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Accountability by any other name is still accountability

“There I was, alone in the kitchen, 30 days into the New Year and my personal goal of shedding 25 pounds by the summer. Working from home has been a gift and a struggle. Like most, the ease of … more

DJFF leans in to on-demand viewing

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t only changed the way film festivals screen their films for audiences, but the kinds of films they want to highlight. When getting the programming in place for the 25th … more

Irrelevance of watches was just a matter of time

Watch out. Believe it or not, years and years ago wristwatches were intended solely to tell someone what time it was. Not anymore. Maybe you saw this? The president wore a $7,000 “statement … more

The power of accountability

Accountability is one of those words that gets a lot of attention; however, it also receives a fair amount of avoidance. I mean it’s great when we can hold others accountable for doing what they … more

Let’s tell the truth

Lie number one you’re supposed to have it all together And when they ask how you’re doing Just smile and tell them, ‘Never better.’” These lyrics are from “Let the truth be told” a song … more

Getting to a more calm and rational place

For those of you older than about age 30, do you remember that kid back in school who was considered “flaky?” You remember the one — the kid who knew most of the answers, would do the homework, … more

A new year begins Upon Closer Reflection

Of the many ways to describe the last near-year of pandemic living, one could certainly do much worse than the term still life. Not only have so many people’s lives been stilled by lockdown, but … more

Six of one, half a dozen of the other, if that’s OK

I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I would say on Twitter if I were on Twitter. The same goes for Facebook and Instagram and any others I don’t know about. Sooner or later, everyone on Twitter … more

Hope and encouragement, love and forgiveness

Recently I was asked about some of the best advice I have received over my career. As I considered my response, I thought about some of the great business minds and strategists who provided guidance. … more

The power of Wood.Works at the Arvada Center

Wood has proven to be one of the most reliable and dynamic materials humanity has made use of over the centuries. It has been employed to make everything from weapons and transportation to shelter … more

Bringing experience to the table for Jefferson County

In the more than 23 years that I’ve lived in Jefferson County and the almost 40 that I’ve paid close attention to county politics, there have never been new county commissioners who were better … more

Borrowing some inaugural inspiration

In compliance with a custom as old as the government itself, I appear before you to address you briefly and to take in your presence the oath prescribed by the Constitution of the United States to be … more

The grand illusion in the land of confusion

Music just seems to have a way of connecting us with feelings of inspiration, motivation, adventure, romance, sorrow, and love. We can remember where we were the first time we heard those songs, the … more

Animal adoption agencies seeing a doggone frenzy

Because of the pandemic, which of the following is way up nationwide? Average per-person daily intake of calories from sugar? Trips to the liquor store? Pet adoption? I don’t have the facts in … more

A love (language) letter to America

Dear America, my most beloved America … The events of last week – pretty much all of them, including the astonishing, distressing and mostly overlooked COVID-19 numbers – left me speechless for … more

In a challenging 2020, music kept us going

It’s safe to say 2020 is a year that we’re unlikely to forget any time soon. We all had to get through it in our own way, and music played a big role in my survival. I picked five of my favorite … more

Let the story, our story, unfold

Do you remember that old saying, “Never judge a book by its cover?” Well, if you are like me, and if you don’t mind admitting just how many times that you made the big mistake of rushing to … more

Apparently this road was paved with good intentions

Harry and I went for a Sunday drive. Only I made a big mistake. I forgot to put the “Sunday Drive” sign in the window that lets everyone know we’re on the road for leisure, not for the rat … more

What word should define 2021

A colleague of mine here in these editorial pages likes to pick a word to live by at the beginning of the year. It’s a useful exercise, and, in the spirit of resetting literally everything for … more

Colorado Office of Film recognized for highlighting native voices

Never underestimate the power of storytelling. Not only can the art entertain and enlighten, but it helps keep histories alive — both personal and those of a group of people. That’s why the … more
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