More Stephanie Earls Articles

  • 'Disneyland of Mexican restaurants' continues to draw, entertain crowds

    Updated: Sun, May 18, 2014

    Lakewood - The pink stucco tower of "The World's Most Exciting Restaurant" juts like a thumb from the vacant storefronts and oceanic parking lot of a strip mall just west of Denver. Past the patio with the giant fountain and the mariachis on break, through the front door and an...

  • Pikes Peak Whittlers host weekend woodworking show in Colorado Springs

    Published: Sat, May 17, 2014

    Watch the chips fly as carvers compete in more than 40 categories at the 31st annual Woodcarving and Woodworking Show, Sale and Competition this weekend. The event is sponsored by the Pikes Peak Whittlers, a group of about 80 carving enthusiasts who meet monthly in Colorado Springs....

  • Manitou Springs photographer's new book celebrates classic American playgrounds

    Updated: Thu, May 15, 2014

    When they first began appearing in American towns and cities in the early 20th century, public playgrounds were far from the frivolous invention the name implies. Rather, the establishment of designated child activity areas, with exercise equipment, was part of a Progressive Era social...

  • Colorado College student's sleep study taps subjects' mindset

    Updated: Wed, May 14, 2014

    You've likely heard of the placebo effect, an outcome that cannot be attributed to a specific treatment or therapy but rather is caused by a patient's mindset alone. As it turns out, the force behind the placebo effect - namely our beliefs and perceptions - might be one of the more...

  • One Colorado Springs mom's tale, as a minister

    Updated: Mon, May 12, 2014

    Patti Agnew's first appointment as a Methodist pastor was in Holly, a prairie town near the Kansas border, population about 900. The year was 1994 and Agnew was 30, recently married and a fresh seminary graduate from Los Angeles. She was the first female pastor ever tapped to lead...

  • In keep-it-short age, a hunger still exists for great storytelling, writer says

    Published: Sun, May 11, 2014

    The written word - and what readers expect from it - has evolved in strange ways since the dawn of the Internet age. In the past two decades, we've learned a new, abbreviated language and embraced a phantom social currency that lets us feel connected without requiring us to connect....

  • Is family relevant? Film from Focus on the Family sparks controversy before hitting theaters

    Updated: Sun, May 4, 2014

    rreplaceable," a new, feature-length documentary from Focus on the Family, premieres in a special one-night nationwide screening at more than 700 theaters Tuesday, but the film championing traditional family structure and marriage has collected controversy on its way to the big screen.

  • Secondhand store yields a wealth of hats for party

    Updated: Sat, May 3, 2014

    Remember that story from last year, about a New York couple's $3 find at a garage sale turning out to be a 1,000-year-old Chinese bowl worth millions? Well, this is a little like that. Robin Thomas was looking for a unique chapeau for her upcoming Kentucky Derby party at Kissing...

  • Porch swings harken to simpler times

    Updated: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    We're all born swingers, first in our parents' arms and cradles, then swing sets and rocking chairs. No matter our age, the gentle back-and-forth flirt with gravity soothes and slows us on a primal level and can make everything else seem a little more pleasant. No wonder the porch...

  • SudSisters: Colorado Springs tavern transformed into a craft brew destination

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The former Dutch Mill Tavern was the second Colorado Springs bar I visited when I flew in from upstate New York for a job interview with The Gazette in October 2012. A Springs friend chose the destination - open since 1947 at 503 W. Colorado Ave. - because it reminded him of the...

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