Monthly Archives: July 2010

Clouds

“The Cloud” by Percy Shelley is one of my all-time favorite poems. Partly because of its sound. Just read the opening lines aloud: I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,        From the seas and the streams; I bear light … Continue reading

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Bears

Bears. I sometimes think about them when hiking. No need to. Colorado and New Mexico – where I go – have black bears, who almost never attack. Unless. It’s the “unless” part that gets my attention. Unless you startle one. … Continue reading

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True Grit

In the late 1800s, a spunky teenaged girl goes after her father’s killer. To bring him to justice she hires a crusty U. S. Marshall known for his habit of returning prisoners dead, tied to the back of his pack … Continue reading

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Little Switzerland

If I believed in reincarnation, I would say I must have once been a Ute Apache. That would explain the connection my spirit has with this former hunting ground of Chief Ouray and company. For me, it was love at … Continue reading

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Thinking of Pioneers

Omaha to Denver. Was a long day – 8 hours. Would have taken a wagon train two months. I thought of them yesterday, those tough, hopeful pioneers aboard Conestoga wagons pulled by oxen, who maybe would cover 10 miles in … Continue reading

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A Brother’s Influence

When my brother Craig was in his 20s, he ran a Christian coffee house on a seedy street in inner-city Dallas. I remember stories of self-proclaimed warlocks with whom he boldly shared the Good News of Jesus. Not long after, … Continue reading

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Fireflies

Saw fireflies last night. We were walking in Crag’s Omaha neighborhood, shortly after sundown, and there they were: a small greenish blinking light in the yard to our left, two others closer and brighter in the street in front of … Continue reading

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Tourist Traps

I’m not often disappointed by tourist traps because I rarely visit them. Maybe it’s the skeptic in me, but if the sign says Billy the Kid slept here, I’m pretty sure he didn’t. And even if he might have, I’ll … Continue reading

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Shared Memories

In less than two hours will be on the road. Woohoo! Our 2010 vacation in Ouray, Colorado is about to begin. Will make a side trip first. To Omaha, Nebraska where my brother Craig now lives. Haven’t seen him since … Continue reading

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