Friday, March 09, 2007

What are you going to do tonight?
Mary and I want to help you answer that question!

Check out our new Denver When & Where Website.

Can you join us for The Perfect Party tomorrow? See above site
for details.

Post your comments, do you think this will help you
learn more and have more fun? What would make it
more helpful to you and others?

Would you do me a favor?
My groups are now listed on the new
Denver Post Calendar, which allows comments from those who
attend meetings. If you've attended any of these in the
past, would you please make a positive comment to
encourage others to attend? (Email me any critical

If you haven't attended yet, join us at our next meeting,
complete info on the Post Calendar. Just click the link.

2nd Monday (join us next Monday!) New Denver Republican Meetup
Let me know if you'd be willing to provide refreshments for Monday's meeting.

2nd Thursday Socrates Cafe Meetup

4th Friday Denver IDEA Cafe

Coloradans Billionairs
62. Charlie Ergen, 54, $10, EchoStar
93. Philip Anschutz, 67, $7.9, investments
488. John Ma lone, 66, $2, cable television
557. Pat Stryker, 50, $1.8, Stryker Corp.
664. (no photo available) James Leprino, 70, $1.5, cheese
754. Gary Magness, 53, $1.3, cable, investments
799. Thomas Bailey, 70, $1.2, mutual funds
799. Kenneth Tuchman, 47, $1.2, TeleTech

How many are reading Denver When & Where?

Thursday, March 08, 2007

The front page story in the Denver Post today tells about a mixed up idea being put forward to create a Presidential primary election in Colorado separate from our wonderful neighborhood caucus. I just sent this letter to the newspapers in response:

It's being suggested that we have a Presidential primary election in 2008,
followed by our neighborhood caucuses across the state a few weeks later.

This is a bad idea. In Iowa Presidential candidates spend about $40 per
caucus attendee, it would similar here in Colorado if our caucus system
was given the same TLC the Iowa system receives from the Iowa media,
civic leaders, and the major political parties. Instead, we get a stream of
these efforts at reform where none is needed.

Nothing would weaken our caucus system more than splitting it off from
the Presidential race. People who are against this misguided change
should speak out now.

John Wren
960 Grant St. #727
Denver, CO 80203
cell 720-495-4949

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Ben Franklin: In Search of a Better World.Don’t miss this new exhibit at the Denver Museum of Natural History which opened last weekend and runs through May. In it, my hero Benjamin Franklin is shown to be one of American history’s unique personalities.

This exhibition was organized for Franklin’s 300th birthday in Philadelphia and is now touring the country. It examines his fascinating life as a scientist, inventor, diplomat, and how his central role in creating a new society continues to touch American life today. You are immersed Franklin’s world, and inspired by his ingenious problem-solving methods and commitment to looking at the world with a critical eye. Franklin’s own words narrate the exhibition, which was designed in the spirit of his curiosity, wit, and wisdom. There is lots of information about what I think was his best invention, the Junto or what we now call the Franklin Circle. To find out how to join or start a Franklin Circle today, see my website

I went to see it this past weekend, and it’s so good I’m repeating the visit later this week.

I just posted this comment in response to today’s Denver Post story on the homelessness survey that was just conducted. I think it is a comment Ben Franklin would have made:
Posted By: John Wren (06/03/2007 4:47:45 AM)
Comment: Did the reporter take a critical look at the raw data of this report? I've heard that a young person living with a friend or relative is counted as homeless, is that correct? Also, if the full detail of this survey is available online, why isn't a link provided in the story? And if the detail is not available online, why doesn't the reporter make that important fact known?

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Not retired, just 'retreaded'
At age 92, pastor has continued ministering

Concord Monitor

Some people love their work so much that they never really retire.

One of them is the Rev. Dr. Paul Klose, who is 92.

"When we moved to New Hampshire, we retreaded, not retired," he said.

Klose is a sort-of-retired Baptist clergyman. His wife of 61 years, Madelyn, is also an ordained minister. Their four children followed them into the church. Their son Clint has been the minister of music in a church in Franklin. He now teaches music at Beaver Meadow School in Concord. Their son Curt is the organist at a church in Longmeadow, Mass. Their daughter Cheryl assists her husband, the Rev. Charles Boucher, in Antrim, and their daughter Carol is an organist at a church in Montour Falls, N.Y.

The musicians in this family must have been inspired by their father, who plays the guitar and what he calls "honky tonk piano."

Since his retirement from parish ministry, Klose is often called back to churches he has served to substitute for an absent minister and to give a day to former parishioners who like to keep in touch with a beloved pastor.
Klose presents a lecture for seniors entitled "New Ways to Stay Home while Growing Old" at secular senior centers, churches and nursing homes.

"We'll go anywhere we're wanted," he said. "I like to use music with my lectures, fun songs I make up, like 'Who's Afraid of Growing Old' to the tune of 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.' And I like to include humor in my lectures. I read a lot of books on aging that have convinced me that laughter is the best medicine."

Norman Cousins has told the story of a man that doctors couldn't cure. His physician advised him to lighten up, to watch comedy movies. The patient claimed to have laughed himself well.

Klose recommends Art Linkletter's new book, How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life, co-authored with Mark Victor Hansen, as the best he's read on aging.

A slender man who moves more like 72 than 92, Klose says you have to exercise your body and your mind to age well. He and Madelyn take part in Tufts University's Strong Living program twice a week. He uses a treadmill at home, does chair exercises and eats "sensibly." Following retirement, he attended Laconia Technical School to receive a certificate in gerontology. He received a doctorate in theology from Northern Seminary in Chicago.

Since "retirement," Klose has been a volunteer chaplain at the St. Francis Healthcare Center in Laconia and at Hillsboro House Nursing Home in Hillsboro.

These days, besides the lecture series, he and Madelyn serve on the mission committee for the church that their son-in-law serves in Antrim. The mission committee is responsible for publicizing and gathering special offerings, four times a year, for home needs, a retired clergy fund and One Great Hour of Sharing.

Klose plays piano duets with his daughter Cheryl. He writes songs and is a poet. He includes his poetry at his lectures. Sometimes, the poems are thoughtful or philosophical; sometimes, they're whimsical. For instance: "When your hair starts to thin, and it slowly turns gray, / We can choose some other color or select a smart toupee."

I asked Klose how he feels about being old.

"Old," he said, "is a constant challenge. It can be very enjoyable. Seniors need to exercise, socialize, expand their minds, love and listen. There are so many needs to fill. Seniors can always helps someone else. The rewards are appreciation and additional years of health, activity, productivity and fulfillment.

"The joy of my ministry has been to encourage people, to challenge them and to love them," he said.
Want to start a Wiki?

I just requested a wiki called When & Where Wiki. Goal: a world-wide calendar of local events, educational, cultural, entertainment, and political. Right now there is no such thing, even at the local level here in Denver. Seems to me this is an application of peer production that makes a lot on sense.

Mission: Help people anywhere in the world answer the question "what are we going to do tonight".

I would have loved for this to exist when I was doing the marketing for the Denver Symphony, I'd love it now for the groups I facilitate here in Denver, New Denver Republican Meetup, IDEA Cafe, and Socrates Cafe.

Here's my plan. I'm going to develop the Denver When & Where email I've been sending out once in a while, and develop a network of people in other cities who are doing the same thing.

Want to stake a claim for a link to your city? Email me at I'm immediately open to people who will research and post events for: Aspen, Vail, Dillon, Grand Junction, Durango, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Ft. Collins, and Greely in Colorado; Anchorage, Honolulu, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Phoenix, St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Philladelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta in the US; and Mexico City, London, Paris, Toronto, Montreal, Rome, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong, Hanoi, Bangkok, New Delhi, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Cairo, Athens, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Madrid, Rio De Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and world-wide.

Postings will be English only for now, just list English speaking events to keep it simple as we start. Preference will be given to people who live in the community and to people who already publish a calendar of events in their city. After you send me your indication of interest, I'll send you a startup kit and the address for the new When & Where Wiki so you can link to it and start posting in your community and getting others who live there to help you.

Interested? Questions? Email me at I'd hate to see us miss this chance to work together.