The Perfect Season

By Hal Walter It was one of those awkward encounters. A casual acquaintance threw out a random statement and it made me think. In this case it was in a grocery store and the statement was essentially that there’s such a gap in this country, everything from homeless people “doing nothing” begging in the streets […]

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Lessons in Guitar and Compassion

By Hal Walter The guitar has three major cracks in its soundboard and bears the scar of some unknown impact to the rosette that encircles the sound hole. The saddle to which the bridge is attached appears to have been retrofitted from a piece of thin wood paneling, perhaps an attempt to hold the entire […]

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Rights

By Hal Walter Last year when my son Harrison was suspended from school for taking swings at teachers, he asked if I’d ever been suspended. I answered truthfully that I had been, once, then I told him why. I was serving out the senior year of what I viewed then as my school sentence 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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Between Autism and Alzheimer’s

By Hal Walter Of all the holidays, Halloween is the one festivity that seems to turn out the entire Westcliffe community. If it’s a school day the kids strike out as soon as the bell rings at 4 p.m., swarming in costume, many with parents in tow, to the downtown business district. Some of the […]

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Harrison Walter on Ace the burro

Hal Walter – The Burro Boy

Long before I learned my son Harrison has autism, or what the word “hippotherapy” means, I had this idea he should ride our burros. For me this was a way to incorporate fatherhood into my lifestyle. For three decades I have trained burros for pack-burro racing, including six world championships, as well as for packing […]

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