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The Last Choice

“Blake and Du –“ I stopped, took a breath, tried again. “Blake! Do you want some food?” Big Blake, our muscular English Labrador, bounded down the stairs to breakfast. As he did, I realized once again how hard this was … Continue reading

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Exit, Left

There’s been a Marian-sized hole in my heart this week. Those of you who read this paper regularly understand. Not long ago, the Longmont Theatre Company lost one of its stalwarts, Marian Bennett. On and offstage, she touched more lives … Continue reading

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Hands of Hope

There’s an exhaustion that threatens to border on despair. I think a lot of us are there now. I know I am. I’m tired of this. What else can you be when you see the same situations play themselves out … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Dude

The Dude abides no more. Picture a small bird. No, smaller than that. A zebra finch, about the size of your thumb, lively with song, gray with age and deaf as a post. That was The Dude. Yes, was. I … Continue reading

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The Face in the Mirror

When I was little, getting my hair washed could be a life-changing event. Every parent and grandparent knows the drill. Get the child in the tub for a bath. Pour water over their head. Shampoo, then rinse with another drenching … Continue reading

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An Orbit Observed

Halley’s Comet never fails to orbit the sun. Haley the Collie Mix never failed to orbit my parents’ house. Yes, past tense. Darn it. Sigh. If you didn’t know Haley – well, you were probably in the majority. She was … Continue reading

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Al In The Family

“Is everything OK?” I asked Heather as she talked on the phone. She shook her head hard. Reaching for a pad of stickies, she scribbled a quick note. It said simply AL DIED. I felt like I had been punched … Continue reading

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Ashes to Ammo

All of us can understand the desire to keep a loved one around after they’ve gone. But to keep them as rounds? That’s the proposal of  Holy Smoke LLC, an Alabama company with an unusual use for the ashes of … Continue reading

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