Category Archives: Zach Hively

Sleeping dog’s lie

Print this articleI recently broke the most universally applicable, insightful, and helpful advice I’ve ever heard. It didn’t come from a rabbi or a Hallmark card. It didn’t come from Mr. Rogers or a scout leader or an elderly neighbor. … Continue reading

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Heeeeeeere’s Zach!

Print this articleMy avid readers across the country — one of whom isn’t even related to me — often comment to me on my distinct voice. At first I took this as an insult, the equivalent of saying I have … Continue reading

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Next stop: platinum

Print this articleAs expert recording artists, my bandmate and I recently booked our first-ever studio time. Some people think we are jumping ahead, because we have not even played our first gig yet. (That’s on Nov. 8 in Durango at … Continue reading

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¿Hablas desobediencia civil?

Print this articleThe Spanish language is in my bloodstream. I grew up in New Mexico; Spanish was a part of daily life, from the street signs in my neighborhood to the street signs in other neighborhoods. However, just because it’s … Continue reading

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The root of the problem

Print this articleThere comes a time in all writers’ lives when, after years of studying the craft and traveling the world to gather new experiences, their art and their career culminate in that kismet moment called “I have aspired to … Continue reading

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Typecast

Print this articleIf there’s one thing I’m tired of, it’s people older than me complaining about kids these days. Kids these days don’t know how to have respect. Kids these days are afraid to get their hands dirty. Kids these … Continue reading

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Judgment day

Print this articleGood news! I believe I am now an official local celebrity, because I was asked to judge an elementary school dance-off. The dance-off is the culmination of an annual program in the schools called Take the Lead. The … Continue reading

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Crossing off the list

Print this articleA lot of you have followed my dog Wally’s story on this page for more than two years now. And since last summer you’ve kept tabs on his post-cancer-diagnosis Doggie Bucket List adventures, when all our Someday Things … Continue reading

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Blood donors and don’ts

Print this articleI had one of my most brilliant and most heroic ideas last week immediately after finishing a grueling bike ride. Normally my brilliant and heroic ideas come during grueling bike rides, rather than after. After grueling bike rides, … Continue reading

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Vocal fried

Print this articleIt is a truth universally acknowledged that the surest way to prevent one from singing well is to tell one during one’s youth that one cannot sing, as a means of stopping one from singing “On Top of … Continue reading

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Eat me

Print this articleDon’t ask me how I ended up on the applied kinesiologist’s table, because frankly, I have no good excuse. But there I was, on my back with my arm in the air, and by the time I got … Continue reading

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Blowin’ up

Print this articleMy world performance debut on the harmonica was last month, and I’m still pretty excited about it. I was asked to play with a band at KDUR’s Tom Petty cover night. Of course I said yes, even though … Continue reading

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Divine rite

Print this articleYou might think I’d be happy that my dog finished his course of chemotherapy. For the record, I’m not saying I’m not happy. I’m saying only that Wally’s last day of treatment triggered a wide variety of emotion-like … Continue reading

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The music man

Print this articleI have lately been pondering what it means to be a man. Manliness and manhood incorporate so many ideas of responsibility and strength, compassion and bodily odor, that it’s difficult to bring a single all-encompassing idea into focus. … Continue reading

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Eat. Pray. Shove it, Nate.

Print this articleFriday, 3:20 PM: My airplane plummets while a whole chorus of Emergency Alert tones saws its way through the cabin. Not a reassuring sound when your aircraft is currently making landfall—or rather, swampfall—in New Orleans. Fortunately, the alerts … Continue reading

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Derby is my jam

Print this articleLast month, I attended a Durango Roller Girls roller derby. My friend – let’s call him “Tim” because that is his name – and I had very different experiences. For my own part, I have to say that … Continue reading

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The best a man can get

Print this articleI’m almost afraid to admit this, living in such an outdoorsy region as we do. But here goes: I have never shaved in the woods. Well, okay; that’s not entirely true. I shaved in the woods once, in … Continue reading

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Double dog diss

Print this articleThe latest thing I’ve always wanted to do with my dog is take a road trip and go to a concert together. In case you want to cry again, here’s the recap: I wrote recently about my dog … Continue reading

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Guest accommodations

Print this articleI love people. Wonderful people do wonderful things all the time in this wonderful world of ours. Take Louis Pasteur. The work of that brilliant man means I can consume foods without dying from dysentery. In a world … Continue reading

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Balking the walk

Print this articleAs a people, we’ve recently gone through one of the darkest periods in American history. Our national nightmare began on an otherwise perfectly typical evening in early November 2016, when the impossible happened. Ever since, the darkness has … Continue reading

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