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What’s new with you? It could well be more than you think

We have all had this conversation, haven’t we? You know the one I am talking about, when we run into someone we haven’t seen in a while, it sounds something like this, “Hey, how’s it going, … more

Priority must be placed on funding Colorado’s schools

I feel very fortunate to serve on the Littleton Public Schools Board of Education. We are proud the State of Colorado has awarded our district its highest accreditation seven years in a row. This … more

Taking the high road is an idea that looks better all the time

We are such a funny society. I mean, where else can you go to be as entertained by the things that are funny, weird, and even sad all at the same time? This past week someone shared with me some … more

Decades in classrooms taught a lesson about weak parenting

The illusion of a schoolteacher, like the ones I knew, is long gone. Modern teachers are still expected to be capable of teaching all of the subjects I was taught. On top of that, they are required … more

What I thought I knew about solving problems

As mentioned last month, I am now a seminarian at Iliff School of Theology, and I bet you can’t believe what I am learning there. (Hint: It’s not about religion!) For eight years in the Colorado … more

‘This movement will make a difference’ — let’s hope so

Listen to Ali Shultz. The cardboard sign that hangs around her neck reads “Thoughts and prayers will never be enough.” She stands in the cooling shade of towering pine trees, with her mother and … 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

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

Thankful Dreamer seeks path moving forward

Being brave comes inherently to you as an immigrant. The road toward the American dream is paved with obstacles to overcome. When I was 5, my parents brought me to the United States, escaping poverty … more

The hardest things in life could well be the easiest things in life

While facilitating a workshop for a corporate client, I asked the class a simple question. I asked them this, “What is the hardest thing about getting on an elevator?” As I looked out at the … more

Sometimes when all seems good, that really is the case

If it’s on the floor, it’s on the menu. If it’s near the floor, it’s on the menu. Who would drink toilet water if he could reach it? No, it’s not: 1. A Republican, or 2. A Democrat. Who … more

Good financial advice that applies to any age

Investors may be puzzled by current market and economic news. After a long run that appears to have had virtually no volatility, February and March showed market swings never seen before in the … 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

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

In touch and staying in touch with those who mean so much

If we look back over the past several weeks, months, or even years, I would bet that we can think of some people in our lives that we wish we would have stayed in touch with more often. Maybe it’s … more

Somehow time is a fastball that throws you a curve

Time flies. Time really flies. I just received an invitation to pre-order a 2019 SUV. The vehicle isn’t in the works: It already exists. I received the invitation in February 2018. When I was a … more

An open letter from a new seminarian

As I write this, I am not in a cloister with people in robes or looking out the window from a high ivory tower, but comfortable at home on my couch. I am, however, looking out my window in a … more

There are powerful traits that make difference makers different

What is it about those people who make a difference in our lives? Sometimes it is just the littlest thing that they have done or shown us, and other times it is something so profound that it has an … more

Knock off the buffering against winter suffering

This is the winter of my discontented discontent. You call this winter? How am I going to appreciate spring if winter is spring? I need a few sunless days, and to be closed in by snowbanks. I want … 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
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