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Blown Away

April 24, 2013

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Summer months are fast approaching. Flowers blooming, grass coming to life and the sun heating up the atmosphere, most are excited for these next few months.  With schools on vacation, many families head out to the ocean for relaxation and fun. The beach is a perfect place to cool down on those excruciatingly hot days. […]

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Playing Right Card on Valentine’s Day

February 18, 2013

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Playing Right Card on Valentine’s Day

You can’t get a better snapshot of growing up or of samples of society than through the lens of a few Valentine’s Days. I still hate considering a day of love,and consumerism in the same breath, especially as that consumerism depended on my scrubbing, mowing, edging or begging for money, but that’s a large part […]

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My unforgettable pancake cookies

January 31, 2013

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I have always had a thing for baking, even when I was a little girl. When I was just at the age of three, my mom started to let me help her bake. We would make cookies, cakes, and other things of that matter. When I was a little older we started baking on Saturday […]

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Not Your Average Housewife

November 25, 2012

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As night descends upon the rural valley, and the crisp Autumn day melts away, snow lightly falls, piece by piece dusting the surrounding mountains.  Warm light emits from the Raaflaub house, as everyone inside is huddled in one room of the spacious home.  Although the football game is playing on the big screen of the […]

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Sarah

November 13, 2012

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I had known Sarah for 20 years, but we hadn’t seen each other in a long time. I was nervous, to say the least, what if she didn’t like me? A month prior, her mother Jane had come to my high school graduation and offered me an opportunity to work with Sarah as a caregiver […]

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The Call

November 8, 2012

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Thursday night was one of many nights that seemed like any other. Classes were done for the summer. I had taken my first class ever with my little brother, and I had enjoyed it. For the most part, I was carefree…well not really, but I felt that way that night. I took […]

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I fought the tackle box and the tackle box won!

October 19, 2011

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I fought the tackle box and the tackle box won!

Littleton, Colo. — In an Italian man’s life, family means everything. And within every family there are stories that are retold that make everyone laugh. One of my family’s favorite stories comes from when I was 8-years-old, and I lost a fight with a tackle box. From the time I can remember, I used to […]

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No more baking!!!

October 10, 2011

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No more baking!!!

Nonstick baking spray with flour
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
6 large eggs, separated
3 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Mix butter, sugar, vanilla, eggs in large bowl. Slowly add the remaining ingredients to the bowl. Bake at 350* for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes.

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Pointless Surveys

May 10, 2011

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By Monica Garcia Surveys. We all love to hate them. They are everywhere! On the bottom of your receipt at the store, in your email after you make an online purchase, in your mail, need I say more?! My latest survey experience took it to another level of hate, I mean love for surveys. I […]

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Into Africa

April 7, 2011

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By Tyler Grimes “We can’t move him by Mutatu or his blood pressure will sky rocket and he’ll die.” “Well, he can’t stay here, he’s not improving.” KIPKAREN, Kenya — I opened my eyes just enough to see the soft light from the lantern cast tall shadows of the doctor and Nelly as they discussed […]

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