It Has Begun…

Look out Flatlanders! It’s coming your way. When I drove up from Denver, last night, I didnt see these trees changing. It was dark. After work today, though, they stood out like…well, you can see. Over the past few days, down in the city, I thought I’d noticed a slight touch of fall. Up here?…

“Daddy’s Gone…”

These are the words I heard on Wednesday night, and with them, another chapter of my life closed. My mother died on the Friday after Thanksgiving. So, now there’s no one between me and eternity. I’m next in line, waiting for my number to be called. Somebody hand me the little buzzer with flashing lights,…

Missed Opportunity…

Yesterday was the day of the Great American Eclipse. Many thousands, if not millions, of people crossed the country, borders, and even oceans, to see it. Photographers, both amateur and professional, turned their lenses to the sky, to capture the the most unique astronomical event of their lives. Me? I was working at a Molybdenum…

Hero

What is it about soldiers that sets them apart from every other person in the world? Those of you who know me, know that I detest war, in fact, cruelty of any kind. I understand that there are times when war becomes unavoidable, but I still hate it. That doesnt mean that I dont respect…

A Treasure Box in Kansas…

Well, maybe not. In another time, though, you can imagine what a wonderful place this must have been. At first, I drove past, but I knew I had to turn around. There was a story here, and I wanted to find it. Pulling onto the property, just beyond the “No Trespassing” sign, I stepped out…

As Summer is Winding Down…

…I’m reminded of how little of Life is in my control. Travel plans continue to be interrupted by more urgent, and arguably more important things. By order of importance, my father’s health has upstaged everything else. As I write this, he is in hospice. The last weekend of July, my daughter and I went to…

August!

For most people in this hemisphere, it’s the Dog Days of Summer. The same is true up here in the White River National Forest, but at 9,000 feet above sea level, the temperatures a somewhat more tolerable. “Partly cloudy, with a chance of afternoon showers” is the usual forecast. Already, though, days grow shorter. Skies…