Pep Talk Blog

Pep Talk: “Keeping Up With Kateree

“Keep dreaming, never quit and realize God has a hand on the small on our backs,” offered former Denver Broncos’ running back Terrell Davis during remarks at his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. “He is there supporting, propelling and guiding us.” Amen dude. A young bartender at a downtown Los Angeles watering hole was... Read More

Pep Talk: “Good Going On”

Unless just crawling from beneath a big rock, returning from outer space or emerging from unconsciousness, you know these are challenging times in America. That was the conversation topic on a recent Friday morning as three knuckleheads drove toward a weekly men’s fellowship. The self-proclaimed “Three Stooges” were debating, via speaker phone, with your scribe’s... Read More

Pep Talk: “Keep Trying”

“Since a little kid I’ve always dreamed the best years would be my 50’s and 60’s,” was the enthusiastic comment from a beloved buddy over coffee on a recent visit to Portland, Oregon. Your knucklehead scribe was struck with the irony. A long-time friend was looking forward with eagerness to what lies ahead despite a... Read More

Pep Talk: “Do The Turtle”

“What are you doing?” inquired darling wife. We were waiting at DIA’s terminal for the underground train to Concourse B and a flight to Portland, Oregon. Your knucklehead scribe was moving the jaw bone back and forth. Somewhat loving, the brown-eyed beauty cracked, “You look like a turtle.” I was practicing something learned at A... Read More

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