Only a Loose Wire Apart

By Hal Walter When I first moved here in 1991, we had no snail mail delivery. I circulated a petition to get that started, and had one person refuse to sign, because her weekly visits to the post office were the only time she had a chance to visit with other people. Phone service was […]

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Full Circle to a Junkyard Donk

The scene reminded me of something out of Road Warrior, a fenced-off section of sagebrush and desolation in the southern San Luis Valley, and behind the closed gate was a veritable junkyard of car and truck bodies, old camper trailers, ramshackle structures, various heaps of well-pipe casings, cement blocks and other scrap. The sign at […]

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A Bike Ride to Where We Are

By Hal Walter The phrase “No matter where you go, there you are,” could not be more true than it is for an autistic child. For when one is fully contained in his own mind, he truly cannot be lost. And thus it was for my son Harrison one recent Saturday. Since Harrison finally learned […]

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A Docent Out of Retirement

Photographer Grey Villet had a saying: “Every story should be as real as real could get.” Grey was an award-winning lensman for Life magazine back in the 1960s, and he never had any idea that someday I’d be representing his photos at the annual Art for the Sangres here in Westcliffe. Each year the San […]

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When Sport Becomes Real Life

by Hal Walter Last spring, when coach Jack Swartz asked my son Harrison if he’d like to be on the middle school cross-country team this season, I really had no idea where it would lead. Harrison answered “yes” by nodding his head enthusiastically. He’d had finished a few 5K runs and also had proven himself […]

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The Danger in the Fun

By Hal Walter I was running third place in the last couple miles of the Buena Vista Gold Rush Pack-Burro Race and had just regained much of the ground I’d lost to the leaders. In fact, I’d just seen them turn off the Midland Railroad Grade and onto the steep and rocky trail that leads down to […]

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About the Cover Artist – Hal Walter

Colorado Central readers best know Hal Walter as an essayist and columnist, but he actually began his career in journalism as a photographer. Over the years his photos have appeared in several national and regional publications, including a recent cover for the inaugural issue of Local Food Shift, and of course, Colorado Central Magazine. On […]

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It’s Like Riding a Bicycle

By Hal Walter I remember quite well that I was slow to learn to ride a bicycle. This may have been partially because I had not been introduced to bikes early in childhood, but for whatever reason, when I was about seven I realized other kids my age were riding and that I could not. My […]

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In the Vortex of Compassion, Strength and Skill

By Hal Walter The burros were fresh in the cool evening air and, as they often do, sensed a neophyte in my companion, who was also having a bit of an issue adjusting to the altitude. At one point they bolted uphill and I had to simultaneously sprint ahead while literally “climbing” the lead rope hand-over-hand […]

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There’s More to School Than Academics

By Hal Walter It was the third such phone call from the school in seven school days; when I stopped the car about a mile from my house because I had forgotten something I really needed to bring to town, I sat there in the middle of the deserted dirt road slamming my fists on […]

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On the ‘Full Tilt Boogie’ Book Tour

By Hal Walter March finally arrived in April, and the wind had been howling the entire afternoon as I left for an evening speaking engagement at the Greenhorn Valley Library in Colorado City. The Sangre de Cristo Range was barely an outline in the ghastly gray dust blowing over from the San Luis Valley, and an […]

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Twenty Years of Preserving this Place Called Home

By Hal Walter Poet and conservationist Gary Snyder once said: “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” For 20 years now, San Isabel Land Protection Trust has been helping people protect places they call home, and in turn helping provide a home for nature in a time of increasing strain on land […]

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A Community at a Crossroads

My opinion on this is that the commissioners made a choice to spend taxpayer money to support a political cause, and this is just plain wrong. Politics aside, the decision simply is not in the best interests of the county or taxpayers. The purpose of legal notices is to get information out to the general public. With a larger base and more local news, more people simply have a better chance of seeing legal notices in the Tribune.

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The Moment of New Light

by Hal Walter As the days reached their shortest, the week became a blur of Christmas cards, doctor appointments, school programs and visits to the post office – so many, in fact, that I joked I should pay rent for desk space there. The doctor appointments in Pueblo were annual checkups for me and my […]

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Book Review: Full Tilt Boogie

Full Tilt Boogie: A journey into autism, fatherhood, and an epic test of man and beast. By Hal Walter 224 pages, Out There Publishing; 1st edition (2014) ISBN: 978-0967714813 Reviewed by Martha Quillen Whether Hal Walter is about to get pulled over a cliff by his unpredictable Jenny, Full Tilt Boogie, or he and his wife […]

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