Monthly Archives: August 2011

Of Words and Westings

“Hold on, Missy wants to talk to you,” Heather said over the phone. I raised an eyebrow in surprise, but waited. “Hi …” came a familiar, querulous voice. “Hi, Miss. How’s today going?” “ ‘Kay. … I wan’ go to … Continue reading

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No Room

When the planes struck, the call came. Some of our finest responded. It’s been 10 years. This time, the call isn’t coming. And that is a shame beyond words. I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now. You’d almost have … Continue reading

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A Big Thanks to a Small Dog

The news came. We’d hoped it wouldn’t. Feared it would. Charlie was gone. You know how families often have two dogs, one regular and one travel-size? Charlie was my parents’ travel-size dog, a probable Schanauzer mixed with just about everything … Continue reading

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One Day More

They called themselves the Battling Bastards of Bataan. Their story is well-known – a 65-mile march as Japanese prisoners of war in the Philippines, a march that killed 11,000 of them, just about one in every seven. It’s a story … Continue reading

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Going With The Grain

  “Scotty? I’m still not sick from the crackers.” Next to “I do,” those were some of the most welcome words I had ever heard. At long last, wheat was no longer the enemy. For a while it had been … Continue reading

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Hiding Democracy

Cowards. Chickens. Gutless wonders. Pardon the temper. But for someone who believes in openness, there just aren’t strong enough words. Not for the Fort Morgan City Council that wants to hide from its voters. Nor for the Colorado Court of … Continue reading

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Only a Game

I can see the script now: CAPTAIN: What’s the status of the fleet? EXECUTIVE OFFICER: Hit pretty hard, captain. And we’re still no closer to finding the enemy. We’ve never seen opposition like this before … CAPTAIN: B4? (Checks grid.) … Continue reading

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Off Track

 I woke up to hear KidzBop blaring from Missy’s room. Well … KidzBop mixed with Woody Woodpecker, anyway. “…Come tomorrow, it will seem so yester … so yest … so yes-yes-yes-yes-yes ….” Groan. Stuck CD. Time to skip it to … Continue reading

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