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We hear it every day, over and over: “America is divided as never before.” It’s not true, of course. America has passed through some much rougher times (think Civil War or … more
During the several years I lived among you in paradise — and on as many occasions as possible in the 15 years since — I have happily invested countless hours observing, appreciating and … more
Here we are, in the final countdown to Christmas. If you were anywhere near my house, you would be well aware of that — or at least you would be if I were free to play my collection of … more
Philosophers love to expound upon morals, obligations, the meaning of life, love, the universe, and why the dolphins said, “So long and thanks for all the fish.” The latter phrase is … more
As if old age isn’t impossible enough, Good Wife Norma and I have further handicapped our twilight years by saddling ourselves with three (count ‘em, three) wiener dogs. Some refer to … more
Back during my college days, I took a short course called “Freedom and Responsibility and the American Way of Life” given by a nationally recognized professor of American history, Wendell … more
As it does every year, Thanksgiving rolls around this week — the perfect time to tell my faithful readers some of the blessings that an old hymn tells me to count. I don’t remember what I … more
This year has been interesting with droughts and high-priced hay. As cattle transition from rangelands into croplands or feed yards, be aware of nitrate toxicity. Although nitrate toxicity is … more
(NAPSI)—Now that the U.S.-Canada land border has re-opened, and as the weather turns cooler, a wonderful way for Canadians to relax and enjoy time with family and friends is on a road trip to … more
Last year moans and groans about the future and needs for money echoed through the halls of the state capitol, the county courthouses, and city halls. Extraction industry money was going away; the … more
A slew of transplants are folded into the population of Wyoming — doubly so for the garden spot in your northwest corner.  Have you noticed nearly every resident you meet comes from some … more
Does language change culture or does a changing culture give us new words, new usage for existing words, and new speech patterns?  It’s another one of those age-old questions, like: … more
(NAPSI)—Being a hero and helping repair the world may be easier than many people realize. How? Become a blood stem cell or marrow donor, volunteer or a supporter. The Problem Every three … more
Some of you kept your in-person social and economic groups going through the COVID crisis, hoping the virus would not land and spread through your numbers. Other groups have come back to in-person … more
CBS Sunday Morning recently aired a segment on the ideal American town — the one almost like ours, but quainter, with a fishing hole for fathers and sons just outside the town limits, with … more
I would guess that just about any American with some education about our nation’s history can complete that directive voiced by a member of Virginia’s House of Burgesses (that’s … more
Once it was relatively easy to recruit people to spy on their own governments ... if, that is, you were recruiting for Uncle Sam.  The most persuasive argument went like this: “You … more
Watching the events unfolding in south Asia gives me heartburn. As if our sustained collective blindness to our government’s mismanagement of a ragingly unnecessary war wasn’t enough, … more
My own health, and the health of the nearly 8 billion people that I share this planet with, has given me considerable time to pursue one of my favorite hobbies: studying American history. As I … more
(NAPSI)—Here’s news for TV fans: For eight years in the 1960s, one TV program, “The Andy Griffith Show,” was consistently ranked in the top ten most popular. If you’re a fan—or would like … more
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