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Year-end tax planning crucial before law changes

There are only a few weeks left to impact your tax planning for 2017 before the new tax laws take effect next year. As of this writing, there is no consensus between the House and the Senate bills … more

Changing the way we look at the ‘now’ moments of life

Jimmy Buffett sings about a tattoo being a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling. Maybe for some that’s true, and for others, their tattoo carries a reminder of something powerful and … more

Looking for good things is a matter of life and life

A reader reminded me that it’s time for my annual “What Makes Life Worth Living” top 10 list. She also reminded me that I listed our neighborhood rabbits years ago. I had forgotten. I forget … more

Blessings emerge amid veteran’s toughest fight

Christian Redman, 50, sits on the edge of the couch, hands slightly trembling — a side effect of the chemo — as he clasps and unclasps them, a melancholy shadow in his eyes. For as long as he can … more

Coffee is a great thing, so don’t make a stir about it

Coffee, black. Please.” “Cream and sugar?” There’s my six-word novel. I got the idea for a six-word novel from Hemingway, who got the idea from someone else. But someone else was someone no … more

Raising the bar of optimism is courageous and contagious

How are you doing?” It was a common and simple enough question to ask a friend of mine whom I had not spoken to in a while. Her response, “Better than yesterday, awesome today, and not yet quite … more

Meaningful connections improve our quality of life

When you think about the holidays, what comes to mind? For Shirley, an 84-year-old woman living in California, what the holiday season brings to her is memories of traditions and family. She was born … more

What’s on the horizon for Colorado’s seniors?

I first heard Jim Riesberg, a representative of the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging, speak at a Denver Senior Coalition meeting and I was blown away by the information he shared. I was also … more

What tax reform could mean for our country and for you

America has not overhauled its tax code system since 1986. Changing the tax code is challenging due to the complex impacts it can have on both our personal finances and businesses. While tax reform … more

Instead of putting down last year, try building up next year

It is usually at this time of the year, or maybe even sooner, that we hear someone we know say something like, “I am so glad this year is coming to an end.” Or, “I can’t wait for the year to … more

These days, a press conference is more like a guess conference

The story goes that Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. In Rosedale, Mississippi. In exchange for musical genius. (Tommy Johnson’s character in the film “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” is … more

Moving forward from Thanksgiving, a gratitude challenge can be rewarding

This year there are exactly 32 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I know I just stated the obvious and probably upset those who are never quite ready for Christmas, regardless if we were 32 … more

On to the next big adventure, friend

Smitty looked over his shoulder as he was carried away, and said, “Where am I going now, Dad?” I said, “I’ve heard it’s a very big adventure.” I knew why he was asking that question: … more

Happy Thanksgetting — getting back what we give out

Thanksgetting? Sounds like one of those made-up holidays, doesn’t it? We all know there is no such holiday as Thanksgetting — well maybe not technically, but quite possibly a twist on the … more

Way down under a lot of wrapping, the core of Christmas is still there

If you are full of kringle and nog, I don’t want to bring my wet blanket into it very far, even though it’s tempting. The Christmas season once lasted a week or two. Then a month. Now it’s two … more

Be prepared for success or you’ll miss the chance

OK, so here we go. Two weeks ago, we covered the role love plays in our past, present and future. Last week we took the same approach while we appreciated the history of our happiness. And today we wrap up the three-part series as we move into … more

It doesn’t matter what you say when what you say doesn’t matter

Jennifer went shopping on her own, and picked up everything we needed for a wonderful homemade meal, including something called a “salad kit.” A salad kit comes in a clear bag, so you can see what’s in it. What’s in it is washed and … more

Keep an eye on what’s important in retirement

Everyone is afraid of the unknown. And since we will retire very differently from our parents or our grandparents, there are a lot of unknowns for baby boomers planning or entering retirement. The questions advisors are getting lately have turned … more

Colorado exchange up and running for those wanting health insurance

Now’s the time to go shopping — no, not for the holidays just yet, but for health insurance coverage. It’s open enrollment season, a time to compare policies and find the coverage that works best for you and your family as the new year … more

Happiness through yesterday, today and tomorrow can be an unbroken chain

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” - Jim Rohn Last week we covered the importance of love in our past, and the role of love in our present and love in our future. This week we … more
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