Bibliosmia Book Reviews Columns February 2021 Fureyous

Bibliosmia: The Lilac Girls is No Springtime Stroll

The book follows the lives of three women, which while not entirely intertwined, certainly intersect. Each woman has her own voice and chapters. There was a time that this gimmick would have gotten you a rejection from an agent or publisher, likely on a sticky note, that read “Whose story is this? Pick a main character, rewrite and resubmit.” Those days are long gone; the multiple voice narrative is very common now, fueled, partly, by movies like “Crash” and “Mulholland Drive”.

February 2021 Jazz Music Rob Brethouwer

Confronting the Stereotypes Around Jazz

Is jazz only for certain groups of people? What a ludicrous idea! This month, Rob confronts two silly stereotypes he has come across while living in Western Colorado.

Business February 2021 Jeanette Messano

Growing Your Business with Branding, Part 1

Self-employment is not for the faint of heart.
This month, I am introducing my new business column. It is my goal to speak to all my friends that are self-employed and bring some of my knowledge to you. We will discuss marketing, brand personality, websites and even (one of my least favorite things) social media marketing (bleh). We will have interviews with local businesspeople and learn what tools they have used to help them succeed. Most of all, I hope to help you grow and succeed!

February 2021 Food Healthify Leah Okeson Vegan

Healthify Your Life!

Do you spend a lot of money on take-out? How about delivery? Fast food, including pizza, can add up fast! Try jotting down every time you buy a coffee, a gas station burrito, or fast food, or anything not from your home kitchen – for one week. You might be surprised at how much money you are spending! Now, I don’t mean to be a Debbie-downer here so I am going to give you tips to keeps your meals fast, fresh, and healthy.

7 Questions 7 Minutes Christianity February 2021 Peggy Carey Religion

Seven Questions-Seven Minutes: February

In 2013, Karen helped found Community Spirit United Church of Christ, which is currently meeting online and looking forward to returning to the Ute Indian Museum when the pandemic is over. For almost 50 years now, Karen’s religious and spiritual life has been informed by a statement made by one of her early mentors, who said “The greatest act of faith is to question.”

January 2021 Jazz Music Rob Brethouwer

Excruciatingly Basic Jazz Theory

Even if they are not understood completely, the building blocks of a topic are important to have in mind. For some, the building blocks are understood up to a point and then things become fuzzy. For others, the blocks themselves are an enigma. Theory is the building blocks of music.

Advice Health January 2021 Jeanette Messano

6 Ways to Avoid Burnout

At the begining of 2020 my graphic design business was really taking off. But In March all that changed when the COVID Crisis caused the world spiraling out of control. Yet, even during lockdown, I was experiencing physical and mental burnout. How did I learn to refocus and start my journey towards healing? Read more to find out!

Elyce Ackerman-Casselberry Governance January 2021

Dear Mr. Second Gentleman

Mr. Second Gentleman, I write this letter to explore the importance of having a strong male role model for all husbands out there that are lucky enough to be married to a woman that shatters glass ceilings.  You are perhaps as rare as the female executive.

Contributor December 2020 February 2021 November 2020

Leah Okeson

Leah “The Vegan” Okeson lives in Colorado and works as a social worker. She has two children, two dogs, four cats, and one long-suffering husband. She loves to eat and I love to cook – BUT she’s a vegan. What does that even mean? Vegans do not eat any animal products or byproducts. This includes fish and chicken; milk and egg; gelatin, and even cheese. What DO they eat? Lots of yummy fruits and veggies, beans and tofu, nuts, etc.

Contributor December 2020 February 2021 September 2020


Fureyous is a writer in Western Colorado. She has a fiery, passionate personality and loves to tell us all just what is on her mind.