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Did I say that the only thing we require to be good philosophers is the faculty of wonder? If I did not, I say it now: THE ONLY THING WE REQUIRE TO BE GOOD PHILOSOPHERS IS THE FACULTY OF WONDER.”

MY LOUSY WORLD: Only the lonely

Have you ever spread rose petals from your front door to your own bed — then return later to follow them upstairs? Have you gone bowling with family couples on New Year’s Eve (as I did this year)? If so, you needn’t suffer alone; you’re most likely a lonely guy needing a support group.

AMEND CORNER: Happy New Year

Sorry, this is a little late. In fact, it’s really late. It was supposed to be my last column of 2017 and here it is more than a week after 2018 sneaked in on me while I wasn’t paying attention.

I do, of course, have an explanation, which I offer here in case anybody is interested.

Snow drifts and floats in airy cakes, a sunny wind picking it up from where it rests on rooftops and flowerpots.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Chriiiiistmas…” or is it?  Try singing, “It’s beginning to look a lot like a non-specific, seasonal celebration, everywhere you go …” and see how odd it sounds.

AMEND CORNER: A tale of two Christmases

Unless I’ve misread the calendar, it’s time to write a Christmas column.

My mother and I crunch in swift, evening walk strides down the gravely dirt road to which the swollen asphalt of Sunset Rim gives way. We set out later than we meant to. Timing is everything, and our lateness gives us this particular view of a sun setting, just now, just here, just for us.

Many errantly believe that a life-long bachelor lives on fast-food burritos, pizza deliveries and lard scooped by hand right out of the can. Well, I can only speak for myself and not other league bowlers, but I’m not one to completely eschew dietary health concerns. I do a little quality cooking at home, and don’t always order the chicken-fried steak at local eateries.

AMEND CORNER: The trouble with tweeting

I am, admittedly, a congenitally loquacious person. To put it more simply, when I came into the world back in 1944, I came equipped with a big mouth. Moreover, I inherited little control over my mouth, and six years later, I inaugurated the first day of the 1950-51 school year by talking when I shouldn’t — earning a scolding from the teacher before she let me join the crowd at recess.

We headed up South Fork early on a Thursday morning, Aug. 24, 2017.

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