Leaping into Genres

This past fall, I took a leap. I had wanted to take a more active role in the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI. When an opportunity arose, I volunteered to co-lead a new writing group — the Denver South Connect and Critique. Working with my co-leader, the talented Judy Rose (author of the award-winning Look … Continue reading Leaping into Genres

Chris van Cleave: The Redneck Rosarian

Gardener, writer and speaker Chris VanCleave, also known as “The Redneck Rosarian,” was the Denver Rose Society’s guest speaker for the annual SymROSEium. “I’ve been growing roses all my life,” Chris said. “Roses are in my blood. And no matter where you are in your own life journey, no matter where you are in the … Continue reading Chris van Cleave: The Redneck Rosarian

Chris Hinds and Porthos

UPDATE!!! Congratulations to Chris and Porthos — Chris won the run-off election for Denver City Council in June 2019. We look forward to his work to make Denver a city for all.    In the coming months, Denver residents may be hearing a lot about Chris Hinds — and seeing photos of Chris with his … Continue reading Chris Hinds and Porthos

The thing about jellyfish

By Susan Wroble Ali Benjamin’s book The thing about jellyfish has rightly won well over a dozen awards, from National Book Award Finalist to National Public Radio’s “Great Read of the Year” list. I loved the story, with its themes of friendship and grief, and its sections neatly divided by the parts of the scientific method. … Continue reading The thing about jellyfish

Party with a Purpose: Janette Lawler

Janette Lawler received her first CCI dog in November of 1997, five years and a day after the accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down. At the time, Janette was somewhat unique in the CCI family in that they hadn’t placed dogs with someone with as high of an injury level as she … Continue reading Party with a Purpose: Janette Lawler

“Team Waffle”

Six years ago, around Christmas of 2010, Elizabeth Holman, a Palliative Care Psychologist at the Veteran’s Administration, said it was as if a switch flipped in her brain.  She and her spouse Diane Brookshire had been raising CCI puppies for about eight years, but suddenly Elizabeth knew that it was time to put her focus … Continue reading “Team Waffle”