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  • Observations From The Planet 9/15/17

    Observations From The Planet 9/15/17

    When things are not going your way or when serious shit goes down it’s all too easy for people to start pointing the finger at ethnic, cultural, or religious groups as the root cause. It is also the intellectually lazy approach to dealing with societal...

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  • Eclipse Road Trip

    Eclipse Road Trip

    It was February 1979 the last time I had the chance to see a total solar eclipse. The path that one took stretched from the Pacific Northwest of Oregon and Washington, through Idaho, and finally Montana, just skimming my hometown of Billings before extending into...

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  • Seven New Deadly Sins

    Seven New Deadly Sins

    Everyone has heard of “The Seven Deadly Sins.” This old Christian tradition includes the “sins” of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. Well, I have some of my own, that morally and culturally have either been ignored or not prioritized by our leaders and...

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  • The Scourge Of Concert Ticket Prices

    The Scourge Of Concert Ticket Prices

    Ever wonder why the price of concert tickets is so high? Any of you who are older than the kids or young adults of today probably remember prices in decades past that were fractions of what they are today. Is this just a symptom of...

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  • Peak Review: Otter Mountain (Elevation 12,766-Feet)

    Peak Review: Otter Mountain (Elevation 12,766-Feet)

    I have wanted to climb Otter Mountain for years.  According to the Internet this Front Range peak is not popular.  I translate that as most people don’t know about it or even think to consider it for a hike.  For me it is simple: I...

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  • 2017 Hiking Preview

    2017 Hiking Preview

    July and August are coming soon and it’s that time of the year to really start planning any alpine adventures in Colorado’s highest mountains. I’ve climbed something like 120 mountains in Colorado but I’ve been really slacking lately and need to aim high for this...

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  • The Real Problem Behind Lawns

    The Real Problem Behind Lawns

    One nice thing about living in the mountains away from civilization is that it’s not necessary to grow and maintain a lawn. Trees, other native plants, and rocks suffice just fine. Natural landscape is always better than human engineered in my opinion. Lawns and flower...

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  • Leadership In The Fog

    Leadership In The Fog

    It has been pointed out to me recently that I need to do a better job communicating my points in a more measured, respectful way if I am to affect change, rather than just adding to the conflicts our society is already mired in. Whether...

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  • A Year’s Reflection On Katatonia

    A Year’s Reflection On Katatonia

    Katatonia was formed in Stockholm Sweden in 1991 by Anders Nystrom and Jonas Renkse. I was a late comer, having not heard them until 2009 and their 8th studio album Night Is The New Day. I would certainly have become a fan years before had I...

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  • The U.S. Healthcare Debacle And The Real Issues No One Is Talking About

    The U.S. Healthcare Debacle And The Real Issues No One Is Talking About

    Let me make this real simple for everyone: The reason healthcare in this country is so expensive is because we allow people to make a profit off the health of others. No, I’m not talking about doctors, nurses, and medical assistants who physically interact with...

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