Cwaaazzzyy Great

February 27, 2024

Sally and I have enjoyed watching American Idol for years. The talent seems to get better each year with never heard of artists from little towns trying to make an impression on the judges. A few years ago, Luke Bryan was nearly speechless after watching a fellow named Alejandro masterfully play the guitar. This week, […]

Carly Cat

February 27, 2024

A not so young cowboy learned of the passing of three former teammates last year. My, oh my, could they play! Their exit from this life prompted a thought. What would I, if my number was called, like to leave our daughter. Not having a million dollars or a condo in Vail, perhaps something simpler […]


February 27, 2024

Today, as usual, I trekked to the gym for a strength workout. I normally shoot a few free throws to break up the routine and this time I dribbled out to where I imagined Caitlin Clark’s recent record breaking shot was taken. If you didn’t know, it was another shot of hers from the logo […]

Never enough

February 13, 2024

  We could say it a million times Sing till our lungs might burst Shout from the mountain tops Write until our fingers bleed But it wouldn’t be enough We could tell everyone we meet Write letters to the editor Hold signs all day on the street Carve it in every tree in the forest […]

The Right Stuff

February 13, 2024

A woman and her husband decided to bake a cake. The man chose to taste each individual ingredient…baking powder—-disgusting, raw eggs—-ugh, vanilla extract—-yuck. But once they were mixed together and baked, the results were a flavorful chocolate cake. The author said that sometimes, like the distasteful cake ingredients, it takes messy trials and tribulations to […]


February 11, 2024

  “Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.” Voltaire


February 11, 2024

  “The numbers that govern the operation of our universe are calibrated with mind-boggling precision so that life can exist. The very physics of the universe are so precisely tuned that they defy the explanation that the universe is merely the result of chance.” Lee Strobel ”The universe is the handiwork of a master designer.” […]

Cool and calm

February 10, 2024

A word came to me this morning on the way home from the grocery store. Imperturbable….always staying calm and controlled even in difficult situations that would cause others to come undone. In tennis, it’s Bjorn Borg as John McEnroe blew a fuse. The basketball genius John Wooden was imperturbable while rival Bobby Knight was a […]


February 8, 2024

A good friend related an amusing story recently. He was scheduled to have a colonoscopy and had just completed the prep that called for taking 4 Dulcolax pills. When his wife returned from shopping, she asked how the prep had gone as it’s often a bit testy. The fella mentioned that the pills were a […]

Calico Joe

February 6, 2024

Well, this is the first morsel a very young cowboy has posted that has not had an accompanying picture. I didn’t feel it would be fair to the parties involved. After driving my wife to the hospital this morning for a bit of surgery all seemed to be going perfectly. The procedure was slated for […]

Sage advice

February 5, 2024

‘Let us read and let us dance – two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.’ Voltaire just click on arrow and scroll to view btw…the book An Invisible Thread is terrific

One flew over the cuckoo’s nest

February 5, 2024

Ok…so breakdancing is now an Olympic Sport in 2024. I guess it follows that square dancing is next and, who knows, maybe solitaire in 2032. Love to hear the committee explain flag football and breakdancing taking precedence over softball/baseball.


February 5, 2024

Many years ago, a much younger cowboy had a job in sales. At team meetings in Chicago, I was given the nickname of The Strobe. There was a constant stream of marketing ideas flowing to and from me that I wish would have resulted in more sales. Fast forward 25 years and I now rise […]


February 2, 2024

On numerous trips to my ‘home water’, I have developed a good luck ritual that some might think is a bit odd.  Home water means the river you consistently frequent in hopes of fooling wily rainbow and brown trout which, for me, rarely happens. This habit originated in 2022 when I saw a huge elk […]

A bit of good fortune

January 31, 2024

We live in a small cul de sac with five families. In 1984, on a questionable tip from a friend, we purchased a chest of drawers from a mega furniture retailer here in Denver. Well, forty years later, it was time to part ways with this invaluable family treasure. In my eighth decade of life, […]


January 30, 2024

Quite a statistic from J. Warner Wallace’s book Person of Interest. This book has been translated into 704 languages representing 5.7 billion people. *** A movie made about the Main character of this book has been translated into over 1,800 languages and viewed by over 8.1 billion people.

Dream catcher

January 29, 2024

Our daughter Carly displayed an artistic talent at a very early age. This dream catcher is her most recent creation.


January 25, 2024

It’s safe to say He’s one heckuva Creator.


January 24, 2024

A terrific song when you’re feeling thankful. Just click on arrow and scroll to see/hear.    

A morsel about reincarnation

January 16, 2024

I’ve never given much thought to the idea of reincarnation. That is, until the last two weeks. There’s a fella at the gym who is making me consider the possibility. He does a set of leg curls…stands up, shakes his body, and is immediately transformed into a combination of a dancing Michael Jackson and martial […]

The Son

January 16, 2024

“The reason The Father loves me is that I lay down my life…only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father.” […]

Guns galore

January 15, 2024

To say that tennis, like all other sports, has changed drastically via better training methods and nutrition is a no brainer. This morning, Ben Shelton hit a second serve ace at over 130 mph that left his opponent dumbfounded. Oldsters like me remember the stars of the past like Rosewall, McEnroe, and Evonne Goolagong. They […]

The One and Only

January 15, 2024

  How beautiful the hands that served The wine and the bread and the sons of the earth How beautiful the feet that walked The long dusty roads and the hill to the cross  How beautiful, how beautiful, how beautiful Is the body of Christ  How beautiful the heart that bled That took all my […]

The importance of sound sleep

January 14, 2024

“The long and the short of it is that poor sleep can take a wrecking ball to both your long term health and your ability to function day to day”. Dr. Peter Attia from the terrific book Outlive…The Science and Art of Longevity   ***. A cowboy wishes he’d read this book before a sleep […]

Kindred spirits

January 12, 2024

The woman looked bewildered as it was apparent that she’d forgotten where she had  parked her car. I mentioned to her that elders in Florida put a tennis ball or bright ribbon on their antenna and she reminded me that cars don’t have antennae and haven’t for years. As I was leaving the lot, I […]


January 11, 2024

Who hasn’t, at one time or another, felt as if their backs against the wall…that they are stuck in rut with seemingly nowhere to turn? Paulo Coelho writes…”Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything…maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in […]

One creative volley

January 11, 2024

A player in my tennis drill this week had a very distinctive forehand volley….the kind of shot that keeps tennis pros in business. The racquet took on a new persona that caught everyone’s attention…especially mine. Thankfully, the player took my comment with a sense of humor knowing that eventually a fix was in order. ”Miriam, […]

A silent prayer

January 9, 2024

Here’s a New Year’s wish for a former US OPEN singles champion. I close my eyes and see one of the best smiles on planet Earth after she claimed her OPEN title over good friend Madison Keys. May that smile return once again in Melbourne because watching Sloane Stephens play in Brisbane was a tough […]


January 9, 2024

Some music is meant to wash over us while listening with eyes closed. Just click on arrow and scroll to listen.  


January 6, 2024

The other night we had a very nice dinner at a nearby Italian restaurant. The next day, whilst driving to play (teaching tennis has never been work) I saw a magpie feasting on an unfortunate squirrel. The sight made me feel very lucky for surely this very young cowboy could have just as easily been […]


December 19, 2023

It’s pretty astounding what people can come up with when they ponder the possibilities. I’m guessing this idea of 3 D mugs on Shark Tank would be huge.

Hit and Giggle Golf

December 12, 2023

So, The PGA tour lost Jon Rahm to LIV golf recently. Does anyone really care that he jumped ship to play ‘hit and giggle’ golf that is of no consequence with only his caddie and wife caring about his results? I guess nearly a half a billion dollars is tough to pass up. Just know […]

Pia vindicated

December 12, 2023

In 1898, Secondo Pia was given the opportunity to photograph The Shroud of Turin with his rudimentary camera. The images he subsequently developed in his darkroom at home astounded many but angered thousands more who derided him with accusations that he doctored the photographs. Pia wrote that he trembled when the plate of the negative […]

The Heart of a Champion

December 8, 2023

Javohn Garbutt is one amazing youngster. He’s recovering again following another brain surgery to remove a tumor. When I read his bio, I tried to comprehend the resilience of this fighter…this spirit filled kid who, after a previous surgery, persevered through 29 weeks of chemo treatment. Please say a prayer for Javohn and his family […]

Out of this world

December 7, 2023

Simply, one for the ages. Might make ya say…’I don’t believe what I just saw!’  


December 6, 2023

Bill Sumiel was in much more than a spot of bother. The 71 year old was on dialysis with severe kidney disease. He needed an Uber ride to get to the hospital for treatment and was picked up by Army veteran Tim Letts. Mr. Sumiel shared his story and the two became instant friends. Letts […]

A Diamond in the Rough

November 19, 2023

How amazing that some people fly under the radar when they are sooooo gifted. Just click on arrow and scroll to see/hear.  

Finding Hope

October 16, 2023

Kelly’s English teacher asked her to stay after class to talk about a writing project. ”You have a gift, Kelly…your writing is that of an old soul and I’ve been touched by everything you have written. Your insights on life are profound and you are a true wordsmith. Have you ever considered writing a book […]

Sales 101

October 10, 2023

“Hi, this is Dave from Home Repair and Remodeling.” ”Dave, I’m at the gym working out.” ”Ok, I’ll be brief.” ”More than you know….goodbye.” ***. Here’s hoping Dave’s company invests in some sales training.

Minor league

October 9, 2023

Remember the days when The Broncos had a big time home field advantage? Those days vanished as the carousel of coaches kept spinning round and round. The current coach lambasted last year’s leader and then got embarrassed as the same fella returned to Denver yesterday to score a decisive victory. The entire league is well […]


October 6, 2023

  Dorothy Hoffner is not your average senior citizen. Recently, the Chicago resident set a record for skydiving that surely will not be broken. She parachuted from 13,500 feet and landed to cheers from amazed onlookers. Dorothy is 104 years young.


October 3, 2023

“No one can possess an afternoon of rain beating against the window, or the serenity of a sleeping child, or the magical moment when the waves break on the rocks. It is through such moments that God reveals himself to mankind.” Paulo Coelho

Got it

September 30, 2023

Some people just have the it factor. Discover a talent you’ve undoubtedly never heard of who’s got it. ** Just click on arrow and scroll to hear.  

Soul music

September 29, 2023

In this ever accelerating world that often leaves us not knowing if we’re coming or going, it’s nice to have a favorite recliner, some earphones, and music that speaks to the soul. Just click on arrow and scroll to hear.

Who else

September 25, 2023

Think hard now…who else could inspire this music? I’m thinking we agree on WHO. Just click on arrow and scroll.  

Cool and calm

September 25, 2023

In reading a new nook about Abraham Lincoln, a very young cowboy discovered a new word I’d never heard before. Sangfroid is one’s ability to stay cool and calm as pressures mount around you. I was hoping the author would segue to a similar word that could help with developing my sangfroid as Season’s 52 […]


September 24, 2023

Sally and Peggy were thrilled with their hot air balloon flight in Africa. They report that each day is better than the last and that it is truly the trip of a lifetime. You go, ladies!


September 16, 2023

A very young lady shared that she was in a spot of bother…that little annoyances were more upsetting than usual. It was, like most of us, a morning where low frustration tolerance rears its ugly head. A much older man…some have called a fossil, suggested a brief time out for music that heals and restores. […]


September 11, 2023

On this anniversary of 9/11, we remember the victims, their families and friends, and the gallant and selfless efforts of so many first responders. It makes me think of a term heard from golf telecasts from across the pond. When a golfer has a challenging shot from behind the trees, the announcer often says she […]

One amazing fishing story

September 10, 2023

A whopper of a fishing story with odds to astronomical to calculate. Just click on arrow and scroll to view.  

Worth a try

August 31, 2023

I’m thinking it’s about time for the fitness club I frequent to take action. Why can’t they place the sign displayed here on exercise machines to deter cell phone addicts and others who camp on machines for twenty plus minutes? I have to think that one member being towed away might make an impression on […]


August 29, 2023

If you’ve watched The Loyola Ramblers men’s basketball team play in The March Madness tournament, you have seen the love they have for their biggest fan…Sister Jean. I picked up her book today at the library and her enthusiasm comes shining through on each page. Sister Jean is now 104 years and still works five […]


August 25, 2023

A not so young cowboy usually chases wild trout on Thursdays and yesterday was no exception. I arrived at 6:30 a.m. thankful that I missed colliding with a deer that put on a quick burst of speed before he received a facial from my windshield. After a successful morning, I traveled a couple of miles […]

The end of a special era

August 7, 2023

Racquet World at Inverness opened in 1984 and was, arguably, the premier tennis club in Colorado. A much older cowboy took a drive by the club today upon hearing the news that it would be closing at the end of August. Kudos to Mr. Bob Gaiser who was the designer, owner, and driving force that […]


August 5, 2023

It’s a guarantee that we won’t always see eye to eye but it shouldn’t stop us from trying.

Other worldly

August 5, 2023

The Maestro at play…Not sure what planet he’s from. Just click on arrow and scroll.  

No worries

August 4, 2023

John was feeling a bit low after failing to break 100 again with his friends. They tried to console him but it took granddaughter Autumn’s hug to put things in perspective


August 4, 2023

The phrase must see TV  has been overused over the years…but it applies here as one of the greatest speeches ever is delivered by Jim Valvano. Just click on arrow and scroll to watch.  

Cwaaaazzzzyy good

July 31, 2023

Synchronization is a wonderful thing. Just click on arrow and scroll to view.  

He Is

July 28, 2023

He is…one above all for the ages! Just click on arrow and scroll to see/hear.


July 25, 2023

Barb and Joe were honored with a standing ovation after Mass today. They are celebrating their 70th. wedding anniversary. It made an aging cowboy think that maybe one day Sally and I might reach that milestone. If so, I’ve been assured there’s a slightly different celebration as Sally is venerated as a saint.

A Thorny Issue

July 19, 2023

An older fella was trimming overgrown branches from a few Russian olive trees yesterday. While depositing them in trash bags, he was pricked by a number of feisty thorns. This comes after he just completed reading A Doctor at Calvary by Pierre Barbet. The highly impactful book was written long ago by an expert who […]


July 4, 2023

Following a pretty alarming sleep study report in May, a very young cowboy now uses a CPAP machine and daily music meditation in search of a better balance. I won’t elaborate on the negative health issues associated with sleep apnea but will use an example that came to me this morning. The fortunate ones who […]

A memorable day indeed

July 2, 2023

A youngster was all smiles while being interviewed following his visit to the newly reopened Casa Bonita restaurant. He was asked how great the experience was and replied…’this has to be the second best day of my life’! It made me think about the second best day of my life…no problem, the day I was […]


June 30, 2023

A youngster with a future. Just click on arrow and scroll to see/hear.


June 28, 2023

A voice from heaven…just click on arrow and scroll to see/hear.  Hearing her never gets old.

One amazing hero

June 25, 2023

To see love in action, just click on arrow and scroll for this is about as good as it gets.  


June 20, 2023

It was unlike any dream in my first seventy three years of life. The only word that comes close to describe it is ‘luminous’. There were reassuring voices of people in the past…ones no longer here but still somehow remaining in touch. It was clear that they live now in a remarkable place. Delete that…an […]


June 10, 2023

I awakened early this morning thinking of a young man and his family…they are living through times that try one’s soul for sure. This is a fella who clings to hope with the faith that better days will define his future and life. Intuition speaks to me saying that great things will come from the […]

Definitely Uncommon

June 9, 2023

Yesterday, whilst stalking trout on The South Platte River, a curious thing happened. I was two miles below the hamlet of Deckers and heading from the stream to the car for lunch when something caught my eye in the bushes. At first, it appeared to be an amadou cloth patch that anglers use to dry […]

Hypocrite Monahan

June 6, 2023

This is Rose Zhang who was the number 1 amateur golfer in the world before turning professional. Those fans who’ve seen her interviews immediately realize she is a class act…oh, and she won the first professional golf tournament she entered last week. I’ll be rooting for Rose and look forward to watching her dazzling play […]

The Champ

May 26, 2023

The Greatest.  The Goat.  Call him by either name and that’s fine. Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, Simon Biles, Sand Koufax, Pele…yes, they are or were the tops in their sport. But ask any of them who The Greatest refers to and I’m guessing without a hint of hesitation, they’d say Muhammad Ali. After […]

You just never know

March 1, 2023

Katy Volynets was facing a huge hurdle today in her singles match in Austin. The American was trailing 0-5 in the third set. She remained committed, competed hard for every point, and won the next three games. Katie certainly captured her opponent’s attention when she won the next two games to even the score at […]


February 16, 2023

“No matter how bleak or menacing a situation may appear, it does not entirely own us. It can’t take away our freedom to respond, our power to take action.” Ryder Carroll

Enough already

February 16, 2023

I’m sure most of the sports tv shows who feature talking heads use the same gimmick…they play nonsense background noise while their heads are giving the highlights or scores for the day. They obviously have studied our human brains to know the noise hooks us like a Rapala fishing lure into continuing to watch this […]

Sound advice

February 15, 2023

“Good teachers make teaching look easy. Bad ones approach it look like they are haphazardly dissecting a cat. They address every single movement possible and by the time they’re done they’ve taken apart the entire cat. There’s blood and guts everywhere, but where is the cat?  Every person comes to the teacher with his own […]


February 10, 2023

The optimist sees a way out of life’s most challenging moments.

Real vs. Tainted Golf

February 10, 2023

We’re watching the WM Phoenix Open Golf Tournament which draws enormous crowds. The 16th. hole is surrounded by 20,000 fans who party like there’s no tomorrow every year. The PGA Tour has been doing a terrific job of highlighting their loyal players who didn’t abandon the fans to accept obscene amounts of money from The […]


February 9, 2023

When Abby started playing softball at ten, her face lit up every game day morning…one more chance to enter the circle and dazzle opposing hitters. She was gifted with a live arm and by the age of fifteen her parents began imagining a possible college career. At sixteen, after being driven from the circle in […]


January 31, 2023

A good friend went to the podiatrist recently and was greeted by an exceptionally courteous receptionist named Carol. He felt compelled to brighten her day with a couple of short stories and encouraged her to watch the hilarious video online entitled Cockatoo Loves Elvis. As my friend was saying goodbye, Carol encouraged him by proclaiming…’what […]


November 2, 2022

A story is told of a young mother who gifted her 14 year old daughter with a magic bracelet on her birthday. It didn’t look extraordinary but, as the mom explained, the gift might be the most treasured she’d ever receive. The bracelet was called  ‘mind matters.’  It senses when a person is upset or […]


September 30, 2022

There’s not a chance that anyone can top Bonnie Raitt’s version of this classic. Surely, this is a superb cover by two great singers.   Just click arrow and scroll to see/hear    

Thinking of you, Cha Cha

September 22, 2022



August 29, 2022

Ok…I’m going out on a limb here but here goes…this may be the most powerful song this young cowboy has ever heard. Just click the arrow and scroll.  

Laugh master

August 29, 2022

Try not laughing at this character. Just click on arrow and scroll.  

Smooth as Butter

August 25, 2022

Surely, one of the most talented singers in America. Just click arrow to hear song. Tip…don’t watch the video, just close your eyes and savor.  

No limits tennis

August 24, 2022

The ultimate competitor. Click on arrow to see short video.

Heart and Soul

August 16, 2022

  One of the best songs ever and a grand slam version here. Just click the arrow to see/hear this terrific talent.  


August 16, 2022

Love discovering new artists. Just click the arrow to see/hear a classic.  

Stanley’s favorite chair

May 15, 2022

Martha had developed a liking for a friend named Stanley. She decided to present him with a special gift for Christmas. By all appearances, he loves the idea of sitting down for meals.

The Greatest Ever

April 17, 2022

The power and promise of another Monday is just a drop in the bucket compared to the love and saving grace of last Friday. Nothing…no inhumanity, no brutality could keep Him down. May we always remember.

Baby steps

October 6, 2018

He and his bigger sister, Sunny, arrived Thursday morning. Sammy never made eye contact and immediately hustled upstairs where the dark bathroom would be his sanctuary for the next seventy-two hours. Breakfast and dinner still need to be delivered to him as he will not respond and come downstairs to eat. His owners said that […]


August 25, 2016

It occurred to me this morning that it’s rather lame to say ‘have a great day,’ to someone. Invariably, the words go in one ear and out the other. They’ve been said so frequently that they no longer resonate. You could say ‘have a wonderful day,’ but still the phrase has no staying power. My […]


February 28, 2016

A very young cowboy finished twenty-six holes of golf and was famished. A Mexican chicken salad sounded great and Cafe Rio was only five minutes away. Two twelve year old girls were laughing non stop while deciding what drinks to select. The taller youngster looked at her friend and said, ‘Ellie…I love you, you make […]


February 4, 2016

Some people just have the knack of looking for the bright side….for looking up with faith when others shudder with fear or succumb to doubt. This is one of the things people love about Alex…she is bright eyed, supremely confident, and unstoppable. Alex…you being you is all that you’ll need on Wednesday. You Rock!

Window of Tolerance

October 19, 2015

A horse is beset by hundreds of flies on a summer afternoon in the pasture.  As best she can, she swishes her tail lazily at one after another to shoo them away.  These little annoyances (trifles) don’t ignite an agitated response from the mare because she knows that this is just part of the game. […]


January 31, 2024

In Colorado, investigators seized nearly 940 pounds of fentanyl last year, or about 2.61 million pills, the DEA said. The amount seized across the four-state region in 2023 was more than a 500% increase from amounts confiscated in 2021. Trone said “99 percent of the fentanyl is coming from precursor drugs from China, and then […]

The great influencer

January 31, 2024

  No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world which Jesus does. (Read again words 1-3) Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped;  no other man has been so devoutly loved. John Knox As the centuries pass, the evidence is accumulating that, measured by His effect on history, […]


January 29, 2024

My bucket list is far more basic than my wife’s with hers being adventures to Africa and Italy. Some might say my items need to be revamped to put a bit more life in my life. Ok…I’ll address that soon enough but today…on the urging of my good friend Doug, I checked the box near […]