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Coffee is a great thing, so don’t make a stir about it

Coffee, black. Please.” “Cream and sugar?” There’s my six-word novel. I got the idea for a six-word novel from Hemingway, who got the idea from someone else. But someone else was someone no … more

Raising the bar of optimism is courageous and contagious

How are you doing?” It was a common and simple enough question to ask a friend of mine whom I had not spoken to in a while. Her response, “Better than yesterday, awesome today, and not yet quite … more

It’s your show so you get to decide your path to success

Do you wake up in the morning feeling excited that you’ve got a new day to create something? Or do you wake up with a sense of dread? Contrary to what is being marketed, there isn’t a … 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

Instead of putting down last year, try building up next year

It is usually at this time of the year, or maybe even sooner, that we hear someone we know say something like, “I am so glad this year is coming to an end.” Or, “I can’t wait for the year to … more

These days, a press conference is more like a guess conference

The story goes that Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. In Rosedale, Mississippi. In exchange for musical genius. (Tommy Johnson’s character in the film “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” is … more

Children love making pretzel based treats

Let’s get some of the warnings and negatives out of the way. One large pretzel rod has about 40 calories from the flour, but pretzels are basically nutritionally empty and may be a choking hazard … 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

Moving forward from Thanksgiving, a gratitude challenge can be rewarding

This year there are exactly 32 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I know I just stated the obvious and probably upset those who are never quite ready for Christmas, regardless if we were 32 … more

On to the next big adventure, friend

Smitty looked over his shoulder as he was carried away, and said, “Where am I going now, Dad?” I said, “I’ve heard it’s a very big adventure.” I knew why he was asking that question: … more

Happy Thanksgetting — getting back what we give out

Thanksgetting? Sounds like one of those made-up holidays, doesn’t it? We all know there is no such holiday as Thanksgetting — well maybe not technically, but quite possibly a twist on the … more

Way down under a lot of wrapping, the core of Christmas is still there

If you are full of kringle and nog, I don’t want to bring my wet blanket into it very far, even though it’s tempting. The Christmas season once lasted a week or two. Then a month. Now it’s two … more

Why your business/organization should look to hire a warrior

Have you noticed how some people have the gift of getting much more than expected? Anything you give them to do is returned with not only what you requested, but much more. And they accomplish this not through brute force or intimidation, but by … more

Be prepared for success or you’ll miss the chance

OK, so here we go. Two weeks ago, we covered the role love plays in our past, present and future. Last week we took the same approach while we appreciated the history of our happiness. And today we wrap up the three-part series as we move into … more

It doesn’t matter what you say when what you say doesn’t matter

Jennifer went shopping on her own, and picked up everything we needed for a wonderful homemade meal, including something called a “salad kit.” A salad kit comes in a clear bag, so you can see what’s in it. What’s in it is washed and … 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

Veterans Day — what it means to them, and us

Our military service taught us and molded us in multiple ways. We know how to work hard, learn difficult things quickly, and make difficult decisions with incomplete information. But we also learned … more

An invitation to join the education conversation

With election season now in our rear-view mirror, Jeffco Public Schools now turns our attention to the future, and what that means for our schools and community. In October, we released a vision document for the community to consider. … more

Colorado exchange up and running for those wanting health insurance

Now’s the time to go shopping — no, not for the holidays just yet, but for health insurance coverage. It’s open enrollment season, a time to compare policies and find the coverage that works best for you and your family as the new year … 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
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