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December 2014 • Online Edition

PROFILE ONLINE: Check out our flipbook

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Push has finally come to shove

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BUSINESS: 9th & Colorado redux moves forward

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Creating a place for vitality to flourish

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THE HOLIDAYS: All manner of fun for all of you

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SCHOOL NEWS: Grant lab facilitates blended learning

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No Matter Who Steers The Ship From Here, The Challenges Of Growth Remain The Same | Print |  E-mail

by Paul Kashmann

Push is approaching shove. The faint light that has awaited at the end of the tunnel is now closing in and burning with the brilliance of a thousand suns. These words that have been waiting to be written can wait no longer.

     As of February 6, 2015, I, your loyal wordsmith, will no longer wear the mantle of publisher of Washington Park Profile. I am stepping down to pursue other challenges that I have alluded to over the past few months, and about which you will be hearing a great deal between now and springtime.

Maedée Duprès: Harmony/Movement In The Art Of Living | Print |  E-mail

by Susan Dugan

Dance spaces are usually renovated,” reflects Maedée Duprès, owner of A Living Arts Centre, just across the river from Grant-Frontier Park at 2231 S. Platte River Dr. “There are pillars in the middle or the ceilings are too low. It’s very rare that the building is constructed (specifically) for dance.”

     Built from the ground up and opened in 2007 to house a community of like-minded teachers and practitioners dedicated to movement, wellness, healing, and the arts, the airy structure features high ceilings, skylights, and two large dance studios. “Both studio floors are sprung,” Duprès says. “That means they’re floating floors so they’re kind to joints. Our acupuncturist is also an artist, so she uses the front entrance area to exhibit her work, and there’s stained glass in the front doorway that gives you the sense of art right as you enter.”

Armchair Gardening: Next Best Thing To Hands In The Dirt | Print |  E-mail

by Joan Hinkemeyer


December should be gardeners’ least favorite month. Each day is increasingly shorter, colder and darker, with the earth seemingly caught in a type of frozen death. Nature always surprises us though, and every green thumber’s spirits rise after the 21st when the sun returns. Then each moment of added daylight fuels our optimism as we again dream of our next perfect garden.

University Park News & Views | Print |  E-mail

by Diana Helper


‘Tis the month before Christmas, as at deadline we write,

our thoughts are a-stirring through half of the night! 

No wreath has been hung! tangled lights are unlit!

and our column – and cards – have yet to be writ! 

The tree is still snug in its big cardboard box!

with manger scene, angels, kings, shepherds and flocks! 

No presents are bought! much less sent overseas!

no cookies are baked! and we’re starting to wheeze! 

The house needs a cleaning! we’re out of bananas!

and we’re running out of sufficient mananas! 

But there is no time for a holiday snit,

as we run through this sitcom-ish holiday skit! 

So join in the laugh-track, whatever you do,

and may peace and glad tidings attend all of you! 

(And then there’s just one more fine festive event –

we’re 60 years married! Where has the time went!)