Terry Chriswell


I've amassed some writing over the past few years; enjoy!

Toastmasters Speeches / Articles & Book Reviews / Happiness Corners / Publishers Letters

Toastmasters Speeches

Toastmasters is a wonderful organization where you have the opportunity to practice speaking in front of a live audience. My club, The Columbine Communicators, has been around for 30 years. I've been involved for 2.5, and I've built my confidence, and speaking and writing skills. I love that you can mess up and there is no judgment - just suggestions for improvement. It's a great way to learn evaluation and critiquing skills as well. The speeches below are all 5-7 minutes.

In no particular order:
Call me The Driver (one of my club members said this was the best speech he'd ever heard; I'm going to frame it one day)
Facing Your Fears
How Not to Kill Someone You Work With
There's No Place Like Home
Two Tips
What Research Tells Us About Happiness

Articles & Book Reviews published in Mile High Natural Awakenings

Oct 2017 - book reviews: The Truths of Tula by Dianna Cates Dunn; Conscious Stories Series by Andrew Newman
Oct 2017 - Investing in Yourself
Dec 2017 - The Language of Compassion
March 2018 - book reviews: Divine Dog Wisdom Cards by Barb Horn and Randy Crutcher; The Relationship Handbook: A Path to Consciousness, Healing, and Growth by Shakti Gawain and Gina Vucci; The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why It Matters by Armin a Zadeh, Md, PhD
May 2018 - Donna Eden interview
Sept 2018 - Community Spotlight on Chi Wellness in Denver
Dec 2018 - book review: The Girl with Waterfall Eyes and We are Circle People by Andrew Newman
Jan 2019 - book review: Feeling Better: Beat Depression and Improve Your Relationships with Interpersonal Psychotherapy By Cindy Goodman Stulberg, DCS, CPsych, and Ronald J Frey, PhD, CPsych
Mar 2019 - book review: Feed Your Soul: Nutritional Wisdom to Lose Weight Permanently and Live Fulfilled by Carly Pollack
Apr 2019 - Into the Woods - sidebar is by me

Happiness Corner

I write a Happiness Corner every month for Mile High Natural Awakenings. This is all of them so far.
Oct 18 - The First Happiness Corner
Nov 18 - Be Thankful for Every Day
Dec 18 - 4 Tips to Overcoming Sadness
Jan 19 - Happiness and Your Health
Feb 19 - How Are You at Nourishing Yourself?
Mar 19 - Nourishing Youself Part 2
Apr 19 - Nourishing Youself Part 3
May 19 - Hope Can Also Move Mountains
June 19 - Morning Routines for Happiness and Health

Publishers Letters published in Mile High Natural Awakenings
I can't take all the credit for these; I write many but Doug always edits. Sometimes he writes and I finish. Sometimes he writes and I edit. It's a partnership that gets better every day.
June 19: What Else is Possible?
Modern humans have been around for 200,000 years, becoming “civilized” over the past 6,000 years as we learned to farm and grow our food. For 6,000 years, we have thrived and grown on this rich, unique planet.

May 19: Did you notice the change to our cover this month?
Right above the name Natural Awakenings is our new rallying cry: Health, Hope & Happiness. We feel that these things are crucial in today’s stressed-out, over-opinionated world.

April 19: Sustainability
"Perhaps, without Watergate, history would have an entirely different opinion of Nixon,” says Paul Ratner, in Who Was America’s Greenest, Most Environmental President Ever? (Ratner, 2016).

March 19: Food Issue
Did you know that 70 percent of the immune system resides in the lining of the gut? That’s just one critical issue writer Melinda Hemmelgarn addresses in this month’s feature Nutrition Upgrades: Five Strategies for Better Health, starting on page 16. She emphasizes ditching the diet, eating for yourself and the planet, and learning about the care and feeding of that all-important microbiome.

Feb 19: Re-Writing Valentine’s Day
Let’s re-write what Valentine’s Day means. Let’s decide it’s not just about being coupled; it’s about being whole within ourselves.

Jan 19: Health
Here at Natural Awakenings, we are always seeking to grow into the highest possible version of ourselves, and to help you find your own path as well. With a New Year under way, you’ll find inspiration to do just that in the following pages.

Nov 18: Be Informed; Be Empowered
Natural Awakenings’ mission has always been about publishing information and resources so readers can make their own, best decisions for their health and well-being. Informed people are empowered to take responsibility for themselves in positive ways.

Oct 18: Announcing Putting Natural Awakenings Up For Sale
To Our Loyal and Valued Readers, Your passion for a healthy life and a thriving, sustainable community have helped make Mile High Natural Awakenings into Colorado’s leading local health and wellness publication. Thank you for your wonderful support for our growing publication over the years. It’s always been our intention to connect you to local services, products and experts that are vital for true health and yet may fall outside the “mass media mainstream.”

Aug 18: Focus on the Positive
It’s all too easy these days to sink into a vortex of sadness, anger and depression over the state of the world. Many people don’t look at the news or social media anymore, or take breaks to get away from it (not a bad idea!). Negativity and anger are pervasive, a little scary and can be dangerous. According to a study published in the PLoS One (Oct 16, 2013), negative thinking and self-blame can be the main predictor of many mental health problems.

July 18 Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Baseball
We chose a cover for July that reflects the patriotism we feel every year when our nation’s birthday rolls around. According to Merriam-Webster, patriotism is: love for or devotion to one’s country. Nationalism is: loyalty and devotion to a nation; especially: a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations. These two things are very different.

June 18
This month’s feature on Livable Communities is especially personal since we recently moved our home and office. Aside from budget, the most important thing to us was access to safe, convenient walking and biking. After all, we moved to Colorado for the healthy, outdoor lifestyle.