Keyword: Michael Alcorn
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Grads could learn what not to do from me

Tomorrow morning, some of my favorite people in the whole world will celebrate one of the more significant milestones in their life. Along with over 400 of her own classmates, and about 380 of her … more

Real life wisdom from fantastic sources

I find that there are two kinds of people in the world… Doesn’t it seem like that’s always a prelude to some smarmy theory some person who has a very high opinion of their own intellect wants … more

No spoilers — but Avengers movie highlights some learned wisdom

I had an old friend, Jim, whom I taught with for several years, who had two children—one, an older boy from his first marriage, and the second, a girl, many years later. And Jim would often joke … more

Recent scenes from around my world

One of my favorite activities is people watching. I love to sit back and observe people when they assume nobody is watching, just to see what kind of people they reveal themselves to be, and maybe, … 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

Not appreciating the legislature’s approach

Several years back, I wrote about how sometimes the style with which you approach something is so damaging to your credibility that it no longer matters what you are trying to say—your message is … more

Be sure to tell your children a good story

“Careful the spell you cast, Not just on children Sometimes the spell may last Past what you can see And turn against you. Careful the tale you tell That is the spell.” — Into the Woods I have … more

Envisioning a goal is often step one

I believe I’ve mentioned before that my son, now age 12, spends a lot of time watching YouTube videos. And many of them are of the useless, brainless entertainment variety. And that’s okay — … 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

A tsunami of fatherly advice

Dear Middle Child— Welcome to the pages of the newspaper. Yeah, this is a thing that I do — ask you older sister. Every once in a while, an issue comes up that I need to address with you, but, in … more

Around the horn on recent news

In honor of the beginning of the Rockies’ Spring Training, with today’s column, I’m just going to go “around the horn.” First base: as a 28-year employee, and, before that, a 12-year … more

A letter on cautious compassion

Dearest oldest daughter: It’s been a while since I’ve written you (at least in this forum), and a lot has happened in your life. Most of it wonderful — most of it grand, and exciting, and … more

Rub elbows and ideas with worthy peers

As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens another … Proverbs 27 I am working through a really remarkable book right now. Or, to be more precise, I am working through a very good book right now about … more

Predictable outrage on repeat

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re being manipulated? I was thinking about this the other day, as I was contemplating the entirely predictable cycle of the story that dominated the news early … more

May this article be of some service to you

“Pardon me, are you Aaron Burr, sir?” “That depends, who’s asking?” “Oh, sure, sir. I’m Alexander Hamilton, I’m at your service, sir…” So begins the dialogue between A.Ham and … more

Bronco woes trace back to fractured leadership

Somebody should write a case study in organizational leadership based on the Denver Broncos. Or, to be more precise, a case study in the failures of fractured leadership. Let me start by saying that … more

A look back at the dimmer bulbs on this year’s tree

Is it possible that Christmas 2018 was the season in which American life reached peak stupid? Of course that’s a rhetorical question — I have no doubt that there are many further depths of stupid … more

The death of a good man and a leader

Back in January, 1991, I was a college senior, getting ready to graduate. For people who want to become teachers, that last semester is a beautiful time known as “student teaching.” Student … 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

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
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