My wife and I baby sat our two young granddaughters at our home recently. They migrate routinely between their parents’ home and ours; they’re our peripatetic grandchildren. We’re blessed to have them live so near. Unfortunately, the event that occasioned the this particular visit was far from ideal; my son-in-law’s parents were badly injured in … More Two Tramps in Mud Time
I first noticed it while going door to door in my fourth and last campaign for House District 37 in 2012. Because the district was very competitive, every two years I always had to ring thousands of Republican and unaffiliated doorbells between April and election day in early November. Under the best of circumstances, campaigning … More Wet, whacky and wobbly
Our son, Byron, is a smart guy. But, growing up, he was not big on school. He much preferred to spend his time reading books. I don’t know how many times he read the Civil War epic, Rifles for Watie. And he almost certainly doesn’t either. It drove us, and particularly his mother, nuts to … More “No, I got a D in calculus.”
I served on the Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee when I represented Centennial in the Colorado House. One of the many bills we heard dealt with ear acupuncture. The testimony, which I initially took with a grain of salt-actually, a truck load of salt-was that sticking pins in the ears of someone suffering from mental … More On Pins and Needles
My wife and I are in the process of purchasing a condo in Silverthorne, Colorado. The paperwork is enough to make my head spin. Maybe not as alarmingly as the scene in The Exorcist. But plenty enough for me, who is a real coward when it comes to scary movies-and to reams of incomprehensible legal … More Surprised By History
I made a whole blood donation again at the Lowery Bonfils location last week. As I left, the lady at the front desk gave me my 15 gallon lapel pin. Boy, did I ever feel dizzy after that donation! (And, if you don’t know I’m shining you on, do I ever have a bridge in Brooklyn you’re … More 12 Gallons
My wife was out of town recently visiting our daughter’s family-especially our little grand daughter-in Spokane. And, as the saying goes, “When the cat’s away, the mouse will play.” I saw Lucas Hnath’s play, ‘The Christians‘ at the DCPA. I feared that this would be yet another heavy handed depiction of sanctimonious, knuckle dragging Christians … More The Christians.
This last Sunday evening I made a quick trip to our local, suburban grocery store. As I left the nearly empty parking lot and waited at the red light to turn on to Arapahoe Road, a young/old woman stood to my left holding a worn cardboard sign that read, “Single mom need help.” I quickly … More Brother, can you spare a dime?
My son-in-law’s sister, April, is married to a commercial fisherman who works in the North Pacific. With her six month daughter in tow, she is visiting my daughter’s family here in Denver from her home in a small community on the Oregon coast. She needs the break: her husband, Keith, left for the Gulf of … More Captains Courageous
My wife and I had the fun of baby sitting our two young granddaughters the other evening while our daughter and her husband got a little time to themselves. After dinner, I suggested to my older granddaughter, Bridgette, that we toddle around the corner to see our elderly friend, Marsha. It wasn’t a hard … More Cognitive Dissonance