For Mom-Mom

It took me until September 2017 to sit down and finally write a mini-reflection on some of the many memories I have with my mom-mom, which I did in hopes of having something to publish for her birthday, the first one she isn’t with us for. I momentarily felt a huge wave of guilt at…

Please Forgive the Journalists

When I was applying to journalism grad schools in late 2014, when attacks on the media were becoming more prominent but nowhere near what they are today, I was feeling pretty disheartened after spending the last four years falling completely in love with writing, words and communication. I believed (and still do) that words have…

Q&A with Portugal. The Man’s John Gourley

Author’s note: This article was originally published in October 2014 for DOWNTOWN Magazine NYC. I’ve repurposed it here for the sake of keeping some of my past/relevant work on my blog. Portugal. The Man has kept busy the past 2.5 years between working on new music and playing shows nationally and internationally (Including one at Red…

Decoding the Struggle

Author’s note: Myanmar is now the official name of the Southeast Asian nation previously known as Burma until the year 1989. Both names are used in the story below. This story was originally published via CU News Corps, an exploratory multimedia site with stories written by CU Boulder journalism students. She spent five lonely months…

Wildfires: Preparation vs. Recovery

When a wildfire ripped through the Fourmile Canyon on the Rocky Mountain Front Range just north of Boulder in 2010, 168 homes were destroyed, a number greater than any other wildfire in Colorado’s history. The final cost of retardants used to put out the fire was more than $300,000. While many of the 168 who…

Overburden Documentary Review

The documentary “Overburden,” directed and produced by Chad Stevens, is a moving tale that brings to light the devastating effects of the coal mining industry in West Virginia. While many documentaries have been produced on the coal mining industry, this is unique in that it tells the story through the eyes of two very different…

Q&A with Dr. Jill Harrison

Dr. Jill Harrison is a professor of environmental sociology at the University of Colorado. She obtained her doctorate from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2006 and her areas of research include environmental sociology, sociology of agriculture and food systems, political theories of justice, and immigration politics. In 2011 she published the book…

Let Nature Be Nature, Let’s Fix Our Flaws Instead

Mountain pine beetles are killing Colorado’s forests little by little, ravaging mountainsides, increasing the risk of wildfires and destroying the ecosystem. That’s what the people want to hear, but is it true? Not quite. According to University of Colorado forestry researcher Tom Veblen, this catastrophe has simply not happened. Mountain pine beetles are a native species…

The 2015 Rocky Mountain Showdown begins

The Golden Buffalo Marching Band has been an integral part of school spirit history at the University of Colorado for many years. They perform at every home game and a few away games such as today because their powerful musical performances elicit pride in every fan as they chant along with them to their favorite…