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Opening day to moving day, the cycle of life continues

This past weekend, we moved our oldest daughter out of the basement and into an apartment. And, though we had done this before, this one felt different; this one feels final. In one of my more recent … more

Ageism is infuriating, and bad business

As a writer, I frequently peruse job boards and listings for contract or freelance opportunities. Sometimes I’ll contract with a company for a certain number of hours per week or for a specified … more

When we choose to win, that’s a good-news story

So how are you doing with the news these days? Maybe like some of my friends you just stopped watching or listening, thinking there is no place where you can go to find the truth. Nowhere to hide. As … more

Something rings true about conversation without phones

I had lunch with Mark, a good friend, someone I have known for 30 years, an important Colorado artist, and the wittiest man this side of New Smyrna. We met at a Littleton restaurant and reminisced … more

Stand by your newspaper, because it stands by you

To anyone who follows the news, it would appear the industry itself is under attack. Whether claims of “fake news” leveled by the president or cuts to already lean newsrooms, newspapers and media … more

Do what we can in the time we have left

Over the past weekend, I attended a wedding in Austin, Texas, a lovely affair on the back lawn of the Four Seasons Hotel, overlooking Lady Bird Lake. It was a bittersweet return to Austin for me. … more

Putting every kid on the path to a good-paying job

Every hard-working Coloradans deserve a chance to find a good-paying job. Many young people in our state — including soon-to-be high school grads — are hungry for an opportunity to work hard, … more

I might need more crud in my life to spark creativity

My wife and I went to see “I Can Only Imagine” over Spring Break. I enjoyed it very much, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the discovery of J. Michael Finley, who played Bart … more

Finding common ground on issues of mental health

Put six Republicans and three Democrats on the same Denver stage, and you might not expect them to agree on anything. When it comes to improving mental health care, however, you can find common … more

Preparing for change, managing change and accepting change

As a frequent traveler I spend a lot of time on airplanes, in hotels, and in rental cars or Uber/Lyft rides. And I spend a lot of time in different cities around the world. With all of this travel, … more

Looking for things that will keep? Keep looking

When I was 18-19, I thought I wanted a career in hand-drawn illustration, and my goal was album covers. Glad I didn’t. Hand-drawn illustrations are mostly gone, and so are (long playing) album … more

If you’re not watching for dog food falling from the sky, you should be

Heads-up. Your dog food might be on its way down. Amazon (our new neighbors?) just received a patent for packages with inflatable air bags. Amazon wants to make deliveries by drone from as high as 25 … more

Family story is face-off of fear and faith

This is the girls’ story. That’s what doctors told Kendal and Tyler Conley as they worried and prayed and waited for their twin babies, fighting a rare medical condition, to be born. This is a … more

What’s new with you? It could well be more than you think

We have all had this conversation, haven’t we? You know the one I am talking about, when we run into someone we haven’t seen in a while, it sounds something like this, “Hey, how’s it going, … more

The bleak retirement outlook for boomers’ kids

The uncertain retirement prospects for boomers get a lot of attention, but how is retirement looking for their grown children, the millennials? Not so great, according to a report from the National … more

It’s time to rock your soft skills

Want to be known as an influential person who gets stuff done? Who does it all with a smile and goes through life easily and effortlessly accomplishing your goals? Read on — it’s a lot easier … more

How do Jeffco high schoolers compare to the world?

Last year, I had the same conversation with friends who are parents in Australia, Canada, Sweden and the UK. Probably just like you, we are all very worried about how well our children’s schools … more

Empathy: For the greater good

In the 1990s, while I was still reeling from a divorce of (previously unimaginable) pain, I was introduced to a friend of a friend to play tennis. We met at some courts near my office after work one … more

Taking the high road is an idea that looks better all the time

We are such a funny society. I mean, where else can you go to be as entertained by the things that are funny, weird, and even sad all at the same time? This past week someone shared with me some … more

Decades in classrooms taught a lesson about weak parenting

The illusion of a schoolteacher, like the ones I knew, is long gone. Modern teachers are still expected to be capable of teaching all of the subjects I was taught. On top of that, they are required … more
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