How a Community in Denver Was Designed to Create Interaction of Its Residents – The Story of Highlands’ Garden Village

Elitch Gardens amusement park moved to downtown Denver in 1990. That left 27 acres to be developed only 10 minutes from downtown. Most developers would have created blocks with houses or put up big apartment buildings. Fortunately for Denver, the … [Read more...]

What Can You Do To Keep Your Neighborhood Safe and Vibrant?

What are you and your neighbors doing to keep your neighborhood a great place to live? There is no such thing as a perfect neighborhood that will meet all of your needs but there are things you and your neighbors can do to improve it. Keep crime … [Read more...]

The Cost of Raising a Child for 17 Years – $235,000

The Agriculture Department's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion released a report saying that it will cost $235,000 to raise a child for seventeen years. That's a 3.5 percent increase from 2010. What goes into this $235,000 amount? Housing … [Read more...]

Father’s Day – My Father Was a Special Guy

Today is Father's Day. I often think about my father because he was a special guy. He was 92 when he passed away in 2006. There are so many times that I want to ask him questions. It might be anything from "who are the people in this picture" to … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day With My Family

I remember a Mother's Day when I was a kid that we forgot to celebrate Mothers Day. My mom let us know that she was not happy about that! My mother was a terrific mother. She was strong-willed and assertive when most mothers of that era were not. … [Read more...]

Bond With Your Children in the Garden

Spring is here in Denver. I love this 70 degree weather before the hot summer arrives. This is a perfect time to work in the yard and get it ready to plant the garden and flowers. Do you have your children help with this process? It is important … [Read more...]

How can people without kids be parenting experts?

Why is it that people who aren't parents seem to think they know how to raise children better than people with children? It always looks easier on the outside. Recently I talked to a young pregnant gal who has no children. She was quick to judge … [Read more...]

Create Fun Ways to Solve Problems

I talked with a friend recently and she told about moving their son to a “big” bed from his crib when their youngest child was born. Now she is waking up with the 3-month-old baby each night plus the son because he is falling out of bed. I … [Read more...]

Happy Valentines Day – Let’s Lead a Life of Gratitude

Today is Valentines Day. I love this day! Many people would view it as just another commercial holiday to sell flowers, chocolate candy and greeting cards. I see it as a way to tell people how much you love and/or appreciate them. That is … [Read more...]

Developing a Positive Attitude

This is the third of a three-part series on How to Develop a Positive Attitude. 8.  Be an Optimist Try to see the brighter side of life.  Look at the glass as half full instead of half empty.  Always believe in your own ability - the golden … [Read more...]