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CTRL-A: Santa Claus doesn’t use packaging ... until he does

It was the Christmas that I was 8 going on 9 when I really started to ask questions.

It began as it had every year of my conscious life on Christmas morning. Trailing my four-years-older brother and tailed by my mom and dad, I flew down the basement stairs to see what Santa had laid out in front of the fireplace. And...

Get Smart about CrossFit

Already regretting the over-indulgence(s) of the past few weeks? Worried about the effects on your waistline of those still yet to come? Let certified CrossFit trainer, Dustin Sargent of CrossFit Catacombs, tell you about the culture of CrossFit and why you need to consider it when making your New Year’s...

Love it or hate it: The beach

Love it

I was one of those mermaid babies who took to the sea with the familiarity of a freshly-whelped otter pup, totally fearless and at home in the waves. I learned to surf when I was 8, and with that came some profound realizations: If I wiped out and struggled, I’d drown. If I relaxed, I’d float and eventually...

CTRL-A: It’s vulgar, crass and profane, and ‘Clerks’ changed my life

In 1994, I was a wide-eyed, church-on-Sunday, conservative evangelical Christian in my mid-teens. I was somewhat savvy when it came to coolness and wasn’t terribly sheltered socially or culturally but smoking, drinking, cursing, sex and any other vice you can think of was nowhere near my radar.

You can imagine what...

Half-past delinquency: Believe in being a good person

One thing I have been trying to get myself to do more lately is to just appreciate my surroundings for what they truly are. So, every morning for the last two weeks, I woke up and I decided to look out my window and let my day’s outlook be determined by how I felt looking out of them every morning.

I felt grateful to...

Letter: Move the Arc!

Dear DGO,

Read your comments on the Arc. My opinion about the Arc isn’t important, but I thought I would share my opinion about its location in hope that the Ballantine empire might be able to encourage its relocation.

We drive through the 550/160 intersection several times a week. We have to concentrate on the...

It takes two to tango, plus some toothpaste and deodorant

I’ve danced a little here and there, turned up the music and shown the broom a good time (my favorite because the broom lets me lead). So when I was scouring a local events calendar, the listing for informal tango practice from 5-7 Sunday caught my eye.

I pictured suave men with roses clenched in their teeth seducing...

Get Smart: Be a likeable vegan

We get it, you have dietary restrictions. But don’t worry, Emyrald Sinclaire, one half of the dynamic Earth Girls Goodies duo and a holistic nutritionist/chef, is here to tell your vegan ass how to make it through the holidays without getting punched in the nose.

The holidays are here and that means office parties,...

New in theaters: Truth

Playing at Animas City Theatre

Rating: R

Genre: Drama

Directed by: James Vanderbilt

Written by: James Vanderbilt

Runtime: 2 hr. 5 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 61%

Synopsis: On Sept. 9, 2004, veteran CBS News producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) believed she had every reason to...

Attention, wise-asses: Open mic at the Embassy

What, you think you’re some kind of comedian? Then prove it.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., wants to see if you have the chops it takes to crack up an audience with its Laugh Therapy @ the Embassy from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

All budding comics must sign up by 7:30 p.m. in order to perform open mic stand-up...

Get Smart About Giving The Perfect White Elephant Gift

Dreading your office Christmas party? Totally flummoxed over what to bring to the White Elephant gift exchange? Let Anna Rousseau, Geoff Johnson and Chip Johnson from Durango DOT Comedy offer their proven strategies for choosing the perfect White Elephant gift.

Strategy #1: Deception

Something that looks...

Love it or hate it: The Arc of History

Love it

They called it eyesore, an embarrassment, an abomination. Some said it looked like a croissant or dinosaur excrement or nothing at all. Many said it didn’t represent them or this town.

These are the precise reasons I love the Arc of History and non-representational or abstract art of many...

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