Tell me a story: Carrie Simison

Carrie Simison head shot

For many locals of a certain age, the Colorado Springs Independent will always be synonymous with John Weiss. With Kathryn Eastburn (and an assist from Richard Skorman, among others), John created the alternative newsweekly in 1993. He spent the next 20 years as its publisher and public face, showing up at City Council meetings, community… Read more »

Behold the Family History Center

Colorado Springs North Family History Discovery Center

You know that moment when you realize the nice person you’ve been listening to is actually trying to sell you something? Boy, do I hate that moment. So when I speak publicly about saving life stories, I note that hiring a personal historian is only one option. You can record memories in a journal, arrange “interviews” with family… Read more »

Tell me a story: Amber Coté

When you think of Colorado Springs’ best-known nonprofits, what comes to mind? Maybe Pikes Peak United Way? The Fine Arts Center? Care and Share? TESSA or CASA? Every one of those organizations is part of Amber Coté’s story. For 20 years, Amber has served her hometown’s nonprofit community, helping keep locals safe, satiated and/or inspired. And not… Read more »

Tell me a story: Jon Khoury

Jon Khoury

About two years ago, when both of us were still working at the Independent, my friend Edie Adelstein wowed me with her story on Jon Khoury, executive director of Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Edie’s reporting introduced me and much of the city to a guy who was transforming a local arts institution — and, to… Read more »

Our one-hour personal history project

personal history booklet

Many of us view nursing homes and long-term care facilities as depressing places. Of course, some fit that description. But at others, caring employees are driven to bring joy to residents and their families. As a hospice volunteer, I spent time with a patient in one such place over the past four months. And I owe… Read more »