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Mark Your Calendar

November 30, 2015

This is a notice to Colorado chefs, cooks, and friends that we will be forming teams to compete in The World Championship Squirrel Cook Off held annually in Bentonville, Arkansas. The event is held in September and we will charter a flight for sixty squirrel lovers. A local airline has agreed to paint a squirrel (Rocky) […]

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Yeah Berkeley!

November 28, 2015

‘When Berkekey Sings…..Life is Grand in the Land of Oz!’

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The Pizza Can Wait

November 28, 2015

Castewood Library was abuzz as the Christmas shopping officially began. Computer stations were filled as anxious job seekers searched the internet for job openings. Just beyond the ‘new non-fiction table,’ a woman was serving punch and cookies. Twenty-five chairs had been arranged nearby for a holiday concert of some sort. It was nearing one o’clock […]

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Ms. Yoakim

November 28, 2015

She was tall and attractive and we were thankful to have Ms.Yoakim as our fifth grade teacher. It was May of 1960 and we were so ready for summer to begin. There was just one piece of business that needed to be settled. We had a year long softball contest played at lunch each day and Tom […]

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Dreams

November 28, 2015

“Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people […]

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Quiet Please

November 27, 2015

It occurred to a very young man that silence….and its twin sister solitude are endangered species. As the world has accelerated, so too have we. Often missing is that quiet communion with our souls….where the little things take a back seat as we ponder greater things. Hecticity (sorry, my word) is like a magnet drawing […]

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God’s Sketchbook

November 27, 2015

“Years ago I used to drive a cab for a living. There was a blind woman I used to pick up at one of the local universities. She was taciturn, proper, almost British in her sense of propriety and reserve. And though she seldom talked, we gradually became friends. One day I asked her what […]

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Perfect

November 27, 2015

It was a gorgeous day near Lake Tahoe. Some friends had strolled along the beach and stopped for a delicious lunch on a deck overlooking the lake. On the walk back to the condo, a very young cowboy knew there was a picture he just had to take of his lovely wife Sally. It was […]

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The Prankster

November 26, 2015

Bruno Nydam is one heck of a practical joker. Some would say he’s ‘world class.’ He has been known to scare the living daylights out of people like Teri, Eileen, and Lisa. Last April, it was payback time as his car was filled with balloons and hilarious messages written on his windows. Rumor has it […]

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Wimbledon Wizard

November 26, 2015

Benjamin is aiming for Wimbledon in 2032. He awakes early and does wrist curls, heel raises, and has a two mile ride in his stroller. After lunch and a nap, he watches film (Sponge Bob and Bugs Bunny) and hits his two handed backhand in the garage with a ball suspended on a string. He […]

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Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015

Tommy’s first Thanksgiving was a bit unnerving. So many people in his house…..so much chatter…..and laughing…..and drinking what looked like Kool-Aid for grownups. Different smells coming from the kitchen and the most humongous bird he’d ever seen was actually shoved into the oven. He was too young to choose between drum stick or white meat […]

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Big Ed

November 26, 2015

There were 25,048 fans at Autzen Stadium on September 15th, 1984. The Colorado Buffaloes were playing The Oregon Ducks.  Late in the game, Colorado receiver Ed Reinhardt was tackled by two defenders. What appeared to be a routine hit turned out to be anything but. Six foot five Reinhardt appeared dazed and lay on the […]

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Forgiveness

November 25, 2015

‘Apologize all you want. It will not matter. I will cling to this righteous indignation forever. Oh sure, I could let your comment slide by and forget about it. But this being ‘wronged’ feeling seems so justified. Who cares if it robs me of sleep and converts my heart to stone…..darn it….this feels so right. You […]

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Faith

November 25, 2015

Wendy had experienced a very rough patch recently.  Her husband had moved out and she was estranged from her now grown daughter. She seemed to walk about in a fog most days. Alone and confused as to how her life had unraveled, Wendy drove to her favorite park for relief. When the sun burst through […]

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Hope

November 25, 2015

“Hope” is the thing with feathers- that perches in the soul- and sings the tune without the words- and never stops at all- And sweetest-in the gale-is heard- and sore must be the storm- that could abash the little bird- that kept so many warm- I’ve heard it in the chillest land- and on the […]

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Possiblility

November 25, 2015

“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” Golda Meir

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Delight

November 24, 2015

Bonnie extended her hand and said, ‘What a delight to meet you!” Her eyes were shining and she had that pep in her step that gave the unmistakable impression that this 29 year old was on top of the world. Later, the very young author, decided that the word delight is not used frequently enough. […]

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The Puzzle

November 24, 2015

Debbie realized it was the one thing that was missing. It haunted her like a ghost in the attic. A voracious reader, sometimes she would stumble upon a quote or story that spoke to her heart and reinforced what she knew all too well. Then, like a New Year’s resolution, she would declare to herself […]

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Leap of Faith

November 23, 2015

Gary wasn’t sure what to do. He had talked with his parents and friends and they were no help. He had been offered an entry level job in the city of his dreams……Honolulu, Hawaii. Gary had only vacationed there once but was fascinated by the tropical splendor and unmatched surfing. What would he tell his […]

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Magic Tonic

November 23, 2015

Ron thought he had it made…..that his job with the San Jose startup and the home in the suburbs proved that he had arrived. Then Chloe came along and forced him to reconsider what is really important. She was a preemie and was in the hospital for forty-five agonizing days. He and Gloria didn’t know […]