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“And you scramble down And you look below And the world you know Begins to grow The roof, the house and your Mother at the door The roof, the house and the world you never thought to explore And you think of all the things you’ve seen And you wish that you could live in between And you’re back again…...

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“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.” – Albert Einstein “Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.” – Jodie Foster When the Golden State Killer was finally captured four…...

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“Just take any step, whether small or large. And then another and repeat day after day. It may take months, maybe years, but the path to success will become clear.” – Aaron Ross As a wildly irresponsible young man, I’d committed for the umpteenth summer to mow my grandparent’s lawn, and for too many weeks in a row, I’d not…...

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“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu When my first wife invited me to no longer be married a couple decades back, I spent the better part of the next six months in a state of depression that threatened my relationships with my family, friends, and especially my young daughters. I was in a pretty deep…...

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If things hold as planned, the James Webb space telescope will be shot off French Guiana around 5:30 a.m. tomorrow, on Christmas morning. The project is literally locked and loaded into the nosecone of an Ariane rocket and awaiting the moment and weather that gives it its best shot off this rock, and about a million miles away. If it…...

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Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. – Dennis Prager When I was five, we’d recently arrived home from the grocery store when my mom saw me eating a candy bar in my bedroom. She walked into the room to see…...

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“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” – Larry Bird “I would say that anytime you pass Larry Bird in any category, that is a hell of an accomplishment.” – Michael Malone Believe it or not, Coach Malone’s quote was a…...

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When stepping off the stage at a big competition with a brand new group I was singing with, I knew we had had a hell of a debut. What I didn’t expect was all the other groups in the competition to drop by and either enthusiastically or begrudgingly congratulate us on our impending win. It was a humbling and exciting…...

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy As a kid, going to Sunday school, I noticed a pattern in my praying. I realized that my most fervent and heartfelt prayers were coming down the pipe when I felt the most…...

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“We all gotta go sometime. Might as well have some fun while you’re here.” – Dick Olson My dad was about to go into his sixth knee surgery, and his orthopedic surgeon was asking him exactly how he’d come to be in possession of his fairly battered body. Dad told him a few stories, including one about his multiple trips…...

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“Don’t believe everything you think.” – Popular bumper sticker As Markieff Morris flew to the floor, I admittedly stood up and started cheering and clapping. Nikola Jokic looked as incensed as I felt. My poor 81-year old father, who had fallen asleep in a chair across the room, was suddenly sitting up and trying to decide who was attacking and…...

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“April First. The day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.” – Mark Twain On April Fool’s Day 2021, the Atlanta Braves played a bit of a goof on their fanbase, losing their season opener in extra innings at the Phillies. They laid on for good measure – just to make…...

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“Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money, and I’ll tell you what they are.” – James W. Frick Mr. Frick knew a lot about how people spent their money. After serving honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he enrolled at Notre Dame as a 23-year old freshman. To make ends…...

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“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is enough.”  — Dr. Wess Stafford 25 years ago, when the National Basketball Association celebrated their 50th Anniversary, they named the NBA’s “Top 50 at 50” list. The list was filled with luminaries from across a star-studded history, with the requisite arguments and gnashing of teeth ensuing over who was…...

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When you want to win a game, you have to teach. When you lose a game, you have to learn. – Tom Landry My club face swung back to it’s apogee, and just as I brought it down with terrifying force, someone behind me shrieked like an 11-year old girl. Turns out, it WAS an 11-year old girl. I’d like…...

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DNVR: Welcome back to Nuggets basketball! Even with the last three seasons being packed so tightly together, you seem to be very ready to get back to basketball. Is that right? Katy Winge: Well, when you say I’m “ready”, I think what I’m ready for is that feeling of normalcy. I think that cliche, “you don’t know what you’ve got…...

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“Happiness comes from helping others, by being with others, and by sharing, even if it’s only a smile.” – Zain Hashmi In the early 2000’s, a well-known Fortune 100 company had diversified itself to a point that it had literally dozens of small businesses inside of it. Each of those “business within a business” verticals had their own leaders, salespeople,…

Celebrity, to me, is not a thing to seek. Aidan Quinn One of the most interesting wrinkles in today’s society is the emergence of celebrity of popularity. Whether on screen or getting paid to associate your name with something, the number of followers you have is often far more important than the number of accomplishments you bring to the table.…...

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“Back in black I hit the sack I’ve been too long I’m glad to be back” – AC/DC, possibly channeling Von Miller I was sitting in a college accounting class, running a ledger for a faux business. I had chosen to be both accountant and CEO of my imaginary fledgling firm, having started with a sizable nest egg in my…...

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“Alone, we can do so little. Together, we can do so much.” – Helen Keller A couple years ago, when making the move from Vox to DNVR, there were a few pieces of the puzzle that deeply intrigued me. First off, getting to stick close to guys as talented as Adam Mares and Brendan Vogt held a deep appeal, as…

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