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Being tailgated — there’s something stupid behind it

The first recorded incident of following at an unsafe distance occurred about an hour after the invention of the automobile. Understandably, that wouldn’t have been possible, but it probably … more

Business cycle may die a slow death

The next 12 to 18 months may mark what is left of the current business cycle. This should not come as a surprise to anyone, as this is one of the longest-running growth cycles in history.¹ The … more

Do your part to create the best news of the day

One of my very favorite ways to stay in touch with people during the peak busy season is a quick text. Just a little nudge or reminder that I am thinking of them right at that moment. Depending on … more

Human-dog relationship status: ‘It’s uncomplicated’

Why does your dog lick your face? You say, “My dog doesn’t lick my face.” Do me a favor, and just play along. Your dog licks your face because it tastes like a ham on rye. How can your face … more

How pets help keep us healthy as we age

Happiness is a warm puppy. Who doesn’t love the feel of fur between your fingers, or the nicker of a horse when they see you come into the barn? The importance of the human-animal bond has been … more

Re-energized, recharged, and really ready to renew

It happens to all of us at some point. We could be traveling, commuting to work, at a meeting, or headed out to dinner when we realize that we forgot to charge our phones, our tablets, or our … more

Awash in beauty and wonder — that’s just how we roll

Jennifer, Harry, and I went on a road trip. Don’t yawn. Yet. We looped from Littleton to Salida to Monte Vista to Durango to Mesa Verde to Telluride to Gunnison to Littleton, and stopped along the … more

We stand behind Capital Gazette, journalism

My to-do list can feel overwhelming. But it's not important. Not when journalists are being shot down in the newsroom in the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. My heart breaks for the victims' families … more

Communication, productivity — are we choosing the right battles?

The scene is a local coffee shop. It’s mid-afternoon and there are no customers in the shop. The three baristas are standing behind the counter looking at their telephone, texting or checking out … more

Expect annual boom in lowbrow behavior

It doesn’t hurt to ask, but I know what you’re going to say. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Fourth of July came and went without any residential explosions? They’re illegal. They’re annoying. … more

If you try to be cool, you’re getting colder

Whenever I am facing something I am unable to resolve on my own, I ask, “What would Lincoln do?” Abraham Lincoln is my guidepost, my lighthouse, my lodestar. “The Springfield Redbird” is what … more

The customer is not always right, but still is always the customer

There is a very common saying in business, “The customer is always right.” It may be very common, but it is not always true. What is true is this, “The customer is not always right, but the … more

How to make financial plans for second half of 2018

No amount of bad news would upset the market in 2017. Even January 2018 appeared to be on a track to the moon, and then the long-awaited correction hits. This took the equities market down a few … more

Being a father is opportunity to show unconditional love

One of the greatest tributes to a father can be found in the Dan Fogelberg song “Leader of the Band.” The last part of the song has always meant something special to me … “I thank you for the … more

We have so many choices now — it’s too bad most are terrible

Jennifer said, “Sip?” “What is it?” “Iced tea.” She handed me a plastic cup. I like iced tea. I was about to take a sip when I noticed a label on the cup with some suspicious looking … more

Grabbing that low-hanging fruit can help you reach mountaintop

One of my favorite quotes is this, “The fruit we eat on the mountaintop was grown in the valley.” I have heard this quote many times and it is usually attributed to either Fred Smith or Billy … more

There’s a lot to be said for a moment of silence

Man goes to see his doctor and says, “Doc, every time I hit my hand with a hammer it hurts.” Doctor says, “Stop hitting your hand with a hammer.” That’s one of the oldest jokes I’ve ever … more

Artist’s long career has had phenomenal self life

Here’s a pop quiz: Who is Cindy Sherman? Her picture should be on a postage stamp. The picture would be one she had taken herself. See that photograph next to the headline? It’s one of only nine … more

Memorial Day reminds us to be grateful for sacrifices

My hope is that we can put aside any and all political differences and opinions as we take the time this week to remember all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. My hope is … more

The courage of encouragement helps us brave life’s problems

Building upon last week’s column about yesterday’s achievements becoming our successes of tomorrow, I wanted to share more about the power of encouragement and the courage to become an … more
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