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Taking a leave of absence to be more present

Absent (def): not present in a place, at an occasion, or as part of something. Leave of absence (def): time when one has permission to be absent. I have been absent … over the summer, primarily, … more

Bronco bias belies abilities of best backs

When I was a high school music teacher, there were seasons of the year that we would be working on the same piece of music for weeks at a time. And one of the hazards of the job when that’s the … more

On birthdays, the Holocaust and Eva Levine

As I celebrate my birthday this week, my thoughts turn instead to Eva Levine. I commemorate Eva’s birthday – July 6, 1916 – as I do every year, by reflecting on the Holocaust; however, because … more

What we do and what we say — it really does matter

Once again, I have to say thank you to the community for your emails and responses. I truly enjoy hearing from you as you share your own stories with me. Your stories are the reason I am inspired … more

Human-dog relationship offers something to sink teeth into

When my DVD remote was being made, they added beef flavoring to the liquid plastic before it was molded. That’s the only explanation I can think of. It went missing. I finally located it under the … more

We stand behind Capital Gazette, journalism

My to-do list can feel overwhelming. But it's not important. Not when journalists are being shot down in the newsroom in the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. My heart breaks for the victims' families … more

Matters of the heart hit close to home

At this writing, I am contemplating – with some trepidation – an upcoming procedure called a coronary angiogram. I’ve known something is wrong for a few years (part of the reason for my recent … more

Don’t let the Kavanaugh conundrum drag you down

And, there you have it. After almost two full years, we’ve finally found a job in Washington D.C. that is worse than being a speechwriter for President Trump: FBI Investigator into … more

Glass: Survey says Jeffco community and employees support this direction

A little over a month ago, we launched a survey to gauge the opinion of the community on the direction of Jeffco Public Schools and to get feedback on possible fall election questions. To date, … more

A celebration of one of the fathers in my life

It is a challenge to write a Father’s Day column because of the pitfall of making a father a saint, which is not a realistic portrait. This column is to honor my husband, Dick, a father in many … more

In the cake shop ruling, a draw is a win

A couple years back, I coached my son’s soccer team at the YMCA. It was a bit of a rag-tag bunch, thrown together for just that season, with, if I remember right, only four kids who had ever played … more

Day-by-day for 20 years adds up to just one day

Unless they have taken it all down, there are still some reminders at my alma mater that I passed through there 20 years ago. I donated three or four paintings, maybe more. I can’t remember. I was … more

It’s a small world with great big opportunities

As the internet and easily accessible travel options continue to make us feel like the world is getting smaller all the time, we have to remember that famous quote by Steven Wright, “It may be a … more

How pets help keep us healthy as we age

Happiness is a warm puppy. Who doesn’t love the feel of fur between your fingers, or the nicker of a horse when they see you come into the barn? The importance of the human-animal bond has been … more

Troublesome timing on those teacher walk-outs

Did you ever see something, and immediately ask yourself, “who thought that was a good idea?” I had a really strong moment of that about three months ago. Think back to early February: at that … more

Mr. Mayor, it’s Still a $30 Land Deal

Prime real estate in Arvada to be sold for $30: No matter what Mayor Marc Williams says in his Arvada Press Guest Column of May 24, that’s what it is. The plain fact is that nine acres will be sold … more

`I Can Only Imagine’ what happens when we tell our own story

One of my very favorite songs is by MercyMe, and the name of the song is, “I Can Only Imagine.” You may have heard it before. You may have seen the movie that was made about the song and its … more

Autumn has list full of ways to be wistful

Autumn. A six-letter word that summons hundreds, and all of them are apples and the color orange. My friend Thoreau said, “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself than be crowded … more

Wishing it were earlier in the late-night world

I am drifting into obscurity and irrelevance, and there is no known cure, except to lie about it, and to pretend I know what is going on. I used to be current. I used to know these people, these … more

To be heard we must first learn to listen

Have you ever had a one-sided conversation? You know what I mean, the kind of conversation that is more of a monologue than a dialogue, where one of the parties is talking “at” the other party … more
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