Keyword: Michael Alcorn
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Nothing charming about drunkenness

There was a joke that me and several of my college buddies used to enjoy about sneaking adult beverages into our final exams. See, sometime in the late ‘80s, a study came out that seemed to … more

A look back at such a loathsome year

Well. Thank God that’s over. No, not the holiday season. I love the Holiday season. I would be quite happy if we could find a way to extend the celebration another few weeks. My credit cards, not … more

Sometimes routine leads us to the real magic

One year ago, at this time, I must admit, I was in a bit of a funk. Not full-blown Scrooge, mind you—not so much “Bah, Humbug” as “meh, whatever.” There were several external factors … more

The real story rarely starts or ends where we think it does

The penultimate sentence of one of my favorite stories goes “But for them, that was only the beginning of the real story.” That has always struck me as unusually profound, especially coming, as … more

Looking back on a quarter-century

Some 25 years ago... Bill Clinton was President, Hillary was just as unpopular, and the unpopularity of her signature policy initiative led to an electoral drubbing of Democrats. Also, the world had … more

Shift with the times, or be shifted

“The only constant in life is change”—my Dad. And, probably, lots of people before him. Given the wisdom of that adage, I’ve always wondered what it takes for people to stay ahead of the … more

Odd observations from turkey week

It’s like rai-ee-ain, on your wedding day…. And isn’t it ironic? With all due respect to the phenomenal musical/lyrical talent of Alanis Morissette, rain on your wedding day isn’t actually, … more

Finding thankfulness in the struggle

I have a friend. I know. Big surprise for everybody who knows me. Anyway, this friend of mine is having a difficult time right now in his life. Or, to be more specific, in his marriage. That’s … more

Happy little holiday outing ideas

I went for a little run the other night, and, as usual, I tracked it with Endomondo. No, I’m not going to tell you my time, my distance, my average speed ... Nothing. Not your business. And it’s … more

An Open Letter to Every Person Between the Ages of Nine and Twenty-four

You’re scaring me. Look, I know we’ve stuck you in a world that’s in disarray. We’re a little confused, ourselves. We’re not sure if we’re supposed to tell you to work hard, stay focused … more

Aim your anger appropriately Jeffco

Just so you know where I’m coming from as I direct my ire at some of the people in this community, let me give you a little background on things that matter in the last few weeks: Our local … more

Flaws are found when you forget fundamentals

There is nothing new under the sun. Have you, too, been frustrated watching the Denver Broncos’ futility over the last four years? New coaches. New quarterbacks. New offensive coordinators. They … more

A fleeting glimpse of the power of art

My senior year of college, as part of completing my requirements of my music degree, I performed a recital. This is, for those who have never been through one, a terrifying event. It was me ... with … more

Cheap laughs don’t amount to much

My best friend growing up had a lot of wonderful qualities, not the least of which was a willingness to put up with me. Michael — yes, we shared a name — was brilliant, industrious, talented, and … more

Something Trump knows that the Broncos have yet to master

I was listening to a little sports talk radio last week, as I am wont to do, and something struck me. One of the things the fellas — three of them — were talking about was the imperative for a … more

Some substance behind those catchy saying

“Luck has the smell of perspiration.” “If you’re not very smart, surround yourself with smart people; if you are smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you.” “Talent … more

Top Golf and a tough teenage topic

Sticky notes. Mechanical pencils. Urinal cakes. The snooze button. Have you ever thought about some of the simple things that make life immeasurably easier and better? Like the sticky note — before … more

Know when to get out of your own way

On Tuesday and Wednesday last week, I had a couple nighttime events that, really, I have no way to explain. I think the closest analogy to them is, maybe, the Moscow Circus. Without a ringleader. Or, … more

Ask the Rockies if chemistry counts

Once upon a time, in another lifetime, I helped my friend Matt coach a high school baseball team. And, at one point a little way into the season, we were in the middle of a game, and Matt called for … more

Find your love ... and a livable wage

I recently ran into an old friend of mine, a music teacher. He had retired in the last couple years, and I hadn’t seen him, so it was good to bump into him. I asked him, “what have you been doing … more
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