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MY LOUSY WORLD: Tidbits of tactical truths

So to prevent a condition known as “PTD” (Persistent Thought Delirium), I utilize this forum to express these private notations before they gather and fester, causing me to forget frequently called phone numbers of relatives. And away we … more

WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: Don’t trade the moment for the photo

I wonder, for instance: when was the last time I looked at my phone from this far away? Not literally, but figuratively — to figure, relatively and honestly, how paramount it’s become in my experience. It started a couple months ago on a … more

OUTDOOR REPORT: Sunshine on a cloudy day

After getting skunked on my first two attempts in my new home state, I decided to call Sam Hochhalter, Cody Region Fisheries Supervisor for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and pick his big brain for some answers. First question: Where are the … more

Getting to see a Yellowstone celebrity

Those of you who read this column have probably guessed that one of my favorite things about living in northwest Wyoming is being just a short drive from Yellowstone National Park — and that I … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: As far as I’m concerned

If you’ll indulge me (and I won’t take no for an answer), I’ll unload in no particular order. Should you disagree, it’s important you keep it to yourself. • I find the months between March and May a bad time frame for spring cleaning. … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Corruption in the funny papers

Are you even aware there’s a daily comic strip in the Billings Gazette that isn’t even remotely funny? In fact, “The Born Loser” is so UN-funny, it borders on criminal. I’m calling for a special prosecutor to look into just whose palm the … more

Can we trust the ex-KGB officer Putin?

It seems like only yesterday that critics were taking aim at President Barack Obama for something he said to other world leaders. Supposedly, he had been traveling around the world, blaming the U.S. … more

IN THE MIDDLE: Tragic loss and amazing blessings sometimes come at the same time

Warren began building the cabin five or six years ago, when he and Julie were living in Greybull. He literally built it by hand — cutting down the trees, hewing and joining the logs and milling the lumber with some help from his father, … more

AMEND CORNER: The trouble with tweeting

These days, though, I’m afraid my verbose tendencies mean that I’m approaching dinosaurhood. Today’s with-it people are text messaging or using an online thing called “Twitter” to send “tweets.” Both of which actually demand short … more

WYOMING NOTEBOOK: The other Cody Days

There were Indian singers and dancers, a magician’s act and, of course, birthday cake to celebrate the 172nd birthday of William F. Cody. At the last minute, the scheduled appearance of a Buffalo Bill look-alike was canceled due to … more

AMEND CORNER: Protest marches, good and bad

After all, a person can’t eat apple pie all the time — although I’d like to try that for a week or two sometime. When it comes to griping about something or somebody, though, Americans can, and usually are more or less set in complaining … more

Disorder in the courts

So I’m driving the mile home from a local pub after a mere pittance of beer when at the end of 29th Street, I theoretically stopped before turning for my final hundred yards. Pulling into my … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Singing goodbye to an untrue love

She’s the beautiful, flamboyant girl who only uses you for your money while carrying on affairs with countless others. But just try and break up with her. It might take years, but eventually you’ll desperately miss her seductive charms and go … more

LIFE LESSONS FROM THE OUTDOORS: 18 years of prep work to harvest bull of a lifetime

At age 11, when my parents found out the Wyoming Game and Fish Department had changed the legal age to hunt big game from 14 to 12, they asked me if I wanted to hunt. I told them yes, I wanted to hunt elk. When I was little, my dad, grandpa and a … more

WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: ‘Bear Bait’ in Wyoming’s wilderness

The three of us: Peter, my Pudelpointer; Jonelle, my best friend; and me, set out into the Thorofare to begin the first leg and initial 70 miles of a three-leg, 24-day, 200-mile trip across some of the wildest, steepest wilderness in Wyoming. Our … more

AMEND CORNER: Modern funny money

To be really smart, though, if there is something you don’t know, you have to realize you don’t know it, because you can get in a lot of trouble if you don’t realize it. Which brings me to the subject of this essay, something that I’ve … more

AMEND CORNER: Who knew health care could be so complicated

They did take office, but a funny thing happened: Things didn’t work out the way they had planned. Last week, they couldn’t even keep their biggest promise, to repeal the Affordable Care Act. A vote on a replacement didn’t happen, and the … more

AMEND CORNER: Don’t let fear govern your behavior

Actually, it was big only because the protesters organized marches in some 100 cities from coast to coast, and because most of the marchers found themselves faced with counter demonstrations by opponents of their protest, who in many cases … more

The final cast

My father’s fishing equipment isn’t fancy. Much of it has never been used. There’s still plastic shrink-wrap covering the corked grips on combination rod and reel specials purchased … more

Resist urge to fight fire with fire

The goofiness that infects our political life here in the Home of the Brave just won’t go away. The most recent evidence of that goofiness began when the owner of a restaurant in Virginia, … more
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