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Real leadership is shown by putting mission ahead of self

“Never mistake motion for action.” –Ernest Hemingway “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.”—Elanor Roosevelt (or perhaps Sandra Carey) There are a great many qualities that we attribute to … more

Two men talking about North Korea

Yesterday I was in a coffee shop. As I sat at my table, sipping my latte, I could hear voices behind me. I turned my head slightly to see two men, both over the age of 60. They were wearing T-shirts … more

Looking back – and looking forward

Over the holiday break, I had the time to reflect on this past year and all the changes that have come to Jefferson County Public Schools, and to also consider our future. 2017 marked a number of … more

To make the greatest investments, focus on your people and yourself

Throughout the year the community is always so responsive to this column, and I really do appreciate you all so much and I am also grateful for all of the emails and questions that come in each week. … more

Amid gun glut, ‘This is Colorado’ says too much and too little

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said, “This is Colorado. Everybody has a gun.” Seven words that create a mural. Should they be added to our license plates and the signs that welcome … more

Let us enter 2018 with reasonable humor and good grace

Courtesy. Integrity. Perseverance. Self-Control. Indomitable Spirit. My brothers and sisters in the Korean art of Taekwondo instantly recognized that list I just … er, listed. Those are the tenets … more

2017 and on into 2018 -- let's be bold!

Greetings Lakewood! How time flies; yet another year is almost history. We are fortunate to live in a great community. As I reflect on the great honor I have to be your mayor, I have realized that we … more

Anxious anticipation can be perfect situation for strong transfiguration

Well here we are again, the very first week of the year. Many of us have been filled with great anticipation as we awaited the arrival of the New Year. Something new to look forward to, a shedding of … more

Wish list: World peace and a Polaroid camera

In the weeks before Christmas, one of the radios stations had a Santa hotline of sorts. Kids would call in and leave their requests in a recording. I heard two calls one morning, two messages back to … more

Some of my lessons learned from the year that was

“Five-hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes… How do you measure a year in the life?”—Rent It’s almost impossible to believe, but here we are again, at the turn of the calendar. … more

Share a smile and you’re likely to change another person’s day

So lately I have been testing a theory, and I have to tell you it has been so much fun. I have written about this quote before, I have been familiar with it for more than two decades, and I have read … more

Whether it’s gewgaws, gadgets or gigabytes, the less the merrier

“My echo, my shadow, and me.” If you were to walk into my house right now, that’s about all you would see. “We three, we’re all alone, living in a memory.” I am not going anywhere, and my … more

Ask a Therapist: How do I deal with the holiday blues?

QUESTION: Each year I find myself struggling emotionally with the holiday season—the time when the expectation is to “be happy and joyful.” How can I do a better job of taking care … more

Changing the way we look at the ‘now’ moments of life

Jimmy Buffett sings about a tattoo being a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling. Maybe for some that’s true, and for others, their tattoo carries a reminder of something powerful and … more

Looking for good things is a matter of life and life

A reader reminded me that it’s time for my annual “What Makes Life Worth Living” top 10 list. She also reminded me that I listed our neighborhood rabbits years ago. I had forgotten. I forget … more

Blessings emerge amid veteran’s toughest fight

Christian Redman, 50, sits on the edge of the couch, hands slightly trembling — a side effect of the chemo — as he clasps and unclasps them, a melancholy shadow in his eyes. For as long as he can … more

Today’s youth could learn a lesson or two in “good grief”

Growing up, one of the truly exciting days of the year was the day the mailman would deliver the newest collection of “Charlie Brown” cartoons. That’s right, once upon a time, whoever is … more

Many a lesson in looking at the long view

Do you ever take significant moments and try to look at them through a wider lens? Watch out — the next few paragraphs will likely cause VRUO — Visceral Reaction Unthinking Outrage. It’s … more

Porch pirates can’t steal my memories

Porch pirates. Package thieves. Hijackers. No matter what we call them –I’m partial to “jerks” – the people who come up to our houses and brazenly take what’s not theirs are holiday … more

Coffee is a great thing, so don’t make a stir about it

Coffee, black. Please.” “Cream and sugar?” There’s my six-word novel. I got the idea for a six-word novel from Hemingway, who got the idea from someone else. But someone else was someone no … more
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