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Be Happy

“You should try being more positive! You’re so glass-half-empty all the time,” said the lady. At times I find I need to agree with her about certain things. She’s usually right. I usually try to rationalize around my own negativity. I tell...

Live from Clear Creek

There is nothing like camping. There is nothing like loading up one’s pickup with a couple coolers, a propane tank, a bunch of Coleman stuff, enough Diet Coke and Tony Chachere’s to last a year or so, and heading off to the mountains, just within earshot...
The Casual Parent

The Casual Parent

Ok, I’ll admit it: I kinda miss the REI store in Denver. It’s not that I was ever a big-time consumer of what they offered. I probably spent a few hundred with them over the eight years I lived near Denver. I am not that brand-conscious about most things,...

Let’s Hear it for the Old Dads

Growing up with an old father makes a kid different in some ways.     I noticed a few years ago that I had something in common with almost all of my close male friends: We were products of older dads, usually ones who had married younger (in some cases much...

A Conversation With My Dead Father

“So, Dad: GM went bankrupt.” “Doesn’t surprise me. That’s what they get for making crap for decades. They were basically just a finance company and it caught up with them finally.” “But the government bailed them out. ....