Pep Talk: “The Key Is Curiosity”

With the holiday and flu season in full swing your knucklehead scribe was shuffling through the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. It was an attempt at exercise while battling a nasty bug drastically reducing my energy level. While making two laps the ol’ cranium wandered to a holiday moment long ago. Beautiful daughter, 21 years old... Read More

Pep Talk: “Brandon and the Buffs”

A dapperly dressed man was recently standing before a judge in the La Plata (CO.) County courthouse. It had been nine months since the same woman had ordered the father of two darling girls to the Denver Rescue Mission’s New Life Program. Considering the serious drug and weapon charges, it was that or jail. A... Read More

Pep Talk: “Open Our Souls”

Suzanne Wolf’s a friend, educator and author. The empathetic soul recently posted something inspiring on Facebook. It was a quote from peace activist Mahatma Gandhi: “The best way to find ourselves is to lose ourselves in service to others.” Amen brother. Folks, this is no great revelation but it’s what our country needs in large... Read More

Pep Talk: “The Next Right Thing”

“Your honor,” stated the military veteran in humble fashion, “I’m just trying to take it one day at a time.” The truthful comment came from a handsome young man enrolled in Jefferson County Colorado’s “Vet Court.” He was standing before a compassionate judge and explaining the good, bad and ugly of an attempted comeback from... Read More

Pep Talk: “Limit Lament”

The beautiful woman looked your scribe straight in the eyes. “I was born 97 years ago in Havana, Cuba, moved to New York City when I was about six and ventured to Colorado….God knows when.” We laughed heartily at the craziness of reaching almost a century of living and having memory issues. Sista, it happens... Read More

Pep Talk: “Love Is The Root”

Your knucklehead scribe usually has several passengers on Friday mornings but not this time. “I feel like a father whose son has his own car and no longer wants a ride.” I was sharing these feelings with my octogenarian mother who usually enjoys, each Friday, a long-distance phone chat with guys on the comeback trail... Read More

Pep Talk: “Vessels Of Hope”

It was a real joy to recently host the third Denver Dream Center gala showcasing the loving and important work this community outreach church provides in underserved parts of the Mile High City. Throughout a spectacular gathering (one social worker called it, “Life changing”) there were many videos and testimonies to the value DDC delivers in... Read More

Pep Talk: “We Believe In Us!”

“This much I know,” was stated to a young man on the comeback trail from addiction and incarceration. “I believe in you.” We had just completed, at least for a dude almost 60 years old, a rigorous hour of Denver Dream Center-sponsored three-on-three half court hoops. The gifted athlete is doing well as he works... Read More

Pep Talk: “Trash Talking Buddy”

“I tried to kill myself when I was 16,” said the young man now barely of legal drinking age. He continued, “My dad’s first reaction? Too bad it didn’t work.” Wow. Are you kidding me? Your knucklehead scribe’s heart ached in hearing, from a smart but vulnerable soul now in a Denver-area recovery program, the... Read More

Pep Talk: “A Great Personal Gift”

Your scribe was hanging out with fellow knuckleheads the other day when somebody asked, “Anybody got a praise report?” My hand shot up immediately. “Darling wife and I just celebrated our three-year anniversary. Guys, it’s a perfect example. If at first you don’t succeed? Try….try….again!” The dudes present are in the Denver Rescue Mission’s “New... Read More