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Get out of the car, look around and breathe deeply

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On a recent move from Oregon to Colorado,  we made time this trip to visit two Park information centers we had used only for rest stops in the past.  If you spend the time at these two, an amazing wake-up call is in store.  Here’s their impact on us: Craters of the Moon National Monument in southern Idaho looks exactly like its …

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Life’s unexpected transitions

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Beginning each year we invariably make resolutions to change the course of our lives for the better; and a short time later we mostly fail to recall even a few.  For us, the times we could reflect and make changes were both unexpected and unwanted. My opportunity came when we had no money to spare.  The economy had tanked — there were simply …

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The spirit leaves the house

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There is nothing like packing up and moving from your home of several years.  As the art and pictures are taken from the walls, the pots from the kitchen packed, and the dog bowls put into a transport container — the spirit has left. Well, we all like to think it is just in a box, but it only partially is. …

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Nudging life along

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We come to the beginning of a new year once a year. We seem to have just enough time to remind ourselves that life is always about transitions; and that sometimes the best we can do is to just nudge these repeating beginnings toward our desired path. What we should appreciate is what we can reach — the ability to create moments of …

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Finn’s goodbye

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Two days ago we put down our dearly beloved Wolfhound, Finnegan, seven and a half years old, 165 pounds of pure love and male determination:   to chase the deer off our place, to play with our wild young Wolfhound girl, to ignore the ravages of joint problems and a bad rear end — and to love us every day. …

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A very expensive “cookie”

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Another of my other faults is a lack of perception into some people which, when mixed with unerring trust, is, as my wife says, my deadly combination! Remember the little counselor with a tick, the same one who gave me the teddy-bear card.  Well, compared to others I had met he seemed rather friendly and normal.  Had to start somewhere. …

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My secret connections

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My first efforts. Getting into “bud” is a most circuitous trail: dubious legality mixed with big cash money.  Consequently, no one speaks unless you have cash and they’re sure you won’t turn them in.   My first problems:  I look a lot like an FBI agent in farmer’s disguise, I am direct.  “I just want some good bud cream for my hands.”  I started …

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How I started my life with bud

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In Oregon my wife and I had finally found  our little dream farm with a red barn.  Our dream came as a five year project — whose process we told ourselves we were enjoying . .   sort of . .  most of the time. Then, at about year three my hands gave out — not in our plan.  Fortuitously …

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