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.

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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

A Good Goodbye

“ ...I know it’s an opportunity to assess how you feel about a person, even if you don’t share it out loud.”Be careful what you wish for; it might come true. Some people say this as a warning, but sometimes it turns out to be a blessing. Let me preface this article...

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Fire in the Hole!

We’ve had an alpaca farm for over 18 years and in four locations now, and not since 2007 have we had water at our barn. Up on Black Mountain we had a creek-fed trough quite a ways away and across some rough terrain from the barn. (Who am I kidding? That entire...

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Confessions of a Fair Weather Skier

When the snow starts to fly, I get that little tingle of excitement about winter. In November, lulled by the magic of autumn, my memory of the prior winter (which lasted well into May) has faded. It’s my psyche’s adaptive strategy so that I can continue living in the...

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Pay It Forward

You’ve heard this phrase before. You may have even said it out loud, and maybe you’ve really done it. After this past year, this may be an exhausting thought with all you have done for others who have struggled with illness, loneliness or depression. You may be in...

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If You Can’t Be a Good Example, Be a Horrible Warning

So, I was having lunch with friends the other day, and the topic of “when we were kids” came up as it is wont to do with folks of a certain age. (It’s safe to say we’re all north of 60 and may occasionally shake our fists and yell, “Get off my lawn!”) Somehow, we got...

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Create Many Ripples

 Growing up in Denver, summers were always predictable. June was bright and sunny in the morning, then afternoon thunderstorms would send you in from the pool to play at home. July and August were bright, sunny and hot, but not too hot. And always the skies were...

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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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