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As 2021 comes to a close, it’s once again time to look back and reflect. In doing so, I have a few rants and raves from this crazy, interesting year.  As usual, I want to start with my rants first so I can end with the good stuff as I get ready for 2022. It’s hard to pick which of these things...
It started out as a bona fide stupid and crazy idea. We drove from Lander to Cheyenne on Christmas Day. It is a 348-mile trip. But the young man working the Christmas Day shift at the Fast Lane at the corner in Shoshoni made my day by saying, “God Bless You and Merry Christmas,” as we bought some...
A new year often means a fresh start for some people. This could mean developing new health goals, such as starting an exercise routine, eating a healthier diet, or losing weight. People often choose wellness and health resolutions that are too restrictive and are difficult to sustain over time....
The Christmas season is a wonderful time of year. And besides the obvious religious reasons we celebrate the holiday there are gifts to give and to receive. When Christmas gets close, here are the Do’s and Don’ts of gift buying for men in Wyoming. Buying gifts for men is not nearly as complicated...
When I was campaigning across the state of Wyoming last year for the honor of serving as your U.S. senator, I had a simple platform – All Wyoming, All the Time.  As your senator, I consider every piece of legislation, every email, every letter, every meeting, and every commitment on my calendar...
We are exhausted. We are overwhelmed. We are heartbroken. For the past 20 months, we have watched as COVID has taken its toll on the nation, the world, and closely observed its impact on our community. We have seen families and friends politically divided over something which could (and should)...
Winter sports got their start last weekend, and of course, in this drought-ridden state, Newcastle got dumped on with a foot of snow.  I was looking at the forecast on Thursday, and it was calling for three to five inches of accumulation overnight, then another inch on Friday.  No big deal.  But...
I t’s a well known adage that we play like we practice. If we practice with a mediocre attitude, we will play with mediocrity. If we practice like a champion, we play like a champion. For every coach, this mentality is a challenge to instill in their players, but it is one that is essential if a...
If you had your life to live over, how would you live it? It seemed appropriate that I started to write this column during the weeks of the darkest day of the year.  This is my attempt to define a perfect life and how important it is to aspire to live that perfect life. I write this as a two-time...
This past month, federal courts have entered stays on several of the Biden COVID vaccine mandates applicable to Wyoming.  This means that those mandates cannot be implemented until the lawsuits challenging the mandates are decided or the judge otherwise decides to lift the stay prior to the end of...

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