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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

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

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

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

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

Broncos and I could use a Christmas miracle

Tis the season of hope … I hope. I wrote last week about the season of giving. Today, I’m all about hope. Hope for redemption, hope for the future, and, yes, hope for the Denver Broncos. The … more

My favorite gifts: A Christmas story part two

Part two... “But how am I to create all of this? How will I know what to make or what will help?” “Because, my child,” the Being said with a loving smile. “I am going to give you the gift … more

The joys of exploring and occasionally failing

Most of us have been raised to move forward cautiously, make intelligent decisions, and not fail. Until recently, failure had a nasty taste to it — it wasn’t held in high regard. Yet in our … more

Prepare for happy resolution, not war, in customer service

‘Tis the season. And with the season, many of us will have a chance to engage with customer service, or maybe better stated as having customer care opportunities. Whether we are physically going to … more

Stiff the stuff for a holiday from the hyperactive holiday

Go ahead. Go ahead and ignore me, but one of these days you’ll know that I was right. I have the remedy for all of your holiday anxieties. Each and every one. You’ll think I’m kidding. You’ll … more

Times when the gift-giving goes wrong

Tis the season of giving … and if somehow we weren’t already aware, our mailboxes, TVs, radios, social feeds, emails and even texts remind us of the many people who are in need and the many ways … more

My favorite gifts: A Christmas story part one

“I have it within me, my child, to bestow upon you 12 gifts. Ask, and they shall be yours.” This was at the beginning of all things, and the Celestial Being had upon his brow such wisdom and … 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

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 Thanksgiving habit is something to stick with

You may be asking yourself why you are reading a Thanksgiving article the week after Thanksgiving. The reason is that too often, the minute after we say goodbye to family and friends with whom we … more

When products are sealed, there’s a failure to yield

I admit there were no witnesses. I hope by now, however, you can trust me, even though I did steer a lot of investors in the wrong direction on that chicken-flavored chewing gum project of mine. … 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

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

Nepalese voters risk lives for what we have

In a brief moment of Internet connectivity while traveling in Nepal a couple of weeks ago, I glimpsed headlines reporting that state Sen. Evie Hudak had resigned rather than face a possible recall election. Before I left, I’d seen banners … more
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