Pep Talk: “Saying Yes”

Walking into inferno-like Centennial State weather on a Sunday afternoon, the ol’ noggin’ kept wandering, “Who might say yes?” Your knucklehead scribe was blessed to have made a brief A Stronger Cord presentation to folks experiencing homelessness and poverty. They were being served by Wellspring Englewood Church in Englewood, Colorado. It’s real close to ASC’s south... Read More

Pep Talk: “A Birthday Gift”

It was evening after a beloved group hiked from Vail Village to the mountaintop. Four miles and about two-thousand vertical feet. A good trek. Dinner was being prepared. Patriotic folks, beneath the breathtaking Gore Range, celebrating our nation’s 241st birthday. Blessed to be alive. My mind marinates on roots. Yep. Roots. As the GansIntosh crew... Read More

Pep Talk: “Keep Swinging”

A Stronger Cord is blessed with great partners, including Union Baptist Church. The community outreach wellness movement uses the church’s gym Monday nights. In return, it’s our job to keep the two-acre grounds in Denver’s northeast Park Hill neighborhood clear of trash. Win. Win. Recently your knucklehead scribe was playing trash man. There was a youth... Read More

Pep Talk: “DNA”

“It’s Father’s Day and I’m not into thinking,” your knucklehead scribe cracked to the patient United Airlines’ employee. It was early morning. The friendly woman was checking a golf bag and suitcase for my return trip to Denver from Kansas City and a wonderful weekend of connecting with hometown family and friends. Father’s Day 2017.... Read More

Pep Talk: “Mental Miner's Hats”

“At night the school janitor used to let me into the gym but I had to practice basketball without the lights on to avoid detection,” said the Denver community activist. “I learned to play hoops in darkness.” Randy Perkins was really good at hoops and played collegiately for the University of Northern Colorado, in Greeley.... Read More

Pep Talk: “Never Let It Rest”

The view from the stage was inspiring. The Evie Garrett Dennis campus community room was packed with eighth-graders from Omar D. Blair School. It was their “Continuation” ceremony. Many family and friends of the Denver Public charter school in  the Mile High City’s Green Valley Ranch area had shown up to wish the kids well... Read More

Pep Talk: “Courageously Sacrifice”

Memorial Day 2017. For the record, the holiday started after the Civil War and, as a nation placed flowers on fallen soldier’s graves, was known as “Decoration Day.” Not surprisingly, the cranium focuses on the word “Sacrifice.” Your knucklehead scribe grabs a torn and tattered Oxford American dictionary. It has been a constant companion for... Read More

Pep Talk: “Forever And For Better”

Whew. A ten-week sprint to raise money for blood cancer research is over. Admittedly, I had no idea what to expect when saying yes last fall to Leukemia & Lymphoma Rocky Mountain‘s invitation. It became a blessing. What did your knucklehead scribe learn through volunteering for MWOY? Wow. First, 40% of ALL CANCER drugs on the... Read More

Pep Talk: “Make Mom Proud”

Mother’s Day 2017. Thoughts begin with Patricia Sue Perry, who gave me life. Others to honor: A step mom and my late father’s devoted companion for almost 30 years; a darling bride who is an incredible step mom to my two children; their mothers and my formers; a sister and sisters-in-law and all moms. For... Read More

Pep Talk: “What A Blast”

A recent day found a man and woman discussing life’s crappy moments. We all have ‘em, right? A mother and son talking about the importance of trying to become students, not victims, of lousy experiences. The drill is common. Life rarely goes as planned.  A Stronger Cord’s work in serving the isolated, vulnerable and displaced reveals... Read More