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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
Jimmy Kimmel and Ted Cruz just might be on to something. The liberal ABC late-night talk-show host and the conservative U.S. Senator from Texas have decided to settle their differences this … 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
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 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
There has been considerable change in the world since I first began to store up information in my memory banks. The data collection probably started sometime after D-Day, but for the first two or … more
His supporters, naturally, blame his opponents for nit-picking and writing fake news about him. His opponents, on the other hand, blame the president for the goof-ups. Controversy arose when the author of a recently published book apparently … more
It has become commonplace to hear people, chiefly those on the left, saying that Donald Trump is the worst United States president ever. According to a recent The Economist/YouGov poll, 41 percent … more
Since the New Year, I’d been simultaneously looking forward to and freaking out about June. The beginning of June brought the Wyoming Writers Conference in Dubois, and the month closed with … 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
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
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
All caps, that’s intense. But that’s how Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder, author of “Sophie’s World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy,” put it on page 17 of his book. A book first published in 1991 that became an international … more
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
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
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
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
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
(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
My dog and I watched a Steve Martin movie, “The Lonely Guy,” recently. He begins narrating, “Hi, I’m Larry Hubbard and this is how I became a lonely guy. I met this gorgeous ballet dancer named Danielle and she was nuts about me. She asked … more
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