FEBRUARY | 2020 ISSUE
Highlights and Coverage of ThunderRidge High
State of Public Health: The 2020 Wuhan Coronavirus
There has been a lot of buzz around mainstream and social media lately about the newest emergence of the virus to make its way to the United States. The commonly dubbed “coronavirus” has been the latest cause for health panic, travel doubts, and frivolous spending on preventative measures. But is all the hype worth the stress it seems to be causing? My opinion: not at all. And here is why.
New Spending Package Includes Sweeping Retirement Plan Changes
The $1.4 trillion spending package enacted on December 20, 2019, included the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which had overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives in the spring of 2019, but then subsequently stalled in the Senate. The SECURE Act represents the most sweeping set of changes to retirement legislation in more than a decade.
Key benefits of drinking Bulletproof coffee is that it provides sustained energy without highs and lows. The ingredients are thermogenic—they help your body burn fat while conserving lean muscle tissue.
Train Your Brain For A Powerful Workout
How often have you heard people say something at the gym like the following? “Time to work the chest!” “It’s arm day – gonna work the bi’s and tri’s.” “Oh boy – leg day!” Okay, nobody says the last one. But many of us tend to structure our workouts around body parts – arms, legs, shoulders. But what about our brain? How many of us think about the role our nervous system plays in movement? All right, I need you all to stay with me here because I’m not asking you to add a brain day to your chest, back, and arm days.
Top Five Home Decorating Trends For 2020
2020 brings us not only a new year but into a whole new decade. With that typically comes a big shift in design aesthetics overall. Trends in Interior Design are similar to other fashion trends…pick and choose what works for your personality. This new decade has many new styles on the horizon. Here are five that most experts seem to agree on.
How To Choose Love Over Fear
Our year is underway, and hopefully you were able to take some time in January to re-evaluate your goals, celebrate some wins, and reflect on what’s truly important to you. A universal theme for the month of February is Love. Let’s build off the idea that no matter what action we take, we are either acting from a place of Love or a place of Fear.
JANUARY | 2020 ISSUE
Are You A Winter Weekend Warrior?
I have to say, I am still a Winter Weekender, even if my skiing days are over. I love the mountains, I love the snow, I love the winter—put that all together on a weekend and mountains here I come. For some of you, it is also the downhill rush, and that is why you head to the mountains.
5 Retirement Tips from Today’s Retirees
Each year for its Retirement Confidence Survey, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) surveys 1,000 workers and 1,000 retirees to assess how confident they are in their ability to afford a comfortable retirement.
Your State of Public Health: The 2020 Insulin Cap
Colorado has been making headlines across the nation for many different reasons. One, in particular, is the passing of a state law that caps the co-pays for insulin at $100 per month.
ReDesigning A Roxborough West Village Master Bath: Contemporary, Classic & Timeless
Shari and Wes Kimmey felt it immediately after reinventing two bathrooms in their nearly 20-year-old home in Roxborough Village. The result? They now say they just love spending time there.
January Reflection & Intention Setting for 2020
Welcome to a new decade! Is it just me or does 2020 feel like something straight out of the Jetsons? This year seems so far into the future, I can already feel big shifts happening for our society as a whole. I believe we are in a time of awakening.
5 MUST Have Fitness Goals for 2020!
“I’m going to work out 90 minutes a day, six days per week, starting January 2! I am! Nothing will stop me. I’ll shake off the hangover, change my personality, be up in the gym working on my fitness, and change my life!”
Design Tips for Beating the Winter Blues
While the holidays and winter months can be a magical time of the year many people find the lack of daylight especially challenging. This can range from the simple “Winter Blues” to Seasonal Affective Disorder aka SAD.
DECEMBER | 2019 ISSUE
Women of 80125: Takeaways from the Premiere Event
Women of 80125: You most definitely lived out your mission of kindness and connection.I already belong.
Grilled BBQ Chicken Flatbread
The Magic and Wonder of Colorado
Toward the end of 2014, I approached a Boulder publishing firm about republishing my very successful coffee table book, “A Breath Away From Heaven.”
Local Business Spotlight: Kaye Puckett Interior Design
Kaye Puckett is a local home-based entrepreneur in the Roxborough Park area. It was over 27 years ago that Puckett began her interior design career.
Smart Healthcare: Tips To Save You Money
There are numerous supplemental options available that you may want to consider, and the ones we are going to talk about this time are the different forms of saving and spending accounts that can help you save money.
Mental Health Related To The Chakras
Mental health is something that we take for granted when it naturally comes easy to us. It’s hard to understand why someone is acting or reacting in some way if you don’t personally feel that way yourself.
Cut The Cable and Start Streaming
You pay tons of money every month and the cable companies can’t even bless you with halfway-OK customer service.
NOVEMBER | 2019 ISSUE
Seven Stones Botanical Cemetery: A Celebration of Life- In the Wake of Death
Not a “cookie-cutter cemetery” Seven Stones brings innovation to a garden setting so we can celebrate life in a more inviting way.
Gin Unscrambled: Everything You Need to Know, From A-Z
It is cold outside. The Rocky Mountains were given another healthy dose of low temps and a well-deserved helping of snow, which bodes well for the plethora of weekend warriors heading to the slopes over the next couple of months.
Tasty “Game Time” Comfort Food
Recipe for killer mac and cheese.
Wintertime Blues? How About 10 Days/4 Resorts in Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ — home to jet setters, sun worshipers, and those that just plain ole love to kick back and soak in the surroundings as they work on perfecting their tan and golf game. But in reality, there is so much more to Scottsdale than just sun and golf. There is also high-end resort living at its finest and top-notch dining and hospitality to go with.
Design Tips from Kaye: A Color for Every Mood
Before I show clients photos of the latest color trends, my response is typically not what they expected. I’ll ask them, “What colors make you happy?” That’s because, above everything else, the colors we choose to be surrounded by should be colors that make us happy. I then question my clients to help them determine what type of feeling or mood they’d like to create. Color can have a great influence on our emotions, tell a story, and impact the way we experience a space.
The Power of Habit
Recently, I started reading books again. Good old-fashioned, borrowed, rented, and purchased paperback books. I pulled out The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. It took me a while to make my way through this book, but I’m glad I did. It reinforced to me that, “Yes, I read books now. I’m a book reader.” This is a new thought, belief, and habit – one that I’d like to keep around.
Lamb Spring Archaeological Preserve: Digging Deeper Into Roxborough’s Prehistoric Past
It’s difficult to imagine in our modern upscale community that a woolly mammoth was killed and butchered here some 13,000 years ago. Evidence that ancient people slaughtered the extinct creature near the end of the Ice Age was revealed on private land just a few hundred yards from the curve on Titan Road.
OCTOBER | 2019 ISSUE
The Roxborough Area Historical Society Wants You! Your mission: To help dig up “history in our own backyard.”
Roxborough residents Char Nauman and Flo Tonelli, who serve as president and vice president, respectively, say the historical society was established in 2007 by Roxborough Park resident Susie Trumble to bring together people who are interested in history, especially local history, but they insist “you do not need to be a history buff” to join the group.
Journey of A Lifetime, The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu
Written by Andy Marquez
Each picture has a story. It could be one that was planned or you may have had something, just catch your eye. In the case of ‘Journey of A Lifetime,” this was a personally planned photo that not only impacted me from a physical standpoint but also stirred my soul and gave me a memory that I will always cherish.
Check Out What’s Cookin’ at Rosa Mexican Kitchen!
Tucked away in the Safeway shopping center is Roxborough’s newest restaurant, Rosa Mexican Kitchen. Not only do they serve lunch and dinner, but, they also serve breakfast! Get your burritos to go or sit down and enjoy some Huevos Rancheros.
Talking to the owner, Edgar Ruiz, makes you realize how passionate he is about the food he cooks. Simple, quality ingredients that he coaxes the most flavor from produces dish after dish of scrumptious food.
Health Tip: Self-Care is NOT Selfishness
Article by: Macy Graham
We’ve all been there, putting other people’s needs before our own, and feeling burnt out, depleted, and ready to throw in the towel. Especially as the holiday season approaches, it’s so easy to put our health and wellness to the wasteside, start making excuses about how there’s no time to take care of ourselves, yet plenty of time to go to parties, eat and drink mindlessly, and in the end get sick and wonder “why me?!”
Your Guide to Staying Fit This Fall/Winter
Article by: Trey Potter
Fall and winter are the perfect time to work on getting ready for your spring and summer sports.
Navigating the Nation’s Health: Choosing a Heath Plan That Fits Your Needs
Article by: Alan Fijalkowski
It’s almost that time of year! The leaves change colors and begin to fall, the pumpkin spiced everything hits store shelves, and open enrollment for health care elections begins. Open enrollment is a crucial part of navigating the Nation’s health care system and optimizing your benefits and ability to maintain the health of you and your family.
Home Remodeling: Enter The European Wet Room
Article by Kaye Puckett
Kaye’s Design Tip: The European Wet Room: The latest in master bath design is the European Wet Room concept. This approach has been used in Europe for many years, but is fairly new to the U.S. I’ve found it a great solution, especially when designing smaller bathrooms or remodeling a tricky layout. It’s also becoming a popular choice in new construction homes as well.
Keep a Full Head of Hair, No Surgery Needed!
Article by Jill Sohayda, MD
Hair thinning – who wants that? When men or women experience hair loss, they often feel unhappy and less confident. They can often feel there is no way to help their condition. Now, stem cell and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy offer a great option to both men and women to restore their scalp to its youthful state with a full head of hair.
Maynie’s “Kick-Ass” Margarita
Article by: Martin Alvarez
How do you like your margarita, sir? Shaken and on The ROX?
That was the question asked when my brother and I were hanging out at his place on a balmy Sunday evening in beautiful northeastern Tennessee. After discussing business, we like to just kick back and try our hand at perhaps a new cocktail, wine, scotch, or a cooking dish and just create and reinvent.
Wrens to the Rescue! Autumn Rattler Safety Tips
Article contributed by Denver Audubon
Tom and Ellen, two friends of our volunteer Betty Glass, have had several incidents with rattlesnakes on their property near Golden’s South Table Mountain. Two summers ago, a rattlesnake bit Tom while he worked in the back yard. As a result, he spent 4 days in the ICU, but thankfully, Tom recovered.
Partners in the Outdoors Awards Grant to Two Front Range State Parks
SEPTEMBER | 2019 ISSUE
Dangerous Waters Ahead! Keep Your Pets & Family Safe
Article by Lauren Sandrin
Many of us have seen the news stories lately of dogs dying after what seems like a routine swim in Colorado’s many watering holes. What could be killing our best friends after a fun day out? The answer is surprisingly simple; bacteria. Specifically, Blue-Green Algae AKA Cyanobacteria is responsible for the growing number of pet deaths and it can affect humans as well!
History in the Making: Celebrating the Silica Kiln
Article by Kathy Weiss
From the fourth-grade girls at Roxborough Intermediate School to a group of devoted volunteers, along with dozens of local businesses and organizations, our community came together to not only save a piece of local history but meticulously refurbish it for future generations to enjoy and learn from.
The New BMW X7 – It Moves Mountains
Article by Michael & Amy Cotsworth
Given the company’s heritage of creating high-performance vehicles, BMW emphasizes the “Sport” in Sport Utility Vehicle. The heart of the X7 is the highly sophisticated 3.0-liter, twin-Turbo, direct Injected, 24-valve, inline 6 cylinder engine. Add in an 8-speed auto/manual transmission with paddle shifters and launch-control, BMW’s multi-faceted Dynamic Stability Control system, self-leveling air suspension, and xDrive rear-biased All Wheel Drive to complete the package of one very competent people-hauler.
The “Stress Effect” & How to Beat IT!
Article by Macy Graham
Stress is something that everyone deals with. Some have more than others, but the question is, how much stress is self-imposed and how can we reduce the stress that we can control, and surrender to the rest?
Your Fall Checklist: Home – Yard – Environment
Article by Alan Fijalkowski
The beginning of the fall season is the ideal time to stop and look around your house. Is there safety equipment in your home that needs attention? Is your property uninviting to wildlife? Take a moment to consider tackling simple housekeeping and preventative maintenance tasks bound to keep you and your family safe and healthy year-round.
Bullying: How to Keep Your Child Safe
Article by Connie Hewitson
I hope that your children’s school year is off to a great start. In preparation, you have made sure that your children go back well prepared with everything they need, including books, paper, pencils, school boxes, backpacks. You have bought them their new school clothes and shoes and have made sure that they look like the sweet little angels they are when they go back to school.
AUGUST | 2019 ISSUE
Letter From The Editor
Written by: Martin Alvarez
It is with great pleasure that we look forward to serving the Rox community and we hope that you will join us in this endeavor to bring our multi-faceted neighborhoods together. We each have special and unique offerings that we ‘bring to the table,’ we look forward to sharing those with one another in the weeks, months, and years to come.
We Are Rox Lifestyle
Written by: Kathy Weiss
In the city, the often-hurried drive to Denver each morning is countered by a sense of calm and anticipation one feels returning home later that afternoon.
How fortunate we are in such a booming real estate market as the Denver metro area to have landed near the end of what are basically dead-end roads!
Heart Disease: How to Combat this Insidious Killer
Written by: Alan Fijalkowski
One of the most critical aspects of human longevity is the ability to manage our own health. Our greatest challenge is the fight against heart disease. Heart disease is a blanket term for multiple conditions that affect the cardiovascular system, either by acute means or long-term effects.
Rox Star Spotlight: Ed Yeats
Written by: Kimberly Martin
We recently sat down with Ed Yeats a long-time Roxborough resident and Re/Max Professionals agent. Ed is one of those guys that when you first meet, you feel as though you’ve know him your entire life. He has the ability to make you feel comfortable and at ease in your skin (few people have that effect on individuals).
A Day of Automotive D’Elegance
Written by: Michael Cotsworth
The Colorado Car Culture is extremely robust and varied along the Front Range. From the amazing Rambler Ranch in Franktown, to the friendly Castle Rock Vintage Car Club, to the spectacular Vehicle Vault in Parker, to the world-class Shelby American Collection in Boulder, there are Car Clubs, museums, collections, auctions, cruise-in and car shows to attract every ilk of automotive enthusiast.
Turning Up the HEAT, with Purgatory Wine Cellars!
Written by: Amy Cotsworth
If you are looking for a unique atmosphere and ambiance where you can enjoy exceptional wine, which you will quickly discover is markedly and distinctively different from wines found anywhere else in our region, it can be found in our very own backyard in Highlands Ranch.
Horses, Polo, & The Spirit of The American West
Written by: Michael Cotsworth
While Colorado may no longer be the Wild West of yesteryear, we do honor and cherish our Cowboy heritage. An essential component of that historical connection is our fascination with, and regard for, the horse. The annual Stock Show, numerous rodeos and Horse Shows, and plenty of mounted riders in every hometown parade illustrate that horses are still very much a part of the Colorado lifestyle.
Welcome To The Stage – William Topley
Written by: Amy Cotsworth
He has graced the stage of Red Rocks, played the Winter Park American Music Festival, made appearances in Steamboat Springs, Vail and Aspen; at The Fillmore Auditorium, Colorado Music Hall, as well as The Paramount Theatre. He returns regularly to the Bluebird and Fox Theatres, which he refers to as “the best audiences for (him) ever”.
Dog Days of Summer
Written by: Lauren Sandrin
We all love the ability to get outside and enjoy the activities Colorado has to offer come summertime, but are we protecting our loyal canine companions mid-adventure? It goes without saying that leaving a dog in a hot car in the height of summer is deadly, but what about the lesser known dangers like heat stroke, burned paws, and threats from wildlife?
A Tale of Two Homes: ROX STYLE!
Written by: Kaye Puckett
To kick off our home design tips for ROX Lifestyle, we decided to feature two of the most common types of design challenges that we face in the 80125 area code – New Construction and Older Home Renovation. With the ever expanding growth and new home development that is going on in our area, homeowners are often faced with awkward and bizarre design elements that are cast upon them by home developers, that leave you wondering, “Who made that decision!”
Yoga – Is It Right For You?
Written by: Macy Graham
Let’s begin like we would in a yoga class, from the physical to subtler benefits of yoga. The physical layer of yoga, anna-maya kosha, can have many benefits including weight loss, pain management, muscle strengthening, better balance, improved posture, and proper body mechanics.
Balancing Family & Technology
Written by: Connie Hewitson
Today, we need etiquette for all of the non-traditional etiquette aspects in today’s society. And technology is a big one on my list. I would like to begin by talking about how technology has changed the way families communicate, or how they don’t. I have five grandchildren. Two live in Greeley, two in Brighton, and one in Gilbert, AZ.