Keyword: Craig Marshall Smith
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It doesn’t matter what you say when what you say doesn’t matter

Jennifer went shopping on her own, and picked up everything we needed for a wonderful homemade meal, including something called a “salad kit.” A salad kit comes in a clear bag, so you can see what’s in it. What’s in it is washed and … more

Heaven knows that heaven snows — that’s how life in Colorado goes

A newcomer to our state said, “Why don’t you write about the first snow of the year?” I said, “You mean the one we had in early January?” “No, the one we just had — in October.” “That was the first snow of the season. Not … more

In a world often awash in ugliness, beauty is the best place to retreat

Don’t look at me. And don’t look to me. When someone like Harvey, Irma, Maria or Stephen Paddock comes along who challenges existence in ways that are difficult to rationalize, explain or accept, don’t look to me for answers, because I … more

Some things need to be brought home, but violence is never one of them

This isn’t going to be one of the funny ones. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “On average, 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.” October is National … more

What could possibly be wrong about wanting a perfect world?

My therapist asked me to describe my perfect world. “No one goes hungry, for one thing,” I said. “Very admirable.” “Affordable health care options for everyone.” “Very admirable.” “No one wears a baseball cap … more

The funny thing about littering is that there’s nothing funny about it

Jennifer and I just flew back from Detroit, and, boy, are our arms tired. Michigan is my homeland, specifically Ann Arbor, and I thought that she should have at least one encounter with a University of Michigan home game in her lifetime. If … more

Avoiding convenience is more convenient than convenience

Alexa, don’t peel me a grape.” It has taken a while — my entire life — to figure something out. What I want and what I need are just about the same thing. There are new technologies that I neither want nor need. I don’t want … more

Many have lost their way since phones became things to look at

Out of necessity, my college syllabi expanded by the month, as new infractions were coming in all the time. My first syllabus, in 1973, asked for no smoking, and that was about it. By the end … more

Furry friend is fading, and that’s just how it is

Old friends," Simon and Garfunkel sang, "sat on their park bench like book ends." Smitty would need a helping hand to sit on a park bench with me. I carry him up and down the stairs too. Our walks … more

Try being a teacher — that’ll learn you

Three little words - "back to school" - have the impact of hundreds, including, "Oh, no." I think I was supposed to dread it, but inwardly I looked forward to strapping on my button-down shirts … more

Town is a true treasure — but really, you had to be there

If you haven't been to Estes Park lately, put it on your list. I don't remember the last time I went up there - maybe 30 years ago. There have been a number of ambitious and impressive … more

Some conversations really are a matter of life and death

I don't know about Hannah Baker, the fictional character from "13 Reasons Why." I just now read about the Netflix series and why there has been a huge spike in searches for "suicide." The series was a success, and even though Baker ended her … more

Coupons that offer discounts are more than a little bit off

Clip and save this column. It will be worth $500 off the purchase price of your favorite automobile, one day only, September 31, 2017. Take this column to any fast-food restaurant in the metro … more

The sound of disapproval leads to personal removal

To boo is not taboo. To boo is human. But what's the point? The point is to express disapproval when there are no other options. You are at a Rockies game, and the opposing pitcher throws to … more

A guy walks into a bar, and then he has a conversation that’s very funny

I really look forward to your columns," a reader said. "The funny ones, that is." I was crushed. As an eagle-eyed journalist, I try to provide you with commentaries about the most meaningful … more

Let’s consider this a role call, for example

I am auditioning role models next week. Please bring your resume. Please don't. I need a role model like I need a carton of mewing kittens. A role model is generally thought of as someone … more

Boo-who-whom — let us weep for grammar gone by

To who it may concern: I have some great news. The word "whom" no longer exists. You can forget about it. Most of you already have. It's rarely used when it should be, even by writers and … more

In a world of too many soulless salons, old-fashioned barber makes the cut

Alfredo Hidalgo has been cutting my hair since 1977. I have been unfaithful to him, because of weather or location, fewer than 10 times. Alfred cut my hair when it was over my ears and the … more
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