Claro 2013 Edition


Bullets and Baseball, by George Niehouse
In this personal essay, Niehouse explores the restorative effects of baseball, especially as an antidote to the strains of violence and poverty.

Aromatherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Sufferers and Their Caretakers, by Deborah Houk
Houk explains the uses and effects of various scents in the treatment of PTSD.

Images of Suffering: Look Deeply and Think, by Steph Hildebrandt
By examining two essays that question the ethics of showing images of death, Hildebrandt makes the case that displaying these images is deeply ethical in that we can use them to reflect on the human condition.

Crossfit Elevation: Sample Marketing Plan, by Gemma Ganni
Ganni’s proposed gym satisfies the Crossfit craze with some niche additions, like yoga, nutrition counseling, and a pro-shop.

Dreams of Flight, by Sumner Evans
In this imaginative essay cast as the journal of Orville Wright, Evans shows the tribulations and triumphs of attaining flight.

Marijuana in Moderation: Relaxing Responsibly, by Anthony Ortbals
In this web page, Ortbals humorously argues that popular culture depicts “40 oz.” as a great way to relax, but it dramatizes and demonizes “2 puffs.”  He advocates responsible marijuana use and lauds its ability to promote relaxation in our increasingly frantic world.

Weeeeee……. What a Ride!!!  The Cherrelyn Bronco & Gravity Horse Car, by Jennifer Plack
Take a tour through Englewood history on a genuine horse car, as detailed by the horse who pulled it.

A Plague on All Our Houses: The Necessity of Childhood Vaccines, by Nicole Schlesinger
Using multiple genres to make her case for vaccines, Schlesinger explains “herd protection,” addresses frequent concerns, and shows the consequences of the growing trend not to vaccinate. 

The Glorious Greenback, by Tanner Marshall
Marshall takes us with him on a search for the elusive Greenback cutthroat trout, and finds a sense of peace in the face of its uncertain future.
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Binary Oppositions Shared and Overcome: A Deconstruction of Sexuality Along Family Fault Lines in Bechdel’s Fun Home, by Kai Duby
This literary analysis shows how a father’s repressed sexuality defines his daughter’s gender and sexual identities in Bechdel’s graphic novel.

You Are What You Eat: What’s the Cost of Prada versus Nada? by Nicole Davis
Davis argues that movements to educate parents and children about food don’t do enough in the face of ever-present food deserts and food insufficiency.  It’s not enough to know better, if you can’t easily and cheaply eat better.

A Fresh Look at Heart Disease, by Deborah Houk
Recent research implies that our old ideas about cardiovascular disease are outdated. Instead of focusing on fats, Houk asserts that we need to reduce inflammation, which can be caused in part by grain-based carbohydrates, and can be reduced by many herbs that she discusses. 

Is Food Thy Medicine? by Evelyn Palma
Palma’s explorative essay explores her family’s meat-centric food history and research on whether a vegan or vegetarian diet could be good “medicine.”  Can she part with her beloved carne asada and cheesecake, or does she not need to?

Little Boy, by Zac Champion
Little Boy just wants to play; trouble is, he’s an atomic bomb.  We fall with him toward Hiroshima, and we see the destruction he wreaks through his own startled and innocent eyes.

Destination Mars: Our First Step Toward the Stars, by Rachel Anderson
Part science-fiction, part research essay: Anderson’s multi-genre piece argues for the colonization of Mars.  Includes a web page.

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper, by Kyle Dymowski
An iconic image of construction workers reveals the Depression’s desperation and danger.

Molly’s Journey to Living Smoke-Free, by Missy Lambuth
Lambuth describes her important work as a smoking-cessation coach as part of a program called “Quit Coaching.”

Implementation of a Prenatal Education Program in Grand County, Colorado, by Candace Daugherty, Abbey Jordan, Rebecca Powell, & Janice Van Bockern
This proposal includes a thorough methodology and budget detailing how this group would create a program to offer appropriate childbirth preparation. 

Hepatitis B—Understanding Your Disease, Symptoms, and Lab Results: An Informative Overview, by Monica Buelt
Buelt offers an overview of Hepatitis B, interprets lab results, and gives helpful resources for those infected with the virus.

Audio Content

When the Violet Conquers the Wolf, by Amy Buchanan
This audio essay explores forgiveness’s place in recovering from abuse.

Thoughts on #Coffee, #Card Games, and Regaining #Community, by Emily Johnson
In this podcast, Johnson admits to “hiding” in public behind her electronic device and wonders what we could gain if we counteracted this trend toward not interacting fully in public space.

Video Content

Hypergraphia, by Hannah Baker
Using all her own images, Baker explores art’s role in healing trauma.

From Rags to Wags: My Dad’s Journey, My Inspiration, by Jacob Buescher
This financial literacy narrative is also a tribute to the hard work and dedication that can lead to economic success.

My Hero, by Macayley Nelson
Nelson’s tribute to her father brings home the tragedy of war, and the strength of a daughter’s love. 

The Cuban Missile Crisis, by Connor Walker
This digital video essay explores the causes and effects of the Cuban Missile Crisis by drawing on a wide range of historical documents and images.

Heroine: A Struggle, by Joseph Medina
After saving someone from a car accident while under the influence of heroine, Medina examines his son’s claim that he is a “hero.”

Rooftops and Puddle Diving: Finding Medicine in the Middle of It, by Parry Matte
In this photo essay, Matte soulfully sojourns on an oasis of concrete, finding the Zen in the urban environment.

My Warrior Princess in the Age of Zero Tolerance, by Kim Gallegos
Gallegos argues against the Zero Tolerance Law in elementary schools by introducing us to her precocious daughter, Zoe.

After, by Sarah Cash
Cash wonders if “being bad at marriage” is genetic, and if she should take the plunge.

Kindness is Killing Me, by Michelle Richards
Nice girls may finish last, too, according to Richards.