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Anya Jaremko-Greenwold’s articles

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Love it or Hate it: Mornings

Love it As sheriff Jim Hopper uttered on “Stranger Things”: “Mornings are for contemplation and coffee.”

I don’t know where I first heard it, but it makes sense to me: I like writing in the morning best, before the world and all its nonsense has weighed me down and filled my head; my...

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As needed in Durango: Adult playground

Maybe you’re one of those exceptional people who loves hitting the gym. Maybe you get up at 5 a.m. every morning, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed like an annoying, hyper-fit squirrel. But the average American is overweight (OK, Durango might be an exception to this rule) and for the rest of us mere mortals, the gym gets boring....

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Netflix & Chill: 420 Edition - ‘Children of Men’

People are using the word “apocalyptic” a lot lately. It’s probably because a xenophobic, racist, sexist, white supremacist has been elected president of the Free World, and everybody’s freakin’ out. But no matter where your politics stand (I think it’s clear where mine do, but I don’t want to proselytize), Alfonso Cuarón’s...

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This is your brain on cannabis

Steven Fenster, neurobiologist and associate professor of biology at Fort Lewis College, gave a recent talk about the science behind marijuana’s effects on your brain. Following this student lecture, given as part of Animas Hall’s “Welcome to your Life” series, Fenster gave DGO the lowdown on the difference between compounds...

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Do Thanksgiving dinner right

Maybe you’re doing a big fancy Thanksgiving meal with all your extended relatives this year, who will no doubt argue mercilessly with you about politics and the election. Perhaps you’re doing a small, non-stressful “Friendsgiving” with your closest Durango buddies, toking beforehand so everything tastes better. Luckily, you...

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The true history of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving: A crisp fall day when Native Americans and 17th century European Pilgrims sat down together to share a peaceable feast. Right?

Wrong. It was only post-World War I that this idealized version of Puritan-Indian friendship began spreading like cheery wildfire around America. In actuality, this account is...

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Love it or Hate it: Road trips

Love itRoad trips are about freedom, the quintessentially American desire to go wherever we want, to take the long way, the scenic route, to put the windows down, crank up some ’70s rock ’n’ roll with nothing but open road, adventure and possibility ahead and a trail of dust behind.


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Netflix & Chill: 420 Edition: ‘Gilmore Girls’

Nobody doesn’t like “Gilmore Girls.” Firstly, it’s a series filled with more witty references to movies, art, history and politics than you could possibly understand in a lifetime. Secondly, it’s one of the most feminist TV shows of all time (almost every single lady character is an intellectual of some sort). And thirdly,...

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‘Our brains are the most important part of our bodies’

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Daphne Willis is playing in Durango this Friday evening with local girl-group The Cannondolls (she was here last for The Cannondolls’ EP release party in August at the Rochester Hotel). Raised in the Chicago suburbs, the out-and-proud pop musician has a soulful voice and a merry disposition....

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Writer and American historian Sarah Vowell brings her quirkiness to Durango

Next Thursday at the Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall, New York Times bestselling author, “This American Life” editor and commentator and frequent “Daily Show” guest Sarah Vowell will be making her Durango debut. She has written essays, columns and six nonfiction books about American history and culture, providing personal...

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Cannabis tourists take Colorado

This January will mark three years since Colorado’s recreational cannabis legalization. Our town’s locals imbibe on the regular, and many out-of-towners seem enthusiastic about combining the area’s natural beauty with natural, plant-based highs. But what effect has the drug had on tourism in Durango and in Colorado at large?...

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Netflix & Chill - 420 Edition: ‘Brazil’

I’m recommending Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” for election week because it’s a political satire that remains oddly prescient, but it’s also a surreal sci-fi noir presenting a dystopian future way bleaker than our own. It’s also (technically) a Christmas film, and it is universally acknowledged that starting the day after...

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