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Looking back on 18 years of journalism

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

AMEND CORNER: Lesser evil, or, who’s the right candidate?

Thousands, if not millions, of words will be employed telling us what Donald Trump and/or Hillary Clinton did wrong, how the news media helped or hurt each candidate, and why this or that demographic group voted the way it did. Sociologists will … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: A stitch in time worth two in the bush

The bottom line in a nutshell, Christmas dinner at my brother Paul’s was joyous, although less so for him I’m sure, being his first Christmas without his beloved wife, Shelia. It was a dark and stormy night by the time we opened gifts, and my … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Oscar Meyer and Gilligan’s Island

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

AMEND CORNER: Uncertain predictions for the coming year

This really isn’t a prophetic statement, though. Actually, it’s a historical observation. In my lifetime, I’ve heard hundreds of politicians, media pundits, religious leaders, businessmen, union leaders and common ordinary folks dish out … more

AMEND CORNER: More about reading

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

AMEND CORNER: When sorrows come …

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

MY LOUSY WORLD: Even a saint has shameful moments

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

DESERT NOTEBOOK: Consigned to blister watch

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

AMEND CORNER: Are we really making America great again?

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

Of parties, principles and primaries

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

MY LOUSY WORLD: Putting a face to the cool name

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

IN THE MIDDLE: Thanksgiving, the day before Black Friday

These days, you don’t even have to wait until Black Friday to make a beeline for the stores. In their attempts to out-maneuver other retailers, some stores open up on Thanksgiving afternoon — something that was unheard of a few years … more

STANDS FOR SOMETHING: What really ‘Mathers’ in a journalist

If you’ve read more than a few sentences of Gib Mathers’ work, you know what I’m talking about. In a profession where writing can be formulaic and bland, Gib injected life, detail and color (and, if he could, puns). On assignments that your … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: What I learned on my last vacation

I took one of those rare, overnight trips last Friday, but the only thing I prowled was Rimrock Mall. I unashamedly confess to the macho crowd: I’ve always been a mall guy. Shopping, giant cinnamon rolls, ogling attractive passersby from a bench … more

Masquerading as a literary critic

A few weeks ago, I received a Father’s Day gift from my daughter: two books she thought would interest me. One was a sort of memoir written by Arthur Garfunkel; the other, a much longer book, … more
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