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Looking back on 18 years of journalism

Eighteen years ago today (Thursday), I made my first foray into the world of journalism. On July 12, 2000, I reported for my first day of work at the Daily American Republic in my hometown of … more

Resist urge to fight fire with fire

The goofiness that infects our political life here in the Home of the Brave just won’t go away. The most recent evidence of that goofiness began when the owner of a restaurant in Virginia, … more

Getting a taste of Yellowstone

I’ve lived in Wyoming for two months, and I haven’t seen a bear — yet. But I have seen some other animals. I’ve always been fascinated by the animal kingdom. When I was … more

Masquerading as a literary critic

A few weeks ago, I received a Father’s Day gift from my daughter: two books she thought would interest me. One was a sort of memoir written by Arthur Garfunkel; the other, a much longer book, … more

Disorder in the courts

So I’m driving the mile home from a local pub after a mere pittance of beer when at the end of 29th Street, I theoretically stopped before turning for my final hundred yards. Pulling into my … more

Politicians should play more basketball

Jimmy Kimmel and Ted Cruz just might be on to something. The liberal ABC late-night talk-show host and the conservative U.S. Senator from Texas have decided to settle their differences this … more

Negotiating with our enemy, putting tariffs on our friends

Recent actions by our president have convinced me that he doesn’t know what he’s doing. I realize that about 70 percent of Wyoming voters will say I’m wrong about that, and maybe … more

The final cast

My father’s fishing equipment isn’t fancy. Much of it has never been used. There’s still plastic shrink-wrap covering the corked grips on combination rod and reel specials purchased … more

If you drop the ball, drop the one that bounces back

Sitting in the park, my friend tells me someone I love is suffering. The whole world stops. I can’t see. I can’t breathe. I can’t hear a word coming from her moving mouth. But … more

NEW KID IN TOWN: Traveling in God’s country

I love a good road trip, enough to drive hundreds of miles on occasion. With a three-day weekend and much of Wyoming yet to be explored, western Wyoming and its many sights — not to mention a few other new-to-me places — started calling to me … more

AMEND CORNER: Remember to be humble

This is because Congress decided to fix the observance of Memorial Day on the last Monday in May back in 1968 — a century after General John Logan announced that May 30 should be set aside to honor those killed in the Civil War. Logan actually … more

AMEND CORNER: Celebrating an achievement

I’m not saying anything bad about her family. Quite the contrary: I like my in-laws. In fact, I’ve always said that, thanks to my choice in spouses, one of the many fringe benefits I receive is being attached to a crackerjack bunch of in-laws. … more

OUTDOOR REPORT: Wyoming resident, but not Wyoming tough

I celebrated by buying my first resident fishing license, saving about $80 off the price of a nonresident license. Soon I’ll be applying for hunting licenses. It takes 365 days to become a Wyoming resident. I understand the reasons. I can’t … more

NEW KID IN TOWN: Roseanne rides again and that makes me happy

Maybe that’s why I enjoy seeing Roseanne back on TV on Tuesday nights. When Roseanne was originally on ABC from 1988 to 1997, it was one of the most popular shows on TV, ranking in the top five shows its first six seasons on the air and … more

WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: The family I found along the Way

You share in a whole new set of challenges, triumphs and failures together, as well — experiences that expedite and intensify the tightness of your relationships exponentially. In a month’s time, you find you’ve created more unforgettable … more

NEW KID IN TOWN: Bring civility back to politics

Needless to say, it was very thought-provoking — and in this age of venomous political partisanship, very true. American politics has become very caustic over the last few years on both ends of the spectrum. The latest battle in the Cold … more

AMEND CORNER: Of men and monkeys

Unfortunately, I don’t remember the source from which I obtained this bit of knowledge, but I had heard it before, so it didn’t really surprise me. But I did a bit of research, and upon further inquiry, I found that the more precise percentage … more

NEW KID IN TOWN: Move to Wyoming a mission accomplished

People you meet, they all seem to know you. Even your old friends treat you like you’re something new. Johnny come lately, the new kid in town. Everybody loves you, so don’t let them down.” — “New Kid In Town” by the … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Murder put to music

Quoting Loudon Wainright from 1972, “Crossin’ the highway late last night; he shoulda looked left and he shoulda looked right. He didn’t see the station wagon car; the skunk got squashed and there you are. You got yer dead skunk in the middle … more

AMEND CORNER: Time to get over it

Most recently, it has come back in the form of disputes over a bunch of monuments honoring people who fought for the Confederacy. Apparently there are around 1,500 such memorials across the South — so many that, if a guy didn’t know better, he … more
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