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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

Human-dog relationship status: ‘It’s uncomplicated’

Why does your dog lick your face? You say, “My dog doesn’t lick my face.” Do me a favor, and just play along. Your dog licks your face because it tastes like a ham on rye. How can your face … 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

It might be nice to have a Washington on our side

As we approach the 242nd Anniversary of the birth of our nation, it often escapes our attention that the real birthday of our nation just passed. On June 21, we celebrated the 230th Anniversary of … 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

Do your part to create the best news of the day

One of my very favorite ways to stay in touch with people during the peak busy season is a quick text. Just a little nudge or reminder that I am thinking of them right at that moment. Depending on … more

We are rooted in memory, until it leaves us rootless

One of my readers — “Gary” — thanked me for a column I had written about barking dogs that he mailed to a neighbor, after his own words didn’t make a dent. My column made a dent, and I said … more

Finding the balance when we agree to disagree

Sometimes it could seem like there are more things happening around us that are dividing us as a community rather than uniting us. And as that is happening, I believe we may have lost sight, or … more

Seven ways you can become a more positive person

You know these people when you meet them — nothing brings them down. They create their own good juju and move through life easily and effortlessly. You definitely want to hang out with them because … more

Take a focused approach to information overload

Thanks again for the tremendous support from the community. I really do love receiving your emails, thoughts and questions, so please keep them coming. One of the more common emails I receive lately … more

How to Be a Geezer: Part Two

Last month I wrote a column about how to be a geezer. Within hours hordes of geezers galloped out of the woodwork. They reacted to my column. They contacted me. We had a gathering online. We had joke … more

Being tailgated — there’s something stupid behind it

The first recorded incident of following at an unsafe distance occurred about an hour after the invention of the automobile. Understandably, that wouldn’t have been possible, but it probably … more

As Bruegel would say, DIA is boorish and depressing

This lively essay needs an image to go along with it. Please look up Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s painting “The Fall of the Rebel Angels,” and have it handy when you read the following paragraph … more

Be extraordinary today — in an extra ordinary way

Looking at the title of today’s column may have some of you a little overwhelmed. I mean some of you may be saying to yourselves, “Extraordinary? I am happy to just get through the day.” Wow, … 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

Expect annual boom in lowbrow behavior

It doesn’t hurt to ask, but I know what you’re going to say. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Fourth of July came and went without any residential explosions? They’re illegal. They’re annoying. … more

Communication, productivity — are we choosing the right battles?

The scene is a local coffee shop. It’s mid-afternoon and there are no customers in the shop. The three baristas are standing behind the counter looking at their telephone, texting or checking out … 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
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