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The right question to ask focuses on how life was lived

We all have known someone who has sadly passed away. And many times we find ourselves answering a very common question when we speak with another person who just found out about someone’s passing, … more

If you consider taking a chance, consider not taking a chance

I have a suggestion: Do not eat laundry pods.However, if you use noodle soup to clean the tub, I may be wasting my time In 2017, there were more than 12,000 calls to U.S. Poison Control because of … more

Five words to live by — plus your own word

One word.” Just one word. As I was preparing to write this column I was inspired by something my friend Tom Ziglar had shared with me. Tom shared with me his “one word” for the year. He shared … more

Skip, skip, skip to the flu, skip to the flu, it’s jarring

Have you had a flu shot?” “No, thank you.” “Do you want to get a flu shot?” “No, thank you.” I told my doctor it’s a “minor pleasure” to be ill. I was being serious (for once). An … more

Water agency ready with plans in case of drought

Are we seeing a harbinger of the future? From Telluride to the Eastern Plains, communities across Colorado are experiencing an unusually dry winter, the likes of which have not been seen since 2002. … more

Denver Art Museum changes get underway

On Jan. 10, a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony at Denver Art Museum began a new chapter for the North (Ponti) Building, where a new welcome center, designed by Mario Silvetti and Fentress … 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

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

Look around globe to make investment decisions in 2018

The new year brings opportunities and it is always good to have a plan on how best to take advantage when those come your way. Investors who were well-diversified in 2017 are no doubt pleased with … more

To make the greatest investments, focus on your people and yourself

Throughout the year the community is always so responsive to this column, and I really do appreciate you all so much and I am also grateful for all of the emails and questions that come in each week. … 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

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

Net neutrality and the role of Congress going forward

Each generation has its defining inventions. Over the past 20 years, the internet easily qualifies as this country’s most valuable and stunning success story. But, like most inventions, the … 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

Arapahoe County citizens reinforce responsible budget leadership

The Arapahoe County government spends nearly $400 million per year serving more than 600,000 residents. If your home or business is within the county, you pay the costs of that government. Whether a … more

Share a smile and you’re likely to change another person’s day

So lately I have been testing a theory, and I have to tell you it has been so much fun. I have written about this quote before, I have been familiar with it for more than two decades, and I have read … 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

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

Dear Ms. Claus, you’re the one I’m writing to this year

Dear Ms. Claus, As I’ve read through my letters to Santa over the years, I noticed that your spouse has been very good with things like an Easy-Bake oven or Barbie house. But so far, he is terribly … 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
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