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One day they are home, and the next, they are grown.

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The event I had been anticipating all summer arrived — college freshman move-in day. The car was so tightly packed that it took three of us pushing and tugging to get the pillow into the last potential space between the two duffle bags. …


Using insights from “The Comfort Crisis” to move away from comfort and back to health.

A woman with a sunburned face and winter hat peeking out of a tent surrounded by snow.
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I’ve experienced some discomfort in my life.

I carried a heavy military radio up a steep hill in the blazing Texas heat. I gave birth to three children, one without an epidural. A summer road trip through the desert became uncomfortable when the air conditioner broke. And, I once ran…


Empathy is an act of kindness

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“Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes isn’t as much about the walk or the shoes; it’s to be able to think like they think, feel what they feel, and understand why they are who and where they are. Every step is about empathy.” — Toni Sorenson

I was recently…


The sequel is more exciting than the original.

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I live a wild life in Colorado. I previously wrote about my encounters with an obstinate bear. I hadn’t seen him for over a year, so I thought that messy chapter of my life was behind me. Then, he came back.

I’m not sure why the bear returned to our…


Don’t get stuck in rigid thinking or behavioral patterns. Learn how to bend and adapt to every situation.

A male ballet dancer leaping over a female dancer with her arms stretched out.
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When I was younger, I was good at hide-and-seek. I was small and flexible and could fold myself into tiny hiding spots where seekers couldn’t find me. If I didn’t giggle and give away my location, my brother would still be searching for me.

As I’ve gotten older, I have…


Will you join me?

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It’s a wonderful time of year in Colorado. The fall colors are everywhere, and the beautiful yellow, orange, and red leaves create a stunning backdrop as you drive to work, take your children to school, or walk the neighborhood.

I love fall. I enjoy watching the colors change and walking…


Yes, there’s a difference

A yellow balloon with eyes and nose drawn on with marker and a pair of real glasses.
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I’m the most quirky member of my family.

I triple-check doors and windows when I leave the house. …


GOATS | EDUCATION | ENVIRONMENT

These multi-talented animals deserve our thanks

A tan goat with two horns standing on a hillside.
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While driving through Colorado last weekend, I saw several goat herds grazing on the hillside. These fascinating animals are a valuable part of the state’s fire mitigation efforts, and I was happy to see them working to clear the land.

Honorary firefighter

Forest fires are an enormous threat to the Western States…


Spread kindness everywhere, even in places where it seems unlikely to grow.

A small, green plant growing up through cracks in a concrete sidewalk.
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Kindness can grow in the most unexpected places.

Years ago, I was assigned a patient named Sam*. He was a challenging guy who didn’t want to attend therapy, so in the beginning, he often canceled or no-showed our appointments. When Sam did show up, he would intentionally try to provoke…

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