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‘In order to find wisdom, we have to be honest with ourselves’

In the 1960s, it was the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Civil Rights Movement, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, and the Vietnam War. In the 1980s, there was … more

Legislature supporting small business

2020 has been an historic and unprecedented year. After months of pandemic news, lock downs and social distancing, this month the Colorado General Assembly and small businesses across the state … more

What are we talking about?

There is a quote that some of us may have heard before, and it is a quote that is often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. This is another of those timeless quotes that never seems to lose its … more

Oh, fireworks, it’s so bad to hear from you

Choosing a cliché carefully, this essay will probably fall on deaf ears. After all, what would the Fourth of July be without fireworks? For one thing: enjoyable. Maybe this year it will be quieter … more

Lives still being wasted for the sin of slavery

God punishes us for our sins. I am an amateur student of history, particularly the American Civil War. This, of course, I had to pick up entirely on my own, as 12 years of public school, four years … more

Rounding out our wheel of life

A couple of weeks ago I had written about the wheel of life and making sure that we try and find balance in all areas of life. more

Overblown sports deserve to see the clock run out

Jonathan Swift had “A Modest Proposal” and so do I. Let’s do away with all college and professional baseball, basketball and football teams. I, for one, would live. more

Can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube now

There is no one, probably literally no one, who hasn’t been made aware of or participated in the protests around the world against state killings of black people in our country. As I’m writing … more

Remembering my dad this Fathers Day

Dear Dad, It’s almost Fathers Day and I wondered if you knew after you died of Parkinson’s Disease, that Mom finished your book Bail Out? It has a photo on the cover of you with your squadron. It … more

Less is more for changes to my quarantine routine

I have gray hair. There, I admit it. I didn’t always … in fact, I’ve not admitted it because every four weeks for the last 20 years or so, my hair miraculously returned to its (mostly) original … more

Opportunity within all this deep disruption

John Adams once said that every problem is an opportunity in disguise. I think he might have said that shortly after discovering that grapes don’t grow so well in the northeast, and thus, we have … more

Choosing our words wisely in a time of change

In no time in history has it been more important to follow the guidance of choosing our words wisely. more

Overused words are, like, totally overused

Do you know someone who has a way with words? Or someone who no have way? Lake Superior State University, located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, has hosted an annual List of Banished Words from the … more

An open letter to the class of 2020

Dear Class of 2020 Graduates: Congratulations on your accomplishments! You have achieved great ambitions … not only throughout your years of study but also by navigating the time of coronavirus (or … more

Dogs, a cat and those two wolves

Around the horn… We got a new puppy this week. To quote the lady at the shelter, he is “ridiculously cute.” And I agree — not only is he ridiculously cute, but he has completely latched on to … more

Riding the wheels of balanced success

“Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Wouldn’t you like to get away?” — That’s the intro to the … more

Not kidding at all — this dachshund is deep

“I’ll take him,” a friend said. A neighbor made the same offer. If Harry outlives me, he’s covered and I will go contentedly to my urn. What I didn’t tell them was that Harry’s services … more

Watch out for fraud connected to legitimate COVID-19 fears

Over the past several months, our country and others around the world have pulled inward, slowed down, and taken a more conservative pace amidst the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Yet, scammers are … more

All that is impossible and unknowable about this moment

Once upon a time, I took it upon myself to start writing down phrases and passages from different sources that spoke to me on sticky notes, and placing them around my world. The other day I came … more

Police and black folks — the swagger and disrespect must end

The argument that we ask police to risk their lives and make split decisions is no excuse for them being wrong when making life-and-death decisions. more
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