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Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens at Night

Chihuly At Denver Botanic Gardens – Night Time

When I attended the press event for the Denver Botanic Gardens premiere for Chihuly's exhibit here in town, everyone kept saying to be sure to go back at night. That the light was completely different. That the glass looked totally different. I went back recently with my pal Danielle for a little girl's night out, and boy were they right. We made it just as the sun was setting and had dinner at the new restaurant at the Monet water lily garden, Hive. The food was quite good, in the vein of upscale fast casual - although our service was quite bumpy. (If you call bumpy not very good at all.) However, we both agreed to give them another chance some other time since they had just opened and hopefully were just working out the kinks. The main reason we were there - to see the glass at night - was definitely worth the trip. Not only does the glass look different, but the flora all around them in the shadows transform as well. We have been to the Gardens many times for Blossoms of Light, but all the lushness that is still here now during the summer was a welcome addition to the Chihuly pieces.
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Talking To My 11 Year Old Son About Ferguson

Our son will be 12 next month and for the most part, except for his premature beginnings, his life has been relatively stress free. As parents, we try to keep it that way, but we also feel it is our job to tell him about the world. We've always shared news at age appropriate levels. He's known about September 11 since very early on, especially since his birthday is close to that date, but in general terms. His school has been great; talking about tragedy with increasing detail as his maturity grew. However, we have been at a loss how to explain the happenings in Ferguson, Missouri, this week. Yes, we told him what happened to Trayvon Martin. Yes, the legal system failed Trayvon as much as the vindictive racism of George Zimmerman. But in Ferguson, there are so many things I can't even believe, how do I explain it to my kid?
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ONE.org Launches ONE Girls & Women

I've been pretty open that my childhood wasn't the best. My mom tried her hardest, my dad did not. I was in a lot of crisis until my dad passed away when I was 11. And yet, I lived in suburban Maryland. I had food,…
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Daniel Tiger is Getting a Baby Sister!

I have worked with PBS Kids for a long time. My kid is almost 12, so we are pretty much at the age of graduating out of their demographic, but here is the thing. Dex still loves watching their shows, and so do I. We…
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Firefly Music Festival with Nokia, MixRadio & The Foo Fighters

Note: Nokia provided travel to Firefly Music Festival but all words and photos are mine.
Have you heard of Firefly? I grew up near Annapolis, but this music festival in Delaware had started well after I moved to Colorado. My friends from Nokia Lumia asked me to join them there, allowed me to invite Monika, and introduced me to more of their friends while we all proceeded to try out glamping. No typo there. Glamping. Meaning a fancier version of camping, which suited Monika and me just fine.
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Fitz & The Tantrums at The Ogden in Denver

People often ask how I can stand being landlocked here in Denver, but the truth of the matter is 1) you get used to it, 2) you oddly feel safer, and 3) you enjoy the benefits of being a major crossroads city in the middle…