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1968 - The Movies

What do TV's first interracial kiss, 911 emergency service and the first successful heart transplant all have in common? They all made headlines in 1968, the year that is currently being celebrated with an exhibit at the History Colorado Center

I Can't Complain, But Sometimes I Still Do: Getting Help for Consumer Grievances

If you're like most people, at some point you've sought justice for a consumer complaint, such as a landlord/tenant dispute, a home repair rip-off or persistent robocalls. It can be confusing to figure out where to direct a complaint, but there are ways to take control of the situation and empower yourself.

DPL Staff Art Show

It's well-documented that DPL staff is talented, hard-working and creative when it comes to customer service, maintaining our buildings and performing behind-the-scenes duties, but many of us are also aspiring artists.

Come and celebrate the works of 28 DPL staffers, retirees, volunteers and on-call employees at the annual 2015 Art of the Library exhibit. You'll see over 60 works of art in various mediums including tesserai tile, hohloma, photography, wool, paper, steampunk, ink, acrylic and oil.

How to Have a Nicotine-Free 2015

“It doesn't matter where you start.  Just start."

It's that time of year once again, when we make a list of resolutions for the coming year. If you can't think of any, the United States government has thoughtfully provided us with a list of the most popular resolutions and how to achieve them. Third on the list is to quit smoking.

Diamonds are Forever: How a Marketing Campaign Created a Worldwide Phenomenon

The first documented offer of a diamond engagement ring was in 1477, to Mary of Burgundy from Archduke Maximilian of Austria, setting off a trend among European royalty and nobility.

Colorado Landlord & Tenant Law and Resources

During the 1950's contractors in Beijing, China, were required to include huge basements in all new construction. Meant to serve as air raid shelters, the basements were equipped with electricity, plumbing and sewer pipes. Currently, due to a huge population increase in Beijing, an estimated one million immigrants (usually young people starting their careers in the city) live in these catacombs - one, two, or even three stories below ground, in spaces averaging around 105 square feet.

Steampunk: Where the Future Meets the Past

While doing some early online holiday shopping, I came across the "steampunk roadkill leather top hat," on sale for $346.50, reduced from $495.00. Although I decided against buying the hat, I realized that I wasn't exactly sure what "steampunk" is, or where it came from.

Food for Thought - Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes with Secret Ingredients

Although Thanksgiving is all about tradition, you can create your own twist on classic dishes just by adding unexpected ingredients to time-honored recipes:

Myofascial Trigger Points: A Real Pain in the Neck

During his presidency, John F. Kennedy suffered from nearly debilitating pain that almost ended his political career. He turned to Dr. Janet G. Travell, pioneer researcher of the concept of myofascial trigger points, a chronic pain disorder caused by pressure on sensitive points in your muscles that results in "referred" pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body.

The Making of a Comic Masterpiece: A Confederacy of Dunces

"When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him."

--Jonathan Swift, epigraph from Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting

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