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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

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

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
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