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Don’t look away from what the mirror is trying to tell you

Typically the first person we greet each morning is ourselves. Whether we are washing up, brushing our teeth, shaving, putting on some makeup or combing or brushing our hair, our first interaction is looking straight into our own eyes. We may be … more

High school sports offer opportunity to experience sense of community

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike. Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It … more

Ready for the real deal? Focus on local newspapers

It would probably be easy to read a little bias into today’s column since I am a writer here, so please don’t judge too harshly. With more than 1 billion users, and in some reports showing the numbers to be getting close to 2 billion people … more

Avoiding convenience is more convenient than convenience

Alexa, don’t peel me a grape.” It has taken a while — my entire life — to figure something out. What I want and what I need are just about the same thing. There are new technologies that I neither want nor need. I don’t want … more

I hear NASA calling me to protect our planet

NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has an opening for a Planetary Protection Officer. NASA maintains policies for planetary protection applicable to all space flight missions that may carry Earth organisms and organic … more

When disaster and devastation strike, do your part, even if it seems small

It is not a matter of devastation or disaster hitting us or someone we love at some point, it is just a matter of when. That is a reality and although this column always focuses on sharing a positive … more

Many have lost their way since phones became things to look at

Out of necessity, my college syllabi expanded by the month, as new infractions were coming in all the time. My first syllabus, in 1973, asked for no smoking, and that was about it. By the end … more

We are all Columbine — and all Charlottesville, too

On any given day in every neighborhood across the country, there are millions of people who watch television, online videos, and social media streaming. Seems harmless, right? People in their own homes just sitting watching a screen. Maybe it’s a … more

It’s not how much you know, it’s about how much you care

People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." This is a quote that has been attributed to many people over the years including President Theodore Roosevelt, John Maxwell, … more

Furry friend is fading, and that’s just how it is

Old friends," Simon and Garfunkel sang, "sat on their park bench like book ends." Smitty would need a helping hand to sit on a park bench with me. I carry him up and down the stairs too. Our walks … more

Empowering kindness is the best choice to make in life

The contrarian point of view here could have been "Enabling Meanness," but really, who really wants to focus on being mean instead of being kind anyway? I guess perhaps we can accept the fact that … more

Try being a teacher — that’ll learn you

Three little words - "back to school" - have the impact of hundreds, including, "Oh, no." I think I was supposed to dread it, but inwardly I looked forward to strapping on my button-down shirts … more

Being right — or doing the right thing

Since I am usually an "And" guy instead of an "Or" guy anyway, I would choose to be right and to do the right thing if I could. It's kind of like asking, "Would you like a piece of pie or some ice … more

Town is a true treasure — but really, you had to be there

If you haven't been to Estes Park lately, put it on your list. I don't remember the last time I went up there - maybe 30 years ago. There have been a number of ambitious and impressive … more

Do I dare to trust in … trust?

How's your level of trust these days? I ask because "trust" is my word for 2017. Perhaps you know that in lieu of making New Year's resolutions, I choose a word as a focus for the coming year. At … more

To get a smart start, begin with the beginning in mind

"It's not where you start, it is where you finish that counts." - Zig Ziglar "Begin with the end in mind." - Dr. Stephen Covey These have been two of my own personal "Go To" quotes for many … more

Some conversations really are a matter of life and death

I don't know about Hannah Baker, the fictional character from "13 Reasons Why." I just now read about the Netflix series and why there has been a huge spike in searches for "suicide." The series was a success, and even though Baker ended her … more

Program in Douglas County makes volunteering a breeze

Volunteering is easy in Douglas County! Do you love to volunteer? Do you want to get involved in your community? If so, Volunteer Connect Douglas County can easily match you with volunteer … more

Does it matter what other people hold as opinions?

There is certainly no shortage of opinions out there today. As a matter of fact, some would argue that I give my own opinion about something every week through this column. The way I see it, I am … more

Coupons that offer discounts are more than a little bit off

Clip and save this column. It will be worth $500 off the purchase price of your favorite automobile, one day only, September 31, 2017. Take this column to any fast-food restaurant in the metro … more
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