Category Archives: David Feela

The hood

Print this articleAfter selling our three-acre rural homestead, complete with barn, pond, and irrigation water, and after moving into a smaller single-story house within the city limits, I received an email from a friend: Welcome to the hood. I’d been … Continue reading

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Star-struck

Print this articleWhile shopping for discounted Christmas items, I overheard a conversation between a customer and a cashier. I should have moved along and minded my own business except the employee started gushing about her kids’ thoughtfulness. They’d bought her … Continue reading

Published in David Feela, March 2017

Fake news

Print this articleAfter the 2016 presidential election results skidded across the internet at my house, I had to wonder what went wrong with those enormous data-driven insights into how the race would play out. The Huffington Post, for example, predicted … Continue reading

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The American bird

Print this articleA wild turkey crossed my path last year while I hiked along Petroglyph Trail, a recreational sidebar within the greater Mesa Verde National Park, on — of all days — Thanksgiving Day. It posed in the open for … Continue reading

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Hello & goodbye

Print this articleIf Rene Descartes traveled extensively during the 17th century like tourists of today, he might never have written, “I think, therefore I am,” but instead chosen the axiom, “I see, therefore I be.” As a philosopher whose explorations … Continue reading

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At the cell level

Print this articleThere’s nothing like entering a dimmed theater to dramatize how thoroughly our senses slam shut, especially if it’s a sunny day outside. Sensory deprivation, that old story of having to rely on, even if just for a moment, … Continue reading

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To bag or not to bag

Print this articleThe brown paper wrapper I carried out of the bookstore wasn’t for the sake of discretion. Truth be told, the bookstore refuses to handle plastic anymore. Ideally, the clerk told me, it was on the verge of going … Continue reading

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May Day for our public lands

Print this articleWhen I parked beside the locked gate at the Cabin Canyon Recreation Site, the hefty entrance sign that had been bolted together out of 4-by-4 lay flat on the gravel, and the solid-steel, forest-green tube where campers are … Continue reading

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The drain game

Print this articleWhen I first learned that the gullies along most county roads in the Southwest are referred to as bar ditches, I thought they were named for the unfortunate drivers who’d had a few too many drinks before heading … Continue reading

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Ornamental livestock

Print this articleI was sitting in a comfortable chair one evening, reading a chapter from a vintage Western, when I glanced out the window to see a horse cropping the grass along my driveway. I don’t own a horse. I … Continue reading

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Kauia-it, please!

Print this articleA couple we know sat down at a local coffee shop and told us of their excellent trip to Kauai, one of the Hawaiian islands which offers to tourists – among many pleasures – more than 9,000 acres … Continue reading

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Signs of the times

Print this articleThe most fabulous video game of the 1980s turned out to be Pac-Man, its object to direct your Pac-Man (with jaw working) through an elaborate maze, eating every dot you spot along the way, all the time moving … Continue reading

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Walking the dogs

Print this articleI never imagined myself as a Rec Center type. I bicycle gravel roads when the weather allows me to ride, and I own a secondhand elliptical exercise machine, tucked into a corner of the barn for those inclement … Continue reading

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The Shipping Dues

Print this articleIncreasingly what we need we haven’t got and to get it to us requires a corporation. The Post Office just stamps its feet and continues to manufacture more boxes. I don’t know about you, but increased shipping costs … Continue reading

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Send in the clouds

Print this articleYesterday while I was walking past our local funeral home, a young man — presumably an employee — tottered along the curb with one of those portable blower devices, raising a cloud of dust, sweeping down the street … Continue reading

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The invisible hand

Print this articleOn my way home from a road trip to California I rented a motel room, which isn’t that unusual. What I didn’t expect is that I’d lose my credit card. To lose a credit card these days is … Continue reading

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Mea culpa, feathered friend

Print this articleIf animals lived painless lives, then I’d believe in the literal Eden, where the human species earned its lumps by behaving contrary to the rules of the garden. But animals have suffered and died along with the rest … Continue reading

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A game most foul

Print this articleThis October, who is to say which will be scarier, Halloween or the World Series. The public is led to believe that professional sports represent the epitome of good health and physical fitness in their players. If you’re … Continue reading

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The digital tree

Print this articleWhen Amazon announced it currently sells more Kindle electronic book downloads than it does traditional hardbacks and paperbacks combined, I got to wondering, What do people do with all the electronic books they’ve read? It turns out that technically (and legally), … Continue reading

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Adopt a campground

Print this article“It’s not easy being green.” —Kermit the Frog I never realized how difficult it is toting a political snack. All I’d planned was a short hike, no more than five miles round trip. I thought it wise to carry … Continue reading

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