While shopping the other day, I came across a festive purple and yellow messenger bag made from a recycled plastic banner. Its brand was "Mission Wear" and it was made by Robin, according to its label.
Founded in 2006, Mission Wear creates products that are all about determination and redemption. It started when founder Beth McWhirter was mentoring Carrie, a woman who was trying to break free from a life of addiction and prostitution.
Beth says, "She and I tried to find employment for about 4 months with no success. After that she ended up relapsing, going back to drugs and prostitution. I couldn't help but think that if she had had the stability of a job opportunity, she might not have relapsed."
Imagine that you are hiking and you come across a rare Mohave Desert Tortoise. Did you know that you can get a free app from a government web page that allows you to not only submit information on your findings, but also learn all about this threatened species?
These days, government web pages are the primary way that civilians interact with their government. Here is a list of 12 citizen-friendly and engaging Federal sites that will help you find what you need in a quick, efficient and often fun way:
Wednesday, April 11, is National Bookmobile Day! Help us celebrate this roving resource by visiting the bookmobile and thanking our hardworking bookmobile staff, sending an email to the library, or voicing your support to community leaders.
Today's bookmobile has come a long way from the first one, which was introduced by Washington County, Maryland librarian Mary Titcomb and hit the road in 1905. The horse-drawn book wagon was "filled with an attractive collection of books and drawn by two horses, with Mr. Thomas the janitor both holding the reins and dispensing the books."
When Midian Crosby saw Michael Jackson's Thriller video at the age of six, she was instantly obsessed with monsters. She borrowed older brother Shawn's Fangoria magazines, watched Elvira and developed empathy for misunderstood monsters like Frankenstein.
Supportive parents who encouraged her interests supplied her with dark children's stories and movies such as the Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Freddy Kruger, aliens and werewolves made her happy; what really frightened her were parasites, snakes and spiders.
If you ask to use the restroom at the Wild B.I.R.D. Information and Rehabilitation Center of Denver, you'll have some company, since you'll have to share with a duck taking a bath or a cormorant preening before the mirror.
On the day of my visit, there were about 240 birds at the center - most of them sick or injured and a few who just couldn't find enough to eat over the winter and needed a little R&R before being released. Lodgings range from incubators to paper towel-lined baskets to large habitats, or "flights." There is no caste system here - chickens, ducks, great blue herons, snowy egrets, grebes, western tanagers and pigeons ("the most maligned bird," according to my tour guide, Judi Vietmeyer) all receive the same level of care.
Is your last name Zolp? Are you under 4'10"? A Displaced Aurarian? If so, you may qualify for an Unusual Scholarship.
If not, we have other resources that can help.
There are several ways that you can seek money for your education, even if you're not a straight A student (check out the $1000.00 A GPA Isn't Everything Scholarship). Many students begin by talking with the guidance counselor of the college they will be attending. You can also research local entities, such as where you or your parents work, Kiwanis Clubs or the church or synagogue that you attend.
When science journalist Victoria Costello was told that her 17-year-old son had paranoid schizophrenia, she began a ten-year odyssey to research how genetics and environment are predictors of mental illness and substance abuse.
Part memoir and part handbook, A Lethal Inheritance is a highly readable reckoning of Costello's two sons' mental illness, her own undiagnosed depression and the discoveries she made while trying to help them and herself.
Program Director and grant writer Katie Jones has always been interested in connecting people in need with material necessities.
I recently caught up with Katie while she was researching grant opportunities with the Foundation Directory Online here at the Central Library. "I've been drawn to helping professions for as long as I can remember," she said, "so I chose psychology as my major in college and recently earned my Master in Social Work from the University of Denver. My social work program helped connect me to Clothes to Kids of Denver."