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But while skimming recently, a rodeo photo caption caught my hauntingly beautiful, baby-blues. My fascination with names and their effect on futures is well documented. While certainly no rodeo enthusiast, as a tyke in Pennsylvania, my toy requests … more
It all started a few weeks ago with a documentary about five top Hollywood film directors who joined the military in 1942 to produce films supporting the war effort. In addition, Netflix provided several films produced by these men, beginning with … more
“So what?” you might well ask. Well, the simple answer is that back in 1933, Franklin Roosevelt and the Democrats found themselves in control of the government charged by the voters with digging us out of the Great Depression. For the next … more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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