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Banjo Music: The Communities Method of Coping

BY MARK "ROOSTER" AUSTIN
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

How despair in everyday life led to needing a outlet to cope and derive joy. How banjo and "old time music" harbored a sense of excitement and shared sentiment. Birthing sing alongs, story telling, and news to which the whole community could use to feel connected and free for a moment in time. Mark "Rooster" Austin shares. 

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A Life Diverted: How Chance Changed Everything

BY JIM STEINBORN
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

Jim Steinborn arrived at Colorado State University in mid January 1984 as a sophomore transfer student in Computer Science. Three weeks later, a chance opening of the school newspaper set his life on a completely different path. There on page 10 was a photo of the university's pipe organ. He was fascinated that CSU would even have a pipe organ, and wanted to know more. Professor Robert Cavarra proved to be a warm and hospitable mentor who encouraged his interest - even though he had no musical background. After earning a Minor in Music, along with my BS in Computer Science, he helped Jim enter an apprenticeship with a pipe organ builder in 1987. Six years later, he went off on his own, first doing maintenance and tuning on the side of computer IT day job. Eventually, Jim became a full-time organbuilder and technician, Mostly, he does tuning and maintenance, but also service work for other firms, and offer freelance help to other organbuilders who are doing significant jobs in Colorado. This presentation discusses of some history, a brief story of how Jim became an organbuilder, and a pictorial survey of some of the projects he's been involved with.

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6 Ways To Blend In With Locals When You Travel

BY SETH SILVERS
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

Seth Silvers have had the opportunity to travel a lot over the last few years and has learned many things in those travels. Here he shares some of the ways we can either blend in or stick out as we travel.

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Music Heals and Here’s Why

BY SAJA BUTLER
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

her am going to show how Music made me a pioneer for women. She is a business owner. Single. Doing it all. She can and does ask for help. But most people, especially women don't understand that she generally pays for everything, she takes care of everything, she run it all and she practice everyone's homework. They are used to having partner to help them so they think she has one. No, she doesn't. No trust fund, no paychecks for 9 out 10 years so far of the studio. She is a rarity, but an upcoming commonality as the women of today find their own way and are their true selves, Thus, they are gifts to their beloveds, not postage due.

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Gojira (Godzilla) Cold War Connections

BY CHRISTINE HAYS
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

Christine Hays asks, do you know that popular culture reflects a particular group of individuals' psychological fears and fantasies? One excellent example is 1954 Japan and it's mega hit "Gojira (Godzilla)" Come find out what that film REALLY represented to Japanese society and what our modern version of "Godzilla" reveals about America today.

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Never Give Up

BY JAMAAL "BOSS EAGLE" CURRY
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

Originally from the south of Chicago, Jamaal Curry, aka Boss Eagle, was raised the third of six children by a single mother. From a childhood wrought with hardships, to becoming a Billboard-charting emcee with his debut album, Boss Eagle hopes that his story will inspire and encourage others to never give up.

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How I have connected with Fort Collins Community

BY DEWEY CHAPMAN
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

The mission here goes way beyond photography. Dewey Chapman is here to change perspective. Sometimes that requires a nudge. Other times it’s plate tectonics and you’re going to want to hold on to something. Whichever approach we take, Dewey's ambition in every project is affect change — to be the hammer that shapes reality. After all, photograph is a verb. That means action. Here is how he came to and joined the Fort Collins Community.

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Music and Acoustics in Architecture

BY LAURIE DAVIS
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

Things you don't notice, like good acoustics space, are an indication they are working. A look at the architectural ideas behind acoustical spaces and the rules around good acoustics. Laurie Davis explains. 

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Living the Dream: Why I Couldn’t Avoid Starting My Business

BY LUCAS CASAREZ
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

There are many reasons why starting a business is a horrible idea. You just had a child, your business model isn't sustainable, people don't want to pay for you to help them make better decisions with their finances. Screw rationality. Those are the reasons why Lucas Casarez thought he had no other choice. He discusses why Family, Values, and Love of Possibilities has propelled him to living a life that he loves.

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Connection Through Improvisation

BY LARA MITOFSKY NEUSS
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

In the summer of 2017, Lara Mitofsky Neuss attended an Improvisation Workshop at Orford Musique in Canada taught by Swedish Percussionist Anders Ästrand. This workshop led to a recent performance and educational tour in Sweden. Her presentation focuses on her growth and connection both in performance and pedagogy related to connecting with herself and with students through improvisation. She takes the audience on a journey that she experienced while learning improvisation. She became more connected and open as she allowed herself to freely improvise without judgement. This growth has now allowed her to perform and teach improvisation around the world, sharing her experience with others.

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Tai Chi “Go With The Flow”

BY YVONNE HANNING
@ VOL 3 ON JAN 18, 2018

Tai Chi is considered a moving meditation and a dance of flow. It is a time-tested method that makes inner peace and outer health more than just an idea - it makes it a physical, tangible reality. 

Yvonne Hanning shares her love for the practice and how she contributes to her community the importance of movement. 

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The Yoga of Storytelling

BY MARY ROBERTS
@ VOL 3 ON JAN 18, 2018

Isak Dinesen, the Danish writer, once said: “To be a person is to have a story to tell.” And a famous yogi once said that yoga is not about doing a bunch of postures well, it’s about the exploration and discovery of who we are. Mary Roberts shares that storytelling and practicing yoga share the common quality of self-inquiry. Without it, it’s just another story about our crazy family or a deep stretch to open the hip flexors. If we are to do either practice well, we must decide if we are willing to ask the hard questions or move past the fear of falling. It’s the only way it all makes sense.

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