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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

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

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

Love yesterday, today and tomorrow — an integral, relevant, powerful force

Thank you in advance for reading this column. I sure do appreciate all of the emails feedback, what an awesome community we have. I hope you will join me for the next few weeks as this is the first of a three-part series: Love, Happiness, and … more

We need to apologize for this sorry state of affairs

Brenda Lee’s comin’ on strong. I’m sorry, so sorry, please accept my apology. For what I said in the high school cafeteria to Dottie Danford. For what I said in the art building elevator at UCLA to Magenta O’Toole. For what I said … more

Year-end tax planning crucial before law changes

There are only a few weeks left to impact your tax planning for 2017 before the new tax laws take effect next year. As of this writing, there is no consensus between the House and the Senate bills … more

Colorado exchange up and running for those wanting health insurance

Now’s the time to go shopping — no, not for the holidays just yet, but for health insurance coverage. It’s open enrollment season, a time to compare policies and find the coverage that works best for you and your family as the new year … 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

Working on fulfilling dreams with hope and encouragement

“I’m working on a dream, though it can feel so far away, I’m working on a dream, our love will make it real someday, I’m working on a dream though it can feel so far away, I’m working on a … more

When death took a stranger, it claimed a much-needed friend

I didn’t know Zackari Parrish. Not at all. I know I have needed men and women like him my entire life. Not because of the fact that he was a good deputy, but because he was someone with a good … more

Raising the bar of optimism is courageous and contagious

How are you doing?” It was a common and simple enough question to ask a friend of mine whom I had not spoken to in a while. Her response, “Better than yesterday, awesome today, and not yet quite … more

A look at what causes market volatility and how to deal with it

The shortest month of the year has brought the most negative volatility we have seen on Wall Street since 2012*, as of this writing. Usually, once we get past January, based on the old adage, “as … more

Worth repeating: `If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’

It is said Thomas Edison tried and failed 10,000 times before successfully inventing the light bulb. And when it comes to trying and failing and finally succeeding, Abraham Lincoln’s attempts at running for political office and finally becoming … more

Heaven knows that heaven snows — that’s how life in Colorado goes

A newcomer to our state said, “Why don’t you write about the first snow of the year?” I said, “You mean the one we had in early January?” “No, the one we just had — in October.” “That was the first snow of the season. Not … more

How to navigate rising interest rates

Investors and consumers have been hearing about the pitfalls of rising interest rates on their fixed income investments for years. We are starting to feel complacent since the Federal Reserve Board has been very cautious in their interest rate hikes … 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

What you see is what you get — so carefully create what you see

I was talking with a husband and wife a few years ago. They were from Kansas and for years came to Colorado every winter for a ski vacation. As they drove in from I-70 heading west, they would always … 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

If we’re lucky, we’ll evolve until we’re as good as dogs

Should anyone who impersonates an impersonator be allowed to vote? There’s an impressionist in Branson who impersonates Rich Little. Should anyone who can’t remember when to put their trash out be … more
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