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November 03, 2008

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Denise Smith

I couldn't have read this on a better day! With big crocodile tears in my eyes, I am going to hold you to your word that it's only the beginning-that life is-just starting! As I walk around feeling completely disoriented and hoping that I haven't and won't completely ruin my kiddos life, I look to you for inspiration! Thanks for the words and for proving that being a single parent is ok 99% of the time.

Gretchen - LifeStyle Denver

Hi Eric,

As a formerly single Mom and also one of those friends in your "ambient awareness," I enjoyed this reflective article and was sorry to hear about your sister. You know, when my former husband and I divorced, my son was 18 months old. I was completely at sea, looking for a new home, a new job and raising a toddler all at the same time.

I vaguely remember those days and weeks as a roller coaster of anger, grief, leaning on friends and Tequila Sunrises.

My son is now 14, and he's completely awesome. He adjusted to our new life because that's what he knew, and I never made it about his dad in front of him. I adjusted because that's what time helps you do. You move on to become a different person and a better person.

Your sister will be ok, but only with the time we've all had to heal and reflect.

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  • Eric Elkins brings more than a decade of writing, marketing, ePR, social media, and educational expertise to his clients.

    A former teacher and corporate trainer, Elkins spent six years as youth content editor at the Denver Newspaper Agency. He then became co-founder and publisher of Bias Media, a multiplatform media engine owned by the parents of the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post. His model for reaching the elusive 21-34 market combined a print magazine, a website, events, text messaging and email marketing to build an integrated online/real world community. His experience at BIAS led to his role as New Media Practices Manager at Metzger Associates, a PR and venture strategies firm, where he incubated development of Mocapay, a mobile commerce company. Elkins transitioned from Metzger to become VP of Marketing at Mocapay before leaving to found WideFoc.us, a social media strategies agency, in 2007.

    A freelance writer for newspapers, magazines and the web, his first book, “School Tools: Structures for Learning” is used by teachers in classrooms nationwide.

    His debut novel is Ray, reflected.

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