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Smorgasbord: The traits of angels.....and heroes

Posted: Friday, Sep 20th, 2013

FORT COLLINS — Recently at a Dea-family gathering at one of the family’s homes in Denver, I witnessed a touching sight.

A little girl, younger than pre-school age, looked rather longingly at a bowl of M&Ms, then scooped up a handful before a man reached down and took her other hand. She smiled at the prize in her closed fist, but then it occurred to her to look up to see whose hand she was holding. It wasn’t some stranger--it was her father. And all was well.

I thought about that little girl and her trusting nature yesterday (Friday) as I sat down at my laptop to write this column. She had full faith in her father, but it didn’t hurt to take a look upward to make sure of such things.

It came to mind as I also was thinking about Courier award-winning editor Ruth Heide, who was my editor, too, over a number of years, and was my Courier colleague dating back to 1997.

For the complete article see the 09-21-2013 issue.

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