is flooded with a variety of thoughts. Some may experience trauma and even fear. The fear can paralyze us and interfere in our daily lives. Truly experience all emotions singularly. Taking one step at a time decreases the overall pressure. Concentrate on your health and maintain a proper blood pressure. Avoid anxiety: be able to respond rationally rather that react irrationally. Look for solutions rather than dwelling on problems. This may be a life-changing event, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of your world.

Divorce can and will change your life! The question remains will that change be a move for better or for worse. You may have chosen to end the marriage, if so…be confident in your decision. Consequently, you may have made the wrong decision. Sometimes things fall apart so better things can occur. Either way, you now have a choice-to move forward. Remember, today is the first day of the rest of YOUR life. My wish is that you create a new life that makes you happier than you ever expected. Remember, life goes on where marriage ends!

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What is a Divorce Coach?

A divorce coach helps you cope with relationship break-ups by using techniques to help manage emotions and handle the practical side of divorce. The divorce coach-client relationship is a honest, trusting, and purposeful partnership that helps make the transition into your new life easier by moving forward without guilt or regret. Brienne Fowler, RN, CDC Divorce Nurse, LLC


everything will be all right. Divorce is right up there with a loss of a family member. You need time to “mourn”. You need time to be sad, angry, confused and lonely. Completely understandable. You may not have experienced the death of a parent, but you did lose part of your life. Don’t rush the mourning process. You may have friends and family members tell you it takes “X” amount of time. We all cope in Nicole Ashley Tips from Winter our own way. Don’t follow someone else’s timeline. Be true to yourself and your emotions. Do not try to


cover them up with non essential things. When enduring, learning to love yourself again will result in finding true happiness. •

Identify your financial situation. Determine what your monthly living expenses will be now living alone, and anticipate any unexpected costs that could potentially arise. Your financial path may become quite confusing. Projecting your financial obligations will also become an issue. Make smart financial decisions that will not only impact your situation in the current state, but also what will happen in your future.

Take one step at a time. As you go through divorce, your mind is flooded with a variety of thoughts. Some may experience trauma and even fear. The fear can paralyze us and interfere in our daily lives. Truly experience all emotions singularly. Taking one step at a time decreases the overall pressure. Concentrate on your health and maintain a proper blood pressure. Avoid anxiety: be able to respond rationally rather that react irrationally. Look for solutions rather than dwelling on problems. This may be a life-changing event, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of your world.

Divorce can and will change your life! The question remains will that change be a move for better or for worse. You may have chosen to end the marriage, if so…be confident in your decision. Consequently, you may have made the wrong decision. Sometimes things fall apart so better things can occur. Either way, you now have a choice-to move forward. Remember, today is the first day of the rest of YOUR life. My wish is that you create a new life that makes you happier than you ever expected. Remember, life goes on where marriage ends!

About Brienne :

What is a Divorce Coach?

A divorce coach helps you cope with relationship break-ups by using techniques to help manage emotions and handle the practical side of divorce. The divorce coach-client relationship is a honest, trusting, and purposeful partnership that helps make the transition into your new life easier by moving forward without guilt or regret.





by Ashley Nicole


The snow capped mountains, ski resorts, cozy evening in front of the fireplace, are some of the reasons ASHLEY ARTICLE - 1
 many of us enjoy living in Colorado. As the dry and cold climate sets in many of us women experience dry static hair, feeling washed out after losing our summer glow and anticipate a new change for the new season. Here are five ways to enhance your winter hair blues.

1. Hats are perfect stylish accessories for cold days, running out the door or covering those pesky grays. If you have long hair pu! your hair to the side and create a loose fishtail braid. If Your hair is shorter create a messy side bun and leave a strand of hair on the opposite side to balance and create so"ness around your face.

2. If your ends are stressed and #ied try the new cut trend "The Lob". It works for many face shapes and textures!

3. As your summer glow fades you may feel washed out and drab. Spice up your color by adding a new hue! If you are blonde try adding some rose gold, if you're natura!y dark a merlot shade wi! be perfect to create that warm richness. Consult with your stylist to help determine what would suit your skin tone and eye color best.

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sure to do a hair moisturizing mask once a week. Before cuddling up cozy by the fireplace, mix up this homemade mask which has Omega 3s, vitamins A, E and K, plus natural oils to reconstruct and moisturize your hair. Mash up one banana, one ripe avocado, and

two teaspoons of olive oil. Let sit for 30 minutes then rinse with cool water Ashley maintains her business at Fringe Etc. at Sola Salon at Orchard Mall. In 2007 she graduated from the Aveda Institute in Denver. Over the last several years continued her education with Aveda, Keratin Complex, Davines, and Johnny B. She finds her inspiration from changes of season, red carpet events and fashion magazines.



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HEALTHY HIGH JINKS by Coreda Ehrhart

Most adults know the that regular physical activity is important to our health and wellness.The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week including aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility.We try our best to fit in a workout or two each week. The key is to add an element of fun, contest, or competition to ordinary daily activities to make them more vigorous. Children love to win and improve, and crave their parents engagement.This encourages healthy competition as well family time, which has unmeasurable benefits.


What you may not know is that our kids need much

activities you can do together to achieve both you and

more physical activity than we do. Children and young

your child's daily goals.

people should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity each day. Activities that strengthen muscles and bones should be included on at least three days per week. For

1. Play a sport or game with your children. Kids love making up their own games and their own rules. Let them create a game the whole family can play.

additional health benefits, children and young people

2. Dance to your favorite songs together. 30 minutes of

should engage in more physical activity (up to several

dancing is considered vigorous activity and it reduces

hours) every day.


With depleting resources, physical education in our schools has seen a reduction in recent years, and the

3. While watching your favorite shows, make up

introduction of more advanced toys and games has

exercises for common expressions by your favorite characters. When a character uses that expression, do

influenced a generation of sedentary and inactive youth.

5 reps of the exercise.

It can be even more difficult to ensure that our children are reaching those recommended activity

4. Use exercises such as jumping jacks, kicks, or use

levels than for ourselves. So how can we encourage and

stairs to aide in math homework.

motivate them to become more active?

5. Share your time at the gym. If you are attending a

Let's face it, kids are motivated by fun. The minute

class or going for a workout, find activities for the kids

something becomes a chore, the motivation is lost and

at the same time and make it a regular part of the

the activity will no longer be effective. Keeping kids motivated can be a challenge, but here are some

schedule. The YMCA is a great facility for both adult and children's activities for families.

About The Author Coreda Ehrhart is a Colorado Native who moved to Erie in 2006 with her husband and 3 daughters. A Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Coreda teaches Zumba Fitness, Aqua Zumba and Kids Zumba classes at the YMCA in Lafayette. For more information, visitÂ


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Cheryl Schuberth is a wellness coach helping people make one simple change at a time to optimize their health. She has lived in Erie for 11 years with her husband and two sons and takes every opportunity to enjoy the amazing outdoors of Colorado.

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The end of the year is an exciting time - family gatherings, holiday parties, new and old traditions. For many it also brings stress and illness as we manage the pressure of getting it all done with wanting everything to be perfect for our families and loved ones. The endless culinary temptations can zap our energy as we come down from those sugar highs, which can lead to eating more to keep from crashing. This can not only create guilt and added stress but also the increase in sugar has a negative effect on our immune system. How often can you remember being sick or completely run down during the holidays? It's likely not just bad luck. With a few adjustments you can feel great and enjoy every part of the holiday season.


1. Put aside at least 15 minutes a day for yourself. Use this time to meditate, take a bath, read a book, anything that doesn't involve the mound of obligations that are waiting for you. It will help you refresh and be more invigorated to tackle the "Have To's" on your list. 2. Make a simple eating agreement with yourself first thing in the morning. For example, "I can have two small treats at the office luncheon today" or "For every treat I eat today, I will forego a non-water beverage in favor of water." This gives yourself permission to indulge without feeling guilty but also sets limits ahead of time that can help govern your cravings. It will also keep your sugar intake in check which will help you maintain your energy and stay healthier while you manage the stress of the season. 3. Decide what's important and prioritize who you give your time to. For those events you chose to decline, set up some one-on-one time with the host for after the holidays for a more intimate and valuable connection. Your friend might be disappointed initially, but will appreciate that you are singling them out for a more focused interaction when life returns to a simpler state. 4. Drink more water. Okay, this isn't just a good idea during the holidays. Water helps rid your body of the toxins it encounters daily from the air, exercise, heavily processed foods, medications, etc. Also, staying hydrated helps your body stay more alert giving you more of that much needed energy.

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 offLISA’S ofARTICLE our eye surface very quickly.” TH E H AR S HN ES S O F W IN T E R O N YO UR E Y E S Oh, the weather outside is frightful, and my eyes are feeling DRY-FUL. Yes, that lovely time of year is upon us: snow capped mountains, holidays, and dry, cold climate. We live in a challenging climate at any time of year, but the Winter season is a doozy. Not only is the humidity level at single digits a lot of days, but cold winds are blowing, and our heaters are cranked. Many patients talk to me about how much their eyes burn, feel gritty and sandy, and are red. The best solution to this is to moisturize the eyes. Sounds simple, but actions speak volumes. As we all know, this is the time of year when slathering lip balm on a regular basis is a must, otherwise chapped lips occur in no time. The same is true with our eyes. In a way, our eyes can get chapped.

Our eyes produce a level of natural tears, but due to the dry conditions, the tears evaporate off of our eye surface very quickly. Let's now add in activities such as spending a day working on a computer, a tablet, or having a phone fest. While we do those types of activities, our blinking decreases significantly. Some time, you should observe a coworker or member of your family while they are intent on a digital device. You'll see what I call the Digital Zombie Stare. Let's also add in spending time outdoors while hiking, skiing, or just going on a walk. Oh, yeah, there's cold and flu medicine. Alas, the lovely Winter season brings the beauty of these sick bugs. Decongestants and antihistamines do a great job of drying up more than just our nasal passages. Your best defense against these dry eye forces is a bottle of artificial tears. Now, when I say artificial tears, I don't mean the “get the red out” stuff. Those products produce short

Dr. Lisa Alvarez Jordan is one of the optometrist doctor owners of Colorado Eye Center which has been in business for over 52 years. Colorado Eye Center offers comprehensive family eye care with offices in Louisville, Broomfield, North Thornton, South Thornton, and Denver.

term and masking help. The ingredient that gets the red out causes the blood vessels on the white of our eyes to constrict. That sure will make our eyes look refreshed and white, but the drop is not doing anything to add much needed moisture. Over time, these types of drops actually can cause redness and more drying effects. The goal in using artificial tears is to use them frequently. My advice to my patients is this: as often as you put lip balm on or lotion on your hands is how often you could put in a drop of artificial tears. The idea is to moisturize the eyes BEFORE they feel dry. Think of this: your lips won't get chapped if you regularly apply lip balm. Also, the old wives tale of our eyes becoming addicted to drops by frequent use is false. Feel free to use artificial tears as often as you need. So, my lovely town folk, keep those eyes in great shape!


Never trust a fart.

by April Abbott


The day you shit yourself is one hell of a day. NEVER TRUST A FART ARTICLE - 2

Yes, I’ve regrettably trusted a fart. Come on…haven’t you?  Let’s get all the potty, poop, crap, and  turd  talk out there and break the ice! Turns out, if a fart goes wrong, you may have Leaky Gut Syndrome.  Even the name sound unwelcoming!  LGS is a result of inflammation within the gut and it isn’t pretty!  Below are common triggers of this mortifying event.

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Gut Instigators: •

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High diet in refined carbohydrates (candy bars, cookies, cake, soft drinks, and or white bread). Stress Ingestion of food or water containing parasites, fungus, mold YUCK! Unhealthful alcohol intake Antibiotics

What to do… Avoid Common Allergen Foods:

I can hear you saying WTF am I suppose to eat then?!?

• •

Try consuming smaller meals throughout the day that contain the following:

• • •

Dairy Gluten Grains: wheat, barley, rye and oats Nuts Coffee Chocolate

Protein (chicken, turkey or cold water fish) Healthy fat (avocado or cook with coconut oil) Variety of veggies both cooked or raw.  

Also, restoring your guts healthy bacteria with probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium) will help with proper function.

Reference: Bauman, E. & Friedlander, J (2014). Foundations of Nutrition. Penngrove. CA: Bauman College. Bauman, E. & Friedlander, J (2014). Therapeutic Nutrition. Penngrove. CA: Bauman College.



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Holidays and Winter seems to bring out the stressors…..De-Stress!

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De-Stressing by Janelle Taylor Have you ever had a stress test? I have – it’s called LIFE!! And now the Holidays are coming too! Kinda freaks some of you out!! Did you realize stress effects your body on the outside? It produces the hormone cortisol, which causes us to gain weight. As if that isn’t easy enough to do during the Holidays! And it effects your skin: more dryness (in this arid desert – great!), blemishes, dark under eye circles and puffiness, and even rashes. So what can you do? Some suggestions:


Get a Massage

If you don’t have to do it yourself, don’t!! Hire someone or buy it ready made. There are

I’m sure you know this one, however, do you do it?

plenty of small businesses out there to help.

Call a Friend

Laugh & Celebrate

Call a friend for coffee or better yet – tea and talk with someone face to face. I love social

Laughing is the best medicine. Celebrate your accomplishments – old ones and new.

media too. However, we need that physical connection.

You are an amazing creation!!






Think of a light in the center of your brain and

Write some positive affirmations to read each day.

bring all your thoughts into it. Hold that image for even just 30 seconds. I know you can find 30 seconds! Use your diaphragm. Push it out and expand the sides of you middle as you breathe.

Janelle moved to CO from IL 21 years ago. She’s been residing in

Exercise to Upbeat Music


Erie for 15 years. Janelle has also been

Get out and dance – even in your living room!! It releases those endorphins.

Cut back on your caffeine intake after 3pm!

a teacher of the Hearing Impaired. Married to Tom, she has 2 children and 4


grandkids. Being an Independent Mary Kay Consultant for 19 years, she’s earned lots of prizes, awards and accolades from

Take a Bath


Take a relaxing bath with Epsom salts and baking soda. It pulls toxins out of your body.

Drink lots of water - half your body weight

And if you have it use a facial mask. That pulls all that nasty stuff out of your face and

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in ounces every day! This not only hydrates your internal organs, but the largest organ

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– your skin!


makes you glow, because new skin cells are exposed.

Be Present in the Moment & Be Grateful! I hope these suggestions help. Even if you did only a couple, it could make the next couple of months more peaceful. And I believe that’s what we all want. Happy Holidays and Happy Life!!

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by Mandy Palmer Mandy Palmer is a licensed esthetician and certified lash specialist here in Erie. Many of her clients come from all over Colorado for her expertise, quality of work and superior customer service. Vista Skin and Lash is for discerning clients who want only the best in skin care.

“Exfoliation is vital in the Winter!” RIGHT PAGE MANDY ARTICLE - 2

Face It! by Mandy Palmer

Does your skin become irritated and sensitive after wearing your favorite wool sweater? Not only can your winter wardrobe cause your skin to react, but winter weather itself poses a special threat to your skin. With little humidity in the air and revving up the heat, makes it even worse. The outcome – skin in need of immediate repair. Dry sensitive skin itches, appears dull and may flake or crack. Before you decide to pack your bags and head to the beach, take these important step to combat the problem or prevent it in the first place. Swap out the thinner moisturizer you used in the summer for thicker, richer moisturizers. Be sure to choose one that contains an SPF of at least 30. As hard as it is to believe as you scrape frost off your windshield, the sun still shines in the winter – especially here in Colorado! Exfoliation is vital! This is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outermost layer of the skin. So often when the skin is dry, we tend to load up on heavier creams to compensate for the dryness. By exfoliating, you’re removing the dead skin cells. This allows products to penetrate more effectively, creating a smoother appearance. Skin can shed up to 30,000 cells per day, and they don’t fall off right away. Exfoliating will help to show off the pretty, plump fresh ones underneath. Whether it’s a spa treatment or using an exfoliating scrub in the shower, your face instantly becomes smoother, making makeup easier to apply and giving you a more natural-looking appearance. Skin is our largest organ and undergoes a lot of daily wear and tear. Colorado, the beautiful state we call home, plays a large role due to its climate. By making sure you exfoliate, moisturize and protect on a regular basis, you are well on your way to beautiful, youthful, glowing skin.



Nourishing Sugar Scrub

Mandy Palmer is a licensed esthetician and certified lash specialist here in Erie. Her expertise is demonstrated through her quality and work and superior customer service.

Here is the Nourishing Sugar Scrub Recipe for you to try at home – granulated sugar which is a wonderful, natural exfoliant. Mix it with honey which contains powerful antioxidants and antimicrobial properties and little bit of lemon for clarifying purposes.

 ½ tsp honey 1 tsp raw sugar Fresh lemon juice

Directions: -Combine 1 tsp sugar with ½ teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice -Mix all ingredients together -Add a bit more sugar if the mixture is loose

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Let me introduce myself, I am a squeeze bottle. I am one of the favorite gadgets in the modern kitchen! I wasn't always popular. When I was born in England in 1914, my father, Henry Heinz, designed me to dispense his famous salad cream, a one dimensional job. I was a big baby at birth! I could hold 15 ounces of cream. My daddy was very proud. As I g r e w, h e r e v e l e d i n m y expanding popularity and I graduated from cream dispenser to the grand job of holding his prized possession, ketchup. I was colored yellow and red and was employed to squeeze condiments onto hot dogs and hamburgers. I must say though, it wasn't a glamorous job, I was usually found in greasy diners and dives. Into adulthood, I tired of the ketchup and mustard gig. It became tedious and I felt one dimensional with only a single, inartistic purpose in life. So, I'm embarrassed to say, I rebelled from the grips of my controlling father and branched out. He hardly noticed. He was too caught up in my younger brother's masochistic ways. My poor little glass bottle brother i n s i s t e d o n b e i n g rou g h l y spanked on his bottom, shaken and dug into by knives before he was willing to let loose the precious ketchup from within.


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Resentful that he monopolized my father's time, but I knew my kid brother needed him more than I did. The world welcomed me! It was the 1980's, a time when every chef had to add swirls and drizzles to their masterpieces! My purpose became multifold. I was filled with balsamic reduction as well as olive, avocado, grape seed and so many other oils infused with

sauce have been squeezed from my innards and oh the decadence I have created. Now I am a Mega Star! You too can reap the benefits of my functions. Take me into your kitchen. Fill me with oils, vinegars, reductions, and syrups and let me show you how to take your flavors and presentations from good to fabulous.

“Gooey caramel, lavender syrup and chocolate sauce have been squeezed from my innards and oh the decadence I have created.”

garlic, herbs and my all time favorite.. truffles! I even introduced sweets into my repertoire. Gooey caramel, lavender syrup and chocolate

My mundane days of ketchup and mustard are gone and there is no limit to what I can do.



Chocolate Ganache 1/2 cup bitter sweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (throw in a couple tablespoons of Irish cream liqueur for true decadence)

1/2 cup whipping cream

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp coffee liqueur (or vanilla)

2 T water

Truffle Mayonnaise 1 egg yolk 1 Dijon mustard 1 cups vegetable oil 1/3 cup truffle oil 1/2 tsp salt

4 T unsalted butter 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

4 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice




Over medium heat, warm milk; don’t let it boil. Pour over chocolate chips, add coffee liqueur and mix until smooth. Drizzle decoratively over pie. Using a squeeze bottle helps to get even lines.

Heat the cream (and liqueur) in a saucepan over medium heat. In another large heavy-duty saucepan, bring to boil the sugar and water over high heat, without stirring, until it turns amber color (watch closely as it colors quickly and could get too dark). Lower the heat to medium and slowly add the hot cream to the sugar mixture while stirring constantly. Proceed with caution, the cream will bubble and splatter. Continue stirring to make sure there are no lumps. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the butter until it is completely melted. Stir in vanilla. The caramel pours easily at room temperature. I find it best to store it in a squeeze bottle, to decorate easily. Whatever you don't use for the pie will last 2-3 weeks in the fridge. It will harden up a little. Simply warm in the microwave about 15-20 seconds to soften. There’s nothing like having homemade caramel at your fingertips at all times.

Process yolk and mustard until evenly combined. With the processor running, slowly add oils in thin stream until completely combined. Add lemon juice and salt then pulse until smooth. Makes 1 1/4 cup (use instead of regular mayo on sandwiches, burgers etc)


My Five Favorite Things Pie (A great alternative ending to a holiday feast) Buttery Crust 1 ¼ cup flour ¼ tsp salt



6 T very cold butter 4 T ice water Method: In a food processor, add flour and salt, cut butter into cubes and add while pulsing four times after each cube. Add water-a little at a time pulsing until incorporated. You should see pieces of butter in the dough. Empty out onto floured surface and bring into a ball, shape into flat disc (rolling between two pieces of parchment helps) wrap in plastic and refrigerate one hour. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. On floured surface (again between parchment) roll dough to a 10 inch circle, and line it into a 9 inch pie pan. Trim and shape and pierce with a fork. Line the pastry with parchment and fill with pie weights. Bake ten minutes, remove paper and weights Drop temperature to 350 degrees F and bake seven more minutes. Remove, cool.

Connie Ruel is a restaurateur, wine instructor and private chef as well as author of the recently released "Passions of a Restaurateur- three generations of restaurant stories and the recipes they inspire”

Filling 6 oz bitter sweet chocolate chips 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup chopped pecans 4 egg yolks, beaten

First Topping 5 oz mini marshmallows 1 T water 1/2 tsp coconut extract Method: Put marshmallows, water and coconut extract in microwave safe bowl and microwave for 25 seconds, remove stir and return for another 25 seconds. Stir, then pour over pie and refrigerate for another half hour. You could also use store bought marshmallow crème to quicken this step.

Second Topping ½ cup dark brown sugar 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup whipping cream 2 egg yolks, whisked 1 cup flaked coconut Method: Combine brown sugar, cream and butter in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until mixed. Remove from heat. Blend a small amount of mixture into yolks then add yolk mixture to saucepan (put back on medium heat) whisking constantly until thick, approximately 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and vanilla. Cool about 15 minutes. Pour over marshmallow layer. Chill 2 hours.

Ganache & Caramel (see recipes above) note: This is a labor intensive recipe so if you have squeeze bottles of the ganache and caramel waiting in your fridge, it's a breeze.



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What do you do to relax? Exercise? Meditate? Read? Listen to music? Eat? All of these work…except maybe eating! But have you ever thought about drawing, painting or another form of artistic expression as a way to unwind, disengage from your busy life and slow down? Artists say the creative process puts them in an altered state of thinking and feeling. Some say it takes them out of themselves, that they are not aware of the passage of time, that they feel totally immersed and focused, but still experience a deep sense of relaxation. Creating art produces a sense of wellbeing that is much like what we experience when we meditate, exercise, read or listen to music. “I can’t even draw a stick figure” is often the lament of many adults. However, drawing, painting and other forms of creative expression can be learned, just as you learned how to read and write. You can even start today! Here are 5 things you can do to jumpstart your creativity and begin to experience the benefits of creating your own artwork.

1. Buy a small sketchbook, a couple of drawing pencils, and carry them with you. Spend 15 minutes closely observing and drawing a flower or a vase or an apple or something outside your office window…anything that RIGHT PAGE interests you! Or just doodle! No one has to see it but you! This will give opportunity-to ART SMART ARTICLE - you SUEthe SUNDSTROM 2 take a little “mental mini-vacation.” 2. Take pictures of things that are visually interesting to you. Download them to your computer and then use them as a reference to create a drawing or painting using inexpensive colored pencils or watercolors. You may also use the edit menu in your photo application to change the size, color, value or shape of your photo. Print and frame. 3. Cut or tear shapes out of colored tissue paper or fabric or use colorful pictures from magazines, old greeting cards, or self taken photographs. Arrange them in a pleasing way on a separate piece of heavy paper or cardboard. Glue them down to create a collage of different colors, shapes and textures. Use rubber stamps or markers to add another layer of interest to your collage. Don’t be afraid to experiment! Sue Sundstrom is a watercolor and pastel artist, living and creating in Erie. She has been painting, drawing, and teaching art classes for more than 35 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Fine Art and Art Education. You can find more information about her and view her work at

Sue Sundstrom

4. Buy an adult coloring book and color away as a quick way to relax after work or before going to sleep. A variety of these different kinds are available online through Amazon or other booksellers, including WalMart, Target and Barnes and Noble. As another option, you can download and print pages to color from online sources. Just Google “Adult Coloring Books”. 5. Take an art class. Drawing, painting, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry making, book arts, photography classes and more are available locally and at a reasonable cost. Once you begin to create, I’ll bet you won’t want to stop! Here are some local resources for art materials and classes. Michael’s and Hobby Lobby both offer classes in a variety of media in addition to art supplies. The Erie Community Center offers adult classes in drawing, watercolor and rubber- stamping. You can also find art classes at the recreation centers in Lafayette, Louisville, Longmont and Broomfield. The Louisville Art Association, The Broomfield Art Guild, The Longmont Artists Guild, The Boulder Art Association, The Lafayette Art Association, and The Foothills Art Center in Golden all offer classes and workshops. pARTiculars art gallery in Lafayette offers classes in drawing and painting, fiber arts and sculpture, jewelry making, book arts, and photography.


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Premiere venues, brews and tunes

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craft beer. This is a labor of love.

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10:00 p.m., that same Tuesday, in perhaps your neighbor’s

pubs. Erie is home to Echo Brewing Company, The Old Mine, and Industrial Revolution Brewing Company.

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enough to provide some amazing evenings (and some pretty amazing food trucks that provide tasty chow down options) for local residents, these tasting rooms provide the working environment for a burgeoning (local) music scene, and there’s definitely no shortage of talent in this scene. Passionate business owners want their places to be amazing. Musicians want to play in amazing spaces. Consequently, lucky for us, all kinds of music are created in these amazing spaces, such as: acoustic music, electric music, singer/ songwriter music and cover bands playing music from your college days (no matter when they were).

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 they love,ERIC simply becauseARTICLE they love- them. UltraLowFi is one of these bands. Andy, Tim, and Johnny are always ready to play a recognizable song or an original that you’re sure to love. (Eric or Davin will also still be hanging around – so be sure to say hello.) Slip on over to Niwot’s Bootstrap Brewing, and the boys in the North Boulder Underground might be ripping it up on that brand new stage. Steve and Leslie Kaczeus have created an amazing space for enjoying music, great beer and soaking up the arts. Kristin, Ryan, and Lance have built a premier venue right in our backyard. One of my favorite places to play with my band, Rogue 2, is Odd 13 Brewing. You may wander in and find us artfully sticking

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attention, and love. We are fortunate to live in an area that provides an abundance of all of these things.

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One poem and one drawing at a time, Jake and Brian are combining poetic and artistic forces to create owners and musicians. We live in parallel universes, tunes, or old country tends to have much more

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Jacob Neal is a practicing artist living and working in Denver, Colorado. He fancies himself a lifelong songs that have no business being played out live learner in the arts. Currently he concentrates his time illustrating and screen printing, but has been known to again –and yes, that includes old Ricky Martinand graphic design. He currently teaches Middle and High dabble in photography, painting, sculpture songs.Digital Playing musicArts in this a labor School Media in scene order is totruly support and supplement his addictions to create and collect original art. of love. (Was that a Rickroll?)

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THE GOLDFINCH Winter 2015-2016


by Donna Tartt

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Greetings, ELIFE readers.


The website recently posted a calculator which estimated how long it would take to read what’s listed on a user’s To Be Read shelf. With my current to-read list at 526, it will take me approximately five years and three months to finish those titles. That’s not to say I won’t try and add a few new books to my list. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite books from the past year or so.

by Emily St. John Mandel

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ON THE MOVE: A LIFE by Oliver Sacks

A Few Titles Not to Miss 1.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Published in 2014. Tartt’s first book was the highly readable modern-day Greek tragedy The Secret History which she followed with the turgid story The Little Friend. Tartt’s third book introduces readers to one Theo Decker. His youth is shattered by violence and tragedy, and the story focuses on his love for a beautiful, haunted young woman named Pippa. I’d dare say it’s Dickensian in its scope and writing style as it follows Decker through much of his life. This book has everything from murder and mayhem to tenderness and love; there are even antiques and thievery! There’s betrayal and drug use; parenting and brotherhood. This story really does have it all. The book is huge at nearly 800 pages so consider downloading it to an e-reader.


Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel was also published in 2014. It is a complicated engrossing puzzle that ties in many genres—science fiction, mystery, a dash of Shakespeare. If the thought of a Crichton/King-esque superflu wiping out a vast majority of the population in early chapters sounds exciting, then stick around for the present day story focusing on survivors, many of whom travel from town to town putting on Shakespearean plays for audiences eager for some of the culture they used to have will keep readers engaged.


On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks. Famed neurologist and author Dr. Sacks died in August of 2015 and while I was familiar with earlier works including Awakenings, On the Move: A Life, his last autobiographical work, focuses quite a bit on his early cases along with the admission that his diagnosis of liver cancer meant he was aware his life was nearing an end. The book is witty, somber, fascinating, and a great reminder of the gifts Sacks possessed also as a writer in narrating and explaining his cases, patients, and discoveries.





About the author: Erie resident Kristina Leonard formed a lifelong love of reading around age five when some kind soul gave her a copy of The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew mystery #1). She’s taught English, journalism, and communication courses for more than two decades and spends her time at the Auraria campus in Denver or more likely at the Tattered Cover downtown.


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ravel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert.


Open-mindedness, worldly views and the appreciation for differing colorful cultures come to mind immediately upon reading the quote from Gustave Flaubert. A sudden realization of how irrelevant a single individual is within this world of ours and the overarching importance of being a positive and productive citizen within society as a whole truly comes to light. Traveling to new lands not only provides one’s soul an outlet for a temporary solution to the ravenous craving of a new adventure, but more importantly it allows a deeper understanding of the intricacies of our international relations with our fellow human beings. Thirty-three is the magical number. Thirty three countries: wherein I have walked through historical landmarks, glimpsing into the past, the here and now and a small insight of what the future may hold. Experiencing the extremely open-armed and sincere people of Kathmandu, Nepal while circling the ancient Buddhist Boudhanath

Stupa situated in the city center of Kathmandu to the bustling streets of Cairo Egypt, enabled me to understand on a deeper level the travesties those citizens undergo in times of human carnage or natural disaster. For instance, the “Arab Spring” Egyptian Revolution commenced just a month after my return from the Egyptian capital of Cairo in early 2011. Witnessing, via television, the capital being looted and people in a righteous passionate uproar was heart wrenching. However, empathy for my fellow world citizens was ever so much easier to acknowledge due to personal experience attained while in the historically rich country. After walking shoulder to shoulder with the Nepalese around the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu during the winter of 2011, the April 2015 earthquake which took approximately 9,000 lives, brought tears to my eyes as I was frantically looking for any sign of familiarity of the places we explored within

Kathmandu. Having a personal connection to people and places throughout the world changes one’s initial self-instilled views of one another. Venturing out of the confines of our everyday lives and environments provides an educational mechanism in which we expound our knowledge as human beings, while creating the all so necessary connections with people with whom we never thought possible, all in a valiant effort to understand the complicated international interactions of the world in which we live. Each and every adventure stretches our capacity for patience and compassion for other human beings. Moreover, it provides a context from where people are coming from in times of conflict and perhaps, just maybe, provides a deeper understanding of one another, subsequently transforming this world into a more peaceful place in which to live.


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Michaela Hatch-Drennon is a 12-year resident of Vista Ridge, living in the famed “Halloween House” on Pinon Circle with her husband Mark. She attained her BA in German and French from Eastern Washington University in 1994 and an International MBA w/ an IT specialization from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in 2001. She actively utilizes her degrees in her international role as a Senior Engineering Program Manager at Seagate in Longmont, CO and on her numerous travels abroad. You can contact Michaela at

Michaela with her husband Mark at the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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by Wira Babiak 1. Sculpture-Yoda Armadillo by Karen McGee 2. Oil - Erie Dump by Wira Babiak

3. Oil- Hallet’s Peak, RMNP by Dennis Mueller 4. Sculpture- Shh, the Baby’s Sleeping by Karen McGee 5. Sculpture- Oinking at the Moon by Colleen Miller



Sculpture- Baby Javelina-I Will be Glad to Share by Colleen Miller

7. Oil- Colterra’s Restaurant - Niwot by Dennis Mueller

Art Inspirations




Erie has some incredible artists! I have had the privilege of knowing quite a few and many have become very good friends over the years. Many of the artists I have met have been through various art organizations such as the Arts Coalition of Erie, Longmont Artists Guild, Louisville Art Association and Boulder Art Association to name a few.

garden sculptures, baskets and animals. Multi-media sculptor, Lisette Walker works with belts and fiber art abstract represented on 2D canvases. Her husband, Michael is currently working on large birds like cranes made out of re-purposed silverware. These artists along with others will be featured in future posts.

Another artist works in pastel paintings depicting Some of the artists plein-air the Victorian age and the paint many areas of Erie. American Indian, along with large expressive Irises. A small Erie art group of 12 artists known as High Plains artists gather at each others’ homes once a month. This group consists of painters, photographers, sculptors, paper doll/multi-media artists and have been getting together now for about eight years in Erie. Their works are presented at these get togethers and rotated about every three months at the Erie Chamber of Commerce, of which they are members. Some of the artists’ works are also shown nationally and locally, juried into art shows, presented in art magazines and at various art galleries and libraries. Some of the artists plein-air paint many areas of Erie. Dennis Mueller and Wira (Vera) Babiak like to go out with their easels and choose what in Erie speaks to them and put that story/vision on a canvas. Artist John Vanderpool works in pastel paintings depicting the Victorian age and the American Indian, along with large expressive Irises. His wife, Sandy Vanderpool taught art in California and works documenting historical or cultural, heritage attire on paper dolls. Some them are also worked into various cut up or re-purposed books. Two sculptors , Karen Mcgee and Coleen Miller’s work with clay, making outdoor

Wira (Vera) Babiak, is a local Erie artist and a member of High Plains Artists, Louisville, Boulder and Longmont Art Associations. Her works can be currently seen at the Erie Animal Hospital, KCP Art Gallery in Longmont, Main Street Gallery in New York and was featured at the Louisville Arts Association art show and the Longmont Art Association art show. Wira holds a BA in Sociology from CU Boulder, and a Masters is Public Administration from CU Denver.  She worked at CU as an MBA Advisor, Mechanical Engineering Advisor and retired as an Art/ Art History Advisor.  Wira has won several art show placement ribbons and judges in art shows all over the world.  For more information check out her website at: She moved from Boulder and has lived in Erie for the last eight years.


Erie Dump, (east view from Vista Point)

Colliers Hill,  (east view from Briggs St.)

Art Inspirations


Oil Works by Wira Babiak

Coal Creek Park (east view from the park, below the cemetery)

Art Inspirations



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 It’s no surprise that the holidays bring together the most family and friends than any other time of the year. With that being said, it’s important to always look dashing for the holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or any holiday for that matter, your outfit should always speak for you before you speak for it. Here are some tips to looking up to par for this holiday season.

“Although you may think that your polyester sweater with baby cats on it might be cute, I will let you know now that it’s not!”

Tip 1: Dress to Chill: If you walk into LEFTeveryone PAGE the room and stares at you,

don’t be embarrassed, you’re doing GEORGEZ ARTICLE - 3 something right. Your outfit needs to speak for itself with no explanation.

Tip 2: Know your colors: Not only is it important to know what colors look best for your skin tone, but it’s also important to know the holiday theme colors. This may seem silly to suggest, but many people actually come dressed in odd colors for the holidays and it’s very offputting.

Tip 3: Look better than everyone else: Now this may sound cocky, but I assure you, it’s simply a fashion must for the holidays. Although you may think that your polyester sweater with baby cats on it might be cute, I will let you know now that it’s not! Dress in an outfit that you may not wear any other time of the year, something that shines and sparkles.


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Tip 4: The host must always look fresh: If you are hosting a holiday party, your job is to notLEFT only PAGE plan, cook, execute said party but your task is to also include your outfit from top to GEORGEZ ARTICLE - 4
 bottom. Women: Make-up should be sutble, hair should be nicely parted or put in a bun, and outfit should be a one piece. I suggest a holiday maxi dress with shiny plated jewelry (belt) and the highest heels you could find. Men: Part your hair to one side, slicked back (if you have the hair) and keep your facial hair to a minimal and make sure it matches your side burn hair line. Also, your suit doesn’t need to look dull if you decide to wear one. Wear a fun tie and match it with a cute, solid colored button down.

Tip 5: Accessories and shoes: If you like to wear big, shiny jewelry like I do, make sure to wear your most outrageous and delicious jewelry for this holiday season. Earrings, rings, necklaces, watches, etc. must match your outfit; that’s a given but must be said. Your shoes should always be classy and must be fancy. If you are dressed up, don’t dare wear anything than dress shoes (men) and pretty, fancy solid colored heels (women). I find that shoes are often the most under-looked when it comes to fashion (especially here in Colorado). The first rule is to always wear shoes that compliment your outfit. If the base color of your outfit is no where on your shoes, leave them home!

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I"I am a hard-working, passionate GEORGEZ ARTICLE - 5 person who loves to make every creation matter. I run a magazine called DenVhere, which produces Denver's hottest fashion, culture, life and more. Every layout, photo, design, etc, is hand-picked by me and I absolutely love that I can have full control of it. Not only do I want people to love the photos and the articles, but I also wanted people to know the person behind the magazine, me! Right now, I am working on my Bachelor's Degree to earn my events, hospitality and tourism degree from Metro State University and have such a passion for planning events, which I already do now for a living. I run anything from fashion shows, kids events, themed parties, weddings, etc. With the magazine, work and school, I don't get much time to have fun and go out, but when I do, I enjoy it."

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SQUIRREL! Improving Canine Impulse Control As a local resident of Erie for 11 years, I know that our abundance of bunnies can be quite the temptation for our canine friends. One of the most common requests that I receive is for training tips to keep a dog from bolting out the door after bunnies. Maybe you have a dog that chases bunnies while you’re on a walk, or maybe you have young kids that don’t always shut the door, or maybe you want ideas for new games to play with your dog. Here are some training tips and fun games you can play to ensure your dog listens while in the presence of distractions.

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Ensuring that your dog does not bolt out the front door is an important matter of safety. The first thing to do is teach your dog that he or she always needs permission to exit the front door. Even when your dog is on leash and you’re clearly about to go for a walk, you still need to give permission and say “OK” to exit the door. When taking your dog out for a walk, put him on a 6 foot leash and stand on the leash (see image). You want the leash to be loose enough so your your dog can stand freely, yet if he were to bolt, he would be automatically corrected because you’re standing on the leash. Now open the front door, but do not let the dog exit. You can make a disapproving noise such as “eh-eh” if he tries to walk out without your permission.   You can practice opening and closing the door while staying inside. This teaches your dog that an open door does not give permission to exit. When you’re ready to exit together, give a clear command such as “OK!” and proceed out the door. The key here is to always be consistent. You always have to say “OK” for your dog to exit. Lack of consistency from the human will result in lack of consistency in the dog’s behavior. Once the dog knows that he needs permission to exit, now it's time to improve his impulse control. Here are a few exercises to do so.

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Teaching self-constraint One way to teach self restraint is to practice the DownStay. I always suggest to have a leash on your dog when teaching new commands. With the dog on leash, you ask your dog to lay down and then give the command to “Stay.” You will either stand or sit in a chair next to your dog with your foot on the leash. You want the leash to be loose enough to be comfortable for your dog, but without enough slack for him to fully stand up. So, if your dog tries to get up, he is automatically corrected by the leash and feels a reminder to stay down. Your dog will learn that getting up is not an option. As your dog gets better with this exercise, you can increase the time of the DownStay from 1 minute, to 3 minutes, to 20 minutes and eventually remove your foot from the leash. An advanced form of this exercise would be t o step away from your dog and exit the room.  Always remember to release your dog at the end of the exercise with a big “OK!” and lots of enthusiastic praise. Does your dog know “Go to your bed?” It's very similar to the DownStay. Your dog is asked to go lie on his bed and stay there until you release him. In my house, we use this command several times a day. When I’m cooking and don’t want my dog in the kitchen, when my kids are wrestling and the dog wants to join in, and when I’m stretching on the floor. Basically, anytime I want my dog in a safe place and not underfoot, I’ll ask him to go to his bed. You can teach this by gently guiding your leashed dog to their bed while saying only once “Go to your bed.” Ask them to lie down and say “Stay.” If they get off the bed, this is a clue that you need to work on your stay command. Gently guide them back and say “Stay.” Start with short increments of time when you can stay near to follow through with guiding him back if he gets up.  Until your dog knows a fail proof "stay", make sure you do not get engaged in other activities without releasing him first. Release your dog with a big “OK!” and lots of praise and try again later when you can give him your focus. The key to success is to teach with clear communication, be consistent, have fun and let your dog know how proud you are when they follow the rules!

Jaime Bessko lives in Erie, Colorado with her husband, 2 boys and a dog named Hoodie. She has always had a way with animals and made a great impact training service dogs at International Hearing Dog in Henderson, Colorado. Jaime’s philosophy on working with dogs is to communicate clearly, be consistent, praise your dog and have fun! Jaime also helps businesses secure working capital as the owner of Corporate Funding Solution. Some of her favorite pastimes are hiking, snowboarding, painting, reading and enjoying Phish. Jaime can be reached at for dog training services or business financing.

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LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW!!! This Thanksgiving holiday I traveled to Beaver Creek with my family to get in some early season skiing. We hit Beaver Creek for Opening Day. The conditions were great and the weather was fantastic. I found it ironic that in Beaver Creek it was sunny and in the 30’s, while in Erie it was snowing with temperatures in the teens. It looks like we may have an epic ski season this winter. Some of us, including myself, may not be in ski shape yet and will need to hit the gym or get outside for some much needed exercise, especially after over indulging during the Thanksgiving holiday. That is why I have decided to provide information about Winter Snow Endurance Events and links to Colorado’s main ski areas. In the meantime, I will continue to hope for lots of snow this winter. Maybe it is because I work from home and don’t have to worry about driving in it. It’s also easy to love the snow when you have a neighbor like Steve who will clear your driveway!



The Santa Stampede 5K/10K is a flat and fast 5K RIGHTalong PAGEthe banks of the scenic South and 10K held Platte River in Littleton, Colorado. The holidays can TOM so VENTKER - 2
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The 5k and 10k races wander it's 2500 acres with a mostly flat 5K course, while the 10k throws in a few rolling hills. The race has sold out weeks before race day every year, and offers something for everyone, with Long Sleeve Technical Shirts for all participants, hot chocolate and other yummy postrace food, a fantastic sponsor gear drawing, Free Photo Downloads, and $1,000 prize money for the top finishers! yetichase/index.html

DECEMBER 12 - THORNTON Celebrate the spirit of the season with this unique event that is part of the magic of WinterFest, a three day festival of music, crafts, skating, food, ice carving and the arrival of the big guy himself to Santa's Village! A special long sleeve tech shirt, picture with Santa, professional chip timing and post race refreshments will make this a memorable event.

FROSTY’S FROZEN FIVE & TEN JANUARY 16 - LITTLETON This is a flat and fast 5 mile and 10 mile race held each January in Littleton, Colorado. The race starts and finishes at Hudson Gardens and the course travels the paved Platte River Trail. A long-sleeved shirt, chip timing, and a great finish line expo make this epic winter race the best in Colorado! https://

This January road race in Louisville delivers tons of swag, course support, and a great expo area! Swag includes: Gender Specific Long-sleeved Tech T-shirt, Custom Prairie Dog Pint Glass, Souvenir Race Bib, and 13.1 Finisher Medal! winter---louisville.html


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A Homestead Christmas

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Now thru Jan 02 Durango & Silverton Railroad the Polar Express Train Ride

12/31 New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown Denver 9PM & Midnight

Denver Christkindl Market

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01/09-01/24 National Western Stock Show & Rodeo National Western Complex

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The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes Denver Museum of Nature & Science

03/03-03/06 Boulder International Film Festival Boulder Theater 2032 14th Street, Boulder

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Denver Restaurant Week Denver Metro $60 for two

Denver Museum of nature & Science

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Now thru 02/16 Southwest Rink at Skyline Park Ice Skating- Skyline Park, Denver

Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry Denver Art Museum

03/16-03/20 Denver Auto Show Colorado Convention Center

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ELIFE magazine Winter 2016  

A dynamic, chic and modern lifestyle magazine about Erie, Colorado and surrounding towns. Please visit our website:

ELIFE magazine Winter 2016  

A dynamic, chic and modern lifestyle magazine about Erie, Colorado and surrounding towns. Please visit our website: