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If you’re cloying or annoying, it’s our culture you’re destroying

The jails and prisons are overcrowded as it is, but there has to be room for a few more. There’s no excuse. Maybe there’s a story, but there’s no excuse. Anyone who leaves a shopping cart at a … more

Somehow time is a fastball that throws you a curve

Time flies. Time really flies. I just received an invitation to pre-order a 2019 SUV. The vehicle isn’t in the works: It already exists. I received the invitation in February 2018. When I was a … more

Amid gun glut, ‘This is Colorado’ says too much and too little

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said, “This is Colorado. Everybody has a gun.” Seven words that create a mural. Should they be added to our license plates and the signs that welcome … more

We all want to leave our mark, but on what?

Pikes Peak (with or without the apostrophe). Speer Boulevard. MLK Jr. Boulevard. Carr Street. Stapleton International Airport (and now a Denver neighborhood). McNichol’s Arena. Ellie Caulkins Opera … more

The importance of filling young souls

The news out of Florida last Wednesday was too familiar. This incident was slightly different, in that there was obviously a breakdown of law enforcement, both from a “watchlist” standpoint and … more

Good, better and best options and outcomes

Whenever I go into an ice cream shop, notice I didn’t say “if” I go into an ice cream shop, it’s when I go into an ice cream shop because anyone who knows me knows it is only a matter of … more

Puppy love is in bloom as plants are upstaged

May flowers are on the dining room table. They don’t come from my garden. They come from a grocery store. I was diagnosed with a brown thumb. I once had house plants. Not a lot of them, but enough … more

Share a smile and you’re likely to change another person’s day

So lately I have been testing a theory, and I have to tell you it has been so much fun. I have written about this quote before, I have been familiar with it for more than two decades, and I have read … more

Listen first, respond second, and do both with great care

Over the past 10 years, many of you have asked me a similar question. You have asked me for one of the best lessons that I have learned over the course of my career and my life. Historically I have … more

Whether it’s gewgaws, gadgets or gigabytes, the less the merrier

“My echo, my shadow, and me.” If you were to walk into my house right now, that’s about all you would see. “We three, we’re all alone, living in a memory.” I am not going anywhere, and my … more

Remembering a woman who made a clean slate of cleaning

Margaret Atwood — remember her? — said, “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” To be honest, I had never heard of Atwood, but I liked the quote. The quote led me … more

Wheat Ridge would benefit from some de-weeding

I encourage the Wheat Ridge City Council to not allow the establishment of marijuana accessory consumption rooms as provided for in the recently passed House Bill 1258.  And, I would further … more

Some tips I’ve learned about how to be a geezer

According to Webster Dictionary a geezer is a old grumpy man. But in my opinion with the advent of transgender identities, and for the purpose of this column, a geezer doesn’t have to be a man. … more

The bad kind of trust fall

I’ve been thinking a lot over the past couple weeks about the concept of institutional trust. Yeah, I’ve been working on other things, too. At any rate, the reason I’ve been thinking about this … more

Grabbing that low-hanging fruit can help you reach mountaintop

One of my favorite quotes is this, “The fruit we eat on the mountaintop was grown in the valley.” I have heard this quote many times and it is usually attributed to either Fred Smith or Billy … more

There’s a lot to be said for a moment of silence

Man goes to see his doctor and says, “Doc, every time I hit my hand with a hammer it hurts.” Doctor says, “Stop hitting your hand with a hammer.” That’s one of the oldest jokes I’ve ever … more

In touch and staying in touch with those who mean so much

If we look back over the past several weeks, months, or even years, I would bet that we can think of some people in our lives that we wish we would have stayed in touch with more often. Maybe it’s … more

The courage of encouragement helps us brave life’s problems

Building upon last week’s column about yesterday’s achievements becoming our successes of tomorrow, I wanted to share more about the power of encouragement and the courage to become an … more

Life may not be predictable, but graduation speeches are

The invitations have gone out, and once again I didn’t receive one. I wasn’t asked by a single high school, college, or university in the United States to give their commencement speech, even … more

A thank-you to our elementary school teachers

Many moons ago, back when I was still in a phase of my career in which I had to purchase my pay raises, I had to take a class called “Trends in Modern Education.” I remember very little of the … more
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