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Hair raising incident

December 7, 2018

It was late May in 1969. The school year had just ended at Mesa Junior College in Grand Junction, Colorado. Mike Hayes, a cowboy, and a couple of other friends were engaged in a spirited competition on our favorite pinball machine named MIBS. All of a sudden, there was a commotion to our right. A […]

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A low blow

December 5, 2018

I opted out of a fishing trip today to watch the memorial service for #41….George H.W. Bush. It was a good choice as it was a very moving ceremony. I was all decked out in my favorite blue and white fishing shirt and the car was packed to the hilt. A bit later, Sally asked […]

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Bigger is Better?

December 2, 2018

In the far distant past, a very young cowboy had just moved in to Aspen Hall at Mesa College in Grand Junction. My roommate was a defensive back named John Maurer. One day, there was a knock on our door and a couple of his newfound football buddies entered the room. I had never heard […]

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Space travel

November 29, 2018

A very young cowboy was asked about his fishing trip on Monday. ‘Caught a 38 incher.’ ‘No way, dude…tell the truth.’ ‘What I meant is that I caught 38 inches of trout…an eleven incher, two ten inch browns, and a three and a four inch small fry. Yeppers…38 inches of trout if you add them […]

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The apprentice

October 4, 2017

The year was 1975 and a very young cowboy was working as an apprentice boilermaker in Kansas City, Missouri. The word apprentice is entirely accurate as the supervisor named Abe had to put labels on the tools so the rookie could recognize them. We used to do a job in the late spring called a […]

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Freedom

February 6, 2017

The Henryville caddis had floated about two yards when a good brown appeared below it like a beam of butter-colored light. It tipped back and we were tight. The fish held in the current even though my rod was bent back into the cork, then shot out into the shallows in a wild aerial fight. […]

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Clueless

January 23, 2017

For the past dozen years or so, we’ve faced a dilemma. Two dogs near us bark…my bad, HOWL every morning before six o’clock. We have tried earplugs, animal control, and Dr. Phil. What’s perplexing is one would think that the owners of these nuisances would have a clue. Certainly they must hear this…must realize what […]

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Gone fishing

January 20, 2017

There are no guarantees when going fishing. The weather can intrude…the fish can be hard to find or not attracted to what you’re offering. It pays to go with a buddy in case an emergency arises. Sometimes you get skunked while your friend hits the jackpot. It’s all good if your highlight is the picture […]

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Petrified

January 20, 2017

Susan related a story after tennis class one day. She and her husband have a place near Kenosha Pass between Bailey and South Park, Colorado. A friend was taking her dogs for a walk when they startled a mother moose with calf ambling beyond the aspen trees. Moose are very protective and weigh around eleven […]

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Piecing

December 24, 2016

“Broken people just need piecing back together. For so long I’d carried the pieces of me. Every now and then I’d drop one like a breadcrumb. So I could find my way home. Then Ashley came along and gathered the pieces and somewhere between 11,000 fee and sea level, the picture began taking shape. Dim […]

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Bide your time

December 20, 2016

Rainbow, brown, brook, cutbow, lake trout…they’ll all be waiting for action 100 days from now high in the Colrado Rockies. Purists will begin casting Royal Coachman flies from nine foot fly rods as soon as the ice begins clearing. Little kids will dunk worms or have dad fling a red and white bobber with Power […]

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Synchronicity

November 13, 2016

We were in downtown Chicago to celebrate aunt Sara’s 100th. birthday. On Sunday morning after the party, I decided to attend church services at the historic 4th. Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue. Quite a number of congregations share a practice to attract new members. There is a guest pad at the end of each pew […]

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Pachuuuunnngg!

September 30, 2016

Congratulations to the Kent Denver V2 Tennis Team! Way to finish strong by winning your last 15 matches. What a treat to work with you all! Front row: l to r Ben Carpenter, Kohl Terry, William Coors, Tucker Hamilton, Nick Krauss, Alex Hsia Back row: l to r William Hunt, Henry Brown, Jack Elliott, Jacob […]

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One brave soul

June 27, 2016

The sidewalks were sizzling as the temperature climbed above one hundred People flooded to ice cream parlors….. movie theatres….and the library to find relief from the heat I had just pushed the down button on the elevator at Koelbel library when a woman in her seventies entered the front door She was assisted by a […]

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Gone but not forgotten

June 27, 2016

Our brother Chris has been gone for more than twenty years. I miss him today as The 4th. of July approaches. I miss his zany sense of humor and the devilish twinkle in his eye. Chris was clearly the most fun-loving of the five boys in our family. You would have loved him in minutes […]

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Shannon

March 2, 2016

On a rainy April afternoon in 1996, Shannon Baker was rummaging through old photos and memorabilia in her attic. The children would be home soon and she hoped to find a picture of her parents wedding for their golden anniversary celebration on Saturday. She didn’t find a picture…..but what she did find shocked the world. […]

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So unfair

January 2, 2016

Hillary never expected this. She and Matt began dating in their sophomore year and the two were nearly inseparable. After dinner one evening, they took a walk and Matt summoned up the nerve to tell his girl why he’d been acting a bit odd lately. ‘Hillary, you know that I love you and that you […]

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A Work of Art

December 25, 2015

“If your career path doesn’t seem to match your heart’s longing, it may be you have a skill that doesn’t match your passion. You can’t escape that there are hopes and passions inside you, waiting to come alive. You know there is much more you have to offer, though you do not say it out […]

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Trust

December 8, 2015

Don finished packing, kissed Jill goodbye, and headed once again for the airport. His small law firm had been acquired by a ‘major player’ based in Los Angeles. Since the papers were signed three months ago, he’d made a dozen flights and the strain of the travel was beginning to wear on him. Don had […]

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Mark Your Calendar

November 30, 2015

This is a notice to Colorado chefs, cooks, and friends that we will be forming teams to compete in The World Championship Squirrel Cook Off held annually in Bentonville, Arkansas. The event is held in September and we will charter a flight for sixty squirrel lovers. A local airline has agreed to paint a squirrel (Rocky) […]