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Editorial: Acts of heroism, kindness supply hope amid grief

For many years, we watched from our office windows as the students at STEM High School Highlands Ranch left school for the day or headed over to the Starbucks across the street. The school is in the … more

The only thing better than a good book is a great book

One of my conversation starters and favorite questions to ask someone is, “What are you reading these days?” Some people are very quick with their response as they know exactly what they are … more

Earning loyalty and trust, building commitment and love

Loyalty is earned when trust is present. Zig Ziglar always said, “Trust is a transference of feeling.” He also would focus on the two letters in the middle of the word trust, “U and S, or … more

It’s a meat-and-potatoes issue, and skip the meat

Jennifer has Siri on her cellphone. I have neither. I asked her, “What’s Siri?” When she told me, I just looked at her. I said, “Ask Siri how many games Warren Spahn won.” A woman’s … more

Number two opponent of success: Lack of authenticity

Last week we identified the impact of complacency in our pursuit of success. Today we will visit the power of authenticity in our success journey. And next week we will wrap it all up when we jump … more

Rolling Stones 2019 — old boys’ club is nothing like old times

Gimme shelter and gimme money. Tickets to see the Rolling Stones next year at whatever the stadium here is called go for (went for) $49 to $850 (without fees), and some special seats go for (went … more

Islands of success don’t all have palm trees

For some of us an island of success immediately conjures up the idea of living on a tropical paradise somewhere, removed from our worries and obligations, and living without debt or drama. We imagine … more

Amazing amateur talent shows outcome of encouragement

Although I do not spend a whole lot of time watching television, occasionally I will come across a segment of a show where there is a singing, dancing, baking, cooking or other type of show where … more

Do something by the book and don’t

Don’t. Don’t smoke. Don’t drink. Don’t run with scissors, spit into the wind, or put your jeans in the freezer. Someone who thinks I am officious sent me a book: “Don’t: A Manual of … more

For dad and daughter, a game that two can coach

Caley Mitchell stands next to third base, a white baseball cap shading her eyes, a single braid running down her back. Intensity radiates from her small frame as she leans her hands on her knees and looks toward the batter at home plate. more

Mom, your recipes hold the scent of home

For the first time in years (and I mean decades), I did not spend Thanksgiving dinner with extended family. I had actually planned to host a small gathering myself while my sister Joyce was out of … more

‘Knock-knock.’ ‘Who’s there?’ ‘A dissection of types of humor.’

Say “Knock-knock.” “Who’s there?” I’ll get to that. If someone were to ask you if you have a sense of humor, would you be able to give an objective answer? Everyone thinks they have a … more

Traditions help power the holiday season

As I’m writing this — in recovery from one sort of tradition — I am preparing to start in on another tradition, all as I’m looking forward to sitting down to another of my favorite traditions … more

The story you tell yourself is the definitive text

As we used to say in my Research and Development days – “the impossible just takes a little longer.” The Ancients, Einstein, and now modern science is proving that we see what our brains are … more

Storms never last, or do they?

Life is for one generation. A good name (or a bad one) is forever. The area known as “the Divide” has a historically strong name or reputation for inclement Colorado weather. The May snowstorm of … more

What is better than the gift of literature?

Recently, at my beloved Lighthouse Writers Workshop, one of my classmates arrived with what appeared to be a pack of famous-author trading cards she had discovered downstairs. The rest of us … more

My favorite gifts: A Christmas story part three

Part three... The Being sat back against the bench, and closed his eyes. The child thought he might be sleeping, so it did not disturb him. But then the Being spoke again, with its eyes still closed. … more

Systems sans sense

So, the wife and I were having an argu… a discussion the other night. You know how that goes — starts out as a philosophic discussion, then somebody misunderstands something, then, suddenly, … more

Talk to the kids and tell them to relax and enjoy life

The news — as usual — has been a source of deep disturbance over the last couple days. This morning, I saw the worst fears of a community — of a family — confirmed when the news reported that … more

What’s in a (nick)name?

Nicknames are common in my family, often more common that our given names, from both my mom’s and my dad’s sides. My mother Rosemary was always known as Mimi to her Romanian relatives, and my … more
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