We’ve all gazed despairingly for brief moments—while watching network news or glossing over the pages of shiny magazines—at the now proverbial image of the gaunt African child, hopelessly ambling through a rotten encampment of refugees fleeing a war-torn country.
Retrieve your phone from your pocket right now. Now imagine that instead of finding your cell phone—as most of you hopefully did—you don’t.
Their names are Nathan Work and Davon Hawkinson, two teenagers who are regulars at Skate City. The rink isn’t just a hangout for them, but the place where their lives changed completely. Both brothers were gang members when they began to frequent the rink, but they say the community of Skate City and their passion for skating helped them leave that dangerous lifestyle.
Oh, don’t be such a man, give your mom a hug,” said Elaine Redwine, an Associate Director at Colorado College’s Office of Financial Aid, to her 13-year-old son, Dylan, before she left him at the airport on Nov. 18, 2012. Dylan was on his way to visit his father, Mark Redwine, who lived in a remote area near Lake Vallecito in southwestern Colorado. This is the last time she would see her son alive. The next morning Dylan vanished from his father’s home without a trace.
It was trending on Facebook– “Justin Bieber Look-Alike: Man Who Underwent Surgeries to Look Like Singer Found Dead, Report Says.”
On May 17, 2015 a shoot-out in Waco, Texas between rival biker gangs left nine dead, 18 injured and 165 arrested. Inside the bathroom of a Twin Peaks (a “Breastaurant” a la Hooters specializing in “eats, drinks and scenic views”) a scuffle turned to a brawl. The struggle moved from the bathroom onto the floor of the restaurant and, as it escalated, to the parking lot. Eventually, under the noontime sun, around 100 bikers were punching, kicking, clubbing, stabbing and shooting one another.
Eric Stevens, magician, author and speaker introduced himself and said he was on his way to Los Angeles to visit The Magic Castle—a private clubhouse for magicians. He promptly delved into a card trick that seemed impossible. (As Stevens later explained, “If it were impossible, I couldn’t do it.”)
I was admittedly surprised to find myself kneeling onthe floor of an El Diente bathroom and actively reversing the contents of my stomach six years after I’d supposedly “recovered” from my teenage eating disorder.
The Black Forest Fire, surpassing the Waldo Canyon Fire as the most devastating in Colorado’s history, destroyed more than 500 homes and took two lives. By the time it was contained on June 20, 2013, nearly 14,500 acres were scorched. Charles Lamoreaux, jeweler at Sutton Hoo, lost his home in the fire and was kind enough to share some of his surviving possessions.
Four and a half billion years ago, a camera began recording. It captured images of faces, footprints, fingernails. It saw the first proteins strung out piece-by-piece; it saw microscopic, single-celled masses absorbed by their neighboring blobs of life; it saw families trekking across grasslands in search of food. This camera ran for billions of years, from angles all over the planet, capturing the sky, the trees, predators, prey, insects and bacteria. And after each frame, the film was discarded on the ground, where it would be covered in mud, land and vegetation, maybe for the rest of time.