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Columns

  • COLUMN: What I’ve learned as a reporter

    At this time of year, school-aged kids are often encouraged to reflect on the experiences they’ve had over the past year and what they’ve learned from them. What is mentioned less often is that if one remains present in their work, anyone in any profession can and will continue to learn new things – about themselves, their chosen area of work and the world around them. 

  • COLUMN: A dose of a reporter’s own medicine

     

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    It’s been a while since anyone thought of turning the professional tables on reporters.

    We are the ones trained to ask the questions, get the answers, disseminate the information and do so accurately and fairly.

  • COLUMN: Empower kids, teens to maximize their potential

     It’s amazing what kids are capable of when they’re firing on all cylinders. Have you ever considered that? 

  • COLUMN: Dave DeSoto to the rescue – sort of

     We’ve been friends for a long time. So it’s time to share an odd secret about the media.

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    Some of the people you hear on the radio aren’t using their real name.

  • COLUMN: Only you can prevent dangerous selfies

     We all love selfies. But sometimes, they can go terribly wrong when you take it to the extreme resulting in injury or death. 

    For example, one of the latest near-death experiences involved a woman, 30,who  jumped into the home of a jaguar at an Arizona zoo to take a selfie with the large cat.  She suffered non-threatening injuries, and I am glad the jaguar was not put down.  She also thought the zoo should put better warning signs in front of the animal pens.

  • COLUMN: Dispelling common reporting myths

     Do you believe everything you read in the Commerce City Sentinel-Express? I only ask because it seems like the general public has less familiarity with the journalism profession now than at any other time in recent memory. A recent poll conducted by the Columbia Journalism Review found that Americans  have less confidence in journalists than they do in any single branch of the government. 

  • COLUMN: A morning moment with Barr Lake’s finest

     On a recent morning, I was travelling Tower Road to 128th Avenue near Barr Lake on my way into work when I saw the most beautiful scene: a herd of mule and white tail deer.  

  • COLUMN: A tip of a baton of sorts to pep bands

     Full confessions.

    I like prep sports.

    I also like the appearance of pep bands at high-school sporting events.

    Weird? Probably, though it’s not as weird as you might think.

    Odd? Not particularly.

    Why?

    A couple of reasons. Mom and Dad loved music. It was on in various forms – big bands, dance, show tunes, ballads, crooners, humor (think Spike Jones). There’s even a small history of piano lessons at one point in life.

  • COLUMN: An explanation of what causes panic attacks

     Dear Ask A Therapist,

    What causes panic attacks? And after someone has experienced one, what can they do?

    Dear reader,

    Think of anxiety and stress like a glass of water. The water represents built-up stress that doesn’t get properly dealt with. When your cup gets too full and you lack the skills necessary to safely pour some water out of the glass, panic attacks can happen, aka “a spill.”

  • COLUMN: Reporting is about asking tough questions