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New life and new challenges post- pandemic

What comes next?” I got my first vaccine against COVID last Sunday, and, with my second dose scheduled for mid-March, personally, I am ready finally to look at life post-pandemic. I know there are … more

A response from the DMV

I read last week’s letter about DMV “bureaucrats” who have “no motivation – zero – to serve customers” with great interest. After all, I’m the bureaucrat in charge of Jeffco’s … more

Dragon Boat Film Festival fosters conversations

Conversation is one of the best ways to build a bond with another person. Not only that, but it provides a wonderful opportunity to enlighten and educate. And conversation doesn’t just have to be … more

The right question requires the right response

A nagging and recurring elbow injury had finally forced my hand to seek medical attention. After meeting with an orthopedic surgeon, the diagnosis was more than tennis elbow or bursitis, it was a … more

Pandemic diversion is one for the books

A man past sixty living alone with a small dog walks to his guest room where a little library of fiction is kept and scans the spines for an option to read as the second year of a pandemic has him … more

A Tyrannosaur named Sue

For many people, the Tyrannosaurus rex is the dinosaur, and it’s easy to understand why. There’s no animal today that comes close to the sheer intimidation and raw power that this Cretaceous-era … more

Let us get more real with our leadership

History will little note, nor long remember, what we say here today.” I know. Some of you are, no doubt, tired of my frequent retreats into the words of Abraham Lincoln. But, given the reason many … more

Consider exploring some new outdoor possibilities

We are in that slow time of year for outdoorsmen. Yet it is a good time to check outdoor interest calendars for events, due dates and catch up on areas of interests we do not take time to study … more

Enjoy the journey on a search for the worst

Recently, Turner Classic Movies showed what many consider the worst movie ever made. “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” directed by Edward D. Wood Jr., and starring Bela Lugosi who died during … more

Merging onto the highway of grace

A friend of mine had recently posted his frustrations about someone not thanking him for allowing them to merge into the traffic ahead of him. No wave, no thank you, they just moved on and into the … more

Time for Arvada to focus on recovery, health and safety

One of the honors I have had as mayor of our great city has been to offer a message to the community near the beginning of the new year. I have never looked forward to this transitional time more … more

Stars rising in Lakewood talent show

One of the things so many have been yearning for during the last year is a sense of the familiar — the comfort of things that have been happening year after year and can be counted on to deliver … more

Five-dollar words may not make cents

This column is overdue, so I am going to overdo it. Are you stationary or stationery? Recently when I erred, a reader corrected me: “You wrote ‘cue’ when you meant ‘queue.’” My tale was … more

Accountability by any other name is still accountability

“There I was, alone in the kitchen, 30 days into the New Year and my personal goal of shedding 25 pounds by the summer. Working from home has been a gift and a struggle. Like most, the ease of … more

DJFF leans in to on-demand viewing

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t only changed the way film festivals screen their films for audiences, but the kinds of films they want to highlight. When getting the programming in place for the 25th … more

Irrelevance of watches was just a matter of time

Watch out. Believe it or not, years and years ago wristwatches were intended solely to tell someone what time it was. Not anymore. Maybe you saw this? The president wore a $7,000 “statement … more

The power of accountability

Accountability is one of those words that gets a lot of attention; however, it also receives a fair amount of avoidance. I mean it’s great when we can hold others accountable for doing what they … more

Let’s tell the truth

Lie number one you’re supposed to have it all together And when they ask how you’re doing Just smile and tell them, ‘Never better.’” These lyrics are from “Let the truth be told” a song … more

Getting to a more calm and rational place

For those of you older than about age 30, do you remember that kid back in school who was considered “flaky?” You remember the one — the kid who knew most of the answers, would do the homework, … more

A new year begins Upon Closer Reflection

Of the many ways to describe the last near-year of pandemic living, one could certainly do much worse than the term still life. Not only have so many people’s lives been stilled by lockdown, but … more
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