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I’ve lived in Wyoming for two months, and I haven’t seen a bear — yet. But I have seen some other animals. I’ve always been fascinated by the animal kingdom. When I was … more
Most of the feedback is positive. It is delivered face to face and comes from people who like what I write, agree with what I say, or both. Less often, I receive negative feedback, which usually arrives via email, but occasionally is delivered by … more
I’m a Christian, so giving thanks to God is something I should do every day, and I think most Americans believe they owe thanks to some sort of god. But even non-believers can benefit from being thankful for the people and circumstances that have … more
Although, I do like to save money. So I’ve occasionally made attempts at home and auto repair. I’ve failed at most. But I keep trying in an effort to save. I once broke the grill on my wife’s ’96 Dodge trying to change a battery. She … more
I remember looking up at my reflection sprawling across the span of my childhood bedroom’s mirrored closet doors and discerning how very alone I was; alone but for the book spread open in my hands. I felt jealous of the book’s main character — … more
People you meet, they all seem to know you. Even your old friends treat you like you’re something new. Johnny come lately, the new kid in town. Everybody loves you, so don’t let them down.” — “New Kid In Town” by the … more
Quoting Loudon Wainright from 1972, “Crossin’ the highway late last night; he shoulda looked left and he shoulda looked right. He didn’t see the station wagon car; the skunk got squashed and there you are. You got yer dead skunk in the middle … more
I’ve got a comfortable couch, my health and, as of last month, a $943 Social Security check each month till I croak. I’ve got it ALL. But I do have a few minor gift requests — one for the Powell Tribune that won’t even cost a penny. Alert … more
Hair has always held an inflated importance for me. When The Cowsills lyrically extolled the superiority of long hair in ’69, I shrieked, “You ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie, sister!” As chronicled in my hair history, I bought into that myth … more
The guy who wrote it looked a lot like me, except he was somewhat fatter, could bend his back and possessed a couple more teeth than I do. He was also an active member of the workforce and was rarely seen on the streets without a camera. The … more
OK, I’m not really outside the borders of the U.S. I just started with that to get your attention. In fact, I’m not even outside the borders of Wyoming, although, if you give me about 20 minutes, I could be in Nebraska. This relocation has … more
My parents bought me a BB gun while I was still in elementary school. From there I moved to a .22 cal with a scope, then shotguns, handguns, rifles and even black powder. I’ve been lucky enough to experience great hunts and days on the range … more
Hole No. 4 no longer has Doug Blough to kick around. The curse of the par-3, God-forsaken, rattlesnake-waitin’, triple bogie-baitin’ short drive into hell has been broken. I beat the … more
“Hard-of-hearingness” runs rampant in the Blough family. I can remember my paternal grandpa, Mahlon Blough, with white objects the size of rice cakes protruding from his ears. Coupled with thick glasses and a perfectly round bald spot on the top … more
I’ll begin by telling a little story about a beautiful woman wearing black shoes, singing on a Sunday afternoon two years ago in Santa Clara, California. A thousand miles away, a young man with a dream paid particular attention to those black … more
The fliers were the work of an anonymous person or persons, and appeared during Holocaust Remembrance Week. A campus organization of Jewish students holds the event every year on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night in 1938 when Jewish homes, … more
Most recently, it has come back in the form of disputes over a bunch of monuments honoring people who fought for the Confederacy. Apparently there are around 1,500 such memorials across the South — so many that, if a guy didn’t know better, he … more
Except for the ‘60s and ‘70s, when the Civil Rights and Vietnam marchers were in the streets, I don’t remember a time when there was so much political turmoil here in the land of the free. I’m not sure even the ‘60s were as tumultuous as … more
Recent actions by our president have convinced me that he doesn’t know what he’s doing. I realize that about 70 percent of Wyoming voters will say I’m wrong about that, and maybe … more
At least that is what a group of Coloradans who met in Fort Collins last month believe. They are some of possibly thousands of Americans who contend that the world is really flat, not a globe like my first-grade teacher told me or what I heard from … more
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