December 2009 Blog Posts (59)

My No. 1 memory of 2009: Leaving active duty

As long as I'm asking you all to post your favorite memory of 2009, I figured I'd post mine too. When you're done reading, click this link, then click "Add a Blog Post" to post your favorite 2009 memory and thoughts on the upcoming year.

It was early early January 2009. My husband, then a specialist in the Army stationed at Fort Carson (2BCT, 4ID) had returned to work after another four-day holiday weekend, but not for long. His… Continue

Added by Erin Prater on December 31, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Hot Air Balloon Event at Cordera on New Year's Eve

Looking for a great idea for New Year's Eve entertainment? Well, family fun is on the agenda when the Ballooning Society of Pikes Peak presents "Ho Ho Hot Air Balloon Glow" on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Cordera Community Center Grand Lawn.

The event is free and open to the public but will also benefit the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado, so bring a canned food item as a donation

Cordera is located east of Powers on Briargate Parkway..

Added by Bob Stephens on December 30, 2009 at 2:23pm — 2 Comments

100,000 thank yous

In 2009 had over 100,000 unique visitors and almost 2 million hits. Thank you to everyone who has logged onto our site this year! The website is just a small yet important portion of what we do.

In October 2006, the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Colorado Works Division was awarded a $10 million federal grant over five years to strengthen father/child relationships and improve parenting. Since… Continue

Added by Rich Batten on December 30, 2009 at 10:35am — No Comments

Calling All Parents

I'm so grateful to hear that Colorado Springs District 11 schools are really making the shift to providing healthier foods! As I sat with the Director of Food and Nutrition Services, this morning, his excitement was palpable and infectious.

Watch for a new website to educate parents, faculty, children and the community about getting good food in schools: It should be up and… Continue

Added by Michele Mukatis on December 30, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Join the product development team

These days, successful businesses provide customers with more than one product.

Auto dealers are prepared to sell a hybrid compact car and a diesel pickup off the same lot. The man who sells computers will have one for every need.

For years, newspapers made a living with one main product, the daily broadsheet. The sound of newspapers slapping doorsteps was the sound of money.

For some companies, The Gazette included, that old business model still works, though profit margins are… Continue

Added by Tim Bergsten on December 29, 2009 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Could More Community Gardens Be in Our Future?

For the avid vegetable gardener there is never a time in the year that you don't think gardening. During January is no exception. Now is the time to start planning for the coming spring. If you have a spot in your yard with plenty of sun you are fortunate. All that you need to do is to add some good compost, work it into the soil and get ready for the warm weather. You might even visit some of the fine garden shops and nurseries around town and browse through their stacks of seeds. Get them… Continue

Added by Larry Stebbins on December 29, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

A Penny Saved Is A Penny Learned: How Fathers Can Teach Their Children Financial Literacy

The current condition of the US economy provides an opportunity for today's youth to learn from the mistakes of the adults around them as they witness more and more Americans falling into financial hardship. This is a trend that will likely continue if younger generations do not learn financial responsibility themselves. According to the Jump$tart Coalition, at least 75 percent of American high school seniors lack the necessary skills to make sound financial decisions. This problem presents a… Continue

Added by Colorado Dads on December 28, 2009 at 4:42pm — No Comments



Parents:.. Is Your Child Heading To College Soon? Don't miss this FREE workshop!

This workshop will focus on high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

In this workshop:

We'll discuss the FAFSA form and all the other information you need to understand in order to maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive!

How to pick colleges that will give you the best… Continue

Added by Barbara Swiatek on December 28, 2009 at 11:06am — No Comments

Free College Planning Workshop


Parent:.. Is Your Child Heading To College Soon? Don't miss this FREE workshop!

This workshop will focus on high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

In this workshop:

We'll discuss the FAFSA form and all the other information you need to understand in order to maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive!

How to pick colleges that will give you the best… Continue

Added by Barbara Swiatek on December 26, 2009 at 10:44am — No Comments


"What do you mean you have never seen WHITE CHRISTMAS either?!" Kevin B., in the middle of the church last Christmas

If you have kept up with my blog for any amount of time, you may remember my shame at being outed by my "friend", Kevin B. last year in the middle of the church lobby, as he called me Un-American for never having seen "It's a Wonderful Life". You may also remember that incident started off a bit of movie swapping (I still need to get Becoming Jane back to you,… Continue

Added by Jill Yuen on December 25, 2009 at 3:46pm — No Comments

"Your never to old for a visit from Santa Claus"


Added by Jane Rodgers on December 24, 2009 at 5:31pm — No Comments


"You are just.....UNAMERICAN!" Kevin B.

It seems none of my friends are safe. Sooner or later, you all end up in my blog. This blog is no exception.

I have a fantastic friend, Cindi. There is just something about her that I completely clicked with when I got to know her. Maybe it is that we both are only children and know the world revolves around us. Maybe it is that she is a great coffee date. Or maybe it is that angelic voice of hers. It could be her… Continue

Added by Jill Yuen on December 24, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

No room in the inn

As millions across the world celebrate the birth of a child in a manger because there was no room in the inn, I wonder what sense of place and belonging do I bring to and receive from my own children. Am I providing the warmth, protection and care that they need and desire or do they feel like other people and priorities have pushed them to the back barn? Where do they experience my presence in our home? If asked, where would they place me?

Because I believe fatherhood is a lifelong… Continue

Added by Rich Batten on December 24, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Welcome Monika


Welcome to Fresh*Ink!

Thanks for the info about the "dog barn" in Parker. Being a dog lover, it's nice to know how to help one in need, no matter how far it might be or how much trouble it involves. We had a lot of snow overnight in Colorado Springs and I'm sure that's true for you in Evergreen, too.

Please stay in touch and be an active member of our site. I think you could bring some unique perspective while living close but not within our city… Continue

Added by Bob Stephens on December 23, 2009 at 8:50am — No Comments

A Cold Call For Help

Peanut's Place Bully Rescue, in Yoder, CO is looking, hoping and praying for some "temporary" caring folks who can help foster adoptable dogs that currently live outside at the rescue. With the cold weather we've already experienced can you imagine how hard it is for a short haired dog like the Pit Bull to stay warm in sub zero temps?

Peanut's Place would like to be able to find committed people who can take… Continue

Added by sherry moore on December 22, 2009 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

A fresh look and new beginning for Fresh*Ink

Fresh•Ink has hit the refresh button.

Changes are coming to The Gazette’s citizen journalism platform, the social networking Web site and the Fresh•Ink neighborhood papers.

It’s natural to shy away from change, to assume it’s going to be bad. But in the communication business, we can’t afford to do that. We’re developing better ways to include more voices from across the Pikes Peak region. Better to pin our ears back and dive in.

Here’s a roundup of what’s going… Continue

Added by Tim Bergsten on December 22, 2009 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Sponsors Needed for 2010 ICE ON THE AVENUE Ice Festival

Opportunity for businesses to sponsor upcoming ICE ON THE AVENUE Ice festival in Old Colorado City on Jan. 16th-17th. Go to for more info.

Over 150 blocks of ice will be carved into sculptures such as Castle, Kids Slides, King's & Queen's Throne, Bowling Alley, Drinks Luge and many more.

Expected crowd of 17,000+ for this 2nd annual event.…


Added by Seiko Tran on December 22, 2009 at 4:22am — No Comments

A Differnt Kind of Wet Dream

A Different Kind of Wet Dream

by Jim Robinson


I did some research by utilizing a computer search engine before I wrote this and I found out some interesting information; amazing actually. During the decade (1960-1970), there were over 79 million waterbeds bought in America. In fact, by the mid-sixties, the waterbed was considered in some circles to be a status symbol. When I was a teenager, I had a memorable experience that… Continue

Added by Jim Robinson on December 20, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Putting "Happy" in your New Year!

Do you consider your glass half empty or half full? Is your job boring or are you happy to have a job? Are you and your spouse having problems or are you content knowing that your challenges are part of a really good marriage? Is school just too hard or are you lucky to be getting an education?

What makes a person happy? Webster defines happy as: glad, content; lucky, fortunate, but I’d like to add that a lot of it depends on our “attitude.” Through the years, I’ve observed many… Continue

Added by Jan Speights on December 19, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Camera Review: Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Overview: The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS is a "prosumer" camera designed to fill the void between point-and-shoot compact cameras and digital SLRs with removable lenses, and it is priced $100 below the DSLR low-end threshold at around $400. It is sized like a 3/4 scale DSLR. Although the lens is not removable, it is "superzoom", which means it covers a wider range of focal lengths than you typically find on a DSLR. It has an 11mm CCD sensor with 12.1 megapixel resolution. Most professional… Continue

Added by Jeff Lane on December 18, 2009 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

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