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One of the truths about life is things change, and the truth about change is that it is inevitable.

Spring started last week, and I missed it.

Bonjour de Paris!

Yes, I’m writing you from the heart of Paris, France, where I finally have arrived to explore the land of my dreams for just over a month. Not only did I cross 4,771 miles to arrive here from my hometown of Cody, but I also have traveled back in time.

Earlier this month, the honorable Rev. Mark Price said, “I now pronounce you man and wife.” Just like that, I had a new sister-in-law and another endless supply of Tupperware.

AMEND CORNER: Unending warfare

The philosopher George Santayana once began an essay on war with these words: “To fight is instinct; if men have nothing else to fight over they will fight over words, fancies, or women, or they will fight because they dislike each other’s looks, or because they have met walking in opposite directions.”

“If I were you, I’d just drop the big words altogether.”

I sink lower in my chair, cheeks blossoming crimson.

Once again, this nation finds itself confronted with the tragedy of lives ended too early by an invader who chose their school as a place to vent his rage at the world.

Sometimes, when I step outside them for a second, I become afraid of the very things I’ve most come to take for granted; the most familiar morphs into the most alarming.

WYOMING NOTEBOOK: The other Cody Days

The banners were hung, toasting the world famous Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, the Show of Shows. Photographs and poster boards of clippings recalled the feats of the frontier scout, bison hunter and larger than life showman.

AMEND CORNER: Modern funny money

I’m not a genius.

I do have a pretty good memory, and I’m rather curious about the world around me, so there’s a lot of stuff stored in my brain, but just knowing a lot of stuff doesn’t mean one is a genius. You have to understand how all that stuff fits together, and you have to know when and how to employ the things you know.

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