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AMEND CORNER: Unending warfare

The philosopher George Santayana once began an essay on war with these words: “To fight is instinct; if men have nothing else to fight over they will fight over words, fancies, or women, or they will fight because they dislike each other’s looks, or because they have met walking in opposite directions.”

“If I were you, I’d just drop the big words altogether.”

I sink lower in my chair, cheeks blossoming crimson.

Once again, this nation finds itself confronted with the tragedy of lives ended too early by an invader who chose their school as a place to vent his rage at the world.

Sometimes, when I step outside them for a second, I become afraid of the very things I’ve most come to take for granted; the most familiar morphs into the most alarming.

WYOMING NOTEBOOK: The other Cody Days

The banners were hung, toasting the world famous Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, the Show of Shows. Photographs and poster boards of clippings recalled the feats of the frontier scout, bison hunter and larger than life showman.

AMEND CORNER: Modern funny money

I’m not a genius.

I do have a pretty good memory, and I’m rather curious about the world around me, so there’s a lot of stuff stored in my brain, but just knowing a lot of stuff doesn’t mean one is a genius. You have to understand how all that stuff fits together, and you have to know when and how to employ the things you know.

Valentine’s Day has passed, but the romantic dinner my dog Ginger and I shared is fresh in my memory. Nothing says “I love you” like Top Ramen. She gazed into my eyes like she’d died and gone to heaven.

DESERT NOTEBOOK: Consigned to blister watch

Our full length, first floor glass door looks out on the waves of walkers, runners and bikers.

From time to time, I receive feedback about this thing I do for the Tribune.

Lying on my belly across the sea of my velvet green comforter, I suddenly felt very, very lonely.

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