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It doesn’t matter what you say when what you say doesn’t matter

Jennifer went shopping on her own, and picked up everything we needed for a wonderful homemade meal, including something called a “salad kit.” A salad kit comes in a clear bag, so you can see what’s in it. What’s in it is washed and … more

Jefferson County Schools could go for a bit more grit

“Tyler” is an honor student who is in three Advanced Placement classes, scored in the 95th percentile on his SAT, and is on track to attend a highly regarded college. Tyler goes home after school and spends hours reviewing the minutiae of … more

Veterans Day — what it means to them, and us

Our military service taught us and molded us in multiple ways. We know how to work hard, learn difficult things quickly, and make difficult decisions with incomplete information. But we also learned … more

An invitation to join the education conversation

With election season now in our rear-view mirror, Jeffco Public Schools now turns our attention to the future, and what that means for our schools and community. In October, we released a vision document for the community to consider. … more

Colorado exchange up and running for those wanting health insurance

Now’s the time to go shopping — no, not for the holidays just yet, but for health insurance coverage. It’s open enrollment season, a time to compare policies and find the coverage that works best for you and your family as the new year … more

A special ingredient in student success can be found after the school bell rings

Last Saturday, my son had a soccer game at Platt Middle School in Boulder. And, though I spent four years in Boulder, I’d never been to Platt, so this was a new experience for me. Platt, it turns out, is in the older, eastern section of Boulder, … more

Happiness through yesterday, today and tomorrow can be an unbroken chain

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” - Jim Rohn Last week we covered the importance of love in our past, and the role of love in our present and love in our future. This week we … more

Empathy unites the hopes and dreams of humanity

Last Friday night, I was in Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Ukraine. I smelled the jasmine and heard the mourning doves of Syria. I savored lunch in Afghanistan. I felt buildings collapse in Mexico, and witnessed the capture of a terrorist in Iraq. I met … more

Celebrating a holiday that isn’t about the good times

She was born in Athens, Ohio, and her family tree was filled with distinction. Didn’t matter. She wasn’t worthy. And her design was so understated and subtle that it was denounced as well. America and Americans are not always beautiful. She was … more

Simple ways to train your brain for positivity

From the Navy Seals, to cutting edge organizations, to the kid next door. Everyone is beginning to realize the power of positivity and how to harness it for their own use. The good news — it’s available to everyone. With continued practice your … more

Book smarts do not always translate into leadership savvy

I’m going to do something a little bit risky with this column. No, no — I’m not using it to give relationship advice. I’m not that stupid. No, I’m going to write about something that is about to happen, but which you will know the … more

Love yesterday, today and tomorrow — an integral, relevant, powerful force

Thank you in advance for reading this column. I sure do appreciate all of the emails feedback, what an awesome community we have. I hope you will join me for the next few weeks as this is the first of a three-part series: Love, Happiness, and … more

We need to apologize for this sorry state of affairs

Brenda Lee’s comin’ on strong. I’m sorry, so sorry, please accept my apology. For what I said in the high school cafeteria to Dottie Danford. For what I said in the art building elevator at UCLA to Magenta O’Toole. For what I said … more

Ten important benefits to community living for seniors

Deciding to leave the family home of 30-plus years and move to a retirement community isn’t easy. Our homes are filled with memories and a familiarity we tend to hold on to as we grow older. But memories don’t make dinner conversation, trigger a … more

Whether we like it or not, the times are a changing

“The only constant in life is change.” My father must have quoted that little trope to me about 100 times in my life. Usually, it was at the exact moment that the wisdom of the statement was the least bit useful to me. But, of course, that … more

Worth repeating: `If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’

It is said Thomas Edison tried and failed 10,000 times before successfully inventing the light bulb. And when it comes to trying and failing and finally succeeding, Abraham Lincoln’s attempts at running for political office and finally becoming … more

Heaven knows that heaven snows — that’s how life in Colorado goes

A newcomer to our state said, “Why don’t you write about the first snow of the year?” I said, “You mean the one we had in early January?” “No, the one we just had — in October.” “That was the first snow of the season. Not … more

Stay warm and enjoy a variety of genres this winter

If you ask me, the kind of music the sounds best in the wintertime, when it gets cold and dark early, can be summed up in one word — warm. Warm music sounds, clearly, like it was produced by human hands. It’s acoustic guitar driven tracks, … more

Get off the fence when it comes to forgiveness

If you do not have anyone in your life that you need to or should forgive, or if you have no reason to be forgiven yourself, you may want to skip this column today. However, if you believe that there are one or more people who you would feel better … more

You’re right, owner of an unleashed dog — you’re amazing, and we’re lucky to have you

I have some very good news for some of you — and you know who you are. You are exempt from all of the dog leash laws and ordinances and regulations in Douglas County. And do you know why? Because you are special. You are special and cool and … more
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