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I didn’t plan to be a small-town community journalist, but now I can’t imagine doing anything else. Outside non-profits, there are few other ways to earn a living fulfilling a vital … 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
I like to begin spiritually related columns with a couple of my late father Alfred’s favorite church jokes that he’d tell our pastor, much to mom’s scowling chagrin. Stop me if … more
I've spent a lot of time at the opera the last couple of weeks. Actually, I haven’t actually been at the opera. More accurately, the opera has been coming to my house, thanks, of course, to … more
Here’s a stunning bit of not so trivial trivia: Wyoming’s sovereign wealth ranks among the 100 richest in the world. With a total of $20.8 billion, we aren’t quite in the same class … more
I have been visiting the past in my reading, as usual, by learning about the life and career of a guy named Whittaker Chambers. If you are wondering who Whittaker Chambers is, and why someone … more
The high stakes poker being played out in Washington, allegedly, centers on building a wall to keep out undesirable elements — terrorists, gang members, rapists ... like that. It has also … more
OK. We’ve got a pissing contest in Washington. We have a leader who has moved all of his chips onto one number and is challenging the croupier to make the ball drop into the right slot. The … 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
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
Last week, we were faced with a disaster. Actually, as disasters go, it wasn’t much. In fact, I’m a little embarrassed to call what almost happened a disaster. It wasn’t as … more
I'll confess: I never have been a big fan of the song “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” It’s “let’s spend the night together” message never has resonated with me, … more
George Herbert Walker Bush may have been, in his lifetime, one of the most accomplished of our presidents. But before getting to that, let me tell you about my first experience with him. He came … 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
While hunting alone on the last day of antlered deer season, I sat hidden — haunted by memories of words best left unsaid. It took nearly an hour before I managed to get the thoughts out of … more
This year, Wyoming women earned 68 percent of men’s salaries on average. That’s according to a just released (October) study by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, writing for … more
At 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 12, wide awake in the international wing of the London Gatwick airport, I received a message from Matthew Taggart. “I’m coming up to Cody at the end of the month … more
When I left southeast Missouri three years ago — first to move to Nebraska and later here to Powell — I had a feeling I wasn’t going to be getting home for Thanksgiving that … more
Thanksgiving is a little early this year. In fact, Nov. 22 is the earliest date Thanksgiving can ever fall on. It can only happen when Nov. 1 falls on Thursday and November has five Thursdays. … more
Kids. Thirty to 40 of them flood through the Powell library doors on any given school day after the last bell rings. Some of them have nowhere else to go until their folks get off work. Others may … more
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