Six fun months, 10 great people

Today is July 1, which means we’re halfway through 2016. Now, I know society as a whole generally doesn’t do much to commemorate six-month periods. My 7-year-old son, however, has conditioned me to think in terms of half-birthdays. And since I really started Time Capsule Memoirs in January, I’m giving into the temptation to call this some kind of mile marker.

When I look back, I’m struck by how many people have helped get TCM off the ground. Some are great friends. Bryce and Edie Crawford, for instance, gave me the chance to create my first book. Tanya Shaw Jeffrey at Ginseng Creative branded TCM and handled at least a half-dozen little projects on short notice. Chet Hardin built with endless patience for all my foolish questions.

TCM has benefited from great advice.
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But I’ve also received advice, help, ideas and motivation from people whom I’d never met when this year started. So here I want to acknowledge just 10 of those people, in hopes of bringing a little attention to the work they do. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s a start.

Joey Bippus, with the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society. To listen to her talk about common genealogy quirks, resources and pitfalls is to understand that a simple membership probably won’t get it done.

Suzanne Craig of Preferred Business Networking and Legal Shield. It is in no small part due to Suzanne that I’ve come to realize that “networking” need not be a dirty word.

David Duguid at Rahm Bookbinding. When you’re only in your 30s, it can’t be easy to carry a company name that’s been around for 100 years and a craft that’s been around for centuries more. But David does it, and beautifully.

Jon Khoury, Cottonwood Center for the Arts executive director. Perhaps you’ve read it before (thanks, Edie!) but the guy is truly amazing. As intelligent and passionate as he is, he’s equally approachable and generous. If you haven’t been to Cottonwood lately, please go.

Amy Lester and Kathy Zehringer, of One Million Cups (and various other organizations). Champions of the entrepreneurship community and the community in general, people like Amy and Kathy are making Colorado Springs better than it’s been.

Cass Mullane, founder of Prosper Creatively. She’s such an excellent listener and creative thinker that people would probably think of her as a coach even if she wasn’t, you know, a coach.

Susan Klopfenstein, executive director of the Senior Resource Council. Relentlessly energetic, cheerful and committed, Susan is a tremendous asset to senior-focused organizations — and seniors — in this region.

Rachel LaCour Niesen of Save Family Photos. Rachel has given hundreds of epic family photos the spotlight they deserve. She also gave me spotlight I probably didn’t deserve, in the form of a guest blog post just weeks after I launched TCM.

Bill Stanley, the Money Coach. Seems to me that it’s easier to trust a financial guy who’s not selling you anything. Plus, I like that Bill will advise some of his more conservative clients that spending money and enjoying life is OK.