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Lessons

Drop the Bat; Run to First (Lessons From a T-Ball Coach)

A few years ago, I wanted to introduce my oldest son to sports. He was probably four at the time, and after playing catch with him in the backyard during the early spring, I discovered he had a knack for both hitting and throwing a baseball. He was still pretty young, so I figured finding […]

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On Silly Job Titles

I’ve always been amazed at the creative titles some people use to describe what they do. Job titles are a frustrating thing; some employers make a huge deal about hierarchy, titles, and your job scope, while others really don’t care at all and like to say things like “We’re a small company; we all pitch […]

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Stories

15 States in 15 Days – The Stauffer Family Summer Road Trip

Now that summer is almost over, it’s nice to reflect on how it went. The Stauffer Family started this summer with a bang! Rachel finished her A.A. in Dance from Pikes Peak Community College (woot!), we sold our house and moved to a new city, and we decided to take a road trip across the USA before […]

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News & Updates

We’re Moving: Boulder or Bust!

Big news in the Stauffer family: we’re moving! Later this month, I will be  uprooting my family of seven and heading north to Boulder, Colorado. I haven’t made a life change this big since I moved to Colorado from California as a teenager, so I’m not even sure how to let people know the news. […]

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Lessons

Lessons From the Darkroom

I like photography a lot, and always have. I’ve always appreciated a well-done photograph and have devoted a few years of my life to learning how to compose, create, and finish a photograph just the way I want it. When I was a student at Pikes Peak Community College, almost all my time was spent […]

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Continuing Education

The Colorado Springs Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy

A few years ago, I signed up to attend the Citizen’s Academy that’s put on by the Colorado Springs Police Department. It’s an 11 week class that gives you, as a citizen, the opportunity to learn about how the Police Department is run, who runs it, and more. Some people had recently asked me about […]

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SCUBA Diving

SCUBA Diving in Key Largo, Florida

Late last year, I spent some time in Florida and drove all up and down the state, as far north as Orlando and as far south as Miami then Key Largo. I was on a whirlwind trip, and didn’t expect to have a lot of time, so I had originally planned on going diving in […]

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Videos

Hang Gliding at 3,000 Feet in Lake County, Florida

I recently took a trip to visit family in Florida to do some SCUBA diving, snorkeling, swimming, and other fun beach-type activities. What I didn’t know, though, was that just six miles down the road from where my parents live, is a fun hang gliding place. I had the chance to go, so my little […]

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About Me

Wow, I Didn’t Know You Sang!

I’m a pretty private person. People who know me might be aware of this, but I don’t think they have a clue just how private I am. You could say I’m “guarded,” and you could even mistake me for being “anti-social” at times. But I don’t really care what you call it—I just prefer to […]

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About Me

My Policy On Blog Comments

One of the most interesting aspects I’ve found about blogging (and the Internet in general) is the fact that people will comment on a particular blog post or article they read. I find it interesting because it’s only with the power of the Internet that you can actually have an interactive conversation like this. In […]