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Boulder’s Beacon: Embracing Joy and Playfulness in Healing

March 24th, 2024

In Boulder, where the mountains stand as silent witnesses to the resilience of nature, a similar strength is found in the hearts of those who seek healing. Ellie Grey Ashton, a Colorado local with an MS in Psychology, PhD candidacy in Psychology/Developmental Psychology, and an alphabet list of healing certifications, is a testament to this. From Adversity to Empathy Ashton identifies himself as an empathetic leader who earned a “full-ride” NCAA DI football scholarship at the Virginia Military Institute. In his own healing journey, Ashton earned certifications in advanced herbalism, acceptance... Read More

Building Boulder Dreams: A Blueprint For Exploring Your Potential Futures

March 23rd, 2024

In Boulder, we’re known for our forward-thinking community and the inspiring natural beauty that surrounds us. It’s the perfect setting for envisioning a brighter future and taking the steps to make it a reality. Whether you’re aiming for personal growth, professional achievements, or a more fulfilling lifestyle, the journey begins with a clear vision of your future self. This column will guide you through a simple yet powerful exercise adapted from ancient Hawaiian Healing techniques to help you bridge the gap between your current self and the person you aspire to be. Ready to start? Let’s... Read More

Living Bolder Than Boulder: Celebrating One of Boulder’s Original World Travels

March 21st, 2024

As Boulder’s own remarkable matron, Chris Bray, LP, MA, PhD, approaches her 75th birthday, we take a moment to step back into the pages of her past, which read like an adventure novel. In 1973, Bray and her newlywed husband, Tim, embarked on a year-long odyssey that would see them traverse the globe on a shoestring budget, a testament to their adventurous spirits and setting the standard for living bolder before it became Boulder’s way of life. Go On, Take the Money and Run In April, 1973, the newlywed couple Chris and Tim Bray made a bold decision to trade their wedding gifts for cash, step... Read More

Boulder’s Next Cat Model: Petunia Adams

March 19th, 2024

Feline Elegance on the Catwalk Strutting down the runway of life with unparalleled grace and a wardrobe that would make any fashionista purr with envy, Petunia Adams is not just any feline—she’s Boulder’s next top model and our adored “Cat of the Week.” From Foster Care to Forever Home Petunia’s rise to fame began in the cozy confines of Payton Adams’ heart and home. Payton, a former cat foster parent, has a history of caring for cats with compelling backstories, from Mauna Kea with her musical namesake to Don Juan, the sneezing romantic. Yet, it was Petunia who stole the show and... Read More

Boulder’s St. Patrick’s Day Twist: Choosing Cabbage Over Corned Beef

March 17th, 2024
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As Boulder dons its festive hues of green, St. Patrick’s Day brings a fresh take on tradition with a focus on cabbage, a leafy powerhouse that’s stealing the show from corned beef. The Humble Cabbage: A St. Patrick’s Staple Cabbage has long been associated with St. Patrick’s Day, often served alongside corned beef in a meal that’s become a tradition in the United States. The corned beef and cabbage tradition became a St. Patrick’s Day staple in America as Irish immigrants substituted the more affordable corned beef for their traditional Irish bacon, pairing it with cabbage due to... Read More

Boulder’s Bountiful Greens: A Nutrient-Rich Delight

March 17th, 2024

Nestled among the majestic peaks of Boulder, Colorado, lies a verdant treasure trove: dark leafy greens. These emerald wonders thrive in our crisp mountain air, offering a wealth of health benefits year-round. Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or any ordinary day, let’s explore how these greens can elevate your well-being. The Nutritional Powerhouses Dark leafy greens are like nature’s secret handshake—a promise of vitality and nourishment. Here’s why they deserve a permanent spot on your plate: Vitamins Galore: Boulder’s kale, spinach, Swiss chard, and collard greens deliver a vitamin-packed... Read More

Boulder Cat Attempts Purr-fect Crime: Prince Eugene’s Napoleonic Heist

March 16th, 2024

In the quaint town of Boulder, where history buffs and feline aficionados often cross paths, a curious caper unfolded at a local tea party that has since become the talk of the town. The culprit? None other than Prince Eugene, an 11-pound American shorthair cat with a penchant for pastries and a name steeped in military prowess. A Tea Party with a Historical Twist Angela Naus, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) by day and a history enthusiast by night and weekend, decided to throw a costume-optional tea party to celebrate her love for the Napoleonic Era. The table was set with a faded... Read More

Boulder’s Brilliant Sanity: Embracing Our Inner Light

March 15th, 2024
gold buddha figurine on white table

In Boulder, a city that champions holistic health, residents find solace in the embrace of nature and the community’s commitment to physical, mental, and emotional well-being. At the heart of this sanctuary is Naropa University, a hub of contemplative education inspired by the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Here, the Buddhist concept of “Brilliant Sanity” offers a profound perspective on inner healing and self-compassion. Understanding Brilliant Sanity Brilliant Sanity suggests that beneath our psychological distress lies an untouched core of clarity, compassion, and wisdom. This... Read More

Soy: Boulder’s Mighty Bean

March 13th, 2024

In the heart of Boulder, where health and wellness are as much a part of the city as the Flatirons, soy has taken its rightful place as a nutritional powerhouse. This humble bean, often enjoyed as edamame, is not only a complete protein but also a rich source of vitamins and minerals essential for our well-being. “Edamame is one of my favorite staple super-foods,” Boulder super-athlete Brenna Bray, PhD says, “it’s nutritious and delicious!” Edamame: The Complete Protein Edamame (AKA soybeans) punches above its weight, much like Boulder itself. They’re packed... Read More

Boulder’s Protein Powerhouses: Quinoa, Hemp, and Edamame

March 12th, 2024

Welcome to the world of plant-based nutrition, where health meets taste and every meal is an opportunity for nourishment. Whether you’re an athlete, a health enthusiast, or simply curious about plant-based eating, let’s explore three super-sources of complete protein (protein sources that contain all nine (9) essential amino acids that our body needs to build our muscles and tissues but can’t produce on its own). As a plant-based ultra-marathon runner, health coach, and health and wellness researcher and professor, I make my health a priority and these three complete proteins are key... Read More