Foothills Focus

Featured Author

Sally Ball

Biography

Sally Ball and her husband, Jim, own Rivendale Farms and spend their time with 18 alpacas, two very large dogs and two incredibly spoiled cats. Sally is a realtor and heads up the KW Land division for Keller Williams Foothills. Some speculate she chose to specialize in Farm & Ranch simply because she likes tromping around outside and hanging out in barns.

Featured Author

Jodi Dolph

Biography

Jodi Dolph is a broker associate and productivity coach with Keller Williams Foothills Realty. She serves on the Conifer Chamber board of directors and is an instructor at Conifer Jazzercise. Besides helping people reach their goals, she loves paddle boarding and golfing with her family.

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Rachel Mulvihill

Biography

Rachel has been a foothills resident since 2001 and is a second generation foothills realtor. When she’s not being a real estate agent, she’s being a mom to her two teenagers and three dogs and the best wife in the world to her husband (he told her to write that). Rachel loves to be outside and to read, and when she puts the two together, she is one happy gal!

ARTICLES

Freedom, Without a Mask

This is not an article about the choice to wear a mask or not. It’s not about shaming or some kind of political agenda. Think of this as a freedom proclamation that can only be discussed after a life changing pandemic in the 21st century. A time period where we carry...

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Never Underestimate the Power of the Girlfriends

June has evolved into a reflective month for me. My step-dad, “The Papa,” passed away the night of June 24, 2011 and my mom followed him June 28, 2019. As many of you know, my mom had Alzheimer’s, so those years in between were full of challenges, but also full of a...

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A Tale of Three Realtors

I’ve been contributing to the Foothills Focus column for four years this month. It’s such a cliché to talk about how quickly time flies, but it’s so true! This is my 15th article for Serenity. Fifteen times I’ve received that email that it’s my turn to write for our...

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Storytelling

The other night I woke up at 2:40 am wondering if the pellet stove at my vacant listing was out of pellets... that the motor would keep running, burn out and catch on fire. I contemplated getting out of bed to drive over there to check, but thought my husband would...

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17 Unrelated Paragraphs

Normally, when my turn rolls around for this column, I have an idea for a topic well ahead of time. I only have to write every third month, so really, how hard could it be, right? In fact, often, I’ll wake up on any given morning and the entire essay pops right into...

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A Life in Dog Years

I’ve always been allergic to dogs. When I was a little girl, my Great-Aunt Lorraine had a little black cocker spaniel named Patches. I adored Patches. I drew pictures of her in school and pleaded with my mom to take me to see her whenever she could. After playing with...

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Proud to be a Coloradan

Bet you didn’t know it, but you are livin’ the dream—the dream of living in the Rocky Mountains. You don a raccoon mask skiing every winter, bask in 300 days of sunshine, ride horseback through the prairie and enjoy recreational marijuana all year long. That might...

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The Real Story on Farmhouse Décor

The nature of my business takes me into people’s homes on a daily basis, not just up here in the foothills, but also down the hill in the thick of the suburbs. In addition, I enjoy looking at sites and magazines for the current trends in “farmhouse décor.” So, on a...

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Taking Care of Each Other

I just finished a great book called “This Tender Land” by William Kent Krueger. Since I’m not a book reviewer, I’ll try to keep the synopsis short. Some children (ages 6-14) are attending a Native American assimilation boarding school. There are bad characters there....

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The Brighter Side of 2020

This year began with genuine excitement as I thought about “2020” and what was to come. What trips my family would take, what my business would look like and how it was a new beginning for some of my friends and family members who had a difficult 2019. I love the idea...

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Marco Polo and Other Games to Play With a Blind Cat

So, our household had a couple of birthdays early last month. Milla, who turned 16, is now old enough to drive. Except that she’s blind. And a cat. Murray Thunderpants, also a cat, turned 17. Considering he’s diabetic, toothless and a bony shadow of his former...

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The Culture of Mean

Driving home from town yesterday, I was faced with a driver hanging out in the passing lane but not passing. Those of us who drive through “the canyon” on 285 know this is the single most infuriating thing in the history of man. As it became clear this driver had no...

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