I served on the Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee when I represented Centennial in the Colorado House. One of the many bills we heard dealt with ear acupuncture. The testimony, which I initially took with a grain of salt-actually, a truck load of salt-was that sticking pins in the ears of someone suffering from mental … More On Pins and Needles
My wife and I are in the process of purchasing a condo in Silverthorne, Colorado. The paperwork is enough to make my head spin. Maybe not as alarmingly as the scene in The Exorcist. But plenty enough for me, who is a real coward when it comes to scary movies-and to reams of incomprehensible legal … More Surprised By History
I made a whole blood donation again at the Lowery Bonfils location last week. As I left, the lady at the front desk gave me my 15 gallon lapel pin. Boy, did I ever feel dizzy after that donation! (And, if you don’t know I’m shining you on, do I ever have a bridge in Brooklyn you’re … More 12 Gallons
My wife was out of town recently visiting our daughter’s family-especially our little grand daughter-in Spokane. And, as the saying goes, “When the cat’s away, the mouse will play.” I saw Lucas Hnath’s play, ‘The Christians‘ at the DCPA. I feared that this would be yet another heavy handed depiction of sanctimonious, knuckle dragging Christians … More The Christians.
This last Sunday evening I made a quick trip to our local, suburban grocery store. As I left the nearly empty parking lot and waited at the red light to turn on to Arapahoe Road, a young/old woman stood to my left holding a worn cardboard sign that read, “Single mom need help.” I quickly … More Brother, can you spare a dime?
My son-in-law’s sister, April, is married to a commercial fisherman who works in the North Pacific. With her six month daughter in tow, she is visiting my daughter’s family here in Denver from her home in a small community on the Oregon coast. She needs the break: her husband, Keith, left for the Gulf of … More Captains Courageous
My wife and I had the fun of baby sitting our two young granddaughters the other evening while our daughter and her husband got a little time to themselves. After dinner, I suggested to my older granddaughter, Bridgette, that we toddle around the corner to see our elderly friend, Marsha. It wasn’t a hard … More Cognitive Dissonance
My wife and I were at a Vail condo this past weekend with my daughter Lauren, her husband, Haden, and their one and a half year old daughter, Bridget. Being grandparents is all that it’s cracked up to be: a blast. And there are two more grandkids on the way this year! Does that qualify … More Enough rice for two Asians
My wife and I drove into Denver the other evening for a night out. As we emerged from the Alameda underpass going north on I-25, several locomotives leading a coal train south thundered by on the tracks just to our right. As we neared Colfax, the Zuni power plant’s stacks skewered the evening sky on … More POWER POLITICS
My wife and I were in the mountains a couple weekends ago. On Saturday, we drove to Sylvan Lake State Park, just south of I-70 at the Eagle exit and one of the crown jewels of our state park system. The trail around the lake is an easy walk and I enjoyed asking the many … More A SYMBOL OF HOPE? OR A REMINDER OF SHAME?