Boston Marathon Bombers Weren’t Czech

Last week, I rode the emotional roller coaster with all Americans after the senseless bombings at the Boston Marathon. Anger, sorrow, shock, outrage. Finally, some relief when the alleged bombers were killed and captured. I felt one more thing that did not hit most Americans: Ethnic pride and the desire to slap the Twitterati upside […]

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Confrontation with Father Time

The Fort Collins Museum has a Mask fundraiser annually and this year I attended the Masquerade Ball with my friend Anna. There were many beautiful masks but this one gave me pause. The opportunity to confront Father Time about his tricks and schemes doesn’t present itself everyday, so I faced him head on.     Listen Father […]

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Wonder Woman, Buffy and the Black Widow

My daughter loves comic books and she is IN love with the Marvel super hero movies. She is especially fascinated with Iron Man, which concerns me as she gets closer to her dating years because I hope she doesn’t end up falling for the bad boys like Tony Stark. Or maybe it’s Robert Downey, Jr., […]

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The Senate Voted Down Universal Background Checks. But Why?

Earlier this week, gun control advocates were stricken when the Senate failed to pass the Manchin-Toomey amendment to the Safe Communities and Schools Act of 2013. This amendment to the base gun control bill would have required universal background checks for anyone purchasing a firearm. The change would primarily affect private sales and sales at […]

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6 Things You Need To Know Right Now: Looking Towards The Light

This week behaved as if it had something to prove. From the Boston Marathon bombings, to the Senate’s stunning refusal to endorse expanded background checks, to the plant explosion in West, Texas, these past seven days have seemed like, well, a marathon for the human spirit. Without begrudging the very worthy attention each of those events […]

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Isn’t Dove Supposed to be a Sign of Peace?

First there was this ad, which began popping up a few days ago.  It’s an ad from Dove, which attempts to make the point that we are more beautiful than we realize.  I think it does a great job.   Then came this dressing down and picking apart of the ad, entitled, “Why Dove’s ‘Real […]

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Math Girls!

Forget “Math class is tough!” Barbie. Girls rock at math, especially when we give them the support and encouragement they need to get over that middle-school bump when academic self-doubt starts to sneak its way into their teen brains. Plus, it’s important to get teachers on board to understand that middle-school girls who don’t raise […]

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Gothic Muzzle

Free Speech Needs Protectors as Skilled as the NRA

The U.S. Senate’s failure to pass modest gun reform demonstrated once again the vast power of gun rights groups. If only the guardians of other rights had their influence. The National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America, a group that manages to make the NRA look reasonable, have convinced millions of Americans that all […]

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The Yellow Balloons

The clutch of yellow balloons drifted slowly into the air, carried ever higher by the breeze. They had not been released in a moment of celebration, as they should have been. They had not been released when a child lifted his hands to greet an exhausted but jubilant parent, as they should have been. They […]

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The Spirit of Boston

The neighborhood where I work is now a crime scene. I wasn’t even in the city on Monday because our office is so close to the finish line of the marathon that the company gives us the day off. I’ve walked the stretch of Boylston Street, where the bombs went off, countless times. I’ve shopped […]

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Have Our Kids Become Numb to Terror?

“Someone told me at school there was a bombing in Boston.” That’s what my seventh-grade daughter said when she got home from school yesterday. The fact that she’d heard about it before I could tell her wasn’t what surprised me.  What shocked me was the matter-of-fact way in which she mentioned it. There was no […]

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Six Degrees of Separation from Daily Violence

When something terrible happens, we filter it through the lenses of our own lives. When I heard about the Boston Marathon bombing, I first thought of friends from Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Was Jeff running yesterday—with his wife and their young son cheering him at the finish?  Where were my three Boston-area cousins and families? Mel […]

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Margaret Thatcher: The Epitome of ‘Leaning In’

I’ve had the movie Iron Lady sitting on my TiVo for months, just waiting for viewing. Given the recent passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher – and the rare occasion that both of my kids were asleep at the same time on a rainy Friday afternoon – I decided to finally watch the […]

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Patriots’ Day Bombing in Boston: Those Responsible for IEDs Not Yet Identified

Cross-posted with permission from the Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon It was Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, a statewide holiday commemorating the 238th anniversary of the opening battles of the American Revolution in Lexington and Concord. And it was the day chosen by someone, or some group, to set off rudimentary bombs near the Boston Marathon finish […]

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