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Thu
19
Jan
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Timeless holiday memories filled with family, fun and trips to the ER

On the ranch this Christmas, there was snow on the ground and sunshine above; there were lights on the porch and a tree in the house; there were gifts under the tree and stockings near the fireplace. I was just thinking back to Christmases past. I remember my mother’s  stories of our family and the “dreaded Christmas curse."  
It’s true for a long time we seemed to be cursed when it came to the holidays. When I was a child growing up in Southern California, we had a fake tree in the living room but no fire…no fireplace…it was California. Along with typical Christmas traditions like baking cookies, watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and going to church on Christmas Eve came our holiday trips to the local emergency room.
I don’t remember it being strange that the Emergency Room nurses knew me by name. I knew them, too.

Thu
19
Jan
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Reflections on a grave new world

Greetings, this is your Captain speaking. We are about to experience some h u g e turbulence. Remain calm, fasten your seatbelts and trust me. I know more about flying planes than all the pilots in the world put together.
Dear readers, “we are about to embark on a voyage where no man has gone before.” Donald Trump is one Inauguration Ceremony away from becoming President of the United States of America (take a minute to let that really sink in). If that doesn’t palpitate your heart, consider the coming imbalance of power—as the Executive, Legislative and (soon) Judicial branches of Govie will rest solely in the unrestrained hands of a new breed of Angry Republicans, now licking “chops” and Hell-bent on revenge.

Thu
08
Dec
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In his own safe space

College campuses have had a go of it this past year, what with feeling the Bern, becoming Never-Trumpers and trying to accommodate students needing their safe spaces.
Our delicate little flowers, whom we protected growing up by allowing them ribbons for fifth place finishes, by never handing out Fs as grades and by encasing them in bubble wrap every time they rode their bikes, are off to college and need even more protection.
Safe spaces, or sometimes referred to as positive spaces, were created on college campuses at first to signal that anti-LGBT harassment or speech would not be tolerated, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students could feel secure.
It sounded so good and so very safe, that the idea was expanded to include any marginalized group, allowing them to gather and share their perceived marginalized experiences.
I'm pretty sure, however, none of this exists at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

Thu
08
Dec
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Of Mice and Women: the dance of compromise between “hearth” and “road”

Bobbie and I finally arrived home from Camp Balmy Utah to find 16 inches of fresh White Plague blanketing Lovely Ouray. All relaxed, fit and tan, still wearing shorts, sandals and the afterglow of Zion, I attacked the deck and driveway with demonic fervor using one of those misshapen “ergonomic” snow-shovels, you know, the ones with a handle that looks like it’s been run over by an 18-wheeler.
The next morning my back lets me know the “ergo” has yet to be perfected.
The annual transition from Zion's relative warmth and grace to Lovely Ouray's snow and cold is abrupt for this old Arid-zona-raised Desert Rat. Bobbie? Not so much.

Thu
08
Dec
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Cartoon

Thu
08
Dec
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Practicing law on social media

Rebutting an argument or statement in person, say, over an adult beverage in a casual setting, is part of an adult conversation.
Trying to do so on a social media platform? Well, that's called just plain idiotic.
There's something to be said about inflection, facial expressions and a normal ebb and flow of an actual in-person conversation. All of that and more, however, are lost in the world of internet give-and-take.
We would never report on anything online without independently verifying its accuracy. Usually this requires at least two sources.

Thu
08
Dec
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Time to start planning

What to do…what to do? It has become time to start planning for family travels and excursions…or the lack there of. Steve and I have six kids and the four oldest are grown with families of their own. If I could afford it, I would visit each of them every month but that would be very expensive and require a lot of traveling.  Steve really doesn’t like to travel, or ever leave the ranch for any reason.
I often find myself fantasizing of a life where all the kids and grandkids lived with us. While the fantasy does cause a slight pause and a sigh, I know that it is best for all of us that we don’t co-exist. Our ranch home is small and comfortable and we love it but it is small. There are only three bedrooms and (more importantly) only two bathrooms. My fantasy of having all the kids and grandkids living under our roof would, in reality, be disastrous.

Thu
08
Dec
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Cartoon

Thu
22
Sep
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Hang on to your wallets

More money. More money. More money.
Some of the amendments on this November's Colorado ballot are just going to reach into your pocket and pull out whatever's there.
No sense keeping it stashed under the mattress because I'm pretty sure there's a provision somewhere for someone with a badge to come check there, too.
Heaven forbid they find you've torn your mattress tag off in the process.
And, what better time to rake Coloradans than when they are walking around with loaded wallets and an extra jingle in their pockets.
If sales tax revenues are any indication, then the state increase from 2010 to 2014 is a good indicator. Sales tax revenues increased from $1.802 billion to $2.343 billion over that five-year period. That's a 23 percent increase.
With all that money going around, it's time to tax, tax and tax again.

Thu
22
Sep
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The Raab/Sly Cabin’s history

The Ouray County Plaindealer in its Aug. 18-24 edition (p. 3) published a story regarding the “Raab/Sly” cabin located on the Ouray County Historical Museum grounds in which Ouray native Bill Crawford questioned the accuracy of the Ouray County Historical Society’s description of the cabin. Crawford believes that this Raab/Sly cabin is actually one that was located on the back of his parents’ property across from the Court House on 4th Street.    Crawford’s allegation generated a thorough investigation of the Raab/Sly cabin’s history by the current OCHS Board of Directors.

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