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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: 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

OUTDOOR REPORT: Wyoming resident, but not Wyoming tough

I celebrated by buying my first resident fishing license, saving about $80 off the price of a nonresident license. Soon I’ll be applying for hunting licenses. It takes 365 days to become a Wyoming resident. I understand the reasons. I can’t … more

NEW KID IN TOWN: Roseanne rides again and that makes me happy

Maybe that’s why I enjoy seeing Roseanne back on TV on Tuesday nights. When Roseanne was originally on ABC from 1988 to 1997, it was one of the most popular shows on TV, ranking in the top five shows its first six seasons on the air and … more

WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: The family I found along the Way

You share in a whole new set of challenges, triumphs and failures together, as well — experiences that expedite and intensify the tightness of your relationships exponentially. In a month’s time, you find you’ve created more unforgettable … more

NEW KID IN TOWN: Bring civility back to politics

Needless to say, it was very thought-provoking — and in this age of venomous political partisanship, very true. American politics has become very caustic over the last few years on both ends of the spectrum. The latest battle in the Cold … more

AMEND CORNER: Of men and monkeys

Unfortunately, I don’t remember the source from which I obtained this bit of knowledge, but I had heard it before, so it didn’t really surprise me. But I did a bit of research, and upon further inquiry, I found that the more precise percentage … more

NEW KID IN TOWN: Move to Wyoming a mission accomplished

People you meet, they all seem to know you. Even your old friends treat you like you’re something new. Johnny come lately, the new kid in town. Everybody loves you, so don’t let them down.” — “New Kid In Town” by the … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Murder put to music

Quoting Loudon Wainright from 1972, “Crossin’ the highway late last night; he shoulda looked left and he shoulda looked right. He didn’t see the station wagon car; the skunk got squashed and there you are. You got yer dead skunk in the middle … more

AMEND CORNER: Time to get over it

Most recently, it has come back in the form of disputes over a bunch of monuments honoring people who fought for the Confederacy. Apparently there are around 1,500 such memorials across the South — so many that, if a guy didn’t know better, he … more

AMEND CORNER: Change is hard, but necessary

The older you are, the more you are aware of these truths, and you may not be entirely happy about that, because you may be having trouble keeping up with the changes. Back in 1970, a guy named Alvin Toffler explained the problem in a book about … 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

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

MY LOUSY WORLD: Two weddings and a polyp

You may already know the bittersweet, inspirational love story that brought my big brother (I’m the youngest, ya know), Paul, and Jane Miller together. Cancer stole both their happy marriages to the tune of 81 combined years, so in a backhanded … more

AMEND CORNER: Unending warfare

In other words, humans seem to have an inborn need to fight about something, and if there isn’t anything important to fight about, they will make up something. Wars have been fought since prehistoric times and, as we are all aware, continue even … more

WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: Write less, say more

“And the 10 adjectives and five adverbs stuff, I mean, really. Stop. Stop with all the inflated distraction. It really takes away from your writing. Just say what you want to say. Say it simple. Say it straight.” Tears begin to stream down … more

AMEND CORNER: Our government is elected, not seized

Consequently, we once again find ourselves looking for some way to solve the puzzle of why someone takes such deadly measures and stop such rampages before they begin. Allow me to say up front that I’m not going to blame guns for causing such … 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

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
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