Opinion
164 results total, viewing 1 - 10
We are at that time of the year when the days are getting noticeably longer. Okay, technically each day is still just 24-hours long. However, the length of daylight is increasing and I love it. I’m not sure why, but the longer days just make me happy. more
Now and again, a news story piques our consciousness with greater impact than carefully prepared ads. Such was the case a few months ago when ABC News ran a story about a couple whose appreciation for a physician runs deep. They credited a doctor for saving both the mother’s life, as well as the baby she birthed. Months later, they were indebted for his saving the infant’s life a second time. To express their thanks, they gave him a handsome wristwatch. A close-up provided by TV more
A few years ago, we had a busy week and forgot to put our trash out at the curb for pick up. It wasn’t too big a deal at first, but before the following week’s pick up, all of our big cans were full and pick up day was still several days away. Knowing that we couldn’t stack the bags on top of the cans because the neighborhood cats would get into them, there came a point when we realized that we would have to do something. more
It would have been easy to sail through Fairplay, CO, at near maximum highway speed. The calendar said “mid-April,” but Mother Nature was fickle, alternating sunny days with the season’s final snowfalls that briefly “slicked up” the pavement. Snow was flying; the temperature was in the upper 20s. I spotted the little roadside shop, hoping my wife would continue her snooze as we drove past Moose King Chainsaw Art. I saw a lone figure, his chainsaw humming. Barely out of Fairplay, Brenda awoke, glanced back toward town and suggested our return to give Fairplay a chance. There was a U-turn in our immediate future…. ***** I was defenseless. Our hotel near the Denver Airport was just two hours away, and our flight wasn’t until the next day. We were both intrigued at the prospect of seeing replicas of bears—some nine feet tall--hewn from giant spruce trees. ***** Evan E. Henley, shop owner and artist, made us feel welcome. However, I knew there wouldn’t be any “spruce bears” accompanying us back to Texas, since they won’t fit in the plane’s overhead bin. Inside, though, the 36-year-old entrepreneur displayed various small wooden plaques. Their messages were warm and “homey,” and several came home with us…. ***** Like pets who want to be outside when they’re inside, and vice versa, my curiosity drew me back outside, where a dozen giant spruces, 30 feet long, lay on the ground. They were delivered on 18-wheelers, and it seems magical that an artist’s skill and gassed-up saw can reduce the trees to likenesses of deer, eagles and bears. Evan, a native of Cut-N’-Shoot, TX, has lived in Colorado for most of his adult life. I asked if he had any particularly funny memories so far. “You mean outside or in prison?” he asked…. ***** I dropped the subject, respecting a man who took wrong forks in the road during his youth, but seems committed to taking the right ones now. He has been in business for four years, working daily, whatever the weather. One might call him a dedicated commuter. He lives 100 miles away in Pueblo…. ***** He posed with his chainsaw, eagerly telling us about his business. Said his dad taught him about chainsaw art when he was 12, but didn’t “turn him loose” with a saw until he was 14. It is clear that Evan is “in his element” in Fairplay, a resort community of about 800 people on Highway 285. (It is so named because of an uproar over land grant procedures during the Colorado gold rush of the 1850s. Gold and silver mining played out a century later, but tourists have filled the economic gap.) Truly, he is a gentleman and an artist. We hope he sells tons of wooden wildlife. Right now, he’s stocking up for the 70th annual “burro race” over a 29.5 mile course that will attract more than 10,000 visitors on the last Sunday in July. Guests arriving on Saturday can take in the llama races. Both events are fund-raisers for area schools….. more
The date of this issue happens to be my birthday. Somehow, a tradition sprung up where my family would always see a movie for my birthday. When my children were much younger there was a movie … more
Recently, a situation came up that reminded me of the power of friendships. I am a person who is richly blessed with a lot of friends. My heart, and my social media friend list, is full. As I looked … more
The day was picture perfect--A+ in every way. It was the kind prayed for by brides planning garden weddings, and dreamed of by photographers challenged to shoot pictures for world class chamber of … more
Clear as mud. That’s the phrase my dad used whenever I tried to explain something, but just confused the issue even more. Somehow, piling one explanation on top of another never really helped any situation. Though I was trying to make myself clear, rather than clarifying the situation, I simply muddled it. Or is that muddied it? I’m not certain when it happened, but at some point I realized I could write much better than I could speak. On paper, I can see my words and I have time to read and re-read what I’ve written before presenting it to another. When I speak, I often forget to take the time to actually think before simply blurting out whatever I may be thinking at the time. Maybe this is what my dad referred to as “running off at the mouth.” more
Halloween is almost here. What will your family do Tuesday night? Over the years I have learned that families handle this day very differently. Some families go all out, adorning the yard with a host of spooky decorations. I’ve seen complete graveyards, spider webs, zombie statues, witches and the like. Other families choose not to acknowledge the day at all, feeling more comfortable not delving into anything related to the day. My family has always fallen somewhere in between. more
The current standing/kneeling/sitting controversy--played out by a sliver of our population but on the minds of most Americans--seems to have no end. Most of us yearn for bygone days, when allegiance could be paid and reverence shown, if only for the sake of civility and respect, whether or not we were in total lockstep agreement. more
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 17 | Next »
Currently viewing stories posted within the past year.
For all older stories, please use our advanced search.

Special Sections