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Anthropomorphic is an adjec- around eight years tive that means attributing human but Dante faces form or personality to a god, object his shortened lifespan with equaor animal. It is a term that can nimity. His only concern is for his be used to describe Pam Huston’s human – until she learns to accept books. In Sight Hound, Ms. love and friendship. Huston writes from a dog’s Fortunately for Rae, Sight point of view. Her books Howard and Jody enter have been called entertainHound her life. Following Dante’s example, she begins to ing, poignant and thoughtexperience life fully. Sight ful. The Boston Globe stated that Sight Hound was an explo- Hound is not always a happy book. ration of emotional healing and Rae’s life isn’t easy and Dante’s illness is harrowing. However, the redemption through love. Rae is Dante’s human and she author does a wonderful job of tellis healed by his love and devo- ing their story. Writing as different tion. Sight Hound is their story, characters enriches the account told from various points of view. and diffuses the tension. The book When Dante gets cancer, many is filled with humor that lightens lives are affected. Everyone who the story line – like when Howard knows Rae and Dante are changed proposes in the middle of describing by witnessing their love an Oprah fantasy. Still, there’s never any doubt for each other. Dr. Evans that Dante will die. There is a famous surgeon who tries to remain detached is, however, hope that Rae will be okay when from his patients. When the time comes. Ascribing he meets Dante, he goes to extraordinary measures profound emotions and thoughts to a dog is a to try and help because he natural assumption once realizes the special nature of the dog. Darleen is the reader meets Dante. Crying, for a moment, Rae’s housekeeper, who for many years has supwith Rae is also to be expected. An added bonus ported her through varito reading Sight Hound is ous romantic entanglements. She fears for Rae’s well- to look at our own pets differently. being when Dante is diagnosed Is my dog caring about me, or just with cancer. Theo is also concerned thinking about playing ball? I don’t about Rae. As a therapist, he real- know, but I do know that I enjoyed izes how hard it is for Rae to accept reading Sight Hound and am looking forward to reading more books death and loss. Rae’s childhood was very diffi- by Pam Huston.*** cult. She worked hard to be happy and successful, but she still fears love and finds it hard to trust. Rae is an internationally renowned playwright with a ranch in the mountains and an apartment in Denver. Her relationship with Dante is the only thing she fully trusts in. When his cancer causes her to question the difference between quality and quantity of life, Rae begins to understand the nature of love. Dante has always understood love. He is an Irish Wolfhound who believes his mission in life is to take care of his human. Throughout most of the book, he only has three legs. This does not slow him down from doing a “happy dance” for Rae or licking her toes. He is a tall, regal dog who is sometimes referred to as “the enlightened one” and looks like a Wookie from Star Wars. Wolfhounds usually only live




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The case for Maximum parking requirements
Runs to the counter-intuitive For a downtown concert hall, LA a new lifestyle which probably looks environment can contain a rich doesn’t it? I thought so when I requires 50 times more parking much like the localized walking mix of uses which reduces traffic, read Donald Shoup’s study of park- than San Francisco. This require- markets and diversity of uses of the parking, congestion, and pollution. ing requirements and their impact ment not only discourages active pre-suburban product of the 1950’s. Make no mistake that this transion our major cities. In the mate- and centrally located density in We cannot build enough parking to tion will be difficult and uncomfortreduce the current congestion of able, but moving away from our rial of “The High Cost the popular infill neigh- car addiction to a maximum parkof Free Parking” and Driving Decreases as Density Increases borhoods. We cannot ing requirement just may promo“The Trouble with Higher-density development expands transportation choices by continue to ignore the tean environment built for people Minimum Parking ‘use’ problem that gen- instead of their cars. Requirements,” he making it easier to use non-automobile transportation - walking, bicycling, bus ,and erates a single occupant lays out a study Brent Zboyovski is the President of the differences rail transit - by locating activities closer together. Studies indicate car trip. We are seeing between the down- that the average resident in a compact neighborhood will drive 20- a re-integration of uses of the West Highland Neighborhood (live, work, play) in a Association (WHNA) and can be towns of Los Angeles, 30% less than residents of a neighborhood half as dense. At densities of 8 units per acre and higher, neighborhoods begin mixed environment, but reached at pres@mywesthighland. New York, and San Francisco, specifical- to support bus and rail transit by increasing the number of transit are faced with increased org. WHNA is the Registered neighly around how they users within walking and bicycling distance of a bus or rail station. traffic and congestion borhood association for the West regulate parking. The Some areas refer to 8 housing units per acre to support minimal bus until we reach the proper Highland neighborhood and meets standard concept is service (30-minute headways), 20 units per acre to support a transit density to support them monthly as a community forum with that new development station, or 30 units per acre to support high-frequency transit service with alternative modes over 150 members. More informaof transportation (pedes- tion is available at www.mywesshould carry the bur- (10-minute headways). trian, bike, rail, or bus). thighland.org. den of parking its new If you believe that the This piece originally appeared in residents, employees city should not grow, then we’ve the Crier, WHNA'a quarterly newsand/or patrons. I would argue an the urban core (where land prices equal burden exists to support our are a premium), but also promotes lost the debate, but if you believe letter. pedestrian sidewalks, bike access, the movement of that development we can usher in the change that bus, and new rail systems. Would into areas where parking can be is inevitable, I think the new built it surprise you that while there is constructed cheaply and promotes ��� no doubt that New York and San single mode access by car. 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he key to integrating the Integrated Arts approach into our current curriculum is making sure that EVERYONE in our school is on precisely the same page. That’s why many of our revitalization dollars have been devoted to the job embedded, professional development of our staff. All Skinner teachers and administrators take part in intensive professional development activities, including: • An exhaustive 7-day-long, hands-on workshop sponsored by Young Audiences of Colorado and The University of Denver College of Education • A week-long Summer Studio Course Professional Development via DPS • Summer AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Training • Continuing ongoing professional development every other Friday


Teaching the Teachers: A Gift That Keeps On Giving.
Skinner Highlights At-A-Glance
A safe and engaging place to learn AVID and X-Track classes offered 3 state-of-the-art computer labs Modern science wing A dedicated middle school library A devoted counselor for each grade Nationally renowned art teacher Dante Bichette ball field 2 large music rooms Commitment to involvement in the community Strong partnership with Young Audiences of Colorado

music, drama, creative writing and even dance, the premise behind our new Integrated Arts program is to make sure all


hile we are bringing back band, vocal

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of our subjects spring to life. Which is also how we intend to keep all our students interested, engaged and excited about coming to school every day. That might mean bringing in someone to play the sax to get kids jazzed about science. Having students act out myths to give social studies new meaning. Or using hip-hop dance as a way to help make a math concept pop off the page. Integrated Arts has worked wonders in other schools. After all, aren’t we all interested in more interested students?

kinner offers you a whole host of opportunities that, quite frankly, only a middle school can. You’ll find state-of-the-art science and computer labs; two gymnasiums; tennis courts and other athletic facilities; plus drama classes and plenty of ageappropriate clubs like Shakespeare, Yearbook, and Entrepreneurs.

A five-person teaching team is devoted to each student to shepherd and follow his or her progress through all three years here. In fact, everyone at Skinner takes personal responsibility for student learning and we have high expectations for all. Our diverse staff is also infinitely prepared to support the unique linguistic and cultural needs of our neighboring community. Better yet, we seek to foster a family-based atmosphere that will provide students with the experiences and skill sets that will make their transition to high school a smooth and easy one.

hile some schools have flat out run out of room, at Skinner we have plenty of places to add new programs and improvements when we have the opportunity. Already existing in our school today are a swimming pool, metal and wood workshops, a weight room, and a CAD (Computer Aided Design) room. Although we’re not currently in the financial position to utilize these facilities, these offerings could quickly be implemented should we ever be appropriated the funds to support them.


A Great Place to Go. With Room to Grow.

Engaging Students through Integrated Arts
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Cyndeth Allison North Denver Notions

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Keeping cool without central air
in the winter. 5. Install a whole-house fan. If the house is still hot after doing all of the above, a whole-house fan is the next thing to consider. 6. Investigate an evaporative cooler commonly called a swamp cooler. What an ugly name for an amazing appliance. Coloradoans have stayed cool in the summer for decades with these coolers. Today, the evaporative cooler does not have to be mounted on the roof or in a window. Now, they can be mounted on the floor. It makes no difference where it is placed. With evaporative coolers, windows and doors can be open and moisture is put into the air by their uncomplicated operation. 7. Turn on a fan and/or a ceiling fan. They cool the skin if the temperature is less than 98.6 degrees. The fan’s swoosh circulates air that is cooler than the average temperature of a human. They don’t cool the house, but the circulated air feels good on the skin. 8. Cover outside doors with sheets.
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Cover doors by draping old white sheets over screen doors either inside or out. The white sheet reflects the intense sun away from the house. 9. Don’t park a car in an attached garage. If you use your car during the day, park it outside until the sun goes down. Cars generate a tremendous amount of heat that will seep into the home and raise the overall temperature. 10. Plant trees. Plant deciduous trees on the east side and west side of the house. Their leaves will shade the home in the summer. Even with global warming, expensive and environmentally unfriendly air conditioning is often not needed in old Denver houses. You can contact Elizabeth at historicgenie@aol.com ***

wooden cutouts The early morning sun shone on of women bending my back as I stood, a knee up on just like I do. They my retaining wall, one hand buried were meant to be humorous garin vinca, the other cutting back the snow in summer. Soft sounds den sculptures, but I thought they surrounded me – distant traffic, looked silly and uncomfortable. the buzz of bees in my thyme. The Why wouldn’t you just squat down sounds, the breeze, the and do the job right? repetitive movement of Now I get the joke. A growing my clippers, put me in There are several interest a meditative state, and, other facts of gardenof course, I meditated ing I have yet to come on gardening. to terms with. Though My grandmother had flowerbeds I’ve learned to get my hands dirty, in the front of the house and a vegI still panic at the sight of a worm or a bug. Partly I’m afraid of creepy etable garden behind the clothescrawlies, and partly I’m afraid of line. When I visited in the sumhurting them. mers, we’d spend time weeding and Then there’s the whole idea that harvesting greens for dinner. Or, I’m in charge. My friend Anna freely rather, she weeded and I watched. admits that she moves plants the I wasn’t interesting in gardening, way others move furniture, and I and I’ve never been one to get my know that’s true for other gardenhands dirty. My mother said she could dress me once and I’d still be ers. Me, I have a different view. clean at the end of the day, even as One evening recently I sat on a tiny tyke. Lisa’s retaining wall, watching her I thought Grandma’s interest tend her yeard. She told me how in gardening came from her farm hard it is for her to weed and transbackground. It was for the turnplant. I agree. We both feel for the of-the-last-century generation and plants. The weeds have chosen the had gone out of style. My mother spot where they want to live – who had one flower bed in an old bathare we to kill them? The more domesticated varieties have willtub out front. Other than that, we grew grass and weeds. Mostly ingly bent themselves to our wills. It seems ungrateful and unkind to weeds. uproot them on a whim. I wasn’t dissuaded from this For example, I admired Patti’s view when she added tomatoes, ornamental oregano and bought garlic, onions, lilacs, and climbing some for myself. Later I realized I’d vines to her repertoire. She, too, planted them in entirely the wrong had spent her early childhood in place – they wanted some rocks to Midwest farm country. She just lean over, and I’d put them on a hadn’t had time to garden until her flat spot. It was heart-wrenching family was grown, I reasoned. to dig them out and move them, But now there I was, knee deep even though I knew they would be in polished green leaves, pruning, happier in the new place along the trimming, weeding, watering – getretaining wall. I’ve never been a ting my hands dirty. parent, but I begin to get the ‘this Every time I go in or out of the hurts me worse than it hurts you’ house I stop to check on this plant comment that parents make just or that – is the lavender ready to before they punish you. harvest? Does the new French holBetween my creaking knees and lyhock need water? Should that my guilt, I don’t think I’ll ever have coneflower be moved? I swell with a lovely English formal garden. Or pride when someone stops to praise even a very neat, weed-free yard. the beauty of my yard. Eagerly, I I imagine it will always have what look forward to fresh rhubarb pie my neighbor Bette calls ‘the godin the spring. I guess a lot of it is about growdess look’. But maybe not. Five years ago ing older, not about when you were I wouldn’t have predicted that I’d born or whether you grew up in the ever keep a record of when I watered country. what, or leap up at the crack of That’s a pity. How much easier dawn to dead-head plants. all this would have been twenty Aging hides many surprises, years ago when I could stoop and most of them dismaying. My newkneel with ease. Now I tend to bend found interest in the beauty of from the waist because if I get down growing things is a gratifying and there, I’ll never get back up. delightful revelation.*** I remember years ago passing a roadside tourist stand that sold

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Carry this list around with you for a couple of weeks and add to it if you can. Pay attention to the ways other people make a living. Can you identify people who do the things on your list? Chances are business good that somebody somewhere is doing what you love and you getting paid for it, and you can, too. Once you’re thoroughly familiar with your list, highlight the ten things you’d most like to do. Now pick the one that seems the easiest or quickest or most fun to start and get started! Don’t throw away the rest of your list, though. Experts agree that the best way to make it on your own is to create not one “nano” business, but several. The more profit centers you can create, the better your bottom line. Diversification can also be a cure for boredom. It guarantees that you will not be doing the same thing all day every day. Your profit centers can cover a wide range of interests, although more typically, they will cluster around related interests. My former landlord, for example, is a licensed contractor who also owns and manages several commercial and residential properties, imports marble, repairs antique stained glass windows and creates gorgeous blown glass objects. Some of your profit centers may be seasonal and others may take just a few hours a week to keep them going. Looking at your business as a collection of profit centers makes it easier to get started. You can start one profit center part-time while you’re still employed. As it grows, start another. Before long, you’ll have enough income to make you feel secure about leaving your job and focusing all your energy on developing your business and creating the work you love. ### Dixie Darr teaches writing, critical thinking and creativity at a university, but her passion is writing, speaking and leading workshops to encourage self-employment. ***

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Dixie Darr North Denver Notions
“What business should I start?” is one of the questions I dread the most from my Art of SelfEmployment workshops. People seem to want me to get out my crystal ball and tell them, “You should open a restaurant” or “Virtual assistants are hot right now.” The best The best business for you is one that you want for to do so much that you would do it even if you weren’t getting paid. If that statement goes against everything you’ve ever believed about work, then everything you’ve ever believed about work is wrong. You don’t discover your ideal business by looking at lists of predictions about the hottest business opportunities. You discover your ideal business by looking inside yourself. First, predictions about the economy are almost always wrong. There are simply too many variables to consider. In a global economy something seemingly minor that happens halfway around the world can affect our lives in unforeseen ways. In physics, this is known as the Butterfly Effect, and it works in business, too. Second, studies have consistently shown that people who are wildly successful in their careers are those who feel the most passion about what they’re doing. Here are a few exercises to get you started. Take a piece of paper and list ten things you really love to do. Be as specific as possible. For example, reading is always at the top of my list of things I love to do (just ask my friends at Woodbury Library), but I don’t love reading medical journals or Stephen King novels. I love reading small business journals and Tony Hillerman mysteries. Next, turn your imagination loose and try to come up with ten different ways to make money doing each activity you love to do. This is a brainstorming session, so be as silly and far out as you like. When you finish this exercise, you will have one hundred possible ways to make money doing something you love!



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