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An old farmer and his son had loaded up their ox cart and were starting the long journey to the city to sell their produce. The son told his father that they should walk faster and travel through the night to beat others to the market to get better prices for their produce. “Relax son, you’ll live...
Following high school sports, especially in the vast state of Wyoming, can be tough. When my children were in high school, I put on thousands of miles to watch them play.  Sometimes I had to miss their games due to having to work, sometimes I had to risk driving on some pretty sketchy roads, and...
  … when talent doesn’t work hard. There’s nothing more satisfying and awe-inspiring than to watch pure, natural talent playing out in front of you in any sports arena.  At least if you’re a sports fan. However, natural ability isn’t a guarantee that you will be the best athlete on the floor.  Over...
If you blast through Carbon County on Interstate 80, you begin to think that all there is to see is high desert and the towering Elk Mountain. But that part of Wyoming offers so much more. A few years ago, at this time, I fulfilled a bucket list item by driving State Highway 70 over Battle Mountain...
I’ve heard more conspiracies over what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, than I care to ponder. Controversy swirls about disasters in the Middle East since that time. The blame goes around about the many veterans and other American lives lost because of those incidents.  Usually, when I stack one story...
I had a conversation recently about one of the rising problems in American politics. My friend and I were discussing the reflexive distrust that many have toward certain types of people. During this conversation, my friend pointed me to a recent column by David Brooks that addresses part of the...
When it comes to election integrity, the only thing that really matters is that the will of the voters prevail. But in Wyoming, some of those who most heartily defend the integrity of our elections can’t help but confuse the issue every few years when they are confronted with the fact that the will...
In the next few weeks, thousands of little children across Wyoming will march off to their first day of school.  Especially for those parents of kindergartners, this is a poignant time.  It sure was for me back in 1976 when our daughter Amber marched off to her first day of school.  Here is a...
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge Harry Potter fan. As I was watching the movies for what must be the bejillionth time this weekend, a moment stood out for me that is not magic, but a fact of human nature: confidence is everything when it comes to bringing out your best. In the movie “The...
I wanted to dunk. When I was younger, I literally had dreams about flying across the basketball court after leaping at the free-throw or three-point line, and then levitating above the rim for a slam dunk that would make LeBron James jealous.  Truth is, I still have those dreams — just not as often...

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