CD Review: The Heartstring Hunters 

By Brian Rill From my experience as a songwriter, most love songs start as a series of passionate screams inspired by a beautiful muse, only to end in a desperate, stifled echo never to be heard by the intended recipient. The Heartstring Hunters however have a very different story. Started by husband and wife duo […]

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The Real Deal Music Review: SHEL Just Crazy Enough

By Brian Rill SHEL – Just Crazy Enough The 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche prefaced his book The Will To Power with this line, “Of what is great one must either be silent or speak with greatness, that means cynically and with innocence.” I will attempt to relate honestly the virtue of music amidst my […]

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Music Review: Free the Honey – Fine Bloom

Fine Bloom is an album graced by three instrumental muses: mandolin player Jenny Hill, violinist Lizzy Plotkin and guitarist Katherine Taylor. In the hives of these queen bees dwells a lone upright bass player, Andrew Cameron. He works his tail off to bring home a steady beat that forms the bottom end of this talented […]

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Book Review

The Cowboy Takes a Wife By Davalynn Spencer ISBN-13: 9780373486977 Publisher: Love Inspired, 2014 Reviewed by Elliot Jackson Ah, the “historical” romance novel! Casually dismissed by the non-cognoscenti as “bodice-rippers,” the classic formula is this: take one beautiful and spirited (also penniless, orphaned or in some way materially disadvantaged) heroine, and one handsome, studly, often […]

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Book Review

 Tributary By Barbara K. Richardson Torrey House Press, 2012 ISBN: 978-937226-04-6 $15.95, 348pp. Reviewed by Eduardo Rey Brummel This second novel by Barbara K. Richardson was finalist for this year’s Willa Literary Award in Historical Fiction. It begins in 1859, when a Mormon Brother finds six-year-old Clair Martin, orphaned and abandoned in Honeyville, Utah, and […]

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Restaurant Review

Jade Café, 129 Church Avenue, Florence, CO 81226 (719) 784-3888 . Hours: 11 am – 9 pm every day If you live in a town of over 3,500 in Colorado, chances are you’ve got a Chinese restaurant somewhere nearby. Salida’s got one, Buena Vista has two, as do Gunnison and Alamosa. Leadville may well lay […]

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Book Review

Benediction By Kent Haruf Alfred A Knopf, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-307-95988-1 $25.95, 258pp. Reviewed by Eduardo Rey Brummel With the 1984 publication of his first novel, The Ties That Bind, Kent Haruf introduced Holt, Colorado to the rest of the world. Haruf’s fifth novel, Benediction, arrived this past February – its initial paragraphs placing the main […]

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Restaurant Review – The Asian Palate

By Sue Snively  The Asian Palate 328 E. Main St., Buena Vista, CO 719-395-6679 Hours: Lunch – Mon, Wed – Sat: 11am-2pm Dinner – Mon, Wed – Sunday: 5pm-9pm   For a small town with many eateries, it doesn’t take long in Buena Vista to find a type of food that will satisfy your tastes […]

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Book Review

La Sociedad: Guardians of Hispanic Culture Along the Rio Grande By José A. Rivera University of New Mexico Press, 2010 ISBN 978-0 8263-4894-4 Photographs by Daniel Salazar et al. Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons In 1900, led by Celedonia Mondragón of Antonito, his Hispanic neighbors organized the Sociedad Protección Mútua de Trabajadores Unidos, which soon […]

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Regional Restaurant Review

by Suzy Patterson Barry’s Den Café 27077 US Hwy. 50 Texas Creek, CO (719) 275-3275 Need a great excuse to visit Texas Creek, Colorado? Two words: “Barry’s Den.” This unassuming little roadside café pretty much is Texas Creek. You’ll find it about midway between Salida and Cañon City on U.S. 50 at the junction of […]

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Book Review

Breaking into the Backcountry By Steven Edwards University of Nebraska Press, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-8032-2653-1 $16.95, 179pp. Reviewed by Eduardo Rey Brummel Just last week I had a brief conversation with a friend regarding the lack of male rites of passage these days. Breaking into the Backcountry is about things explicit and implicit. One of those […]

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Restaurant Review

Alfonso’s Real Mexican Food 2801 East Main Street Canon City, CO 81212 (719) 276-0186 Driving through Cañon City on U.S. Hwy 50 it is easy to miss one of the best taquerías in Central Colorado. That’s because it is located inside a Conoco mini-mart off a frontage road on the southeast side of town and […]

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Book Review: The Book of John

The Book of John, By Kate Niles O-Books, paperback, 225 pages ISBN-10: 1846942918 ISBN-13: 978-1846942914 Reviewed by Annie Dawid Surely we are all autistic at some level, in some place in our hearts? Living in this country, with its glamour and malls, its stream of cars, its TV and competition, is like battering yourself against […]

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