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The new Arvin

December 9, 2016 — When I was a kid, my father and his brother-in-law were partners in the operation of the ranch. Dad was primarily the financial end of the deal and my Uncle did the physical stuff. We were around in the summer and headed back to Salt […]

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Seasonal sadness?

December 9, 2016 — I’m crying a lot these days. I am in good health and so is my little family. Nothing on the surface is wrong with my life or anyone’s life close to me. I admit it might be seasonal. The slant of the light. The endless […]

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Fluid situations

December 6, 2016 — I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m all the way back, but considering my planet got knocked off its axis by incoming subplots, the books, music and films I’ve been meaning to get around to are once again in play. Not that what is casually referred to […]

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Counter intuitive

December 6, 2016 — I don’t have casual thoughts about much. Instead, I have irrational senses of urgency. I am not capable of pondering an idea. With me, there is no, “I wonder what would happen if…” Instead, there is a dynamic, almost uncontrollable need to have an answer […]

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Good to be back on the mountain

December 2, 2016 — I missed opening day at Park City for the first time in many years. With the delayed opening, the first day landed in the holiday blackout period on my cheap-o pass. Though it seemed strange to miss it, the Thanksgiving holiday was very pleasant with […]

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Step lightly here

December 2, 2016 — It is about the landscape — the physical landscape, the political one and the emotional landscape — where we try to navigate all the change. It has been a noisy fall, as fall is wont to be. A riot of colors after a summer of […]

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Empty Wallet Wednesday

November 29, 2016 — A friend of mine who lives in Uganda called me last week to catch up. “Happy Black Friday!” she exclaimed when I answered the phone. I chuckled, wondering how someone born in a remote African village had heard of Black Friday. “It is an American […]

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The girl with the slippery tattoo

November 29, 2016 — Although, quantitatively, you could have measured Virginia Castro’s interest in me during our initial contact in parts-per-billion (ppb), it would drop off dramatically by our subsequent encounter. Actually, it proved to be a non-encounter. She saw to that. But I’m getting way ahead of myself. […]

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First tracks

November 25, 2016 — So there’s finally some snow, and temperatures have cooled off enough they can make snow on the mountain most of the time. It’s not the opening we were all looking for, and a slow start casts doubt on the rest of the ski season, but […]

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Gathering dust …

November 25, 2016 — It was the moment the 12-year-old boy looked down on me when we were hiking amid the red rocks in the dead center of nowhere at all, and said, with the kind of awe usually reserved for new things electronic, “Oma, how did you ever […]

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We met in Old Town

November 22, 2016 — In the beginning, our old town theater-of-operations basically concerned itself with a smallish user-friendly clump of buildings straddling Main Street. In practice, it appeared so perfect as to beg explanation. Had the Planning Commission been hipped to an impending influx of a ski bum sub-genre […]

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Loss and laughter

November 22, 2016 — One of the most difficult parts of grief is re-entry. My world came to a stop a few weeks ago, but for everyone else, it kept turning. Now I have to get back on, and it feels a bit like trying to jump onto a […]

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Time flies when you’re getting old

November 18, 2016 — I’ve been struggling with my post-election funk. Huddling in the fetal position with the covers over my head wasn’t solving anything. It would help if we were skiing, but, well, it’s hard to pull that off when it’s 60 degrees. I considered mowing the lawn. […]

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The right word at the right time

November 18, 2016 — Years ago, when I was a reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune (the Park City correspondent-there was such a thing in the ‘80’s) I was pretty sure I discovered massive corruption in our tiny city government. I spent months developing sources and meeting in out-of […]

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Cape Fear

November 15, 2016 — “Now the sneaking serpent walks/ In mild humility/ And the just man rages in the wilds/ Where lions roar.” — William Blake About the time Florida fell, I began searching in earnest for where I had stashed my well-thumbed copy of “Applied Mathematics.” Something, a […]

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Make America good again

November 11, 2016 — Well, that was interesting. After enduring the ugliest, most obnoxious political campaign for eighteen months, Election Day came. The results weren’t what I had in mind, but to be honest, neither outcome would have made me happy. It would have been great to elect a […]

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A crazy quilt of love

November 11, 2016 — About 20 years ago, in one of those sweet bits of serendipity, three nuns leased the house across the cul-de-sac from me. We shared meals and books trips and gardening tips. They knew I wasn’t Catholic, though there had been plenty of Catholics scattered in […]

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I hope you never

November 8, 2016 — Last week I got the call I have been expecting for months; yet somehow, was woefully unprepared for. “You need to get here soon,” I could hear my dad’s voice crack over the phone. “I don’t know how much longer we have.” We’ve known the […]

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A mysteriously pleasurable punch in the mouth

November 8, 2016 — Time is not necessarily on my side right now. Actually, “now” is not necessarily on my side right now. I’m currently inhabiting a “Schrödinger’s cat” paradox wherein the decaying atom remains in play. In other words, as I type this, I’m unaware as to whether […]

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Clyde: The most wonderful time of the year

November 4, 2016 — Now that Halloween is out of the picture, we are into that special time of year. It’s the most festive, wonderful time there is. Nothing warms the heart like the annual “Open Enrollment Period” for health insurance plans. If you are lucky enough to have […]

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