We all can agree the pandemic has been an equal opportunity destroyer, wreaking havoc in every corner of society. A year of COVID has been especially devastating for cultural and artistic venues, most prominently the Denver Center for Performing Arts, the heartbeat and soul of the city.

Throughout a normal year, festive crowds would gather beneath the DCPA’s sprawling pavilion, sipping cocktails and peppermint mochas, clutching tickets, and rushing through the beckoning doors of the Buell, Elle Caulkins, Boetcher, and Bonfils theatres. …

Chapter One

Do you believe in destiny? How about fate? Destiny sounds hopeful and wishful, while fate smacks of disappointment. If you're tracing life’s trajectory, try drawing a direct line to the moment when your destiny was determined. Not easy, is it? Now do fate; look for the exact moment when fate reared its ugly head. Destiny and fate are two sides of the same coin.

One may also argue there’s no rhyme or reason for the way things turn out. Just throw your hands up and let the cards fall where they may. Well, I say f#ck that. I believe in…

Pandemic Edition

Season’s greetings, salutations one and all,

The Solomons send yule-tide greetings and good cheer.

Join us as we raise a toast to 2020:

Adios to a shitty year.

It started out strong, filled with dazzle and woo-hoo.

Noah admitted to Cornell, Bella to Johns Hopkins U.

Maddie penning pieces at Oxy, loving LA.

Between school, soccer, and basketball, Marina busy all day.

After twenty-five years of freelancing and juggling kid schedules,

Emily hit her stride at Keshet, raising lots of funds and crushing deadlines.

And Coach Jay’s b-ball team played for the City Championship — and won, holy cow!

(Doff…

BRAVING THE STORM

“It’s impossible to characterize the magnitude of the social, personal, and economic carnage wreaked by the 2020 pandemic. Hyperbole comes up short, metaphors prove woefully elusive. There are a million stories of persistence, survival, desolation, hope, and heartbreak, all told with the common thread of pain.”

The world as we know it changed on March 11, 2020, when the novel coronavirus metastasized from a mysterious epidemic brewing in a distant Chinese province and exploded into an immediate and imminent global threat crashing on our shores, and at our doors. …

A Denver chef with over ten thousand hours of experience shares his views on what’s hot in the kitchen for 2020.

When it comes to identifying food trends emerging in 2020, a good place to start might be to Google it. The search engine will give you a meta-analysis assembled mostly by content providers doing the same thing — searching for clues on the internet.

For a more authentic take, you could interview a chef who’s been in the restaurant business for, I don’t know, thirty years? And if that same chef developed over 400 recipes last year for his dinner delivery business — well, this is a no-brainer. Want to know what’s trending in the kitchen? Talk to the chef.

A Fishing Story for the Ages

The fishing line jiggled. I put down my donut. My father clutched his pole as the line grew taut. “You got a strike!” I blurted. He reeled in the line as it zigged and zagged in defiance. He gave a good yank and reeled some more, arching the pole high.

“That’s not seaweed,” I said, smacking my lips with remnants of a galactically sweetened glazed donut.

“ No shit,” he grunted, spitting into the lake. He pursed his lips but seemed unphased; this was just another day at the office. I peered across the water hoping to see the fish…

From Farm to Table to Dumpster, an Ungodly Amount of Food is Going to Waste — and This Chef Blames the Restaurant Industry

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Reduce, reuse, recycle. It’s like a Beatles song you can’t get out of your head. The millennial mantra, the rallying cry for saving the planet.

Unfortunately, despite the buzz of the sustainability movement, we ain’t doing so great. According to a landmark study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, a whopping 40% of food ends up in the landfill. It’s not just college cafeterias and Vegas buffets that are culpable — every link in the food chain is broken. …

Consider the plight of the parent-coach. Always first to arrive at practices and games and last to leave. Part instructor, part hand-holder, and part sherpa, the parent-coach must contend with not just impressionable/whacked out children and hormonally-imbalanced young adults but with their vested and (sometimes) neurotic parents. In the best of times, the parent-coach is hailed as a role model and mentor. The worst of times, players snicker (and parents bicker) behind their back — and often to their face.

As the father of four, I coached youth sports for thirteen years. Coaching baseball, basketball, and soccer, I saw my…

What do you give to a girl who has everything? By that, I mean everything in the world that counts. Four healthy children who seek her guidance and approval and don’t hole up in their rooms at night. An amazing group of friends who span not years but decades, from childhood, high school, and college and throughout post-nuptial couplehood and motherhood. She’s more than a friend; she’s an attentive listener, confidante, and connector. And should your life take a wrong turn— she is the steely consigliere who will steer you through the rough patches.

Her parents, Bree and Ed, have…

Chapter 2: The Tour

For twenty years I rose early and drove west towards downtown Denver, its skyline framed by America’s “purple mountain majesties,” the Rocky Mountains. I commuted through Denver’s historic neighborhoods, marveling at iridescent tulips in spring, children jumping through sprinklers in summer, gigantic pumpkins set on doorsteps in fall, and holiday lights adorning trees in winter. I wound my way down boulevards rimmed with a canopy of trees, passing dog walkers and bicyclists along Cherry Creek and yielding at crosswalks to young couples pushing baby strollers and clutching their coffees. …

Jay Solomon

Writer, satirist, youth sports coach, dad, and owner of www.JAYS2GO.com, a dinner delivery service in Denver, Colorado.

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