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Judy Racine kneels on the rug, the gaggle of second- and third-graders scattered around her. The learning target is printed neatly on the easel board: “I can give kind, helpful and specific feedback.” “What does that mean?” Judy … more
Writer's block is a myth, unless you are a writer. I mean a real writer. A writer of books. Books are marathons. Laura Hillenbrand holed up for a year to write "Seabiscuit: An American … more
There are so many people who enjoy a good crossword puzzle, word search puzzle or unscrambling a word jumble. There are many folks who love a good play on words, an anagram, a pun or a great riddle. … more
When I took on the role of board of education president, I was hopeful for the opportunity to encourage diverse voices in order to address issues within the Douglas County School District. Admittedly, the road is much more difficult than I thought. … more
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Ghana is approximately 6,637 miles away from Colorado. That is a long way for sure, but the local efforts of some in our community are making a big difference in the future of the children living in … more
I ran over a phone book with my snowblower this morning. I really wish I hadn’t. Shredded pages went everywhere. Here’s what happened. Someone left a new phone book on my front porch on the night of a recent snowstorm. The snow … more
The boys of summer are back in action, and I wish that I were one of them. I wish that I could spit sunflower seeds all over the place and not be punished for it. I wish I could talk into my … more
Last week we talked about the power of words and their ability to build up a person, provide us with hope and encouragement, or - when used inappropriately - they can be so powerfully … more
Walking out the front door can be dangerous. Visiting Aruba during spring break is not without its risks. Visiting a Cincinnati zoo, an alligator-enlivened theme park, or a gay nightclub is not … more
We’re at the halfway mark of 2016, and it has already proven to be one of the most surprising years for music in recent memory. In the first six months we’ve heard long-awaited releases from Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna and David Bowie, and been surprised by offerings from Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar. Musicians like The 1975, Ariana Grande and M83 all finally emerged from the studio with different takes on the pop landscape. more
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