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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.

Plaza Voices: New Refugee/Parole Program Announced

Cover of Enrique's Journey, available through DPL

The 2006 book "Enrique's Journey," based on author Sonia Nazario's Pulitzer Prize-winning series for the Los Angeles Times, follows a Honduran boy as he travels alone across Mexico, trying to reach the United States in search of his mother.

Why are (some) dolls so creepy?

Creepy dolls

What is it about dolls?  Everyone has a scary or creepy doll story... or a grandmother who has a creepy doll... something.  

Open Enrollment for Health Insurance is in Full Swing!!!

Connect for Health Colorado

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act began November 15, 2014 and runs through February 15, 2015. During this time you may enroll for the first time, renew your current plan, or switch to a different plan. If you were enrolled in a plan for 2014, the benefit year ends on December 31, 2014.

What's in your future?

future

It's hard to believe 2014 is coming to an end.  Seems like just yesterday we were awaiting Y2K, judgment day, purple skies and people running everywhere.

Government Recalls Quiz - Exploding toilets? Partial Finger Amputations?

Easy Bake Oven

A recent Washington Post blog headline said "It’s the worst year ever for auto recalls." You definitely hear a lot about automobile recalls in the news. Food recalls, drug recalls, consumer goods recalls, cosmetics recalls. The U.S. Coast Guard even investigates boat recalls.

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:

Seven Commandments of Holiday Shopping

Holiday Shopping

I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving, but Holiday craziness and shopping stresses me out - it all seems to be creep further into the loveliness and peacefulness of Thanksgiving every year.  

One of my favorite resources, Consumer Reports, has put out a useful one-page guide to help shoppers manage spending and financial decisions through the holidays.  I especially like #5.  

The seven commandments they've come up with are:

Fighting Ebola with Information

Ebola Outbreak Info

Wouldn't it be great if everything you needed to know about the Ebola virus was in one place, easy to find, and from trusted sources? Instead, there's Facebook and Twitter, the Internet, radio, TV, newspapers, email and on and on...

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