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Then last month, a truly evil loser opened fire — this time with monster guns modified to act like automatic rifles, killing 58 and wounding 500 — on that same Las Vegas strip we so giddily patrolled. Now, one of my nephews owns and absolutely … more
When I talk or write anything, it always has to be English, and that’s too bad. I did take Latin for two years in high school, and I find that quite helpful when doing the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle. Other than that, opportunities to … more
With no scientific means of determining how long I’ll live, I’ve come up with my own, theoretical projections, based on “the latest research proves ...” principle. It’s amusing how what was killing us yesterday is saving us today — eggs, … more
OK, I apologize for using that cheesy metaphor — poetic writing isn’t exactly my style — but don’t give up on me yet. I may still be able to enlighten and/or entertain you before I’m done. That figure of speech, cheesy as it may be, … more
“I’m here. Are you close?” asked Destin Harrell, a BLM biologist in the Cody field office. I wasn’t. Until that moment I was snug in my bed. “I’ll be there soon,” I said. In a panic, I must have looked and sounded like a mad … more
The collision between the protests of the players and the super-patriotism of football fans was rather nasty, especially after our president decided to use the occasion to draw our attention away from his own shortcomings. The fuss covered up for … more
So, maybe the arrival of the autumnal equinox isn’t the reason for our fall-like weather, but if that’s the case, why have we had those cool rainy days? I think the answer lies with old Mother Nature, who just schedules her weather events … more
Of course, the riddle answer is obvious: The wife slaps your face before calling the cops; the dog licks your face after leaping into your arms. So all things being equal (whatever that means), if Christians love God anything like we claim, … more
“I like to tell people that before there was Bear Grylls, there was me,” McCafferty said, laughing. “I was the guy they would drop off on the top of a mountain, how to survive in the winter.” This particular assignment found McCafferty on … more
In one of those “only in Wyoming” stories, Sen. Mike Enzi and his wife Diana had their tickets to the Wyoming-Oregon game back before they even knew they were missing. That’s the kind of recognition that comes with serving 20 years in the U.S. … more
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
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
OK, I’m not really outside the borders of the U.S. I just started with that to get your attention. In fact, I’m not even outside the borders of Wyoming, although, if you give me about 20 minutes, I could be in Nebraska. This relocation has … more
“Hard-of-hearingness” runs rampant in the Blough family. I can remember my paternal grandpa, Mahlon Blough, with white objects the size of rice cakes protruding from his ears. Coupled with thick glasses and a perfectly round bald spot on the top … more
At least that is what a group of Coloradans who met in Fort Collins last month believe. They are some of possibly thousands of Americans who contend that the world is really flat, not a globe like my first-grade teacher told me or what I heard from … more
That said, this declaration should not be surprising: I am sold on the Wyoming Lottery. That was not always the case.  On two separate occasions — in 2009 and 2011 — I voted against bills in the Wyoming State House of Representatives that … more
At first glance, “Hell is Empty,” the seventh in the Sheriff Walt Longmire series of books, would appear to be a cut-and-dry, almost formulaic entry into the hugely-popular franchise. The novel finds its hero and his crew battling sociopath … more
It was 2002 when the Quecreek Mine collapsed and flooded, trapping nine miners for over 77 hours (about nine days, if my figures are correct). Quecreek, Pennsylvania, is a sleepy little town where my late sister Wanda’s teenage, ex-fiancé lived … more
I suppose some of you have missed it, although I can’t be sure. Nobody has inquired into why it has been absent except for CJ, the Tribune’s editor, and it was only last week that he raised the question of when he could expect another visit to … more
Also last month, my nephews Jay and Trey, Ned Flanders lookalike Lincoln Reese and I traveled to Powell for another 18 holes. Walking to the clubhouse, I prayed silently, “Please don’t let anyone be in there that remembers the ‘litterbox … more
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