image Raymond Chandler

"It is not a fragrant world"

   --Raymond Chandler

Born in 1888, Raymond Chandler was, along with Dashiell Hammett, hugely influential in the creation of the modern American detective novel. Gritty, luxurious, mid-century Los Angeles is the setting for his seven Philip Marlowe mysteries, most notably The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely. He also wrote screenplays for highly successful adaptations of James M.

Outdoor Parenting

The kids are heading back to school and the summer sunlight is waning, but that doesn't mean family outdoor fun can't continue.

The benefits of outdoor play for children are numerous. Everything from enhanced brain development, social aptitude, physical fitness, and environmental appreciation have been linked to getting outside. With cooler temperatures on their way and fall colors just around the corner, here are some great books to help you leave the house and enjoy our amazing natural surroundings with your kids.

Your life might improve after a color theory class if:

you have any of these clothes in your closet.

Color is visual. I'll let these photos make the argument for learning a little color theory.

Click on each photo to complete the sentence Your life might improve after a color theory class if:


Color in the Real World
Thursday, August 25, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Registration Required

Your Mind: Prison or Paradise?

Sucker Punch Movie Image

After recently watching Sucker Punch, I was struck with the similarities and differences with another recent and complex film, Inception.

In Sucker Punch, Baby Doll's reality is that she has been unfairly institutionalized by her stepfather. But in her mind, she transports herself to a world where instead of an institution, she is sold into a brothel/nightclub but at least has the friendship of her fellow dancers/inmates. Even within that world, she must escape further into her mind as she dances - this time into a world of action and adventure, swords and machine guns.


Lon Chaney was born April 1, 1883, in Colorado Springs to deaf parents.  This contributed to his versatility as a silent film star as he became greatly skilled in communicating through pantomime, animated facial expression and sign language.


Crafts, Food, and Books!


Have the rest of your week planned yet? Add some of these Fresh City Life My Branch events to your calendar!

Maybe you have a piece of furniture lying around in your basement or garage that you've been meaning to restore. Don't let it languish any longer! Learn about Restoring Your Old Wood Furniture with Denver Urban Homesteading expert Irina Bertini. You'll learn about bringing new life to antique or vintage furniture, doors, and cabinets, as well as sandpapers, electric sanders, handsaws, stains, and where to get inexpensive materials.

Happy Birthday Steve Carell!

Born on August 16, 1962 in Massachusetts, Steve Carell turns 49 today! Carell spent 6 years as Michael Scott on the TV show, The Office, and was also a correspondent for The Daily Show with John Stewart. Carell continues to make audiences guffaw with his comedic films.

City Tales: Boston

A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane

Beantown. Birthplace of the American Revolution. Home to the first free public library and Boston cream pie.

City Tales is traveling to Boston and this armchair traveler is on a one-way ticket.  I have a few more weeks to cover every thing on my Colorado 'bucket list' but in the meantime let's enjoy a few tales about or set in Boston. 

What to do with yourself while you’re waiting for Mass Effect 3 to come out.

Do you ever find yourself in this crazy loop where you obsess about an awesome upcoming thing? Right now, I’m obsessing about the forthcoming videogame Mass Effect 3.

When Mass Effect 3 was delayed to March 6, 2012 earlier this year, I told everyone I knew (and a few that I didn’t) that it was going to be the longest wait ever, and that I would probably die of impatience before it came out. Instead of obsessively playing the games again, (okay, maybe I’m doing that a little) or obsessing on the Internet (well, I am doing that) I’ve decided to read and watch some awesome Sci Fi. Here’s what I’ve come up with:


Terry Pratchett

I heard Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series and other books, discuss his diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s.

With the use of a computer-based dictation system, he is able to write. In the NPR interview, Pratchett discussed his efforts to make assisted suicide an option for himself and others. For now he is content to keep writing.

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