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Colorado exchange up and running for those wanting health insurance

Now’s the time to go shopping — no, not for the holidays just yet, but for health insurance coverage. It’s open enrollment season, a time to compare policies and find the coverage that works best for you and your family as the new year … 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

Meaningful connections improve our quality of life

When you think about the holidays, what comes to mind? For Shirley, an 84-year-old woman living in California, what the holiday season brings to her is memories of traditions and family. She was born … 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

When death took a stranger, it claimed a much-needed friend

I didn’t know Zackari Parrish. Not at all. I know I have needed men and women like him my entire life. Not because of the fact that he was a good deputy, but because he was someone with a good … 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

A look at what causes market volatility and how to deal with it

The shortest month of the year has brought the most negative volatility we have seen on Wall Street since 2012*, as of this writing. Usually, once we get past January, based on the old adage, “as … 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

Worth repeating: `If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’

It is said Thomas Edison tried and failed 10,000 times before successfully inventing the light bulb. And when it comes to trying and failing and finally succeeding, Abraham Lincoln’s attempts at running for political office and finally becoming … more

Heaven knows that heaven snows — that’s how life in Colorado goes

A newcomer to our state said, “Why don’t you write about the first snow of the year?” I said, “You mean the one we had in early January?” “No, the one we just had — in October.” “That was the first snow of the season. Not … more

How to navigate rising interest rates

Investors and consumers have been hearing about the pitfalls of rising interest rates on their fixed income investments for years. We are starting to feel complacent since the Federal Reserve Board has been very cautious in their interest rate hikes … more

Yoga is practical method to achieve more ease in aging

“Yoga” can be kind of a taboo word. You might have heard it’s all about spiritual healing and heavy breathing in a sweaty room. Maybe you think it’s just for trendy California youngsters or … 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

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

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

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

Stay warm and enjoy a variety of genres this winter

If you ask me, the kind of music the sounds best in the wintertime, when it gets cold and dark early, can be summed up in one word — warm. Warm music sounds, clearly, like it was produced by human hands. It’s acoustic guitar driven tracks, … 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

Beyond salads: Getting whole foods in your diet matters

Several years ago, I made a personal resolution to improve my health after a rather unsettling visit with my doctor. I thought I was healthy; after all, an athletic scholarship paid for my college … more
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