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MY LOUSY WORLD: Call me if you dare

I ask those who have not yet learned how to text … WHY? Do you know how often we grit our teeth and roll our eyes when you call during a good TV show? Throw in hard-of-hearing and teeth-gritting joined by under-breath cursing. I speak for all TV … more

OUTDOOR REPORT: Confessions of a white-knuckled flatlander

Heavy snow and high winds forced us off the road near Burns. We took a 30-minute break, checked the radar and then decided to continue. The snow and rain followed us to Cheyenne where we considered looking for a hotel. Our first view of mountains to … more

AMEND CORNER: Music remains in my heart and mind

It isn’t always like that. I can sing alright sometimes, but never for long, because my voice comes and goes with little or no warning. On Easter Sunday, I made it through two verses, then was done for the day. This situation is rather … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: The white man’s great shame

But my penny-pinching, yet astutely observant friend Scotty Pulse recently raised a silent inequality seldom addressed in regards to racial divide. As Scotty so clumsily points out, there’s another word that’s offensive in that it’s rarely … more

AMEND CORNER: Of walls and bigots

I read recently that our president, determined to waste money on a useless great wall along the border with Mexico, has asked for proposals from possible builders. Apparently, hundreds of companies have actually submitted proposals. Not all of … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: As far as I’m concerned

If you’ll indulge me (and I won’t take no for an answer), I’ll unload in no particular order. Should you disagree, it’s important you keep it to yourself. • I find the months between March and May a bad time frame for spring cleaning. … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Singing goodbye to an untrue love

She’s the beautiful, flamboyant girl who only uses you for your money while carrying on affairs with countless others. But just try and break up with her. It might take years, but eventually you’ll desperately miss her seductive charms and go … more

LIFE LESSONS FROM THE OUTDOORS: 18 years of prep work to harvest bull of a lifetime

At age 11, when my parents found out the Wyoming Game and Fish Department had changed the legal age to hunt big game from 14 to 12, they asked me if I wanted to hunt. I told them yes, I wanted to hunt elk. When I was little, my dad, grandpa and a … more

AMEND CORNER: Who knew health care could be so complicated

They did take office, but a funny thing happened: Things didn’t work out the way they had planned. Last week, they couldn’t even keep their biggest promise, to repeal the Affordable Care Act. A vote on a replacement didn’t happen, and the … more

AMEND CORNER: When sorrows come …

It started with the death of a former student who had grown up to be an exemplary adult. He had become a successful businessman and an exemplary contributor to his community. He was a volunteer EMT and was Greybull’s fire chief for two decades. In … more

STANDS FOR SOMETHING: What really ‘Mathers’ in a journalist

If you’ve read more than a few sentences of Gib Mathers’ work, you know what I’m talking about. In a profession where writing can be formulaic and bland, Gib injected life, detail and color (and, if he could, puns). On assignments that your … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Hair today, gone tomorrow

Hair has always held an inflated importance for me. When The Cowsills lyrically extolled the superiority of long hair in ’69, I shrieked, “You ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie, sister!” As chronicled in my hair history, I bought into that myth … more

AMEND CORNER: Escaping politics for a look at real life

Except for the ‘60s and ‘70s, when the Civil Rights and Vietnam marchers were in the streets, I don’t remember a time when there was so much political turmoil here in the land of the free. I’m not sure even the ‘60s were as tumultuous as … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: A good brother remembered

Actually, he’ll be home from his Walk to Emmaus by the time you read this. The men’s walk is a yearly, three-day spiritual retreat that most later report to have been a life-changing, unequaled awakening. I’m an Emmaus veteran, taking my walk … more

SUCH IS LIFE: Becoming a Baker

Throughout my school years, I routinely had to tell teachers and classmates how to spell and pronounce “Schweigert.” Of course, telemarketers often butcher the name, though they come up with some memorable attempts at pronouncing it. Over the … more

AMEND CORNER: Truth, justice and the American Way

That’s not a bad thing to work for, although it’s a little chauvinistic. At the risk of raising the ire of the super-patriots among us, I would hope that a real superman would have a more global attitude instead of confining use of his … more

AMEND CORNER: Looking across the political divide

I’m pretty sure that anyone who has read or heard about this column is aware of my liberal political inclinations. In all honesty, though, while I’m certainly not a conservative, I don’t consider myself a liberal, either. Narrow-minded … more

COLUMN: Wyoming’s next boom will be its last

Oil, gas and coal are commodities with abruptly swinging prices. This is because of events that are beyond our control. In fact, the higher that oil, gas and coal prices go, the faster that they can be replaced by solar and wind electricity. This … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Stuff I don’t know and can’t prove

But many other things — like who will win the Super Bowl Sunday — we have no way of knowing for sure. I’m betting on the underdog Falcons purely on flawless instincts born of decades of gambling. But many things remain unknown, at least in the … more

AMEND CORNER: Weeding the library reveals good reading

She didn’t fool me, though. I knew the librarian side of her personality had already looked through the library, because she had cataloged all of them. Every book, including the discarded textbooks I have saved, Bible study books dating back to … more
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