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Take a trip to see all the autumn glory of the state

Fall in Colorado is a time of change, of transition in nature and the color of our outdoors. The refreshing green of summer quaking aspen leaves turn to a brilliant and glittering gold and rust as the trees display a fall calm, a view of beauty and … more

A week bookended by the best and worst of humanity

y week ended at a wedding Saturday night, as one of my wife’s associates tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend. A fine ending, given how everybody’s week started, with the news from Las Vegas. Saturday night, two people affirmed … more

Birthday prompts reflection: The seven signs of growth

By the time you read this, I will have made another 365-day trip around the sun. Not a milestone birthday in itself, although the previous 12 months have been anything but ordinary. Consider all that has transpired since October 2016 … feel … more

In a world often awash in ugliness, beauty is the best place to retreat

Don’t look at me. And don’t look to me. When someone like Harvey, Irma, Maria or Stephen Paddock comes along who challenges existence in ways that are difficult to rationalize, explain or accept, don’t look to me for answers, because I … more

Trend of lowering the bar is really just a big downer

One of my favorite things to do each week is attending some community social functions. Just a coffee hour where members of the community will take turns volunteering each week to provide the refreshments and snacks for others who come out to join … more

Some things need to be brought home, but violence is never one of them

This isn’t going to be one of the funny ones. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “On average, 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.” October is National … more

Remember to celebrate the big and small accomplishments

AND…. Go Rockies! Yes, your Colorado Rockies are going to the postseason in 2017! Of course, by the time you read this, it is entirely possible that they will be out of the postseason already, but we’re going to ignore that for just a … more

The cultural divide bigger than an offensive line

Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his seminal work on the decision-making process “Blink” about a marriage therapist named John Gottman who can, remarkably, predict with 91 percent accuracy a marriage’s chance of ending in a divorce after observing a … more

Crucial difference between daring to fail and fatal mistakes

I have long been an advocate of calculated risks, of daring greatly, and, in the words of John Maxwell, failing forward. Especially for young people, and people who are not responsible for others, sometimes the very best teacher is trying something … more

The funny thing about littering is that there’s nothing funny about it

Jennifer and I just flew back from Detroit, and, boy, are our arms tired. Michigan is my homeland, specifically Ann Arbor, and I thought that she should have at least one encounter with a University of Michigan home game in her lifetime. If … more

Don’t look away from what the mirror is trying to tell you

Typically the first person we greet each morning is ourselves. Whether we are washing up, brushing our teeth, shaving, putting on some makeup or combing or brushing our hair, our first interaction is looking straight into our own eyes. We may be … more

Down in our DNA, we’re not so different after all

I wanted to be surprised, and I was. You may have read before about my Romanian grandparents, who left a troubled Europe in search of a better life. They settled in Chicago, where my mother was born in 1918. My father’s parents had been here … more

High school sports offer opportunity to experience sense of community

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike. Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It … more

Helping kids learn to read their name

As big brothers and sisters return from school and talk about what they are learning, autumn is a perfect time for younger children to learn to spell their name and share what they are learning, too. There are some fun activities to help remember … more

I hear NASA calling me to protect our planet

NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has an opening for a Planetary Protection Officer. NASA maintains policies for planetary protection applicable to all space flight missions that may carry Earth organisms and organic … more

Changing direction instead of moving forward can take real strength

Sometimes, I really enjoy looking at things a little differently. Y’know, finding the weird evidence of something that doesn’t really jibe with the way everybody else looks at things. Let me give you an example. For a stretch of about 10 … more

What is the counter argument to equal pay for equal work?

If you don't agree with this statement - equal pay for equal work - please use the email below to tell write and me why. I'm serious ... if you don't believe that women deserve the same pay that … more

Football and bigotry on the brain this week

Boy, what a week it’s been. The back and forth, the rallying to the banners, the passionate opinions offered on both sides … THIS is what America is supposed to be. Or, well this is what American football inspires, anyway. What? You thought I … more

Downtown project explores topic of race

When I sat down to write about Charlottesville last week, I found that I had no words, which doesn’t happen very often for me. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say, though, that I had too words, too many jumbled phrases, too many tumbled emotions. … more

Parkinson’s can unlock a patient’s hidden artistry

A surge of creativity is a common side effect for people with Parkinson’s disease. For Margie, a Covenant Village of Colorado resident, this newfound artistic inspiration was an “unexpected blessing.” “I didn’t know when I was diagnosed … more
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