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Hey, guess what? School is almost here. By the time you read this, teachers will be a scant nine days away from returning to work, and the children are just seven days after that. All those things you hoped to accomplish this summer? Yeah, better … more
My best friend from high school came into town last weekend with his wife, and it was a truly excellent event: Michael and I have always been those friends who can go days, months, even years without talking to each other, but then pick things up … more
Sen. Cory Gardner and I recently teamed up for our first inaugural Colorado Wheat Tour on Colorado’s eastern plains — a place Gardner calls home. The tour was sponsored by the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers, and Gardner’s hospitality … more
My children are terrified of spiders. I’m not talking a little bit scared, kinda jumpy around them. I’m talking full-out, run-the-length-of-the-house yelling, … more
About six months ago, I chose my word for the year, an activity I do annually instead of making New Year’s resolutions. My word for 2015 actually chose me on Christmas night, when I sat down to the piano after what must be 40 years. I was … more
In college, I had two great friends, Todd and Matt. Todd was an all-star, a brilliant trumpet player and musician who proceeded on to medical school and has a thriving family practice in Indiana. Matt, on the other hand, and I connected on a … more
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as No Child Left Behind) has been up for reauthorization since 2007. Currently, the U.S. Senate has a bipartisan reauthorization bill, the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177),that is expected to … more
For a few hours last year in Washington, D.C., I was Eva Levine, born July 6, 1916. I saw what she must have seen, and I understood — like a punch in the gut – what she must have experienced as she was being transported first to Ravensbreuk, a … more
Certainly newspapering and telling stories is a circular process. Back in 2007, when I wrote (what I thought at the time) was probably my last column for a certain newspaper, I mentioned the basic … more
My first paying job in the newspaper business was folding the Dolores Star as it came off the press when I was six years old. It didn’t pay much – unless you can count the experience and … more
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