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Meet the new State Historian

For a lot of children, books about magical worlds and bigger than life adventures are the best way to spend their time. But when she was young, Dr. Nicki Gonzales immersed herself in the chronicles … more

It may be time to give money away

A true sign of financial independence is to worry about your estate plan and what to do with your assets after you pass away. Some people, myself included, spend their entire adult life worrying … more

Trapped in the platitude escalation cycle

Some of you might remember radio broadcaster Paul Harvey. He always ended his daily program with two words. “Good day.” Hippies turned that into “Have a nice day.” Then “Have a good day” … more

Anyone else but me

You will make a lousy anybody else, but you will be the best ‘you’ in existence.” — Zig Ziglar Many of us daydream or fantasize about being someone else. Did you ever look at someone else’s … more

Lakewood Cultural Center returns with new season

Figuring out what audiences want isn’t an exact science, but when it came time to bring the performing arts back to the Lakewood Cultural Center, Rita Sommers, the center’s administrator, wanted … more

Celebrating old brilliance this July 4

In the 1920s, in the wake of World War I, a small group of men gathered in Alabama, of all places, to come up with a new way of fighting a war. Of course, at the time, they didn’t really think what … more

Are you Ready for Wildfire?

Wildfires have impacted mountain communities for a long time. In centuries past, wildfires burned unhindered across our landscape. These fires consumed dead brush and fallen trees, and opened up … more

Run-off elections work better than new ranked-choice voting

With passage of HB 1071 earlier this year, the legislature authorized municipalities in Colorado to use ranked-choice voting in non-partisan elections. I hope those municipalities will be skeptical … more

What I wouldn’t give for just 5 more minutes

How many times have we thought, “If I could only do that over again?” Whatever that is, there is always at least one thing, maybe several things we wish we could take another shot at. more

When life gives you clichés, make clichéade

It’s eleven o’clock. Do you know where your cliché is? For Pete’s sake, clichés drive me up the wall. They rattle my cage. At the end of the day, clichés push my buttons. Lately I have been … more

Anyone else slow about moving on to freedom?

Have you been feeling a bit anxious lately? You'd think as the pandemic starts to wane (in our area) and restrictions begin to be lifted, that I'd be feeling great about the potential of reentering … more

McNichols Civic Center reopens with MLB-themed exhibits

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the curators behind galleries all over town found the loss of their spaces just as devastating as the artists. Shanna Shelby, curator of exhibitions with the City and … more

Why vaccination will protect you and the community

From state-wide lockdowns to mandatory health and safety measures, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we work, live and play, and unfortunately, has resulted in severe illness and death for many. … more

Lucky ducks win annual competition

About this time each year since 1934 wildlife enthusiast, bird watchers, hunters, stamp collectors, among other conservation-minded people make a modest stamp purchase that has grown in value and … more

Conviction cures complacency

As a big believer in the less-is-more approach, I find three-word statements to be powerful in their meaning, easy to remember, and in most cases impactful when applied. “Less is more,” three … more

Shelf awareness leads to summer getaways

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow fast in the movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was … more

Grateful for positives in Clear Creek schools

Although the 2020-21 school year was quite a challenge, the last month brought many celebrations! The Clear Creek School District Board of Education approved a compensation increase for all … more

Celebrating a Denver story at Miners Alley

There was never any doubt that Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden was going to make returning to live theater a big deal. Over the last 18 months plus, the theater has invested in giving audiences the … more

Time to put our heart back into it

“That is the simple secret, always take your heart to work.” - Meryl Streep There are many things that I have enjoyed about my journey through life. And one of those things has been meeting so … more

Who you calling belligerent and quick to take offense?

My friend, Mark, and his girlfriend, Deborah, have tickets for a vacation in Hawaii. Sounds great. But the timing isn’t. The tickets were a gift, he told me, and arrangements began before all of … more
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