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Euphemia Hayman Reher grew up in what she referred to as “want,” thanks to her Scots-Canadian coal mining father who tended to drink away his salary. Want, to her mind, was not poverty but a correctable condition. more
I guess I made a pretty good haul this Christmas. A few things were missing from my wish list, even though really, I’d have been content with nothing since I have pretty much everything I need. Like ZZ Top sang so eloquently, “I Ain’t Askin’ for Much …” more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Eighteen years ago today (Thursday), I made my first foray into the world of journalism. On July 12, 2000, I reported for my first day of work at the Daily American Republic in my hometown of … more
My reading interests took an uncharacteristic turn last week. For most of my adult life, I have preferred to read non-fiction — especially history and current events — to reading … more
Remember when household thermostats were simple little devices consisting of a dial that you turned or a lever you moved? That’s a long way from true of the one I have now. It requires a degree … more
That’s how romantic holidays are for us bachelors who haven’t dated for a coon’s age. We love our pets passionately and fantasize about TV vixens. I’m between big screen girlfriends, but Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle is a … more
That column may have encouraged some of you to drop what you were doing, turn off the football game on television, grab a nearby book and start reading. If, on the other hand, you shook your head at my attempt to promote reading and went on about … more
My wife and I were shocked one day last week when we opened our mail. Well, maybe shocked is too strong. It was more like we were a little surprised, but the surprise was a bit magnified because … more
It started with the death of a former student who had grown up to be an exemplary adult. He had become a successful businessman and an exemplary contributor to his community. He was a volunteer EMT and was Greybull’s fire chief for two decades. In … more
Yes, even I have done some things I’m not proud of, and the earliest one that stands out was at Bible school as a kid. I said a mean thing to a girl, who in truth probably had it coming since she was making fun of me for something or other — … more
It’s a kaleidoscope of color dominated by the neon yellows, oranges, greens, pinks and purples of the biking faithful, interspersed with their supporting blacks. The runners are no color slouches, either. The walkers? Anything goes. And I … more
Part of the reason is that Republicans have been obsessed with trying to erase Barack Obama’s name from the history books, rather than do anything constructive. Take, for instance, the attempt — unsuccessful, so far — to repeal and replace … more
I suppose many of you readers of this column have been wondering why I have failed to pontificate on Wyoming’s primary election, which happens next Tuesday. Or maybe it hasn’t crossed … more
But while skimming recently, a rodeo photo caption caught my hauntingly beautiful, baby-blues. My fascination with names and their effect on futures is well documented. While certainly no rodeo enthusiast, as a tyke in Pennsylvania, my toy requests … more
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