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It gets taxing at the deadline

I  was planning to finish up my medical adventure story in this column, but I changed my mind.   Two factors have led to my making this change. First of all, last week began with the …

A decade of adventure (continued)

I ended my last column just as my real medical adventure became more interesting.  I was scheduled for surgery in mid-February, one year to the day after I took my trip to the ER in Powell. …

Ten years of adventure

A couple of days ago, it dawned on me that this month marks an anniversary for me. Ten years ago last week, I experienced a life-changing event one Saturday afternoon. I was at home after …

We’re divided, but still united

At Christmas, I can always count on receiving one particular gift, and my daughter came through once again in December, handing me a gift-wrapped book. Erica knows me very well, which she should, …

Sing we now of Christmas

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 …

Blessings and wishes

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 …

Give me liberty or …

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 …

Founding Fathers had contested elections, too

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 …

Seeing the grandkids again

I spent last week in recovery. I needed it after spending a little over a month back in the Midwest; Minnesota to be more precise. The trip was a welcome respite from the restrictions I felt were …

Returning to normality

It seems as though our lives are slowly finding their way back to normal. I’m not sure what normal is, but I think it means less worry about being too close to other people so as to avoid being …

The historic role of good luck

I’ve always been a reader.  I can’t help it; it’s in the DNA handed down from my father, so I’m stuck with it. Whenever Dad had a spare minute with nothing going on …

Resolving a hairy situation

I’m seeing a faint light at the end of a pretty long tunnel.  Whether the light will get brighter or fade to black is an open question. True, the spread of the COVID-19 virus seems to …

With impeachment vote, Cheney showed courage

I have been debating whether to comment on January’s upsetting events in the capital of our republic. I have decided to do that today, and what I have to say might actually upset some of you …

Looking forward to a happier New Year

Two weeks ago, I began my annual Christmas music marathon — an attempt to listen to all the Christmas music in my library during the last two weeks before Christmas. One of the first things I …

We are only as strong as our weakest link

The election is only a month away, so it’s time to put in my 2 cents worth concerning how people should vote. If you have been reading these columns for any length of time, you are no doubt …

Who is that masked man?

We Americans always seem to find some reason to fight among ourselves. As you might expect, this being a presidential election year, we have more than a few reasons to take issue with our neighbors …

What’s in a name

The COVID-19 virus has hopelessly scrambled the world of sports. Because of the pandemic, baseball players are playing before crowds of cardboard cutouts instead of real people, and plays are …

Our never-ending wars

In 1944, Army Air Corps pilots stationed on the island of New Guinea were looking for possible sites for an additional air strip on the island when they found a large river valley in a place that …

America has a history of protests

Let’s face it: We Americans are a cantankerous bunch, so the demonstrations we are seeing now should be no surprise to anyone. This nation was born demonstrating against the government. A …

We must overcome the virus — and misinformation

The death toll of the coronavirus pandemic has passed 100,000 here in the land of the free. That’s a lot of people. To put it into Wyoming perspective, it would mean wiping out four of the …
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