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I could feel my heart quickening with every step as I searched for my missing child that April morning. After being startled awake by the sound of his younger brother calling to me, I had run hither … more
You don’t hear hilarious catch-lines like, “Sock it to me,” anymore. Nor will you hear “You bet your sweet bippy” or “Vedddy interesting.” Time-honored … more
Jan. 3, 1949, was around 70 years ago. I had just turned 9 and, while events of the next three days merge in my memory, the first minute or two after waking up that Monday morning could have happened … more
I have always been a drug-free person. At least I used to be such a person, before myeloma and diabetes caught up with me a few years ago. Between the two conditions, I am ingesting a frightening … more
Now where was I before I so rudely interrupted myself with a long-winded part one a few weeks ago? Oh yeah, small towns in close proximity yet so far apart. If you recall, I somewhat blamed Powell … more
I've been thinking a lot about my mother-in-law, Wilma Olson, who would have turned 94 this month. Wilma lived a life of service to her family. Her mother died when she was 14, and that was when … more
Powell has more busses than any other school district in America,” my father said at some point after I started in my new school, Powell Elementary. Seeing them waiting for us every morning and … more
In my early 20s, I made a comment that has become a long-running joke between my husband and me. With ambitions to live abroad again or perhaps move across the country, I told him that I wanted to … more
There was big news on the astronomy front earlier this month when a team of researchers managed to take the picture of an actual black hole. It was an impressive achievement, but some people used the … more
(Little has been written about the Japanese Relocation Center’s second life — its continued occupation after the Japanese departed and Congress turned the property back to the Bureau of … more
Does absence really make the heart grow fonder? Possibly in some cases, but the breakup with my fiancée happened in 1989 and these last couple years, I find myself dreaming about her less and … more
Ah, it’s great to see the word April in big letters on the calendar. It’s not that the first three months of 2019 have been so bad. I’ve just had some difficulty keeping to my … more
We here in Park County are pretty lucky. More and more communities across the country — more than1,300 — have no local news coverage at all, much less a couple sources competing with each … more
You think a horse spooking away from a rattlesnake is skittish? Try talking to your mother or daughter, your son or father about their mortality. Or yours, for that matter. The very act of … more
Big changes came to the world a century ago. With the end of World War I, the German Empire — a collection of Germanic principalities — was dismantled, and its emperor, the kaiser, … more
It’s fitting that I first met Ruby Hopkin through recipes. After I moved back to Powell in 2008, Ruby would send recipes to me for publication in the Tribune. Her emails were always friendly … more
Living in Park County once meant ... well, living in Park County. We had our homes here, our employment here, our schools, recreation and vacations here. If we left at all, it was to visit relatives … more
I now present part II of my previous spotlight on humorous angles of the Good Book. I’m sure a reader or two out there said something like, “And he calls himself a Christian? I’m … more
It’s snowpack forecast season, and trained eyes find the published reports in the Tribune to gauge the estimated runoff potential in area drainages. Agricultural fortunes are, of course, a … more
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
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