Focus Groups/Research

Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

As I made a mad dash over the bushes, between the buildings and over a curb I kept thinking – what went wrong? Earlier in the evening my friends and I gathered, eggs in hand, near a road in our town with a fair amount of traffic. Our plan was
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Until recently I thought I was rather tall. Well, maybe not tall, but certainly not short. I don’t have anything against short people. It’s just that I didn’t realize that I am a short person. I’ve fought against it my whole life, mostly by wearing “tall” clothes and shoes with
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Think! That sign was ever-present back in the day. There was even a sign in the Journalism lab. Think! That’s all it said. No clue as to what to think about or for how long. Just Think! So I did. I thought about a lot of things, about my future
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

One of my favorite musicals is 1776. I love the characters, the costumes, the carrying on, the songs and especially the lyrics. Questions from one song stick in my mind – “Is anybody listening? Is anybody there? Does anybody see what I see?” Those questions are as compelling today as
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Recently a strange man tried to get my attention. He wasn’t weird strange, just stranger strange. Like who the heck are you? Then suddenly I realized that I knew him well. He was a good friend from days long gone. However, he didn’t look as I remembered him. That’s not
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

An unexpected invitation started me thinking again about Tommy. Tommy was one of my first bosses. He was a friend who never met a stranger. He was a mentor to generations of “flower girls”. He brought beauty into the lives of others by digging in the dirt on his knees.
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Did you see the look on that young boy’s face when a Bronco receiver tossed him the football after scoring a touchdown recently? Priceless. The boy felt like businesses feel when they get an unexpected “attaboy” or “attagirl” from out of nowhere. It’s gratifying when a satisfied customer or client
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

“Donwenowourgayapparel” is one word. I thought that for many years. I didn’t understand the word, but I sang it dutifully through many school programs. Suddenly while singing “Deck the Halls” in another Christmas concert, it hit me. “Donwenowourgayapparel” isn’t one word. We are actually singing “…don we now our gay
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