Every picture on Kyle Freeland’s right arm tells a story. A pocket watch on his bicep commemorates a defining moment in his professional life. His wife, Ashley, their dogs, and his beloved grandmother are also celebrated in ink. Love for his native state is tattooed up and down his arm. A columbine celebrates the state flower. The numbers 303 and 5,280 need no explanation for any Colorado native. “I was born and raised here and I’m proud of that,” the Rockies’ left-hander said. “And there are so many elements about Colorado that you can incorporate in your tattoos. The mountains, the beautiful summers, the state flower, the snow, all of that, including the Mile High City.” Freeland, 29, was born and raised in Denver and attended Holm Elementary, Hamilton Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School. He grew up snowboarding at Keystone and will spend this month’s all-star break chilling out in Vail. He’s a huge fan of the Stanley Cup champion Avalanche, Broncos and … [Read more...] about Rockies’ Kyle Freeland wears his heart for Colorado tattooed on his arm
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin It’s cool to drink rose all summer long and yes, even into fall. But you’ll be doing your patriotic duty to sample these easy-breezy sips for celebrating July 4. Adega Vinho Estate Rose of Mourvèdre 2021, “Bilger Family Vineyards,” Texas. The Lone Star State has come into its own producing roses, many of which make terrific late-summer-into-fall partners. This is one of them: a deeper, spicier style of rose. Barrel fermented fives it some depth (get out a steak for this one). Only 150 cases produced; order direct from winery. Barnard Griffin Rose of Sangiovese, 2021, Columbia Valley, Washington. A darker-hued rose that was a hit at our tasting panel, garnet colored, very dry, white flowers and fresh strawberry on the nose. Tart tinge lends interest. Buckel Family Wine 2021, Colorado. A tropical expression of rose from Colorado’s far western wine region. Guava and strawberry are joined by cranberry and the … [Read more...] about All American Roses: The Hotter Than Heck Edition!
At 1:05 a.m. on a crisp February morning in Boulder, 52-year-old Sheila Luna laid her head back on the hospital bed in her moonlit living room, closed her eyes and took her last breath. Her death did not come without warning. Ever since the day 14 months earlier when doctors diagnosed her with late-stage colon cancer, Sheila and her husband Charles had been planning for what would happen next. A quiet and pragmatic scientist who shifted to medical herbalism late in her career, Sheila had always felt at peace forging through the wilderness with a backpack or sitting cross-legged on a rock by a stream. In death, the last thing she wanted was to pollute the ground with chemically treated casket wood or foul the air with toxic cremation emissions. Charles, a quick-witted marketing exec, had loved her desperately from the moment they met in college 27 years earlier, through their adventures across 19 countries and the raising of their two daughters. To him, the thought of handing her … [Read more...] about With water cremation, body composting and open-air pyres, Coloradans are pioneering a new kind of death care