The B-WORD

By John Mattingly As FACEbook proves itself worthy of being another F-word, Inner Old Man has squeezed out a new B-word: BUTbook, an emergent social media platform with but one rule: Each message and response must end in the word BUT. By BUT-ending sentences, and BUT-splicing paragraphs, a conversation can be reversed, enhanced, or surprised […]

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Building a House: Part 1

As many readers know, I’ve spent the past year having a house built on a two-acre parcel south of Salida. It has been an eye-opening experience and at the request of many readers, we are running a timeline of the construction process, from dirtwork to finish. Here is the first installment. – Mike Rosso Several […]

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Waking Dr. Devine, Part Two

By Jennifer Welch As Dr. Devine began the endoscopy procedure on Alex, he explained the symptoms of choke and the possible complications that could go along with it. I spent part of the time admiring his short handlebar mustache which was waxed into a slight twist at the ends. He was young, straightforward, and very […]

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The Monarch Pass Game Drive

High atop the Continental Divide, near Monarch Pass, on the eastern margin of the Upper Gunnison Basin, are the prehistoric remains of an intriguing and innovative hunting method employed by ancient tribes. The Monarch Pass Game Drive was an ingenious system of low boulder walls, hunting blinds and ambush pits designed to lure big game […]

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Notes to Self … Re: Letting It All Go

By Peter Anderson You could begin with everything in the house: the phones, the tools, appliances, the knick-knacks, the paintings on the wall. Clear out all the piles of paper – bills, tax returns, term papers written in graduate school, back issues of obscure magazines and journals. Take all your books to the library. Give […]

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Book Review: Naked for Tea

By Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer ISBN: 978-1-77349-016-8 $19.95; 114pp. Reviewed by Eduardo Rey Brummel At the bottom of the menu board for the hospital kitchen where I work, is a place for “Quote of the Day.” It’s an odd week without any quote by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. Trommer has been an integral part of Colorado poetry […]

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Tarantulas

By Tina Mitchell As we waited to pull onto U.S. Hwy. 50 from Coaldale on a September afternoon, a scampering movement low on the asphalt caught our attention. Four tarantulas skittered across the road toward the river. Whoa – tarantulas? In Colorado? What were those hairy arachnids up to here? Autumn looms right around the […]

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Eye on the Fifth

By Daniel Smith   The election is about two months off, and it’s a bit quiet in the Fifth Congressional District race between incumbent Republican Doug Lamborn and Democratic challenger Stephany Rose Spaulding. Voters may wonder whether a debate might be in the works; well, nothing yet. Last month I wrote about surprises; the infighting […]

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Lynn Kircher: Jaroso Sculptor and Artist Liaison

By Kenneth Jessen Located in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, Jaroso resident Lynn Kircher and his wife Jane managed one of the largest, most complex sculpture projects in the United States. It consists of 14 larger-than-life Stations of the Cross, now installed at Cloisters on the Platte between Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. In 2015, Kircher was […]

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About the Cover Artist: Evy McLean

Evy’s work is inspired by nature, especially the tenacious, inconspicuous forms growing in the rugged Southwest. Seedpods, thistles, fungi and cones fill the frame with their intricate structures, and the complex micro-landscapes are aggrandized in oil on canvas. Evy began her art career at a young age, making posters and signs for local events in […]

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Why Are So Many Americans Disgusted With Politics?

By Martha Quillen Americans persistently gripe about negative campaigning, back-biting politics, and candidates who talk more about their opponent’s shortcomings than their own intentions. Yet this sort of campaigning persists because fueling disgust works. Disgust is, according to psychologist David Pizarro, one of the easiest emotions to elicit, and it unduly “influences our moral beliefs […]

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Leadville Heritage Museum

By Sharon Galey The Heritage Museum, located at 102 East 9th Street in Leadville, has a focus on preserving and sharing Leadville’s history. Built in 1904, and primarily funded through a Carnegie grant, the building served as Leadville’s public library through the early ’70s. When the newer Lake County Public Library was built to serve […]

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Fear, Loathing and Selfies on the Burro Trail

By Hal Walter At the starting line of the World Championship Pack-Burro Race in Fairplay, an ill-saddled donkey exploded bucking and kicking, causing a minor riot among the other animals and their humans waiting for the gun. On the other side of the street, another burro kicked out repeatedly in angst. My own burro tried […]

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Stupid Hike

By Jane Provorse It’s fall and ’tis the season for stupid hikes. Now, I’m not referring to those glorious treks beneath yellow-dappled aspens and china-blue skies. I’m talking about the other kind; the not-so-pretty, dumber kind. Stupid hike definition: “A misguided walk that ends up pointless and offers little, if any, reward for the effort.” […]

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