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A few months ago, I reached the ripe old age of three score and 15 years. One of the benefits of reaching such an advanced age is that I have quite a lot of free time. I have no job — … more
If you are a regular reader of this column, you know there are times when writing and my brain don’t want to work together. This is one of those times. I suppose I could give up and send … more
Space travel seems to be a hot topic these days. Among other things, there is a bunch of interest in sending astronauts back to the moon, and this time, they should stay awhile and even build a … more
Well, summer is approximately half over now, and my wife and I have already experienced the high point of the season — the biennial reunion of the cousins. Every two years, our son’s … more
Nearly three decades ago, two young girls began to exchange letters, beginning a friendship despite being separated by many miles. Recently the two girls, now in the 40s, met each other in person for … more
I had a good laugh over something I read in the news recently. At least I did until I realized what the item says about Americans, and I decided it wasn’t so funny after all. The item was … more
I seem to have been a bit lax in my duty to the readers of this column this year. To put it simply, ever since the calendar rolled to a new year, I haven’t written my usual number of essays … 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
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
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
I've spent a lot of time at the opera the last couple of weeks. Actually, I haven’t actually been at the opera. More accurately, the opera has been coming to my house, thanks, of course, to … more
I have been visiting the past in my reading, as usual, by learning about the life and career of a guy named Whittaker Chambers. If you are wondering who Whittaker Chambers is, and why someone … more
Last week, we were faced with a disaster. Actually, as disasters go, it wasn’t much. In fact, I’m a little embarrassed to call what almost happened a disaster. It wasn’t as … more
My reading interests took an uncharacteristic turn last week. For most of my adult life, I have preferred to read non-fiction — especially history and current events — to reading … 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
About an hour down the road from Powell, I officially became a news writer, joining the small staff of the local paper. It is actually among the oldest newspapers in Wyoming, and it has a rather … more
When it comes to voting, I sometimes feel like an explorer, hacking my way through a Central American jungle in hopes of finding the ruin of a Mayan temple. Please understand, this feeling … more
It’s election time again. Once again, we face the task of choosing the leaders of our local and state governments, as well as our representatives in Washington. That’s a tough job, … more
My wife and I were shocked one day last week when we opened our mail. Well, maybe shocked is too strong. It was more like we were a little surprised, but the surprise was a bit magnified because … more
It seems that our fair state did something strange last week. When Wyoming Republicans rejected the candidate who had the support of President Donald Trump, we were the first voters in the nation … more
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