• Holy Toledo or Bust

    My bags are packed, and I am running away to join the circus. Well, not exactly, but I have been here before and speak with a level of authority on this topic. After months of planning, we are ready for our two-week family reunion and vacation. In a matter of days, seven family members will set out on a 20-hour trip to Toledo, Wash. Once there, we will meet up with nine other family members, play for a week, then start our trek to northern California before heading home. Wait, did I mention that…

  • One Whiskey to go

    Planning a family vacation has become the topic of every breakfast, lunch and dinner conversation at our house. All of which began with one question from my Sweet Al: “What am I going to do with Whiskey?” Depending on the day, my answers range from something mumbled under my breath to something along the line of, “Her or me!” “You’re being ugly,” my Sweet Al tells me. “You should love her. Never speak ill of a man’s dog.” It is never speaking ill of anything if done in truth as far as I’m concer…

  • Stepping out of our own shadow

    Light and dark seems to be on everyone’s mind these days. The sun came up this morning and shines, but everything looks darker. Darkness has always been here, but we fail to pay attention. We have lived in the grays of twilight too long and ignored what is happening around us. We’ve been under a cloud of darkness and the light is pushing back. Jesus says he’s the Light of the World. His light stares us in the face, and we turn our backs to him. We need to step out of our own shadow and turn arou…

  • Today's rule of thumb: How do things line up?

    The talk around Pagosa is the price of lumber: overpriced and going through the roof, but builders still build. Buyers boast of paying $100,000 over the appraisal price to beat out three or four other bidders. In the frenzy, many old houses are listed as grandfathered in, before inspections and codes. Buyers are in a state of euphoria, happy to win the bid and without concern to pay with a bucket of cash. The streets flood with out-of-town visitors with their uncontrollable excitement over their…


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