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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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The roadie in me

Print this articleI’ve slept in the desert at a motel I won’t name. It felt good to get out of the car. The road was hard but the bed was harder. I wish I’d learned to play a guitar. As … Continue reading

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Exit laughing

Print this articleGeorge Carlin: Born: May 12, 1937 Died: June 22, 2008. In Las Vegas if you stare up from the Strip at all the flashing billboards announcing which eternally recycled performers will be appearing, it’s easy to come to the … Continue reading

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How to make a Maltese cross

Print this articleThe bus driver was in a foul mood, shouting out the window in broken English, “Whadda ya want?” when I politely inquired if his bus went to Rabat. Then he turned away from me, perhaps nodding his head, … Continue reading

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The fuel on the hill

Print this articleI owned a wood stove once. Actually, the stove owned me. It consumed every stick I fed into it, then it stared longingly out toward the trees. We were young, deciding to change our little threeroom house over … Continue reading

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The fruit police

Print this articleTo escape the holiday snow that usually makes gigantic sugar plums out of the Colorado mountain peaks, we had to drive a long diagonal across Arizona, steer clear of that enormous rut known as the Grand Canyon, and … Continue reading

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Where the recycling ends

Print this articleMany people donate their discards to area thrift stores, and believe me, the stores are grateful. Donations are their inventory. But what most people don’t see, especially the ones who don’t shop there, is the mountain of useless … Continue reading

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They call it a courtesy

Print this articleRecently, a Colorado Highway Patrol trooper pulled me over, or maybe it would be more precise to say, I made room for him on the shoulder. I had driven barely a quarter-mile from my house at a breakneck … Continue reading

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The French don’t say cheese

Print this articleI admit I’m no professional, but my compact digital camera captures such perfect pictures — even without smiling — and Paris is filled with such perfect scenes. The most photogenic city in the world. Just point and click. … Continue reading

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Life, the universe and one thing

Print this articleA hammock is a time machine. I purchased mine cheap at the Waba Sabi Thrift Store in Moab, Utah. Some guy named Eddie Bauer had his name stitched into the fabric, but that was all right with me. … Continue reading

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Power to the people?

Print this article  I camped two nights in LaPlata Canyon, early June. Spring runoff was at its peak. The sight and sound of water just 100 feet from where I rested my head had to be exactly what the manufacturers … Continue reading

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If it smells like trouble

Print this articleThere is an executive director for strategic initiatives with the National Federation for the Blind. It may be that his job involves sitting quietly for hours in an office, thinking up initiatives, then deciding if they are strategic … Continue reading

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Any portal in a storm

Print this articleOften it starts with a trailer house on a couple acres and a reasonably rutted driveway running up to the house. Rather than grade, gravel, or pave the driveway, or get involved in the harder stuff, like landscaping … Continue reading

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A timely admission

Print this articleI love the season as it approaches summer, when daylight stretches luxuriously from horizon to horizon, never in a hurry. What I don’t care for is that adjustment we make twice a year, especially in the spring, when … Continue reading

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History foreclosed

Print this articleI have half a mind to say nothing about the closure of 13 Arizona state parks, but then the other half of my mind insists that something be said about boarding up the old Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff. … Continue reading

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Fruit of the boom

Print this articleRecently I took a flight from the Albuquerque Sunport. Rather than use the hotel’s free shuttle, I walked to the airport, a distance of about four city blocks. I toted my own luggage — one carry-on suitcase with … Continue reading

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Life as a PERAsite

Print this articleA retired educator with whom I often take my mid-morning coffee break has been at the retirement business longer than me. Since 1983 he has been living off his investment, which has been generous enough to include the … Continue reading

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Dear Abbie

Print this articleºI should have written this book review when the book first appeared, not waited like I have until readers forgot about it, but 38 years late is probably better than never. Back in the early ’70s when I … Continue reading

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Virtual learning

Print this articleA young mother told me she sat her baby down in front of the web camera, just after the baby had learned to sit, and tried to enroll her in a premier online preschool program. Because her daughter … Continue reading

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Taxing the public’s patience

Print this articleThe next time my birthday comes around, I’m going to claim I turned a year and half younger. When my income taxes are due, I’m planning to duplicate copies of my salary from 2002, explaining that for seven … Continue reading

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Make mine pulp, please

Print this articleOn the B-Lazy Ranch, the paperboy — still wearing his pajamas — boots up his computer and attaches his neighborhood route subscribers with a special command, then he pushes a button and crawls back into bed. Even before … Continue reading

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About face

Print this article“By the time you reach the age of 35, you have the face you deserve.” – Everyone’s grandmother Facebook is an Internet phenomenon but despite its popularity, I’m still reluctant to join. Maybe it’s that old Groucho Marx sentiment, … Continue reading

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Money for nothing

Print this articleWe’d paid our vehicle entrance fee at a local Colorado state park and I prepared to unhook the trailer. It’s only a 13-foot Scamp, so I can lift the trailer by its tongue and push it around by … Continue reading

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Faint glory

Print this article“It’s not so difficult to feel like a fool when you actually behave like one.” — from “Faintly Coherent” (a book I still intend to write) My mother marched the three of us into the doctor’s office and ordered us … Continue reading

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Between a rock

Print this articleI had never seen a cairn the first time I hiked a trail in canyon country almost 30 years ago. In Minnesota where I was raised, if anyone planned to use rocks as markers they’d have painted them … Continue reading

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The fifth season: fire

Print this articleWorried a stranger had been secretly hanging around my house, maybe checking out the tools in my barn, or worse, peeking in my windows, I started double-checking my locks at night and watching surreptitiously after dark from an … Continue reading

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And now for something completely Vonnegut…

Print this articleRoughly two years ago, a man of genius took an awkward fall, which amounted to his last bow, as he left the stage that Shakespeare has compared to this world. On April 11, 2007, this man exited without … Continue reading

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Return of the dodo

Print this articleThe sandhill crane is a very old bird, some 9 million years according to fossils unearthed in Nebraska, but I’m not such a bird brain as to drive to Nebraska in January just to say I’d seen the … Continue reading

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The price is right?

Print this articlePeople are struggling to find a better way to survive these uncertain times. Some have put their faith in the president while others have embraced patience and a sense of history to see us beyond this crisis. I’d … Continue reading

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Taking aim at politics

Print this articleHere’s a bulletin, one that readers may realize is loaded. Militiamen and gun enthusiasts of Montezuma County have been stocking their arsenals, purchasing every available gun in the Four Corners since Barack Obama won the presidential election. Actually, … Continue reading

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Turning down the noise

Print this articleI live on three acres just off the highway. All day the traffic. All day semis, pickup trucks, SUVs, sedans, sports cars, and motorcycles. The noise of living beside a highway, any highway, really. The noise is so … Continue reading

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Bowser’s little browser

Print this articleOne Thanksgiving Day – after the dinner hour – my wife and I prepared for a stroll, intending to wear off a rather generous stuffing of turkey. The neighbor’s dog watched us from the edge of his driveway … Continue reading

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Political thistles

Print this articleI’ve got an acre crammed with thistles. I didn’t do anything to deserve them, and they didn’t do anything to deserve me. When I walk through my field to reach the irrigation gate, I can’t help but think … Continue reading

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The last summer vacation

Print this articleI know how tragic it sounds, the last of anything. But this ending for me has a beginning, one that needs some explaining. It’s actually an end wrapped in a beginning, like a Mobius strip, a loop that … Continue reading

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Hybrid, Byebrid

Print this articleI took a quick glance to the left, then to the right as I pulled into the parking lot, looking for a convenient spot. Heat rippled off the tar on this hot summer afternoon, the air heavy with … Continue reading

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The wizard of trash

Print this articleProof that the camping spot had been used by others was clear, with a crumbled fire ring of charred stones as evidence of the location’s endurance and a collection of antique trash testifying to its relative isolation. I … Continue reading

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Summer reading

Print this articleWe were shopping at a rather upscale thrift store on the way to Glenwood Springs. Our usual strategy to uncover the best thrift-store bargains is for Pam to scout out the housewares, appliances, knick-knacks, the clothing racks (both … Continue reading

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