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Insert Comma • A Portfolio of Leigh E. Rich
Categories: Editorials, Ethics, Health, People, Social Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on “Born like this / Into this”

Tuberculosis, justice, and futuristic dinosaurs By Leigh E. Rich I was born of disease. Not in the same circumstances as too many still today and so many others in the past, but my existence—or at least key narratives from life courses entwined with my existence—are rooted in disease. Had it not been for the “Spanish […]

Categories: Books, People, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Authors sign book in blood

Curse drives Denver-based horror duo to dig deep By Leigh E. Rich Chaosicon: A Novel of Supernatural Terror By Christopher Leppek and Emanuel Isler Write Way Publishing June 2001 358 pages Horror authors Christopher Leppek and Emanuel “Mani” Isler never thought “chaos” would stalk them. Or come for their blood. Literally. The Denver-based duo recently […]

Categories: Books, People, Science, Social Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Prepared or panicked?

Epidemics and the concept of ‘Dread’ with author Philip Alcabes By Leigh E. Rich In the mid-1300s, the “Great Mortality” decimated nearly one-third of Europe’s population. One of every three or four individuals was stricken with the “pestilence,” a mysterious illness that began with a headache, fever and swollen lymph glands—around which red spots on […]

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Former surgeon Richard Selzer dissects ‘The Doctor as Writer’ By Leigh E. Rich It’s taken him 37 years, but surgeon-turnedauthor Richard Selzer knows his worth—at least as a writer. “It’s not much, but it’s something,” the soon-to-be 78-year-old says with a wry smile and a wink. No politician or pop star, Selzer undersells himself. The […]

Categories: People, Politics, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Denver’s mayor-about-town

Hickenlooper breaks bread with GOP Lincolners By Leigh E. Rich Denver’s seeing much more of its mayor these days. Though the geologist-turned brewery owner-turned politician is always out and about on his city streets—he lives in a loft, after all—the tall, lanky visage of John W. Hickenlooper is frequently finding its way onto television, into […]

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It’s a legal home run for Suthers, Colorado’s 37th AG By Leigh E. Rich Colorado’s Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey may have well shouted “Play ball!” after administering John Suthers’ oath of office at his swearing in Monday. There may be no obvious connection between America’s favorite pastime and American public service, but Suthers bridged that […]

Categories: People, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Wrapping the world in warmth

Grandma RaRa brings blankies to children everywhere By Leigh E. Rich President Bush and countless children of all ages around the world are linked by a common thread. Grandma Ra Ra. This might not mean much to those who have never heard of this youthful Arvada resident originally from West Virginia, but Grandma Ra Ra […]

Categories: Books, History, People, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Criminal’s life stranger than fiction

Whiskey Robber’s ballad a page-turner By Leigh E. Rich Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts By Julian Rubinstein Little, Brown and Company September 2004 304 pages $23.95 ($34.95 CAN) Perhaps few in the United States know much about Hungary, a […]

Categories: Books, People, Religion, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Disorganized ‘Wisdom’ tries to enlighten

Latest book by His Holiness erratic, flighty By Leigh E. Rich The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Conversations and Journeys By His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Victor Chan Riverhead Books August 2004 256 pages $24.95 ($36 CAN) It might seem odd to have a Chinese writer interview the Dalai Lama. After all, the great Buddhist […]

Categories: Humor, People, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on A Rich addition

L.E. Rich joins ‘The Colorado Statesman’s’ staff By Alan Smithee “Playwright Oscar Wilde wrote in The Critic as Artist, ‘Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.’ I really wish someone would have told me that before I spent […]

Categories: Books, People, Social Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on From the heart

A memoir from an anthropologist who found acceptance in the street life of 1960s Guaymas, Mexico By Leigh E. Rich The Guaymas Chronicles: La Mandadera By David E. Stuart. University of New Mexico Press $24.95. Often invisible from the mainstream and still somewhat misunderstood, the modern anthropologist is relegated by society to either an intriguing […]

Categories: Books, History, People, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on On ‘Death’ and awakening

Remembering Emmett Louis Till By Leigh E. Rich Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America By Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson One World/Ballantine December 2004 320 pages In 1976, Mamie Till-Mobley witnessed the unveiling of a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Denver’s City Park. In the sculpture, […]