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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

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

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

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

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

If you’re cloying or annoying, it’s our culture you’re destroying

The jails and prisons are overcrowded as it is, but there has to be room for a few more. There’s no excuse. Maybe there’s a story, but there’s no excuse. Anyone who leaves a shopping cart at a … 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

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

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

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

In a world often awash in ugliness, beauty is the best place to retreat

Don’t look at me. And don’t look to me. When someone like Harvey, Irma, Maria or Stephen Paddock comes along who challenges existence in ways that are difficult to rationalize, explain or accept, don’t look to me for answers, because I … 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

Whether it’s gewgaws, gadgets or gigabytes, the less the merrier

“My echo, my shadow, and me.” If you were to walk into my house right now, that’s about all you would see. “We three, we’re all alone, living in a memory.” I am not going anywhere, and my … 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

Remembering a woman who made a clean slate of cleaning

Margaret Atwood — remember her? — said, “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” To be honest, I had never heard of Atwood, but I liked the quote. The quote led me … more

On to the next big adventure, friend

Smitty looked over his shoulder as he was carried away, and said, “Where am I going now, Dad?” I said, “I’ve heard it’s a very big adventure.” I knew why he was asking that question: … 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

Listen first, respond second, and do both with great care

Over the past 10 years, many of you have asked me a similar question. You have asked me for one of the best lessons that I have learned over the course of my career and my life. Historically I have … more

Moving forward from Thanksgiving, a gratitude challenge can be rewarding

This year there are exactly 32 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I know I just stated the obvious and probably upset those who are never quite ready for Christmas, regardless if we were 32 … more

Amid gun glut, ‘This is Colorado’ says too much and too little

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said, “This is Colorado. Everybody has a gun.” Seven words that create a mural. Should they be added to our license plates and the signs that welcome … more
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