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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

Here’s to having hope in 2018: We’re all in this together

It’s a brand-new year and we welcome 2018 from all of us to all of you. I think it’s important to remember that, yes, we are all in this together and we live in a global economy and a world that … more

Meet one of the people who loves history with a passion

When George Smith walked into the Westminster History Center at the DeSpain Building on the corner of 72nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard four years ago, no one knew just how much of a devoted history … more

Recognizing the triggers that can make daily life difficult

Dear Therapist, Please tell me about depression triggers. What can be done about them for both the person who experiences them and the family of an affected person? Depression triggers vary depending … 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

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

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

Blessings emerge amid veteran’s toughest fight

Christian Redman, 50, sits on the edge of the couch, hands slightly trembling — a side effect of the chemo — as he clasps and unclasps them, a melancholy shadow in his eyes. For as long as he can … more

Santa’s Christmas gift list

While it is just a few days until Christmas, there is still time to sneak a peek at Santa’s gift list for elected and other public officials. This has been a long tradition I started more than 16 … more

Porch pirates can’t steal my memories

Porch pirates. Package thieves. Hijackers. No matter what we call them –I’m partial to “jerks” – the people who come up to our houses and brazenly take what’s not theirs are holiday … more

Front Range: A major asset in our backyard

In your opinion, what are the five top assets that serve the general area encompassing Westminster, Brighton, Ft. Collins, Longmont and Loveland? I bet most of you did not include Front Range … 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

Raising the bar of optimism is courageous and contagious

How are you doing?” It was a common and simple enough question to ask a friend of mine whom I had not spoken to in a while. Her response, “Better than yesterday, awesome today, and not yet quite … more

Child advocates add focus on senior victims

Ralston House Child Advocacy Center, which has been in existence for 11 years, is a most capable service provider which works closely with law enforcement, human services, district attorney’s … 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

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

Children love making pretzel based treats

Let’s get some of the warnings and negatives out of the way. One large pretzel rod has about 40 calories from the flour, but pretzels are basically nutritionally empty and may be a choking hazard … more

Proposed national park fees need modification

What has been too good of a deal for too long? There are a lot of possible answers; I would say the amount of state and federal gasoline taxes we pay have been too low while our roads crumble. … more
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