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Beyond Happily Ever After: The Birds Keep Getting Bigger — Part III

I like the way Best Friends Animal Sanctuary writes about their rescue stories.  There’s a paragraph, two at most, describing the harrowing plight of a dog, cat, horse, pig, parrot.  Disney style.  G-rated (PG-13 in a pinch).  Laddie was found … Continue reading

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The Birds Keep Getting Bigger – Part I

When I was in elementary school, my teacher gave us an assignment for science class that lasted several months.  We were to find an active bird nest, watch it every day, and record the activity of its inhabitants in a … Continue reading

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Finding Place. And Hanging Onto It.

    Place.  There’s such a need to claim one.  A complicated process for finding it.  A sometimes desperate struggle to hold onto it.  A thousand ways of naming it. Sometimes it feels as if my entire life has revolved … Continue reading

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Barren Landscapes Are an Illusion

   “….the rush forward to the end, the leap that you take into the middle of danger when all you can do is look straight at it, because whatever is coming will come.”  — from The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake … Continue reading

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Finding Balance in Human Empathy

  Is there such a thing as collective human experience?  Can a moment in time really bind us together with threads of shared emotion, reaction, resolution in such a way as to transcend the individual?  We certainly seem to design … Continue reading

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In Pursuit of the Happy Ending

  A good friend of mine who lives on the Wind River Indian Reservation, doesn’t like my blog.  He says it’s sad.  This is from an Arapaho man who grieves over the new Wyoming hunting season on wolves, who carries … Continue reading

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Then the Frackers Came

  When I returned to North Park in August of 2010, little had changed since I last lived here twelve years earlier.  The mountain ranges, the wildlife, the way the Park fans out in reality-defying magnificence when you top Peterson’s … Continue reading

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It Takes a Small Town

The local farrier showed up at 9:00 in the morning the other day, while I was still out feeding.  Once again, I had to try and explain to him that the llamas who greeted him were being curious, not trying … Continue reading

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Having the Ability to Let Go Without Doing It Too Soon

Oscar stands at the door, peering through the window.  His nearly toothless mouth makes his cheeks cave in, giving him a permanently bewildered, less than sharp look.  But he’s not as dimwitted as he appears.  I let him into the … Continue reading

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Starting at the Corner Post

There’s no direct path through the debris of a lost life.  But regardless of how deserted one feels while floundering to find that path, there are guides all along the way.  The trick is to notice and take advantage of … Continue reading

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