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The Longmont Leader accepts op-eds for publication from community members, business leaders and public officials on local topics. Do you have something you would like to share about the community? Is there a topic that you are particularly passionate about? Let us know. 

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Ask the Introvert: Innies have a language all their own

Ask the Introvert: Innies have a language all their own

Just as introverts process information differently (looking at you, naturally ruminative prefrontal cortex), our working definitions of popular words are positively different, too.
Get Growing: Now's the time to plan for weed control and watering

Get Growing: Now's the time to plan for weed control and watering

Those pesky weeds are likely going to be your biggest challenge. You will have weeds growing and they generally grow fast and furious, crowding out everything around them.
Ask the Introvert: Five movies to treat  yourself to this Valentine's Day

Ask the Introvert: Five movies to treat yourself to this Valentine's Day

For your quiet enjoyment, here are five lovely things to watch today, whether you’re a Valentine’s Day fan or hater.
Get Growing: Sure it's cold outside, but that doesn't mean you can't get your urban farm crops started inside

Get Growing: Sure it's cold outside, but that doesn't mean you can't get your urban farm crops started inside

Planting a seed is simple but there are two important things to keep in mind: Don’t plant the seeds too deep and don’t overwater your seedlings. 
Ask the Introvert: Talk to yourself in the languages of love

Ask the Introvert: Talk to yourself in the languages of love

Longtime marriage counselor Gary Chapman identified five ways his clients gave and received love. Introverts can use those same languages to express self-love.
Get Growing: Turn your food scraps into garden gold

Get Growing: Turn your food scraps into garden gold

Composting via a traditional compost pile really isn’t hard to do, and the best way to compost is to dig some holes straight into the ground.
Ask the Introvert: For innies, there's power in your comfort zone

Ask the Introvert: For innies, there's power in your comfort zone

" ... Working from your place of strength makes you a valuable player in the game of life. Even if you’re playing on a team of one."
Get Growing: Set your mind to it and watch your knowledge — and urban farm — grow

Get Growing: Set your mind to it and watch your knowledge — and urban farm — grow

If you’re the type of person who thinks you can’t possibly be good at something because you weren’t born with a specific innate ability, I invite you to challenge this mindset.
Longmont Local: Mystic Sisters, a shop born of love

Longmont Local: Mystic Sisters, a shop born of love

Mystic Sisters is a new retail shop that showcases metaphysical gifts, art and services.
Ask the Introvert: Taking life cues from our TV remote controls

Ask the Introvert: Taking life cues from our TV remote controls

Play, pause, fast forward and stop all relevant for introverts.