Sui Generis

Some writers enjoy sprinkling bits of Latin on their prose the way chefs might deploy cardamom or sage. These are spices you don’t use often and about which you may be a little unsure. You use them sometimes anyway because, dammit, they’re in your pantry and this soup needed something. Thus while diners are left […]

81 birthday cakes

Amid the many tears accompanying the departure of our daughter Michaela to Japan recently was my usual dry-eyed self. As Michaela (or ‘Kaylie’ as many know here) has been prepping to make this move over the last six months, we’ve had plenty of time to process it, enjoy her waning time here with us and […]

Consider the local liquor store

Denver Post/Nov. 2015 By Alex Miller On Halloween this year, we stopped by the most excellent liquor store near our home for their regular Saturday tasting. We enjoy these events at Davidson’s Liquors on Holly and Countyline because we get to try sips of wines, beers and cocktails we’ve never had before. The staff is […]

Who are we?

Finding Colorado on the ideological map Denver Post/May 2015 Colorado, it seems, is an island of sanity, a gleaming jewel in the middle of flyover country. We have the poles of Colorado Springs and Boulder a mere 100 miles from one another. Our state contains both the beauty of a Telluride and the, um, industrial […]

Finding Colorado on the ideological map

Colorado, it seems, is an island of sanity, a gleaming jewel in the middle of flyover country. We have the poles of Colorado Springs and Boulder a mere 100 miles from one another. Our state contains both the beauty of a Telluride and the, um, industrial magnificence of a Commerce City. We’ve got great beer […]

Dirty socks

Why moving past oil is the right path Denver Post | 2015 Heard the one about the mess left behind when some unscrupulous soul illegally discarded 4,000 radioactive “oil filter socks” in Noonan, N.D.? These things are “tubular nets that strain liquids during the oil production process,” according to the Associated Press. And I thought […]

Man up and support birth control

By Alex Miller Denver Post Click-bait frenzy aside, the recent announcement that Bristol Palin is pregnant again sans hubby is a story played out in countless homes across the country on a daily basis. Here’s why this shouldn’t be a big deal: People, starting in their teens, like to have sex. Sex leads to babies. […]

Short history of Arapahoe Basin

Written for The Guide to Ski the Summit, March 1992   Arapahoe Basin — just utter the name and you’ll quicken the pulse of almost any skier who knows the place. It’s called “The Legend,” but this isn’t any empty advertising slogan. Arapahoe Basin, also known as “A-Basin,” “The Basin” and even “Air Basin,” is one […]