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    Finding the essence of events

    I recently had a nightmare that it was Mountain Fair.

    Folks came from all over and converged on downtown. Under normal circumstances, it’s an important tradition (without which I would not exist, as my parents met at Mountain Fair). But in the context of a pandemic,read more →

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    Ps&Qs: Becoming a junk dealer

    I have come to a crossroads in my career path. Well actually, it’s more like one of those corner roadside stands in Mexico where they sell any/everything from fresh fruit to furniture… after 25 plus years of administrative work in myriad industries: art/entertainment, grocery, airline, etc. I amread more →

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    White privilege and systemic racism in 2020

    Recently, I happened upon a short video of anti-racism activist and educator Jane Elliot inviting an audience of white people to stand if they would be happy to be treated the same way that this society, in general, treats our black citizens. Not one single person stood. 

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    Black lives matter in Carbondale, too

    On May 25, George Floyd was murdered by his ex-coworker, police officer Derek Chauvin, while three other officers stood by and watched. The resulting protests across the country have been met with extreme violence from police and white supremacists alike. It shouldn’t be controversial or dangerous to claimread more →

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    Just Mutt: Tiny — a big-hearted woman


    She pastored the Pentecostal Holiness Church right here in Carbondale. It was a simple concrete block structure painted white with an A-frame roof. No elegance or grandeur; nothing formidable about it. Actually, it was a welcoming place with an old-fashioned black-letter signread more →

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    Seeking Higher Ground: Castaway on a deserted island

    Perhaps you’ve seen COVID-19 homeschooling memes. 

    My favorite: Homeschooling going well. Two students suspended for fighting. One teacher fired for drinking on the job.

    My San Francisco friend Caroline Nassif, who teaches at the college level, says homeschooling is “ridiculously difficult.” One of herread more →

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    Ps&Qs: The United States of mind

    With the Michigan Militia bringing guns to a drone war, wild-eyed and bed-headed drivers yelling at Denver nurses in the crosswalk, and every liquor store full of masked patrons, it seems as though the US has totally lost the plot. 

    This pandemic really brings out theread more →

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    Just Mutt: Remembering Frank Prescott

    He took his own life in the year 2000. I knew him for 40 years. We were climbing buddies and best friends in the ‘60s, but our bond of respect extended over a lifetime. He wasn’t that easy to know: contrarian by nature, and belligerent. Heread more →

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    Branching Out: A Sit Spot or Two

    Barefoot, I step quietly through waves and drifts of green.

    I can hear heavy birds scratching in the underbrush. With one wary eye at a time, they peer about, swiping their beaks back and forth through the decomposing duff. Concealed within a filagree of aspen leaves,read more →

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    Seeking Higher Ground: Thoughts about ‘food insecurity’

    Despite a childhood marred by divorce, frequent moves and a parent’s attempted suicide, I have never gone hungry. And until Mary Kenyon mentioned it in a March meeting, I had never heard the term “food insecurity”.

    According to the Colorado Health Institute, half a million Coloradoansread more →