Monthly Archives: August 2010

Happy 40th, Janet

You were our firstborn, which is enough in itself to make you special. But there is much more. From day one you were engaging, even captivating. Strangers thought you could read at three. They didn’t know about your incredible memory. … Continue reading

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He Has My Back

“Ray, you don’t look like you belong on a bicycle; you look like you belong on a horse.” The words belonged to my cousin Sheryl, at whose El Paso house my friend and I were staying on the eve of … Continue reading

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Alpenglow

Alpenglow. It’s the reddish, sometimes pinkish hue one sees surrounding mountain summits just before or after sunrise. There’s a technical reason for it – has to do with light reflecting off water particles in the atmosphere. But when you first … Continue reading

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Knowledge Is Power

At 26, Mark Zukerberg, cofounder of Facebook, is the world’s youngest billionaire. And – I’ll soon tell my students – the knowledge that will produce the next Zukerberg or Bach or Grisham or Einstein is out there, just waiting to … Continue reading

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Misunderstood

Misunderstood. Can’t think of a more frustrating feeling. I know; I felt it last week. Was a little thing, really. I made a promise but couldn’t keep it because of an unforeseen obstacle, one I couldn’t talk about. Which may … Continue reading

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Give Me This Mountain

Summitted Elbert yesterday, at 8:30 a.m. Colorado time – 3 and 1/2 hours after leaving the trailhead. Was 15 minutes behind son Jon, 10 minutes behind Doug, but I made it. Wasn’t easy. For the first time, I struggled with … Continue reading

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An Attempt on Mt. Elbert

Mt. Elbert. At 14,433 feet, it’s the highest peak in Colorado, the second highest in the lower 48, and I plan to climb it Saturday morning. Well, not exactly climb. Hike. Real mountaineers call it a “walk-up.” Folks who scale … Continue reading

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