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The Shooting of Dan McGrew

  Somewhere, sometime while growing up in the Midwest I heard the poem “The Shooting of Dan McGrew.” A poem we studied in school? Anyway, a few years back I was looking into western writers and poets and rediscovered “The Shooting” along with other poems by Robert W. Service. I was excited to discover this…

Rockhound State Park, New Mexico yucca at sunset

Desert Love

Some people pass through the desert southwest on their travels without feeling the pull to explore. Zoom, right on by. I even heard one person say, “I drove through New Mexico. It is just wasteland.” Not me; I first felt the call of the desert 40+ years ago and it never left, even though I…

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Jewelry with a Western Flair

  Each year, Michael Depraida creates limited numbers of beautiful, western-themed, beaded jewelry. He sells through existing clients and by word of mouth, which is how I discovered his work.  However, he has also received awards for his work, which is featured in corporate collections and galleries around the world.   As you can see…

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Bears Ears: Basic Facts

Western land use issues are complex, and those who care about the land need to be informed. Sometimes that takes hours of background research and, other times, nothing less than a personal visit to the area in question. In that spirit,  I visited Bears Ears National Monument in October as I traveled from Washington State…

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Morning Meander

Early morning drive into town, and I saw something new. A low-lying fog to the east, below the Mt. Spokane summit, swaddling the narrow pines. Only the treetops poked through the fog, creating an illusion of a cloudy sea with mini pines floating on top. Surreal, really. Every region I travel has unique natural phenomena: the…

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Cone of Uncertainty

I first heard the term “cone of uncertainty” on the Weather Channel in reference to a hurricane path. The weather folks used the term and a cone-like graphic to tell us that the real path of a hurricane will vary. Computer modeling determines the most likely path, but also the potential deviation from that path…