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May this article be of some service to you

“Pardon me, are you Aaron Burr, sir?” “That depends, who’s asking?” “Oh, sure, sir. I’m Alexander Hamilton, I’m at your service, sir…” So begins the dialogue between A.Ham and … more

Making the right decisions to maximize opportunities

“Indecision is the thief of opportunity.” — Jim Rohn This is one of my very favorite quotes by Jim Rohn who was an entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. I love this quote because it … more

Instead of trying to break a record, just try braking

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) just released the results of an extensive study. It may be surprising to you, but it wasn’t surprising to me. “Our year-long study concluded that … more

Your fitness level might start with your zip code

How can local communities encourage and facilitate active lifestyles among their residents? How can they increase access to and use of gyms and recreational facilities? How can parents encourage … more

Bronco woes trace back to fractured leadership

Somebody should write a case study in organizational leadership based on the Denver Broncos. Or, to be more precise, a case study in the failures of fractured leadership. Let me start by saying that … more

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

Council, community and police working hard to tackle issues

Wow, did 2018 move fast and what a year it has been! In my State of the City speech, I encouraged the community to be bold and you responded: city council and planning commission digging into … 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
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