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MY LOUSY WORLD: How I spent my Labor Day vacation

Labor Day — at least the years it falls in September — signifies the official end of summer, and I think I speak for all roofers when I say: “Not a heat stroke too soon.” And what better, more traditional way to celebrate Labor Day than to … more

IN THE MIDDLE: From England to Wyoming: Long-lost siblings find each other after decades

Carole Wilson is a sister to my husband, Gary — who, until this spring, believed he had only three brothers for siblings.  Carole’s story begins in England — but it came to us first through Norway, then Florida, Tennessee and Wyoming, … more

AMEND CORNER: Tempest over national anthem protest tests America

It seems someone noticed that San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick did not stand as the national anthem was played prior to his team’s first two pre-season games. When he was asked why, Kaepernick said it was in protest, and he planned to … more

AMEND CORNER: Hitting the road again after an absence

The first sign appeared a few days ago, when I rolled out of bed and pulled on my usual short sweat pants and T-shirt, only to find it necessary to grab my thick, fuzzy winter bathrobe in order to stop shivering. This being Wyoming, though, I took … more

AROUND THE NABERHOOD: This year’s freshmen were born in 2002, try looking at it from their perspective

Anyway, as each school year begins it’s a good idea for teachers to take a step back and think about what the world is like from their students’ perspective — and it can be pretty bizarre. My youngest brother is 16, and in a recent … more

AROUND THE NABERHOOD: Everyone lies, but some are more accomplished liars

On Monday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Trump supporters that the U.S. did not face “any successful radical Islamic terrorist attacks” before President Obama took office in 2008. We were all told to “never forget,” and it … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Some observations about sports and women

I merely wish to submit for Dan’s approval, a few heartfelt observances, yet I don’t wish to alienate one of my key demographics: women ages 49-90, who traditionally aren’t rabid sports fans. With those fair maidens in mind, I’ll be … more

AROUND THE NABERHOOD: Voter apathy and deciding what’s for dinner

We’ve all heard it, every civics class in school urges students to appreciate their freedom to vote and even goofy celebrity slogans like 2004’s “Vote or Die” campaign pop up every four years. If you ask the average Joe on the street when … more

AMEND CORNER: Where in the world is Empire, Wyoming?

That doesn’t surprise me, even though I’ve spent a lot of time with history over the years, thanks to “Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia,” a book my parents gave me when I was about 9. I didn’t ask for it, so I’m not sure why I received … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: When spellcheck comes out ‘smelly cat’

My phone contacts are in alphabetical order, Al Simpson is the first entry, with niece Amber second. At least three times Al has left me amusing voicemails like, “Blough, if you don’t quit butt-dialing me, I’ll have you killed.” Amber also … more

AROUND THE NABERHOOD: I refuse to vote for Hillary or Trump

Without getting into the details, here’s what I think of both candidates. I think Donald Trump is a liar, a bully, uninformed, inexperienced in politics and a pretty bad businessman as well. Could you imagine Trump in a situation like the … more

AMEND CORNER: Not all Muslims are terrorists

I found myself in agreement with national columnist George Will, who quit the Republican Party because of the probable nomination of Donald Trump for the presidency. I read Mr. Will’s column regularly, and normally disagree with him. So at … more

AROUND THE NABERHOOD: The obvious and not-so-obvious

Watching what’s happening and then asking people who know the most about it is pretty much how news works. (Celebrity and talking-head commentary is never part of the process.) It requires spending a lot of time observing, thinking and asking … more

AROUND THE NABERHOOD: Rodeo 101: Don’t be scared to give it a try

Before I begin, I should warn aspiring competitors that it’s not just a matter of jumping in the chutes and holding on tight. You don’t need to have grown up on a farm or ranch, but it helps to have some familiarity with horses and … more

AMEND CORNER: Taking the long road

But I’m still here, and, to quote former University of Wyoming head coach Paul Roach, “At my age, I’m happy to be anywhere,” which is more than I heard him say during the UW P.E class for which he was listed as the instructor I took back in … more
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