Hello! My name is Kirsten Akens. I am an award-winning journalist and editor, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Since 2013, I have been freelancing full-time as both a reporter and an editor. Prior to freelancing, I worked for seven years at the Colorado Springs Independent alt-weekly, most re...
Joe Pug's career as a singer-songwriter has been one of ups and downs. After a quick rise, a record deal with Nashville's Lightning Rod Records, and four years of nonstop touring, in late 2013, the musician was struggling. To fans, his life looked big, bold and getting better day by day. But behind the scenes, he'd lost his joy for music, and any sense of a healthy personal life. Pug made an important choice — to completely step away for about a year to regroup. And it was a wise move.
According to Rachel McQueen, a textile scientist and associate professor in the University of Alberta’s Department of Human Ecology, most people wash their clothes way too often. “I think what’s happening in this hygiene-focused world now is that it’s just become a habit,” she says. “People wear a pair of jeans or a sweater once and think it’s loaded with bacteria.”It isn’t so much that bacteria don’t populate your clothing—they most certainly do.
click to enlarge Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville and you'll wander through glass-encased exhibits featuring guitars, shiny awards, album notes and the like from all the old-timers and top names of country such as Roseanne Cash and George Strait, Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks.