Keyword: Michael Alcorn
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There really might be ‘an app for that’ tribalism problem

Somewhere around 15 years ago, when I was first starting to explore the idea of being a writer, I was working on a novel that had, as one of its central themes, the idea that there are only a handful … more

The trials and tribulations of Tribalism

I was recently asked to give a speech, without any guidelines about the topic. The only caveat was that “anything political has to have the opportunity for an opposing view to be presented.” … 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

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

A world tour of troubling events

We’re going to approach this column as a perusal of the latest ‘Annals of Insanity.’ Normally, this is the sort of survey that covers a period of weeks, or even months; sadly, this particular … more

Pondering prodigious pedagogical possibilities

There is a quote attributed (probably wrongly) to Winston Churchill that goes “The American people can always be counted on to do the right thing. But only after exhausting all other … more

Battle of the Sexes III: Return of the Gentleman

“Hey, hon. You want to watch some TV?” “Sure, sounds good. What’s on?” “I don’t know — why don’t you find out?” [hits the ‘Guide’ button on the cable remote] “Let’s see … more

Real leadership is shown by putting mission ahead of self

“Never mistake motion for action.” –Ernest Hemingway “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.”—Elanor Roosevelt (or perhaps Sandra Carey) There are a great many qualities that we attribute to … more

Let us enter 2018 with reasonable humor and good grace

Courtesy. Integrity. Perseverance. Self-Control. Indomitable Spirit. My brothers and sisters in the Korean art of Taekwondo instantly recognized that list I just … er, listed. Those are the tenets … more

Some of my lessons learned from the year that was

“Five-hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes… How do you measure a year in the life?”—Rent It’s almost impossible to believe, but here we are again, at the turn of the calendar. … more

Today’s youth could learn a lesson or two in “good grief”

Growing up, one of the truly exciting days of the year was the day the mailman would deliver the newest collection of “Charlie Brown” cartoons. That’s right, once upon a time, whoever is … more

Many a lesson in looking at the long view

Do you ever take significant moments and try to look at them through a wider lens? Watch out — the next few paragraphs will likely cause VRUO — Visceral Reaction Unthinking Outrage. It’s … more

Fanbase already running out of slack for Elway

John Elway took over the reins of the Denver Broncos in 2011, and one of his first moves was to woo Peyton Manning. We all know that that was the beginning of a beautiful partnership, one that … more

Thankful for the spiritual resilience of our youth

So, about six weeks ago, I pulled a hamstring. It’s not my first pull, and I’m pretty sure it won’t be my last pull, but I have to say, it’s been especially annoying. I believe Phil Simms … 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

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

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

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

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

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
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