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The Upswing of Recession

There is no one I know who has not been touched by our economy's downturn. It's looking more and more like the end is not quite as close as we hoped it might be. But who is to say this is all such a terrible thing?

I like to look for a silver lining. We find it hard to believe the stories of our grandparents who lived through the Great Depression. We look at their "odd" ways and wonder why they bother. Their hoarding and use of what has already been re-used seems unnecessary to us. But maybe we are learning lessons now that will stick with us for years to come.

I wonder if you might agree that you are beginning to realize what is most important to you. For millenia, culture has revolved around the struggle to have more, look better, and become successful and powerful. But what if that isn't really what is important at all? What if your striving for "things" is really what is making you the most unhappy?

Maybe your making choices like: do I buy that new…

On My Honor, I Will Try

Did anyone else have a momentary flashback just reading that title? It had been many years since I had thought about my Girl Scouting experience (which didn't last long, by the way). But now I have a daughter who wants to be a Daisy. There is no troop. What's a mom to do?

I figured the only real answer was "on my honor, I will try." (For those who weren't Girl Scouts, that is how the Girl Scout Promise begins.) That's all I'm promising for now. I'll try.

Now don't get me wrong, I am actually excited about our new mother-daughter adventure. I'm looking forward to the projects and the trips, earning badges, and visiting nursing homes. My main concern is living up to the Girl Scout tradition. I think of it like this: there is really only one way to make a great brisket, so if you don't know how or if you are not willing to put in the effort to learn, then don't even bother. Same thing with Girl Scouts. This is a top notch program that ha…

Passion

There are few words that have become so tied to one particular meaning as this one: passion. We tend to relegate this beautiful sentiment to an experience tied very closely to lust... or some feeling that is rarely tasted by mere mortals. We see "passion" only in glimpses on the flickering screen when two people can't keep their hands off of each other or perhaps worse, when a crime is committed in the name of "love."

To define passion is complicated. If you look up the word in a dictionary, you will find a great wordiness in an attempt to express what I think is almost impossible to express. Passion is so deep and untouchable and spiritual, that perhaps it is best not to try to define it at all. In fact, I have been pondering over how to put into words my thoughts on this matter for days. But don't get your hopes up.

In my humble opinion, passion should be running through our veins every day. A pure, spiritual experience that binds us together as humanit…

Giant Pumpkins and MORE

Easily one of my top ten favorite days of the year is just around the corner! Hosted by Jared's Garden Center in Littleton, the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off and Festival is Saturday, September 26 from 10am until 2pm. It sounds kind of silly... watching giant pumpkins being hauled up onto scales and weighed as a competition. But this event, now in it's fourth year, has 'grown' to be a great day for families with lots of free fun!

Jared's Garden Center located at 10500 W Bowles Ave., is a beautiful and sprawling nursery with a wide selection of everything garden related. You will find a wide array of pumpkins and gourds along with corn stalks, mums for your fall flower beds, trees and shrubs, and plenty of garden decor.


My kids absolutely love this event! They not only get to see these HUGE pumpkins (and other giant vegetables) but they can walk through the hay bale maze too. There are other free activities, but you can purchase tickets this year for face painting and a b…

Warwick Who?

HERE'S A SPECIAL POST FOR ALL OF MY LOCAL FRIENDS... OR THOSE WHO MIGHT VISIT DENVER... YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!

Have you heard of the Warwick Hotel in Denver? I hadn't either. This beautiful and elegant hotel is tucked away on the corner of 18th and Grant (two one-way streets) in Denver. The staff was accommodating. The service was spectacular... second to none. In fact, in a world where many establishments can make you feel like your presence is a burden, the Warwick staff made us feel like a blessing.

If you had not heard of the Warwick Hotel until now, you'll be hearing much more in the weeks and months to come. They just hosted the MileHighMamas and MomItForward event and all of the women attending will be buzzing about it.

Randolph's restaurant is housed in the Warwick and served a delightful selection of appetizers and wines. Our dining area was the lovely stone patio where we were enveloped in beautiful greenery and lighting. Word has it the Warwick is the o…

The Sunday Spread

I love to hostess. Mostly because I love to feed people and see them happy! From early fall straight into the winter is such a great time to be indoors and cozy up with some friends... and what better time for a relaxing afternoon of great food and laughter than on a Sunday. You've got football on the television for the men, cool afternoons for the kids to play in the backyard, and subsequently, some quiet for the women to sit back and chat.

The only trick is what to feed all of these great friends on what could be a "cozy" budget. I recently hosted one such occasion and had to share what could be very close to a perfect menu. And what exactly is "perfect"? Well, start with something to please everyone, easy preparations, and all with a price tag under $100 (for about 25 people). And don't forget all the yummy leftovers you're going to have!

It all starts with a trip to your local Sam's Club. (I'm sure Cosco will have similar options.) Here's …

Controversy and Over-Reaction

I have to throw in my two cents with the rest of the country. It seems unbelievable that a speech from our FREELY ELECTED president would cause such a controversy. President Obama created what could arguably be called a revival in politics during our last election. Young and old alike were drawn to his vision and charisma.

Like every other president, he has plans that won't always work out as planned. And frankly, we all know he walked into a bum situation. But he has indelibly marked the history books with a new era, not the least of which that an African American is in the White House. And so now the speech... I just don't see the problem. (I have friends that disagree.)

For our children to be privileged to see their president on live television speaking to them in a personal way seems like something any parent should be glad for. Doing it in the evening is going to miss so many students, and perhaps the ones who would benefit most from hearing such a message. When did we beco…

Labor Day Longings

I'll confess, even though school has just started I'm already excited for a long weekend! Labor Day is such a fun weekend even if it just means hanging around the house. In the Denver-area, it can definitely mean a trip to A Taste of Colorado, a high-country hike and picnic, a BBQ with friends and family, or maybe even lounging poolside one last time.

Maybe this weekend will be a chance for you to reflect on thankfulness of having a job, the gift of a family who you love to work hard for, or a body healthy and strong enough to enjoy some yard work.

Whatever you do - make it memorable. Remember to enjoy yourself. If walking downtown sounds like a drag, don't bother. If a BBQ is too much work, go out instead. When it comes down to it, you only get some many free days in the year. Do something the whole family will remember and enjoy. A few special snacks for a ride in the car will make even a regular trip up the mountain special. Go ahead and pick up a few clearance water toys…