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When I was 18, the summer between my freshman and sophomore years in college, I worked at the front desk of a manufacturing plant, and was the only woman on the site. One of my duties was to go into the production area and collect the time cards for … more
As your Jeffco Board of Education, we make it our core mission to provide a quality education that prepares all children for a successful future. Funding challenges at the state level (Colorado owes K-12 education over $800 million a year, and that … more
Social isolation may be one of the most overlooked health risk factors that accompanies aging. One in five adults over age 50 is affected by isolation, a problem associated with higher rates of chronic disease, depression dementia and death, … more
Election Stress Disorder. Yes, it’s a thing, and I have it. I’m guessing that many of you do too – the American Psychological Association states that more than half of U.S. adults say the 2016 presidential race is a significant source of … more
I was envisioning a visioning session when my word for 2017 became clear. You may know that I eschew New Year's resolutions, favoring instead a word I choose (or, as I keep finding out, it chooses … more
There are few things that rile me up as much as presidential politics, and one of them is commuting. In both instances, I find myself restless, frustrated, irritated, and sometimes angry. There’s never much I can do to make the situation better … more
Ah, the dawn of a new year. About time. 2016, adios! I know it's fashionable to spend time and thought and energy on such occasions making a list of things we want to accomplish this year, to … more
This year’s self-inflicted budget “crisis” is part of a larger calamity that we’ve seen developing in Jeffco schools since we moved here from Alberta Canada seven years ago. Unfortunately, it is one that district management and boards have … more
March is National Nutrition Month, and in my recent work for an organization that provides nutritional counseling, I learned a lot about healthy eating, weight loss and wellness and, no, my extensive knowledge about losing weight is not just from … more
I wrote last week about the “Hollow Person,” who completeness as a person — their relative proximity to the Best Self — is dependent on their willingness to put forth maximum effort. Before I proceed with the role of teachers and coaches in … more
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