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Having no plan means having a plan to fail

The recent Washington Post article, “Dying at your desk is not a retirement plan” caught my attention. I recall when I first began creating financial plans in 1986, we had a motto, “When you … more

We are rooted in memory, until it leaves us rootless

One of my readers — “Gary” — thanked me for a column I had written about barking dogs that he mailed to a neighbor, after his own words didn’t make a dent. My column made a dent, and I said … more

Finding the balance when we agree to disagree

Sometimes it could seem like there are more things happening around us that are dividing us as a community rather than uniting us. And as that is happening, I believe we may have lost sight, or … more

If I’m accused of taking pictures, I can’t claim that I was framed

Take a picture. It lasts longer. That’s my motto. I have over 10 million photographs, maybe more. My friends call me “F-Stop Fitzgerald.” I take pictures everywhere I go. I mean it. In the … more

A tribute to Jean Ziglar and courtship after marriage

Whether we say that behind every great man is a great woman, or behind every great woman is a great man, or we agree that behind every great person is another great person or family, we can all agree … more

Winter Shelter Network provides crucial service

The forecast is calling for temperatures in the mid-20s, but inside the fellowship hall of a church in Douglas County, a diverse community is enjoying a hearty home-cooked meal and lively … more

Look, in a word, the deal is, arguably, pointless

Look, I want everyone to stop saying “look” like I just did, before making a statement. I hear it all the time now. It’s used this way, I’m guessing, to let your listeners know what you are … more

Setting goals sets us on the path to power

Here is the challenge, find someone who has achieved greatness, excellence, or has completed the pursuit of something worthy and meaningful. And when you find them ask them if it was by pure luck, or … more

Owning a healthy self-image helps make solid connections

“Who is your best friend?” Suzanne, one of our community readers, posed this question to her 10-year-old grandson. As he thought about it, he listed about ten kids he would consider to be his … more

If coffee didn’t exist, it would be hard to swallow

"Coffee drinkers live longer.” Thank you, Joe DiMaggio. “People who drink two to three cups of coffee a day live longer than people who don’t” (U.S. News, July 3). A study shows that I will … more

Playing and moving with drums helps relieve stress in kids, boosts mood

Young children are drawn to drumming sounds and love to move with the beats found in every culture. Just observe young children at powwows, band concerts, weddings, and parades. They are jumping and … more

Take a focused approach to information overload

Thanks again for the tremendous support from the community. I really do love receiving your emails, thoughts and questions, so please keep them coming. One of the more common emails I receive lately … more

Being tailgated — there’s something stupid behind it

The first recorded incident of following at an unsafe distance occurred about an hour after the invention of the automobile. Understandably, that wouldn’t have been possible, but it probably … more

Business cycle may die a slow death

The next 12 to 18 months may mark what is left of the current business cycle. This should not come as a surprise to anyone, as this is one of the longest-running growth cycles in history.¹ The … more

When grandparents must step in

When because of a variety of serious family problems, grandparents feel they must take over, even adopt grandkids, there are a number of issues to address and places to go for help. First, what all … more

Do your part to create the best news of the day

One of my very favorite ways to stay in touch with people during the peak busy season is a quick text. Just a little nudge or reminder that I am thinking of them right at that moment. Depending on … more

Human-dog relationship status: ‘It’s uncomplicated’

Why does your dog lick your face? You say, “My dog doesn’t lick my face.” Do me a favor, and just play along. Your dog licks your face because it tastes like a ham on rye. How can your face … more

How pets help keep us healthy as we age

Happiness is a warm puppy. Who doesn’t love the feel of fur between your fingers, or the nicker of a horse when they see you come into the barn? The importance of the human-animal bond has been … more

Re-energized, recharged, and really ready to renew

It happens to all of us at some point. We could be traveling, commuting to work, at a meeting, or headed out to dinner when we realize that we forgot to charge our phones, our tablets, or our … more

Awash in beauty and wonder — that’s just how we roll

Jennifer, Harry, and I went on a road trip. Don’t yawn. Yet. We looped from Littleton to Salida to Monte Vista to Durango to Mesa Verde to Telluride to Gunnison to Littleton, and stopped along the … more
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