Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Clapping for More Happy Couples

Truly, it was the happiest wedding I've had the pleasure to attend. Click on the link below for the rest of the story, as featured in my monthly column in The Fort Collins Coloradoan:

Karen and Tammi are pioneering on the open plains just as our ancestors did not so long ago, opening hearts and minds just as those who passed this way before opened up territories.

To the happy couple!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MAX is Connecting Our Community

July 5, 2014 was the perfect day to take an inaugural trip on The Fort's new bus rapid transit system. It was hot, hot, hot, but ridership was low, low, low due to the holiday weekend. Click on the link below to hear what I wrote about MAX - and Ron, and Mark - in the July 24, 2014 "Fort Collins Coloradoan" newspaper:

The MAX really is a cool ride. Of course, we've got our work cut out for us on the infrastructure. Let's just say getting to DQ that day from the Spring Creek Station was a bit of a challenge, but the Reese's Blizzards were worth it.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Celebrating a Great City and a Great Father

I'm not much into words with as many syllables as I have sisters - six - but if it's just the right one, well, then that's another story. As Fort Collins celebrates its 150th anniversary, so is my family marking the 90th anniversary of our father's birth. Hear all about it by clicking on the link below, which contains an audio version of my June 26, 2014 column in "The Coloradoan." 

"Happy Heavenly Birthday, Bob!" You, Dad, are missed beyond words.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Long May Flag Day Wave

Flag Day has taken on a profoundly new significance for many in northern Colorado, as I wrote in my May 22, 2014 column in The Fort Collins Coloradoan. Click on the 3:30 link below to hear why:

Glory be, I didn't think I could love Old Glory more!

The Gauchers' touching life and death story is one of such honor, such inspiration. In fact, I'm working on a book with Whitney and Tammy about their families' lives and Nick's and Paul's deaths, as well as another beyond words and this world individual, Mr. Bob Drysdale. Bob's widow, Cindy Drysdale-Kaufman, and his daughter, Erin Drysdale, are also contributing, as is Wellington Middle School Principal Dr. Alicia Durand and a host of other VIPs.

If you've been blessed with a connection with any and/or all of the above, we'd love to hear your story. Email me, Brenda Rader Mross, at, or call me at 970.568.0588.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

God Loves Ram Fans

Westboro Baptist Church is so anti-gay, they can't see straight. Click below to hear what I wrote in my April 24, 2014 "Fort Collins Coloradoan" column about the church protesting Colorado State University's May 17 commencement exercises:

Some people, right? Thank God some people's kids - like my graduating CSU senior - are able to see with such clarity.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Got Time for a Riddle?

There's just no way to intro this piece without giving "it" away, so, rather, I'll invite you to click on the 3:28 link below to hear my March 27, 2014 column in The Fort Collins Coloradoan: 

Riddled out? Or are you game for another? Send me your favorite!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Students Surprise and Amaze during Black History Month

There's a rich history of honoring Black History Month on the Colorado State University campus, where there's a lot of "telling it like it is." And was. I was honored to feature the BAACC (Black/African American Culture Center) in my Feb. 27 "Coloradoan" newspaper column. Hear all about it in the 3:37 link below:

When Negro History Week was expanded to Black History Month in 1976, President Gerald Ford urged Americans "to seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." Amen, and say it again! And again! And again...