Pep Talk: “Bedrock of Contentment”

While waiting at Denver’s airport to depart for Chicago and a much-anticipated Illinois’ prep hockey championship (niece Shannon Schmitt’s team won!) thoughts drifted to another Windy City-related matter. The Northwestern University men’s basketball team’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament. A few days prior, during the first Bad Daddy’s “Bad Ass” Tuesday, which raises money... Read More

Pep Talk: “A Melodious Chord”

A childhood value has stuck like glue: Give credit where credit is due. Given that, kudos to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and the Centennial State’s professional musical community for devising the Colorado Music Coalition. It’s “Take Note Initiative” holds promise in providing every child in this fast-growing state, kindergarten through 12th grade, access to musical... Read More

Pep Talk: “Legacy over Length”

The unexpected question was certainly thought-provoking. “If you could pick five deceased people to have dinner with,” queried a buddy over a beer in a northeast Denver establishment, “Who would they be, and why?” Four folks came immediately to mind, starting with Jesus. The Jewish carpenter’s earthly life fascinates me. He was curious and cool... Read More

Pep Talk: “A New Lobbyist In Heaven”

A beautiful and faithful wife delivered a moving testimony for an incredible and beloved husband. Your knucklehead scribe was among the hundreds gathered to celebrate the wonderful, but far too short, life of Douglas William Wittenberg. A great dude, fellow fellowship warrior and fighter against cancer, the Illinois native was just 50 years old. Thyroid... Read More

Pep Talk: “No Mind Games”

What is the most vulnerable area of our lives? That question popped into your knucklehead scribe’s mind while listening to a buddy pour out emotions concerning a new job. For the first time in a long career, a Friday morning fellowship mate was in a commission sales job with no guarantee of income. “Man, I... Read More

Pep Talk: “Masterpiece not Miscreant?”

Life is full of surprises. The latest happened recently on a trip to Colorado Springs. What was a journey of support for a beloved friend, turned into an art history lesson that transformed into a powerful life reminder. With three other dudes your knucklehead scribe headed south from Denver in solidarity of another buddy on... Read More

“An Invitation”

The A Stronger Cord Knuckleheads welcome guest commentary on our site. Be the first to contribute a blog about your experience with a community outreach movement designed to unite America with wellness!... Read More

Pep Talk: “Don't Lose Faith”

Considering the craziness of our times, this question might seem trivial, but here goes: Do you believe in miracles? I do. Blame faith and experiences. For the latter there have been three recent examples reminding your knucklehead scribe that miracles exist. Here’s why. Less than two months ago a beloved octogenarian was rushed to the... Read More

Pep Talk: “Our Snapshot Influence”

There are life snapshots forever burned into our memories. The occasions are good and bad: The birth of children, acceptance of a marriage proposal, horrible news of an illness diagnosis or receiving word a loved one has passed. These snapshots define our dash between birth and death. For your knucklehead scribe there are many snapshots... Read More

Pep Talk: “It Sounds Crazy”

Our nation has its 45th president but we’re not united. Far from it. Many respected pundits suggest this might be the most fractured our country has been since the Civil War. The day after President Trump took charge, led by America’s women, millions marched in protection of human rights, protest of the billionaire’s controversial victory... Read More