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Hitting Reset

The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians had reached the height of their battle for a history-shaking triumph when I heard the thumps, like elephants dancing a tango overhead. One thump usually meant our 85-pound dog Blake had jumped on the … Continue reading

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A Duchess in Waiting

When I leave for the store at night, Duchess parks herself beside the window and waits.  It’s a familiar position. For the newcomers, Duchess the Wonder Dog is the older of our two canines, a 13-year-old mix of border collie … Continue reading

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Walking in the Dark

The distance falls away softly, a yard at a time in the still of a Longmont night. Step. Step. And step again. Even just a few blocks from Main Street, sounds are muted and far between. The metallic chime of … Continue reading

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Mountains and Molehills

When I was a kid, my folks once got into an argument over whether or not peanuts were a fruit. It was silly. It was inconsequential. And it was hard to stop once it got started. On our first Christmas … Continue reading

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April Love

As I write this, the Colorado Rockies are sitting on top of the National League West. King of the hill. Top of the heap. Masters of all they survey. Or, more realistically, the lords of April. I can see some … Continue reading

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Lost in Boston

They’re painful. Uncomfortable. Three words that I’ve hated saying for years. No, not “Tulowitzki’s injured again.” Try instead “I don’t know.” As a little kid, I hated saying it to my sister Leslie. So much so that when she asked … Continue reading

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In the Know

When Missy is in a bit of a mood, she can suddenly become the most knowledgeable person on the planet. “Come on, Missy, it’s time to step out of the tub.” “I know!” “Sorry, Miss, the tea’s not ready yet. … Continue reading

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A More Deliberate Speed

For a moment, I stopped and stared at the article. A physicist at NASA had shown how a warp drive might be possible in the real world. Using a mass equal to a Geo Metro, a spacecraft could reach the … Continue reading

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Speaking Ill

I’ve used this space many times to take a breath and reflect. This time, it’s just good to be able to breathe. That’s right. For the whole week surrounding the Fourth, Casa Rochat was officially the House O’ Plague. At … Continue reading

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Just Her Type

“OK, let’s try your name again. What’s the first letter?” A forceful finger poked out an “M” on the keyboard. Then quickly, several more. “MMMMMMMM.” “Right! Now how about the second letter?” A little hesitation. The finger searched, hovered, and … Continue reading

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