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Early accelerated success leads to continued success

“A job begun is a job half done” — what a great quote, or proverb. I also like the one where it reads, “A job well begun is worth two half done.” What I am getting at here is that as I have … more

A handwritten letter can speak volumes

Once a week, I go fishing. I throw a few lines out, and I never know what I am going to catch. I received an extraordinary, handwritten, four-page letter (with enclosures) from a reader named Janet … more

Critical thinking — or just thinking critically

Just the other day someone has asked me if I had any materials, courses, or ideas that would support a classroom lesson on critical thinking. With more than a handful of books sitting on my shelf and … more

Haiku contest seeks / your work to be sent in by / February date

Get out your haiku. Traditional haiku are three-line poems. The first and third lines have five syllables each. The middle line has seven syllables. Haiku rarely rhyme. There are modern haiku with … more

A look back at the dimmer bulbs on this year’s tree

Is it possible that Christmas 2018 was the season in which American life reached peak stupid? Of course that’s a rhetorical question — I have no doubt that there are many further depths of stupid … more

There’s more to Elvis than the same old song and dance

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977, a Tuesday, the day I received a call that changed my life. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this. I was living in Mesa, Arizona, and I was looking for a … more

Owning our success in the new year

Happy new year! By now most of us have decided that we either believe in New Year’s resolutions or we do not. Some of us prefer to stick with the pursuit of existing goals and objectives or simply … more

A look at the five priorities Arvada council had in 2018

In the 2014-2019 Council Strategic Plan, City Council identified five priority areas on which the City should focus its efforts: Infrastructure; Safe Community; Vibrant Community and Neighborhoods; … more

There are only so many minutes in a day — 1,440 to be exact

And the word for 2019 is … oh, never mind. The concept of choosing – or being chosen by – a word as a focus for the coming year has run its course for me. Rather than making New Year’s … more

It’s about time … for supporting the free press

Time magazine has chosen “The Guardians,” a group of journalists who have been targeted for their work, as 2018 Person of the Year, highlighting what it calls “the War on Truth.” These … more

The death of a good man and a leader

Back in January, 1991, I was a college senior, getting ready to graduate. For people who want to become teachers, that last semester is a beautiful time known as “student teaching.” Student … more

A holiday message of peace, love, hope and joy

It’s been said that faith and fear, or hope and fear, are kind of like the same thing, a belief that something will happen in the future. Now whether we want or choose to believe that whatever is … more

Living on borrowed time, and in no rush to pay back

I conclude every calendar year of columns with one that explores what makes life worth living. The time has come, the walrus said. This year’s will be a little different. First, I think an … more

What is better than the gift of literature?

Recently, at my beloved Lighthouse Writers Workshop, one of my classmates arrived with what appeared to be a pack of famous-author trading cards she had discovered downstairs. The rest of us … more

My favorite gifts: A Christmas story part three

Part three... The Being sat back against the bench, and closed his eyes. The child thought he might be sleeping, so it did not disturb him. But then the Being spoke again, with its eyes still closed. … more

The only thing better than a good book is a great book

One of my conversation starters and favorite questions to ask someone is, “What are you reading these days?” Some people are very quick with their response as they know exactly what they are … more

It’s a meat-and-potatoes issue, and skip the meat

Jennifer has Siri on her cellphone. I have neither. I asked her, “What’s Siri?” When she told me, I just looked at her. I said, “Ask Siri how many games Warren Spahn won.” A woman’s … more

Earning loyalty and trust, building commitment and love

Loyalty is earned when trust is present. Zig Ziglar always said, “Trust is a transference of feeling.” He also would focus on the two letters in the middle of the word trust, “U and S, or … more

Rolling Stones 2019 — old boys’ club is nothing like old times

Gimme shelter and gimme money. Tickets to see the Rolling Stones next year at whatever the stadium here is called go for (went for) $49 to $850 (without fees), and some special seats go for (went … more

Broncos and I could use a Christmas miracle

Tis the season of hope … I hope. I wrote last week about the season of giving. Today, I’m all about hope. Hope for redemption, hope for the future, and, yes, hope for the Denver Broncos. The … more
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