Tomorrow at midnight, I will stand alongside 464 skiers preparing to make the 40-mile, middle-of-the-night trek, complete with 6,800 vertical feet of climbing, from Crested Butte to Aspen as part of the 21st Grand Traverse.

I got involved in journalism back in my college days at Western out of an interest and enjoyment in telling people’s stories and a nascent intrigue with how the world worked.

As I walk into Gunnison High School (GHS), I’m instantly greeted by change. I graduated in 2010, back when the high school was still the same old 1950s structure, brick and big globe bulbs outside.

My favorite line in this year’s SonofaGunn isn’t particularly funny. It’s more poignant, and it’s delivered by our community’s chief prognosticator, George Sibley.

Approximately 60 percent of all adults have Facebook accounts, and a majority of users obtain some of their news from Facebook. Approximately 84 percent of 18-29-year-olds get news from social media and “digitally native sites.”

What if I told you that I was given a glimpse into the future this week?

There was no time machine. No crystal ball. Just a group of community-minded journalists from across Colorado’s Western Slope gathered in Gunnison to compare notes and swap stories about affordable housing.

As a literary scholar and teacher of literature, I like to remind the students in my classroom that we are storytelling beings, for it is this facet of human consciousness that distinguishes us from other animals.

Feb. 12 is well known as the birthday of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Few are aware, however, that Lincoln shared his birthday (both the day and year, 1809) with another famous figure, the father of evolutionary biology, Charles Darwin.