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Celebrating a holiday that isn’t about the good times

She was born in Athens, Ohio, and her family tree was filled with distinction. Didn’t matter. She wasn’t worthy. And her design was so understated and subtle that it was denounced as well. America and Americans are not always beautiful. She was … more

Community Reach Center offers counseling, tips

Community Reach Center extends its condolences to the victims’ families and all individuals affected by the recent tragedy in Thornton. We are here to help anyone who is struggling emotionally because of this and other recent events by offering … more

Love yesterday, today and tomorrow — an integral, relevant, powerful force

Thank you in advance for reading this column. I sure do appreciate all of the emails feedback, what an awesome community we have. I hope you will join me for the next few weeks as this is the first of a three-part series: Love, Happiness, and … more

We need to apologize for this sorry state of affairs

Brenda Lee’s comin’ on strong. I’m sorry, so sorry, please accept my apology. For what I said in the high school cafeteria to Dottie Danford. For what I said in the art building elevator at UCLA to Magenta O’Toole. For what I said … more

Ten important benefits to community living for seniors

Deciding to leave the family home of 30-plus years and move to a retirement community isn’t easy. Our homes are filled with memories and a familiarity we tend to hold on to as we grow older. But memories don’t make dinner conversation, trigger a … more

Butterflies are free — to make a business decision

You may have learned via the news or social media that the Butterfly Pavilion located in Westminster has announced its intention of moving to Broomfield. There has been politically motivated criticism and accusations mostly on social media … more

A consistent routine means good sleep for children

Dear therapist: What should I do when our 9-year-old has trouble sleeping? My spouse suggested we consider melatonin, but I prefer to use pills sparingly with our children. Dear sleep-deprived parents: You are not alone in facing sleep … 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

Ballots are coming in: Considerations before you vote

The end is in sight! Although a few candidates may do some late campaigning, the bulk of the effort is over for mayoral and city council candidates whether your focus is Westminster, Thornton, Northglenn, Arvada, Broomfield or other municipalities. … 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

Get off the fence when it comes to forgiveness

If you do not have anyone in your life that you need to or should forgive, or if you have no reason to be forgiven yourself, you may want to skip this column today. However, if you believe that there are one or more people who you would feel better … more

You’re right, owner of an unleashed dog — you’re amazing, and we’re lucky to have you

I have some very good news for some of you — and you know who you are. You are exempt from all of the dog leash laws and ordinances and regulations in Douglas County. And do you know why? Because you are special. You are special and cool and … more

We have the answer. What was the question?

The Regional Transportation District has announced approval of a comprehensive study to evaluate the viability of bus rapid transit service along State Highway 119 between Boulder and Longmont. This step comes as no surprise given the previous … more

Take a trip to see all the autumn glory of the state

Fall in Colorado is a time of change, of transition in nature and the color of our outdoors. The refreshing green of summer quaking aspen leaves turn to a brilliant and glittering gold and rust as the trees display a fall calm, a view of beauty and … more

In a world often awash in ugliness, beauty is the best place to retreat

Don’t look at me. And don’t look to me. When someone like Harvey, Irma, Maria or Stephen Paddock comes along who challenges existence in ways that are difficult to rationalize, explain or accept, don’t look to me for answers, because I … more

Reminding yourself to be patient is well worth whatever time it takes

Are you always on the go? Me too. Are you feeling like sometimes you are always in a rush? Me too. Are you feeling like at work and in your home life you are running late more than usual? Me too. Does all of this frustrate you? Me too. So, the … more

Trend of lowering the bar is really just a big downer

One of my favorite things to do each week is attending some community social functions. Just a coffee hour where members of the community will take turns volunteering each week to provide the refreshments and snacks for others who come out to join … more

Some things need to be brought home, but violence is never one of them

This isn’t going to be one of the funny ones. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “On average, 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.” October is National … more

Managing city’s growth ensures strong future

As the campaigns for Westminster mayoral and city council candidates reach a key milestone in the respective races, the highest-priority topic, in my opinion, is the whole discussion of new development/redevelopment in Westminster. This has … more
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