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Well, I didn’t forget. I made a conscious decision to avoid pontificating on the contest for the past two months. You might say I’m on strike against the election campaign. It’s my way of protesting this monster, which starts at least a year … more
• So far I’ve only had a couple people twist my devil’s-advocate suggestion of civilian assault rifles possibly not being prudent into a liberal rant for gun control. Of course, the ol’ “slippery slope” and Hitler’s rise to power via … more
Or maybe it’s the other way around. In reality, Christmas isn’t traveling toward us at all. It’s just hanging out on the other side of the Winter Solstice, right at the same point in our journey around the sun where it was last year. We, on … more
It all started a few weeks ago with a documentary about five top Hollywood film directors who joined the military in 1942 to produce films supporting the war effort. In addition, Netflix provided several films produced by these men, beginning with … more
This was why I went to the march, joining those 300 others gathering and encircling in the heart of Cody: To be kind to myself. As I stood shivering in the blinding biting cold blue of the Sunday afternoon, I felt a warmth welling up inside me. … more
My thoughts were triggered by our president’s alleged use of a certain four-letter word for human waste that many people consider vulgar or obscene to describe certain undeveloped nations. The word in question is not a newcomer to English. In … more
That said, this declaration should not be surprising: I am sold on the Wyoming Lottery. That was not always the case.  On two separate occasions — in 2009 and 2011 — I voted against bills in the Wyoming State House of Representatives that … more
Actually, he’ll be home from his Walk to Emmaus by the time you read this. The men’s walk is a yearly, three-day spiritual retreat that most later report to have been a life-changing, unequaled awakening. I’m an Emmaus veteran, taking my walk … more
For my best friend, the fire destroyed her bedroom and most of her belongings, from band T-shirts to family keepsakes to photographs. For another dear friend, the thick smoke caused a severe asthma attack, and she was rushed to the hospital. For … more
The older you are, the more you are aware of these truths, and you may not be entirely happy about that, because you may be having trouble keeping up with the changes. Back in 1970, a guy named Alvin Toffler explained the problem in a book about … more
Throughout my school years, I routinely had to tell teachers and classmates how to spell and pronounce “Schweigert.” Of course, telemarketers often butcher the name, though they come up with some memorable attempts at pronouncing it. Over the … more
When I was in school, I learned all sorts of facts that my teachers called history. At the same time, I began to learn that some of those facts might not be true, thanks to one of those … more
At first glance, “Hell is Empty,” the seventh in the Sheriff Walt Longmire series of books, would appear to be a cut-and-dry, almost formulaic entry into the hugely-popular franchise. The novel finds its hero and his crew battling sociopath … more
Then last month, a truly evil loser opened fire — this time with monster guns modified to act like automatic rifles, killing 58 and wounding 500 — on that same Las Vegas strip we so giddily patrolled. Now, one of my nephews owns and absolutely … more
Jimmy Kimmel and Ted Cruz just might be on to something. The liberal ABC late-night talk-show host and the conservative U.S. Senator from Texas have decided to settle their differences this … more
That’s not a bad thing to work for, although it’s a little chauvinistic. At the risk of raising the ire of the super-patriots among us, I would hope that a real superman would have a more global attitude instead of confining use of his … more
There has been considerable change in the world since I first began to store up information in my memory banks. The data collection probably started sometime after D-Day, but for the first two or … more
His supporters, naturally, blame his opponents for nit-picking and writing fake news about him. His opponents, on the other hand, blame the president for the goof-ups. Controversy arose when the author of a recently published book apparently … more
“So what?” you might well ask. Well, the simple answer is that back in 1933, Franklin Roosevelt and the Democrats found themselves in control of the government charged by the voters with digging us out of the Great Depression. For the next … more
Yet, some anonymous gifts I’ve received recently have left me feeling grateful, but also amazed and perplexed. It began on Thanksgiving eve, the same day my new dog Cocoa got bored waiting in my idling truck and was curious what that lever behind … more
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