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WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: The scene is Wyoming; the storyline is your own

The sky spins a swirling chiffon of rodeo pink cotton candy as we pass the barn. Carter, Cedar, Rattlesnake and Heart rise: Colossal, purple teeth looming, hankering for a bite of the sky’s burgeoning sweetness. Cedar — or, as some of us locals … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: A bachelor’s guide to healthy eating

In fact, Sunday evening I was hungrier than a lumberjack high on hemp, with little in the fridge besides a leftover, unidentified meat portion resembling a used Brillo Pad. I drove like a hungry bat out of hell to Bubba’s Bar-B-Que restaurant, … more

AMEND CORNER: The trouble with tweeting

These days, though, I’m afraid my verbose tendencies mean that I’m approaching dinosaurhood. Today’s with-it people are text messaging or using an online thing called “Twitter” to send “tweets.” Both of which actually demand short … more

WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: ‘Bear Bait’ in Wyoming’s wilderness

The three of us: Peter, my Pudelpointer; Jonelle, my best friend; and me, set out into the Thorofare to begin the first leg and initial 70 miles of a three-leg, 24-day, 200-mile trip across some of the wildest, steepest wilderness in Wyoming. Our … more

AMEND CORNER: More about reading

That column may have encouraged some of you to drop what you were doing, turn off the football game on television, grab a nearby book and start reading. If, on the other hand, you shook your head at my attempt to promote reading and went on about … more

IN THE MIDDLE: Thanksgiving, the day before Black Friday

These days, you don’t even have to wait until Black Friday to make a beeline for the stores. In their attempts to out-maneuver other retailers, some stores open up on Thanksgiving afternoon — something that was unheard of a few years … more

AMEND CORNER: Counting my blessings

I’m a Christian, so giving thanks to God is something I should do every day, and I think most Americans believe they owe thanks to some sort of god. But even non-believers can benefit from being thankful for the people and circumstances that have … more

OUTDOOR REPORT: On the brakes

Although, I do like to save money. So I’ve occasionally made attempts at home and auto repair. I’ve failed at most. But I keep trying in an effort to save. I once broke the grill on my wife’s ’96 Dodge trying to change a battery. She … more

AMEND CORNER: Lying about history

The fliers were the work of an anonymous person or persons, and appeared during Holocaust Remembrance Week. A campus organization of Jewish students holds the event every year on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night in 1938 when Jewish homes, … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: A bit of perspective

• So far I’ve only had a couple people twist my devil’s-advocate suggestion of civilian assault rifles possibly not being prudent into a liberal rant for gun control. Of course, the ol’ “slippery slope” and Hitler’s rise to power via … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Gunning for common sense

Then last month, a truly evil loser opened fire — this time with monster guns modified to act like automatic rifles, killing 58 and wounding 500 — on that same Las Vegas strip we so giddily patrolled. Now, one of my nephews owns and absolutely … more

AMEND CORNER: I should have learned Swahili

When I talk or write anything, it always has to be English, and that’s too bad. I did take Latin for two years in high school, and I find that quite helpful when doing the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle. Other than that, opportunities to … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Only the healthy die young

With no scientific means of determining how long I’ll live, I’ve come up with my own, theoretical projections, based on “the latest research proves ...” principle. It’s amusing how what was killing us yesterday is saving us today — eggs, … more

AMEND CORNER: My fall reading list

OK, I apologize for using that cheesy metaphor — poetic writing isn’t exactly my style — but don’t give up on me yet. I may still be able to enlighten and/or entertain you before I’m done. That figure of speech, cheesy as it may be, … more

OUTDOOR REPORT: A long walk in the sagebrush sea

“I’m here. Are you close?” asked Destin Harrell, a BLM biologist in the Cody field office. I wasn’t. Until that moment I was snug in my bed. “I’ll be there soon,” I said. In a panic, I must have looked and sounded like a mad … more

AMEND CORNER: Respect, offense and protest

The collision between the protests of the players and the super-patriotism of football fans was rather nasty, especially after our president decided to use the occasion to draw our attention away from his own shortcomings. The fuss covered up for … more

AMEND CORNER: The two sides of the weather

So, maybe the arrival of the autumnal equinox isn’t the reason for our fall-like weather, but if that’s the case, why have we had those cool rainy days? I think the answer lies with old Mother Nature, who just schedules her weather events … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Anatomy of a self-diagnosis

Of course, the riddle answer is obvious: The wife slaps your face before calling the cops; the dog licks your face after leaping into your arms. So all things being equal (whatever that means), if Christians love God anything like we claim, … more

SOUTH OF MONTANA, EAST OF IDAHO: McCafferty enjoying life as a novelist

“I like to tell people that before there was Bear Grylls, there was me,” McCafferty said, laughing. “I was the guy they would drop off on the top of a mountain, how to survive in the winter.” This particular assignment found McCafferty on … more

WYOMING NOTEBOOK: Lost football tickets find their way back to Sen. Enzi

In one of those “only in Wyoming” stories, Sen. Mike Enzi and his wife Diana had their tickets to the Wyoming-Oregon game back before they even knew they were missing. That’s the kind of recognition that comes with serving 20 years in the U.S. … more
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