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This past weekend was very busy and a lot of fun. It started on Friday evening at the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet. It is their celebration of the business community, and they had a record attendance of over 700 folks. I was so honored to receive the Person of the Ye…

Sometimes life hits you from both sides, and it’s all you can do not to give in to despair. Three events last week, unrelated but discouraging all, threw me for a loop.

During one of my travels in Germany a slab of fossilized fish, identified only as “from Wyoming,” caught my eye. It was displayed in a smallish museum of gems and precious stones, in a hamlet near the town of Regensburg. Friends had taken me to visit Regensburg; on the way to the town, we st…

When the public radio station broadcast a Jackson Hole Symphony Orchestra performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, I settled with a T. C. Boyle novel, thinking to read as I listened. Many years ago, offered admission to the fiction-writing program he teaches, I deemed Boyle my mentor. His …

The highlight for my week was my father turning 85 and the family spending the day in Denver at a Colorado Rockies baseball game. It is amazing how good a hotdog tastes at a ball game. The Rockies surprised us with a 7-1 victory over the Miami Marlins, and it was great to spend some family t…

My family traveled to Chicago last weekend to attend the memorial for my little sister Colleen. She did not want a funeral, but a party where stories would be told, and a toast given. I find as I get older, it takes a wedding or a funeral to get families together. I love seeing everyone but …

What must it have been like 125 years ago, when great flocks of birds darkened the Wyoming skies? Back then Frank Bond reported “countless thousands” of Townsend’s solitaires in the North Platte Canyon alone. The birds we observe today are mere remnants of their former glory.

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The “Possum” or for those of you who didn’t receive a proper education, George Jones, was an icon. As country music began to sound more like pop hits, he and others began pushing the revival of country music. Regardless of if you like steel guitars and Cherokee fiddles or electric guitars an…

We have great partners in Laramie County. We get together once a month to talk about our agencies and discuss what is happening in the community. This week we had Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) President and CEO Tim Thornell, County Commissioner Brian Lovett, Visit Cheyenne/DDA Dire…

What does Wyoming have in common with Tennessee? Both states were highlighted in a New York Times article as harboring politicians bent on censoring reading material. In their article, “Book Ban Efforts Spread Across the U.S.,” published January 30, 2022, Elizabeth Harris and Alexandra Alter…

Mother’s Day was a big success at our house with our son from Utah surprising his mom with a visit. It was great to have both our sons home with their better halves. We did not do much but having a house full was a blast. Being an empty nester is too dang quiet. 

Yellowstone National Park holds soaring peaks, cascading waterfalls, steaming geysers, bubbling mudflats—and it holds theminuscule inhabitants that color the waters of Yellowstone’s hot pools. Though recognizable only under a microscope, the tiny critters embellish diversity in astounding wa…

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If you run for office today as a Democrat, you will be joining a group that fights for more freedom, not less. As the US Supreme Court prepares to take away a 50-year-old constitutional right, Wyoming Democrats are asking you to not just get angry but to volunteer, to run for office, to step up.