Blogs

Our bloggers are fitness instructors, runners, bikers, professors, therapists, recreationists, psychologists, nutritionists, parents and, overall, members of our community. Check back often for new posts and leave a comment to engage in the conversation.

September 14, 2016
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I think about him every single day

by Amy Weitzel “I think about him every single day.” Those were the words my dear friend recently said to me one morning at coffee, two years after her boyfriend had completed suicide. There were tears in her eyes, and the pain was still evident. She tried to describe the […]
September 1, 2016
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Remaining cautiously optimistic about Suicide in Mesa County- it’s the ONLY option.

by Greg Rajnowski I’m always skeptical of people that use “ONLY,” “ALL,” “NEVER,” “NOTHING,” “EVERYONE,” and “ALWAYS,” in their expressions. For me, it’s kind of like the scene in Star Wars: Episode III, where Anakin states, “If you’re not with me, then you’re my enemy,” and then Obi-wan ironically states, […]
July 5, 2016
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Fran gets her spunk back

by Fran Parker June 1 was my last day of paid employment…I think. At various times in the past month, I’ve described my new status as retired…..or semi-retired.  The one thing that I’ve been very sure of is that I am taking the summer and fall off.  I need time […]
June 7, 2016
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Why making time for cycling is a priority worth making.

by Anne Keller and Jen Zeuner Let’s face it; unless you are independently wealthy or still live with your parents, most of us generally have too much on our plates. Not literally, like in an Olive Garden unlimited bowl of pasta way, but in the sense of work, family, errands, […]
May 24, 2016
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Spring Cleaning

by Heather Gerson Spring is in the air. The trees and bushes are blooming. People are out in their yards trimming bushes and trees, and everyone is talking about spring cleaning.   And there is only a little bit of snow in sight on top of the Mesa.  Spring is definitely […]
May 17, 2016
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Acting B4Stage4: My Mental Health Month story

by Charlie Blackmer There is more than one way to be depressed. What comes to mind for many is a lifeless form, wrapped in blankets, curled up on the couch of a darkened living room, blocking out the daytime world. Others conjure up the image of someone drifting zombie-like through […]
April 22, 2016
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Extroverting the introvert

by Katie Goddeyne I’m a communications specialist. I give media interviews, work with advertisers and from time-to-time, I represent my agency. You’d never guess it when I step in front of a camera or turn into a bulldog if a reporter or writer tries to hassle one of my coworkers […]
March 29, 2016
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For the college kids that have no idea where they are going

by Andi Goddeyne For the college kids that have no idea where they are going. For those of you half way through your college careers with an ever growing anxiety about the future, I am here to tell you, you aren’t alone. I think you already knew that, but it’s […]
February 8, 2016
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First the honeymoon, then the hard work

by Sister Pat Lewter and Lynn Olson, Counseling and Education Center Every one of us wants to be loved. And very few of us think that should be hard! Most of us experience loving acceptance from the day we are born, so what is the hard work about relationships and […]
January 22, 2016
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Going through the notions

by Katie Goddeyne I think it’s safe to say most of us have preconceived notions of how our lives will turn out. Some people grow up dreaming of becoming star athletes, others of successful careers, many of making families to call their own. If you’re part of the minority and […]
January 15, 2016
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The less you smoke, the more you live

by Paula Anderson Quitting tobacco is tough. Have I smoked?   No. But as Smoking Cessation Liaison for Primary Care Partners, I’ve talked with hundreds who do smoke. Most of them would like to quit tomorrow, and almost all of them wish they’d never started – 22% of Mesa County residents […]
December 14, 2015
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Seeing with vision

by Leigh Fitch Throughout history, from Shakespeare’s pen to modern screenwriters, the ink has flowed freely when it comes to adolescence. That time of life has long been the butt of jokes. Many of its elements make up the foundation of Humor 101 and the topics are almost universally relatable. […]
December 7, 2015
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Put to the test by holiday stress

by Mary Cornforth Cawood The calendar is filling and it is only December 1.  I already feel behind. According to my kids, we are the only ones who do not have any decorations up.  Did I mention it is only December 1? My mom used to have a rule that […]
November 30, 2015
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Ed

by Fran Parker I was very sad to hear that Ed Ruland died on September 14.  I didn’t know him extremely well or for very long, but he made a lasting impression on me.  I met Ed, well known both locally and statewide for his distinguished legal career, in 2012 […]
November 16, 2015
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Grief has no rules.

by Katie Goddeyne My mom died on Oct. 30, 2008. I was 19, on the cusp of 20. Just old enough to have a touch of adulthood figured out. Just young enough to have no idea what the hell I was doing yet. In the last seven years, I’ve walked […]