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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

January 22nd, 2015

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Je Suis Charlie, they will never kill all of the Crusader Rabbits

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Irony is often the fuel that powers satire. I found it extremely ironic that my last column Crusader Rabbit, My Hero for all Seasons, was written four days before the massacre of a dozen satirical writers …

the idle american

the idle american

January 22nd, 2015

My Uncle Mort’s New Year…

By Dr. DON NEWBURY

From time to time, readers send email or call to pose similar questions: “Is your Uncle Mort real?” My unvarying rhetorical response is: “Do you want him to be?”

I sense their sinking feelings, let down by my failure to provide positive answers. I grudgingly admit that he is …

How not to run an endurance race

How not to run an endurance race

January 22nd, 2015

“I started to get huge amounts of physical pain and psychological pain realizing I had 32 miles to go,” said Jeff Matheis, in his running gear.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

For most, running an ultra-marathon requires months of training and hundreds of hours of conditioning to build up the endurance to accomplish such a feat. …

the road to excellence

the road to excellence

January 15th, 2015

Volunteers Who Care about Our Kids

By ANDREW PETERS

Each January, we pause to express our appreciation for a very special group of volunteers: the school board members.

Usually, we don’t think of school board members as school volunteers, but they do in fact volunteer to serve. School board members give their time, energy, and counsel to the …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

January 15th, 2015

Meeting the Messerschmidts

By STEVE LANG

“I laugh because I must not cry. That is all. That is all.” – Abraham Lincoln

For the past month, I have mourned the death of my wife, Clarissa Annette Kaiser.

My heartfelt thanks for the support and consolation from countless friends, family members, co-workers and acquaintances. The phone calls, cards, emails, Facebook …

the idle american

the idle american

January 15th, 2015

Wash Day Blues on Black List

By Dr. DON NEWBURY

I would never knowingly trivialize, minimize or in any manner denigrate the “trying times” Thomas Paine wrote about in 1776. Americans understandably felt very much on trial.

Our nation was wobbly at best, what with King George and his fellow Brits thinking ill of us. Symbolically, they were …

the idle american

the idle american

January 8th, 2015

Mother Hubbard flies again…

By Dr. DON NEWBURY 

The calendar–unwrapped to allow rays of sunlight to warm the prospects of a brand new year–has replaced last year’s model. Alas, the old one offered potential column “tidbits” that never saw the light of day.

For most folks, 2014 calendars now are in the trash heap of “finished business.” Writers …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

January 8th, 2015

VALERIE HOWARD image

Crusader Rabbit, my hero for all seasons

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Crusader Rabbit was my first hero. The small, long-eared creature was not a super hero by today’s standards. Although having no super powers and being small stature he fought for truth and justice against overwhelming odds. Only years later would I …

library talk

library talk

January 8th, 2015

It’s the year of the ‘super patron’

By MANDY ROANE

Happy 2015 everyone! The New Year has started off great here at the library and we hope it continues to get even better. In fact, we’re so sure that this year will be super, we’ve decided to make 2015 the Year of the Super Patron!

Throughout the year, …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

December 17th, 2014

Balgaard’s bats, barn, home brew and things that go bump in the night

By STEVE LANG

“I’ve been semi-retired since I got out of the Navy.” – David Balgaard

These days, I sometimes suspect that the general public believes that real people are modeled after literary figures and not the other way around.

For the record, though, Dave Balgaard …

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