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WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: Write less, say more

“And the 10 adjectives and five adverbs stuff, I mean, really. Stop. Stop with all the inflated distraction. It really takes away from your writing. Just say what you want to say. Say it simple. Say it straight.” Tears begin to stream down … more

AMEND CORNER: Our government is elected, not seized

Consequently, we once again find ourselves looking for some way to solve the puzzle of why someone takes such deadly measures and stop such rampages before they begin. Allow me to say up front that I’m not going to blame guns for causing such … more

WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: Don’t trade the moment for the photo

I wonder, for instance: when was the last time I looked at my phone from this far away? Not literally, but figuratively — to figure, relatively and honestly, how paramount it’s become in my experience. It started a couple months ago on a … more

WYOMING NOTEBOOK: The other Cody Days

There were Indian singers and dancers, a magician’s act and, of course, birthday cake to celebrate the 172nd birthday of William F. Cody. At the last minute, the scheduled appearance of a Buffalo Bill look-alike was canceled due to … more

AMEND CORNER: Modern funny money

To be really smart, though, if there is something you don’t know, you have to realize you don’t know it, because you can get in a lot of trouble if you don’t realize it. Which brings me to the subject of this essay, something that I’ve … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Oscar Meyer and Gilligan’s Island

That’s how romantic holidays are for us bachelors who haven’t dated for a coon’s age. We love our pets passionately and fantasize about TV vixens. I’m between big screen girlfriends, but Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle is a … more

DESERT NOTEBOOK: Consigned to blister watch

It’s a kaleidoscope of color dominated by the neon yellows, oranges, greens, pinks and purples of the biking faithful, interspersed with their supporting blacks. The runners are no color slouches, either. The walkers? Anything goes. And I … more

AMEND CORNER: Politically correct or just good manners?

Most of the feedback is positive. It is delivered face to face and comes from people who like what I write, agree with what I say, or both. Less often, I receive negative feedback, which usually arrives via email, but occasionally is delivered by … more

WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: Listen closely: You’re not alone

I remember looking up at my reflection sprawling across the span of my childhood bedroom’s mirrored closet doors and discerning how very alone I was; alone but for the book spread open in my hands. I felt jealous of the book’s main character — … more

COLUMN: Lessons learned and memories reflected in pools of blood

My parents bought me a BB gun while I was still in elementary school. From there I moved to a .22 cal with a scope, then shotguns, handguns, rifles and even black powder. I’ve been lucky enough to experience great hunts and days on the range … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: I’ll make you a proposition

I’ll begin by telling a little story about a beautiful woman wearing black shoes, singing on a Sunday afternoon two years ago in Santa Clara, California. A thousand miles away, a young man with a dream paid particular attention to those black … more

WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: Why I marched

This was why I went to the march, joining those 300 others gathering and encircling in the heart of Cody: To be kind to myself. As I stood shivering in the blinding biting cold blue of the Sunday afternoon, I felt a warmth welling up inside me. … more

AMEND CORNER: Watching your language

My thoughts were triggered by our president’s alleged use of a certain four-letter word for human waste that many people consider vulgar or obscene to describe certain undeveloped nations. The word in question is not a newcomer to English. In … more

AMEND CORNER: Intelligence isn’t enough

His supporters, naturally, blame his opponents for nit-picking and writing fake news about him. His opponents, on the other hand, blame the president for the goof-ups. Controversy arose when the author of a recently published book apparently … more

WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: Stay wonder-full out there

All caps, that’s intense. But that’s how Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder, author of “Sophie’s World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy,” put it on page 17 of his book. A book first published in 1991 that became an international … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Only the lonely

My dog and I watched a Steve Martin movie, “The Lonely Guy,” recently. He begins narrating, “Hi, I’m Larry Hubbard and this is how I became a lonely guy. I met this gorgeous ballet dancer named Danielle and she was nuts about me. She asked … more

AMEND CORNER: Happy New Year

It is a good one, although it’s getting a bit stale. I have fallen back on it several times during the last 10 years — a period of time that pretty much equals the lifespan of two lovely young ladies of my acquaintance and also spans the … more

WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: Yes, Virginia, there is a Christmas

“You know something, Virginia?” my mom asks, as we sit together on the leather couch, Sugar Bear snuggled between us, fingers curled around mugs of morning-after-Christmas coffee. “Hmmm?” I ask, balancing my cup between crisscrossed legs, … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: An ACLU Christmas

Ya know, before Bill O’Reilly was found to be a creepy-crawler with a Clinton/Trump-like drive, I was down with his Christian outrage over the secular assault on Christmas. You might say (though you probably wouldn’t because you’d be … more

AMEND CORNER: A tale of two Christmases

I suppose I could have written this column any time after Thanksgiving. In fact, there was a Christmas-centered event here in Powell even before we gave thanks and carved our turkeys. Americans have been complaining for years that the … more
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