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Does it matter what other people hold as opinions?

There is certainly no shortage of opinions out there today. As a matter of fact, some would argue that I give my own opinion about something every week through this column. The way I see it, I am … more

Hearing loss can change your mind … and not for the better

Hearing connects us to the world, our family, friends, surroundings, sounds and music. Most hearing loss occurs so gradually and can go unrecognized - perhaps the volume on the TV is increased; words … more

Reminding yourself to be patient is well worth whatever time it takes

Are you always on the go? Me too. Are you feeling like sometimes you are always in a rush? Me too. Are you feeling like at work and in your home life you are running late more than usual? Me too. Does all of this frustrate you? Me too. So, the … more

Some things need to be brought home, but violence is never one of them

This isn’t going to be one of the funny ones. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “On average, 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.” October is National … more

To get the best answers, make sure you ask the best questions

Here we are back in full swing of the new school year. My guess would be that many of you reading this column have already asked the question, “Did you do your homework?” And you probably heard something like a short and muffled, “No.” Or a … more

What could possibly be wrong about wanting a perfect world?

My therapist asked me to describe my perfect world. “No one goes hungry, for one thing,” I said. “Very admirable.” “Affordable health care options for everyone.” “Very admirable.” “No one wears a baseball cap … more

Rule is reminder that consumers need to pay attention to titles

The new Department of Labor (DOL) rule, also called the Fiduciary Rule, has created a bit of confusion for investors. It also threw many brokerage firms into a tumult over revamping procedures under the new regulation. The intent of the rule is very … more

The funny thing about littering is that there’s nothing funny about it

Jennifer and I just flew back from Detroit, and, boy, are our arms tired. Michigan is my homeland, specifically Ann Arbor, and I thought that she should have at least one encounter with a University of Michigan home game in her lifetime. If … more

Don’t look away from what the mirror is trying to tell you

Typically the first person we greet each morning is ourselves. Whether we are washing up, brushing our teeth, shaving, putting on some makeup or combing or brushing our hair, our first interaction is looking straight into our own eyes. We may be … more

Filling my inbox to nourish my political soul

It's finally happened. Not unlike seeing the mileage on your car turning 100,000 - or 200,000! - miles, I have been watching my email inbox for a new milestone, and this week it happened: I have more … more

Furry friend is fading, and that’s just how it is

Old friends," Simon and Garfunkel sang, "sat on their park bench like book ends." Smitty would need a helping hand to sit on a park bench with me. I carry him up and down the stairs too. Our walks … more

Get off the fence when it comes to forgiveness

If you do not have anyone in your life that you need to or should forgive, or if you have no reason to be forgiven yourself, you may want to skip this column today. However, if you believe that there are one or more people who you would feel better … more

These days, a press conference is more like a guess conference

The story goes that Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. In Rosedale, Mississippi. In exchange for musical genius. (Tommy Johnson’s character in the film “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” is … more

It’s not how much you know, it’s about how much you care

People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." This is a quote that has been attributed to many people over the years including President Theodore Roosevelt, John Maxwell, … more

You’re right, owner of an unleashed dog — you’re amazing, and we’re lucky to have you

I have some very good news for some of you — and you know who you are. You are exempt from all of the dog leash laws and ordinances and regulations in Douglas County. And do you know why? Because you are special. You are special and cool and … more

Instead of putting down last year, try building up next year

It is usually at this time of the year, or maybe even sooner, that we hear someone we know say something like, “I am so glad this year is coming to an end.” Or, “I can’t wait for the year to … more

What’s on the horizon for Colorado’s seniors?

I first heard Jim Riesberg, a representative of the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging, speak at a Denver Senior Coalition meeting and I was blown away by the information he shared. I was also … more

Happy Thanksgetting — getting back what we give out

Thanksgetting? Sounds like one of those made-up holidays, doesn’t it? We all know there is no such holiday as Thanksgetting — well maybe not technically, but quite possibly a twist on the … more

Way down under a lot of wrapping, the core of Christmas is still there

If you are full of kringle and nog, I don’t want to bring my wet blanket into it very far, even though it’s tempting. The Christmas season once lasted a week or two. Then a month. Now it’s two … more

A guy walks into a bar, and then he has a conversation that’s very funny

I really look forward to your columns," a reader said. "The funny ones, that is." I was crushed. As an eagle-eyed journalist, I try to provide you with commentaries about the most meaningful … more
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