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The Eleven Nations

The United States today aren’t – united that is. Riven by partisan conflict, lack of agreement on the role of governance in our society, and a loss of faith in the institutions that provide the structure for society – we seem to be fracturing into separate nations. Some states even…

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Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving is, or at least should be, a time for a reflection and giving thanks for all we have. This year for me has been more intense than any I’ve experienced. As I’ve written about, the majority of this year has been spent recovering from my heart attack on January…

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Now, the Military

As he has done with the Department of Justice and the Department of State, Donald Trump has now corrupted the Department of Defense and the US military. Violating the chain of command and and inserting himself in decisions related to both proven and alleged war crimes means that good order…

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Thoughts on Trump and Impeachment

After watching the impeachment hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, I’ve been reflecting on the context and the implications for the future. I’ve made a few observations. The first, obvious to most everyone, is that no matter what else, Donald Trump should not be President of the United States. Donald…

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Fly Tying: Journey to Art

Sooner or later most fly fishers begin tying their own flies. There is a certain satisfaction that comes when a fish is caught using a fly of one’s own tying. Turning feathers, fur, and synthetic materials into a fly that catches fish can be a source of pride and accomplishment….

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Rainier, Farewell and Thank You

Having a pet means eventually having to say goodbye. We have just done that with our third dog, Rainier – a mini Australian Shepherd. Rainier had been suffering with hemorrhagic gastroenteritis for the past four days. With no improvement, we made the hard but necessary decision to have him put…

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Where’s the Starbucks in Yellowstone?

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle found the following reviews of Yellowstone National Park in Google and Yelp. It’s difficult to know if anonymous reviews are real – there’s always the possibility that some people think themselves clever (they’re not) with the following reviews. On the other hand, if real, they sound…

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A Hint of Autumn

Autumn is my favorite season of the year. As I’ve related elsewhere there is something about the season that makes me feel most alive. And as most occurs in most seasonal transitions, the change from summer to autumn takes place over weeks as temperatures drop; at least here in the…

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A Heart’s Journey – End of the Reporting

I had my six-month echocardiogram in July. As feared, but intuitively expected, there was no improvement in my ejection fraction. My cardiologist then had me get a scan using a nuclear Rubidium-82 tracer to get a detailed mapping of the heart. That confirmed what the previous tests had indicated –…

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Land of the Free and the Home of Mass Murder

Between yesterday and early this morning there were two more mass shootings, with at least 29 dead and dozens more wounded. The shooter surrendered in El Paso, while he was among the dead in Dayton. In both instances, it appears the shooter was an angry young white man who used…

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