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MY LOUSY WORLD: Christmas spirit arrives early

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

Wyoming is helping make me a better writer

Since the New Year, I’d been simultaneously looking forward to and freaking out about June. The beginning of June brought the Wyoming Writers Conference in Dubois, and the month closed with … more

WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: Stay wonder-full out there

All caps, that’s intense. But that’s how Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder, author of “Sophie’s World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy,” put it on page 17 of his book. A book first published in 1991 that became an international … more

NEW KID IN TOWN: Traveling in God’s country

I love a good road trip, enough to drive hundreds of miles on occasion. With a three-day weekend and much of Wyoming yet to be explored, western Wyoming and its many sights — not to mention a few other new-to-me places — started calling to me … more

AMEND CORNER: Remember to be humble

This is because Congress decided to fix the observance of Memorial Day on the last Monday in May back in 1968 — a century after General John Logan announced that May 30 should be set aside to honor those killed in the Civil War. Logan actually … more

AMEND CORNER: I should have learned Swahili

When I talk or write anything, it always has to be English, and that’s too bad. I did take Latin for two years in high school, and I find that quite helpful when doing the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle. Other than that, opportunities to … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Coal excavation is not for minors

It was 2002 when the Quecreek Mine collapsed and flooded, trapping nine miners for over 77 hours (about nine days, if my figures are correct). Quecreek, Pennsylvania, is a sleepy little town where my late sister Wanda’s teenage, ex-fiancé lived … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Only the lonely

My dog and I watched a Steve Martin movie, “The Lonely Guy,” recently. He begins narrating, “Hi, I’m Larry Hubbard and this is how I became a lonely guy. I met this gorgeous ballet dancer named Danielle and she was nuts about me. She asked … more

AMEND CORNER: Thankful through the ups and downs

Most recently, we have had an election, which I suppose counts both ways, since the results were welcomed by some, abhorred by others. That’s to be expected, of course, given the nature of people. I happen to be among those who found the results … more

AMEND CORNER: Ready or not, I’m back

I suppose some of you have missed it, although I can’t be sure. Nobody has inquired into why it has been absent except for CJ, the Tribune’s editor, and it was only last week that he raised the question of when he could expect another visit to … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Stuff you never even thought of

• Does anyone wash their ears anymore? I can only speak for myself, but it never even crosses my mind and no one has said to me, “Are you raising potatoes in those ears?” I wonder if ear-washing wasn’t just something uninformed mothers … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Only the healthy die young

With no scientific means of determining how long I’ll live, I’ve come up with my own, theoretical projections, based on “the latest research proves ...” principle. It’s amusing how what was killing us yesterday is saving us today — eggs, … more

The Thorofare will make you earn it

I can’t believe you would do this again,” Jess heaves during a rest stop, five seconds after our last rest stop. I can’t, either. “I must’ve blocked it out,” … more

AMEND CORNER: Spring, memory and the cost of gasoline

It never occurred to me last Wednesday that it was the first day of spring. That isn’t surprising, because I’m not much for celebrating, or even remembering individual days of the year. There are a few that are really important, like Christmas, … more

AMEND CORNER: Happy New Year

It is a good one, although it’s getting a bit stale. I have fallen back on it several times during the last 10 years — a period of time that pretty much equals the lifespan of two lovely young ladies of my acquaintance and also spans the … more

AMEND CORNER: My fall reading list

OK, I apologize for using that cheesy metaphor — poetic writing isn’t exactly my style — but don’t give up on me yet. I may still be able to enlighten and/or entertain you before I’m done. That figure of speech, cheesy as it may be, … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Call me if you dare

I ask those who have not yet learned how to text … WHY? Do you know how often we grit our teeth and roll our eyes when you call during a good TV show? Throw in hard-of-hearing and teeth-gritting joined by under-breath cursing. I speak for all TV … more

AMEND CORNER: Looking across the political divide

I’m pretty sure that anyone who has read or heard about this column is aware of my liberal political inclinations. In all honesty, though, while I’m certainly not a conservative, I don’t consider myself a liberal, either. Narrow-minded … more

AMEND CORNER: Celebrating an achievement

I’m not saying anything bad about her family. Quite the contrary: I like my in-laws. In fact, I’ve always said that, thanks to my choice in spouses, one of the many fringe benefits I receive is being attached to a crackerjack bunch of in-laws. … more

WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: An American (child) in Paris

You think I mean to turn this into a trite treatise on how Europe’s rich and storied history spans so much farther back than the United States’. But no — that’s too obvious. When I tell you I’ve traveled back in time, I mean within the … more
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