Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wellington boy still inspiring others 10-years later

Nick Gaucher just wanted to be a regular kid. But here it is, a decade after his death, and the 14-year-old's legacy continues to live on. Click on the link below to hear how his mom and sister are doing 10-years after losing an only son and a sole/soul sibling, as written in my Apr. 23, 2015 community column for the Fort Collins Coloradoan:

Nick's courage continues to make a difference at Wellington Middle School, where a banner hangs in the lunchroom quoting this always positive, wise beyond his years guy: "Life is too short to sit by the sidelines."

According to those that knew him, Nick was something of a wise guy, as well, nowhere near perfect, but perfectly now here, grateful for every moment.

Courage Park, just southeast of the school, was dedicated to Nick before he died with the intention of honoring any and all WMS students who demonstrate similar acts of heroism.

If you have connections to Nick Gaucher, his father Paul Gaucher, and/or Bob Drysdale, a former teacher at then Wellington Junior High School killed in an auto accident in 1999, email me at I'm collaborating with family and friends on putting together a book honoring Nick, Paul, and Bob as ordinary guys who became extraordinary role models.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Manner of Death Shouldn't Overshadow Magnificence of Life

A bright and beautiful life shouldn't be obliterated by a dark and devastating death. And so it is that Nichole Prichett-Archibald and I got together to remember her daughter Torry. Click on the 3:44 audio link below to hear what I wrote afterwards for the Mar. 26, 2015 "Fort Collins Coloradoan:"

Joshua Griffin runs The Filling Station in Wellington, a faith-based non-profit that fuels followers. Josh and I connected too late for me to include his comments in my monthly column, but this next bit was just too precious not to share:

"Torry was about 8 years old, and Nichole would bring Torry and the rest of the kids out to our concerts. Torry had this favorite song I wrote called Where Were You? Through the years it became her birthday song. Every time it was her birthday, she would ask if I would do her song. I always said, 'Yes!' Then she would jump up on stage and sing it with me. Torry never lacked for confidence, and I am pretty sure she had more than one birthday every year."

Josh's second take: "We all need to grab hold of life and do what we know is right. if we need to thank someone or tell them that we love them, just do it! If you have a passion, pursue it. Life is a very precious gift, and it is not to be wasted. Torry was a great example of saying what needed to be said and standing up for what is right."

I agree with you, man, 100%. Torry made the impact she needed to and now she's singing with angels.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Timing and Circumstances of Ice-related Deaths is Super Amazing

Football teams aren't really supposed to win - or lose - like the Pats and the Seahawks did on Feb. 1, 2015. That's the kind of unbelievable scripted stuff you see in the movies, right? Likewise, people in real life who fall on the ice aren't supposed to die of their injuries. But they do. Giants owner Ann Mara did. So did my friend John Hancock. Click on the link below to hear what I wrote about the subject for my monthly column in The Fort Collins Coloradoan published on Feb. 26, 2015:

Karen Hancock noted that her husband's death at 5:55 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2015 would have held great significance for John, who studied numerology, among so many other things. I did a little research myself and discovered the number 11 is the first of the Master Numbers, those that cannot be reduced down to a single digit. It represents illumination, transformation.

The number five is often associated with change and new beginnings. And with freedom.

I can hear this beloved champion of truth now: "Out with the old, in with the true!"

A celebration of John Hancock's life is scheduled for Sunday, June 21 at Lake Loveland.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bypassing the truck bypass

There's a lot of wisdom in Owl Canyon, where most folks know each other in at least a roundabout way. We also now know a thing or two about roundabouts, as you'll hear in the 3:22 audio version of my Jan. 22, 2015 column in The Fort Collins Coloradoan:

If you do venture out yonder to see Larimer County's newest engineering marvel, just be advised: pert near everyone in these here parts owns a pitchfork - and knows how to use it!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

You're in the Driver's Seat

I wish you a Merry Christmas, knowing full well that if it's mostly merry, well, then, hurrah! Hear what local counselor Dr. Carl Nassar advises on staying sane this holiday season as per my monthly community column published Christmas Day, 2014 in The Fort Collins Coloradoan:

I sure wish someone would've said those things to me, oh, about 25-years ago when the smallest of perceived slights by one/more of my five sisters would've had me seething. Now I'm blessed to see things more clearly and to take things less personally.

Happy Holidays, and thank you for another year of loving support!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving Thanks for Gender Question

Ah, Thanksgiving! No matter your gender, who doesn't love a day devoted to feasting, family, football, and fun? But gender does matter, as you'll hear by clicking the 3:30 link below to hear an audio version of my Nov. 27, 2014 column in The Fort Collins Coloradoan:

Wherever you are on the gender spectrum, I am grateful for your bravery in claiming the freedom that is yours to live your truth. Because you matter.

"Happy T-Day!"

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Every Age is "Voteworthy"

Ever since I was old enough to vote, I've voted. In every election. While some would say this lifelong independent has more often than not thrown away her vote, it's participating that's important. Click on the link below to hear what else I wrote on the subject for "The Fort Collins Coloradoan" on Oct. 23, 2014:

While I pray I'll be voting for many years to come, who knows, right? Who knows indeed...maybe someday, sooner than you think, independent voters' votes will become the majority!