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Empathy: For the greater good

In the 1990s, while I was still reeling from a divorce of (previously unimaginable) pain, I was introduced to a friend of a friend to play tennis. We met at some courts near my office after work one … more

Taking the high road is an idea that looks better all the time

We are such a funny society. I mean, where else can you go to be as entertained by the things that are funny, weird, and even sad all at the same time? This past week someone shared with me some … more

Decades in classrooms taught a lesson about weak parenting

The illusion of a schoolteacher, like the ones I knew, is long gone. Modern teachers are still expected to be capable of teaching all of the subjects I was taught. On top of that, they are required … more

‘This movement will make a difference’ — let’s hope so

Listen to Ali Shultz. The cardboard sign that hangs around her neck reads “Thoughts and prayers will never be enough.” She stands in the cooling shade of towering pine trees, with her mother and … more

In showbiz and politics, turnabout is fair play

It is half past midnight and Hillary Clinton is sound asleep in her bedroom at the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan. Her cell phone rings. “Huh? Um. Hey, Who the knucklehead calls me this late?” … more

A message to all the good men out there

This is a message to all the good men – and there are multitudes – who 1) support the females in your lives who have haltingly, heartbreakingly told of their own #MeToo moments; 2) have … more

There really might be ‘an app for that’ tribalism problem

Somewhere around 15 years ago, when I was first starting to explore the idea of being a writer, I was working on a novel that had, as one of its central themes, the idea that there are only a handful … more

Listen first, respond second, and do both with great care

Over the past 10 years, many of you have asked me a similar question. You have asked me for one of the best lessons that I have learned over the course of my career and my life. Historically I have … more

Remembering a woman who made a clean slate of cleaning

Margaret Atwood — remember her? — said, “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” To be honest, I had never heard of Atwood, but I liked the quote. The quote led me … more

Making prescriptions more affordable

For too long, insurance companies have been able to restrict how a patient may receive his or her medication. By drastically raising fees and copays for in-person pickup at a pharmacy, many patients … more

The trials and tribulations of Tribalism

I was recently asked to give a speech, without any guidelines about the topic. The only caveat was that “anything political has to have the opportunity for an opposing view to be presented.” … more

The hardest things in life could well be the easiest things in life

While facilitating a workshop for a corporate client, I asked the class a simple question. I asked them this, “What is the hardest thing about getting on an elevator?” As I looked out at the … more

Sometimes when all seems good, that really is the case

If it’s on the floor, it’s on the menu. If it’s near the floor, it’s on the menu. Who would drink toilet water if he could reach it? No, it’s not: 1. A Republican, or 2. A Democrat. Who … more

Good financial advice that applies to any age

Investors may be puzzled by current market and economic news. After a long run that appears to have had virtually no volatility, February and March showed market swings never seen before in the … more

Here is how we keep Jeffco schoolchildren safe

Since the terrible school shooting in Florida, many have asked me, “What does Jefferson County Public Schools do to keep our students safe?” In the years since Columbine, we have learned a great … more

A muddle of March mental musings

Observations, thoughts, and random musings from deep in my cave: Is it just me, or are pharmaceutical commercials reaching a point of maximum absurdity? (video of happy, healthy people jumping off … more

Hate is a hunger that consumes with no chance of being sated

Hate” is a brutal word. It’s final, and it comes without nuance. It gets the job done if your vocabulary is, uh, um, like, limited, or if you need something right now in the heat of the moment. … more

Sticking with it and sticking to it — a recipe for success

A couple of months ago, many of us made our commitments to our New Year’s resolutions or our goals for this year. Law of averages and historical data tell us that there is a certain percentage of … more

Kids love Project Egg Drop

There are scrambled eggs, fried eggs, and then eggs for the famous raw egg drop engineering activity. It provides an opportunity for some real life problem solving using physics principles, … more

The bad kind of trust fall

I’ve been thinking a lot over the past couple weeks about the concept of institutional trust. Yeah, I’ve been working on other things, too. At any rate, the reason I’ve been thinking about this … more
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