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Writer's Block as Inspiration

Friends, In my experience, writer’s block rarely comes from a lack of ideas. More often than not it comes from too many ideas -and an inability or unwillingness to cull the herd and pick a topic to develop. When I have several ideas which equally deserve to be written about, it’s tempting to get stingy and try to keep them all. Like children, I can’t pick a favorite -and then I get stuck. After all, indecision is anathema to focus -and good writing requires focus. Case-in-point, this week. There was a laundry list of topics I could have picked. Each worthy of its own article. People in the news whose names would make great vampire names (white house budget director Mick Mulvaney and Colorado Public Radio reporter Vic Vela would definitely make that list)Gravitationally Challenged Tuesday. Think about it, donuts and weight euphemisms could have made for a great write-up!Re-brand Ash Valentine’s Wednesday. Like a winter Olympic athlete going for a medal hat trick, hu…
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Donut Oddity

Friends, When things on earth get a little too crazy (memogate vitriol, Rohingya refugees, market jitters…), my thoughts can gravitate towards space. Lately, there has been no shortage of reasons to look up. Cool. On Jan 21, Rocket Lab launched a carbon fiber, ultra-shiny disco ball into space. The “Humanity Star” will be the brightest object in the night sky until it burns-up in our atmosphere in about six months. Looking for a conversation piece on a night-out? Track it, then plan an outing where you can casually point it out! It should be visible in the Denver area for three minutes on Sunday, Feb 25th (you’ll need to check closer to the actual date for precise times). Why? Because!Cooler. This week, SpaceX successfully launched a cherry red Tesla roadster, fully equipped with a Starman, blaring David Bowie’s Life on Mars into an elliptical solar orbit that reaches beyond Mars. It is expected to remain in space a billion years …

Body Spanish!

Friends, Does language affect body language? Sure, different cultures have different ways of expressing themselves (Italians move their hands a lot more than Brits), but, does the same person change their body language when they change the language in which they’re thinking? Perhaps. This weekend, I noticed something peculiar. When I saw someone that looked like they came from the U.S. (a vast majority of people in CancĂșn), I would greet them with a measured head nod, lowering my head as they passed by (keeping a straight face). When I saw someone whom I imagined spoke Spanish, my sub-conscious greeting was a brief and brisk chin rise (all while flashing a smile and raising my eyebrows). The language I was thinking in at the time directly impacted my body language. Perhaps there is such a thing as body Spanish! Then again, it may be the difference between a “howdy m’am” and a “:what’s up?” Kind of tempts me to alternate the TV sound by quarters between SAP and the English narration d…

Are Burritos Crazy Delicious?

Amigos, Alrighty. Ashley Button brought breakfast burritos... carefully crafted; clearly delightful! Despite donuts elevating energy; eating fresh, filling fancy gourmet goodies gives heartfelt happiness. Here, implied is I’m JP; joyfully jotting keenly kept kind letters -loving life. Missing morning Mexican nutrition, nevertheless, no one objects. On point, pass plates quickly; quell quiet rumors relieving rumblings. Such satisfying spicy treats tickle tastebuds. Undeniable urges, unless we wait, will eXacerbate eXaggerated eXpectations. Yes, y’all yearn zoning zesty zeitgeist.
What was that? Whimsy. The first letter in every word of the preceding call-to-action follows a pattern; repeating each letter in the alphabet three times before moving to the next -alright, I cheated with X.

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Fuel for thought

Friends, If nerves are our body’s sensors, then pain is the dashboard light. This week, I finally decided to have a doctor take a look at my “check engine light” which had been on for a while. After all, in my experience (with cars, anyway) the cause can range from a gas cap to a gasket. So I take myself in and, not unexpectedly, the doctor needs some additional data to see what’s going on under the hood. Before I leave the shop I figure I might as well have them check my fluids (blood test) and head-out for some X-Rays. I find myself subconsciously smiling while they take a picture of my bones (cheese!). I then head to work and put it out of my mind. Surprisingly, I get a call back the same day with a diagnosis. Nothing major, just a little rust! (now if only they had a human version of WD-40). So I’m back this morning and, while I realize some of you may run on alternative fuels, I brought some high octane nitro (a dozen dunkin’ donuts). So come get that boost, I sense you may need…

Time for... Breakfast Burritos?

Friends, Time, that scarce and most valuable of assets. We only have so much of it to invest, sell or squander. We’re so immersed in time that it is easy to take for granted. When I hear someone say they don’t have the time to do something, the smug jerk in me wants to say “don’t you mean it’s not important enough to you?” The way I see it, we all have time to do anything –we just don’t have time to do everything. So, we make trade-offs, deciding something else is more important. Time and tradeoffs. Which leads me to this morning’s story. Given the limited reception donuts had last week I decided to mix-it-up and do the unthinkable. I would switch to breakfast burritos. A surprising trade-off, I thought. The neighborhood spot I had in mind was closed, so I settled on plan B: La Popular on 20th and Lawrence. Of course, they were also closed (they open at 7). Right place, wrong time. I headed into the office to make some time (my inner smug jerk also has some thoughts on this idiomatic…

SMART Resolutions

Friends, They say most New Year’s resolutions fail due to unfounded ambition. Folks either pursue too many resolutions or the resolutions themselves are unrealistic. Pundits think the cure are SMART resolutions. A clever acronym which I think should stand for Silly, Marvelous, Awkward, Random and Thoughtful. I say pick a couple of  resolutions which can be attributed to two or more of these qualifiers! This will make them worth pursuing (which should improve their odds of sticking). While my list is not final yet, I’ve got a couple in mind. Make conversation in the elevator. Stop pretending to be busy, put that phone down and don’t stare at the “captivate” screen. Instead strike an awkward conversation with a stranger and make a silly statement about a random topic. It should be marvelous!Play one board game a week with the kiddos. Silly, thoughtful and, most of all, marvelous! Do you have any SMART New Year resolutions? If not, perhaps having a donut will spa…