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  • Blog: Teaching flaws

    I am not a perfect yoga teacher. I'm okay with that. Here's one of my struggles: Teaching postures I don't like, that I can't get into and that hurt my own body. There's triangle (trikonasana). I haven't liked that standing pose since early in my practice, when I was doing it wrong, and tweaked something in my right low back. That area felt...

  • Searching for holiday spirit around Colorado Springs? Let's count the ways

    Santa Claus has two days until he officially appears on NORAD's radar, and one could only hope that the jolly old fellow is polishing his sleigh bells and tying his last bows before the long night spent circling the globe. While the weather on the North Pole on Sunday was distinctly seasonal - National Weather Service monitors showed minus-23...

  • Handcrafted brooms a labor of love for Victor couple

    VICTOR - Sam and Karen Morrison aren't surprised the old-fashioned brooms they've made by hand for 26 years are still popular. The brooms seem to fly out of the Morrisons' store, the Victor Trading Co. and Manufacturing Works, as fast as the dust bunnies they shoo away. For starters, it's rare to see the three pieces of 1900s-era broom-making...

  • Holiday village expands, in miniature, in Colorado Springs

    Just before their first Christmas together as a married couple in 1976, Barbara and George Millholland purchased three houses, a church, a post office and a grocery store - miniature versions, that is. The decorative pieces went up inside their home in Maryland as a celebration of the season. "After that, when we saw a house or a building that...

  • Colorado Springs pets featured in 2015 calendars

    It's a good thing dogs don't grasp the concept of time. If they did, Precious Ginger Lee might be even more of a diva. A photo of the pure bred shih tzu, taken when she was a puppy, is the featured "dog of the day" for Aug. 3 in Workman Publishing's "365 Puppies-A-Year 2015 Wall Calendar." "Oh yes, we're talking about Queen Ginger here....

  • Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

    From tractors and trains to cats and knights, my son's evolving obsessions find a place on our Christmas tree. Like many families, we buy a new ornament each year, and I often seek out something that represents my son's current interests, in hopes that he'll enjoy looking back as an adult and remembering the year he loved spaceships or Legos....

  • Gazette's popular Front Range poster returns with limited-edition run

    Stash it, fold it or frame it — but by all means, get it while you can. The Gazette’s award-winning poster of Colorado’s Front Range — a 6-foot-by-1-foot scale drawing of “all major geological features west of Interstate 25” — has been reprinted for sale for the first time in two decades. The limited-edition print offers a sweeping, crisply...

  • Longest Night Vigil remembers the Colorado Springs homeless people who died

    Nate was a 23-year-old starting to try his hand at songwriting. Mary Beth loved cowboy boots. And Ray had just built his teepee, where he was thrilled to sleep. All three were homeless in Colorado Springs, and all three died this year. As the sun set on the longest night of the year Sunday, their names were among those spoken aloud in the...

  • Dear Donna: Thought that counts on gifts

    Dear Donna, A lady I have been dating for three months told me that she bought me a Christmas present. I want to get something for her, but I don't want to overdo it or not do enough. I have no idea what she has bought for me or how much she spent on it. What would you suggest? - Steve Dear Steve, Keeping in mind it's the thought that...

  • Colorado Springs area holiday needs starting Dec. 22, 2014

    HOLIDAY NEEDS These organizations are asking for help this holiday season.
 Through Thursday Marian House - Frozen turkeys are needed for holiday food preparation in the Marian House Soup Kitchen as well as for food baskets for people in the community who cannot afford a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Donations can be dropped off from 8...

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for Dec. 22, 2014

    Events Skate Fest with U.S. Figure Skating - 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave. $10, includes skates, free of children younger than 4 with paying adult; downtowncs.com. "Nutcracker" - Colorado Youth Ballet, 7 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $18-$35; 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com. Gingerbread House Decoration -...

  • Does Burger King's Yumbo live up to the promise of its name?

    The Yumbo Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwich was introduced in 1974. It disappeared not too long after that. Forty years later, Burger King has brought it back. So much for "rest in peace" and "let sleeping dogs lie." TV's bubbly cooking gal Rachael Ray has invented a word: "yum-o." It refers to something that's yummy and delicious. I'll use it in a...

  • Check tire tread before hitting the slopes - it could save you from a ticket

    Bald tires can get drivers more than a slide down an icy hill this winter. Fed up with traffic snarls on Interstate 70 during the ski season, the Colorado Department of Transportation is embarking on a new solution. "One of the biggest problems we've run into, and one of the biggest causes of accidents, has been people not having adequate...

  • Olympic skater spends time with kids at Colorado Springs' downtown ice rink

    Tiandrea Rice isn't likely to forget her first time ice skating. She got pointers from a pro. Tiandrea, 11, scooted around the outdoor rink in Acacia Park Saturday with three-time Olympic figure skating medalist Rachael Flatt, who grew up in Colorado Springs and is home for the holidays. "It was exciting and fun," Tiandrea said. "She showed...

  • AROUND TOWN: A Talarico-Dreiling catering business anniversary

    The year was 1989. Michelle Talarico was manager of a local restaurant where the band Appaloosa was playing, with songstress Kathy Dreiling at the microphone. Then the women decided it might be kind of fun and possibly a good idea to buy a little box-lunch and takeout deli called Picnic Basket. They divvied up $300 each and became caterers....

  • Thousands served at annual Christmas giveaway in Colorado Springs

    After they were robbed of Christmas gifts from under their own tree the day before, Alicia Rivers waited in line Saturday with her three children hoping to find something to make up for the loss. They were out Friday and returned home to a broken sliding door and their presents gone. "It was really a disappointment for the children when we...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting Dec. 21, 2014

    Music/Drama Sunday "The Gift" - Ballet Emmanuel, 3 p.m., Sunrise Church, 2655 Briargate Blvd.; balletemmanuel.org. "Traditional Mystery Pageant" - Christmas Mystery, 4 p.m. Sunday, First Congregational Church Sanctuary, 20 E. St. Vrain St.; 635-3549, fcucc.org. JAN. 31 AND FEB. 1 "Legends" - Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, 7...

  • Colorado travel calendar starting Dec. 21, 2014

    Call before you go. Many events are free; some charge admission or require tickets. Events are subject to change. Phone numbers without a designated area code are 719. Through Jan. 1 - Alamosa, Train to Christmas Town, decorated cars, meet Bumblebee the polar bear, Wabash the squirrel and Zephyr the depot cat, laugh with elves and sing...

  • Annual gift giveaway to be held Saturday

    A venerable giveaway spanning more than three decades and helping thousands of children each holiday season will return this year, five days before Christmas. The giveaway began in 1983 and has since ballooned into an hours-long spectacle helping thousands of people each year. Upon entering the event, children ages newborn to 17 are allowed...

  • Blog: Folding inward

    Everything cycles. Moods, bodies, relationships, the land. Ayurveda teaches us to cycle with the seasons. Winter is the time of year we go to ground. It's the darkest time of year and the earth lies fallow. This is the time to turn inward, and if you have a yoga practice, a perfect time to practice lots of forward folds. Folds are...

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