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Hey Grads, Your Learning Days Are Not ver . . . Not By a Long Shot

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I am not afraid of tomorrow for I have seen yesterday and I love today. – William Allen White

This is a message for 2017 graduates – there are just two times in your lives when you feel you are done with learning and just do not want to learn any more.

Running Hard Toward Life’s Home Plate; Count Your Lifetime by Innings Played

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It was 21 years ago this spring that my old friend Loraine Ocenas emceed my 50th birthday party and claimed its theme was: “How does it feel to have your future behind you?”

My answer, of course, was “my best years are ahead of me” and indeed, that turned out to be true.

TV Show Scheduled About Grisly Murder of Mother and Her Two Boys, 37 Years Ago

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Investigation Discovery, a network featuring the solving of horrible crimes, was in Wyoming this past week filming the story about how Virginia Uden and her two sons were murdered in Fremont County 37 years ago.

Can’t Get Away From Wyoming Even When 2,000 Miles Away

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So there we were, enjoying Easter week in Dallas with our daughter and family. Although we were a long way from Wyoming, headlines in the Dallas newspaper were asking questions about why Gov. Greg Abbott had hidden a horrible accident from constituents for almost a year.

Favorite Political Stories About the State’s Leaders

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For a long time, the Riverton radio station KVOW was located in a small house along the Big Wind River.

Unbeknownst to statewide politicians back in 1984, the radio station moved and the building was turned into a private residence.

Tell Me Again, How Do People Stay Together and Be Married So Long?

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My recent column about couples celebrating long marriages sure generated a lot of comments. I thought these were wonderful. Here goes:

Would You Believe That the Biggest Ship in the World Once Was the Wyoming?

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In this world, there are big ships. And there are really, really big ships.

To put the name Wyoming in the same sentence as “the biggest wooden ship ever built” just would not make sense to most residents of this state.

But it is true.

Springtime Around These Parts Can be Balmy and Blizzardy

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Ah, spring.

In much of the United States, spring is a time of tilling the soil, putting out flower plants and long walks in short sleeve shirts.

Wyoming Said Good-bye to Some Significant Folks Recently

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Recently, we have found ourselves saying good-bye to people who were influential to us and other folks around Wyoming.

Relationships – How on Earth Do You Stay Married for 50 years?

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Over the years, I have become convinced there is something about Wyoming that makes being married for 50 years easier here than in other places.

Passing Out Counterfeit $100 Bills on the Las Vegas Strip is a Bad Idea

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A few weeks ago, we were spending some warm weather time in Las Vegas. It felt good to enjoy some 75-degree weather after enduring January’s temperatures of -29 and winter conditions like 17 inches of fresh snow in Lander.

Everyone Has a Wyoming Dog Story: Here is Mine From a Few Years Ago

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If there ever was a place that required everyone to own a dog, it probably would be Wyoming. This is a true dog-loving state. And everyone has their favorite dog story. Here is mine:

Our old family dog, Shadow, had been listless and seemed not well for most of the long winter months.

On the Road Again; Eight States, Lots of Empty Space

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What can you learn about America after traveling through eight states over the past four weeks?

Perhaps the biggest shock to a Wyomingite is that there is so much empty space out there in other states other than the Cowboy State.

The Key for Journalists on Being Relevant in Today’s Digital Age

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Journalists today face both the best of times and the worst of times.

The good news is there is so much news to cover. And there is an unlimited audience out there that wants to feast on your excellent reporting.

Charlie Belden Chronicled State’s History in Photography

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The first time I heard of Charlie Belden was during a visit to Omaha where my old friend Lee Myers lives a nice retired life with his wife Barbara.

Perhaps it’s the Water? Folks Live Long Lives Here

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Wyoming’s oldest person is Leonard Ross of Jackson at 107. He attained that singular honor when a hero of mine, Leola Maude Dollard Reschke of Lander died last November at the age of 108.

Rising From the Plains Describes State’s Geology

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Re-reading an old favorite book is much like renewing an acquaintance with an old friend. The experience is rewarding and fulfilling.

This happened to me recently when I picked up John McPhee’s classic book about Wyoming geology, Rising from the Plains.

Lots of Older Conservative Folk Favor Medical Marijuana for State

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One of the most conservative members of the Wyoming State Senate is Cale Case (R-Lander). He favors approval of a medical marijuana bill and says there is a surprising amount of support for such an effort among older, conservative Wyomingites.

Welcome to 2017 – Can’t Have Champagne Lifestyle on Beer Budget

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My immediate thoughts about predicting the first part of Wyoming’s upcoming year 2017 include some not so joyous conclusions.

Some Ideal Christmas Gifts With a Cowboy State Feel

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Ken Smith of Laramie has a great idea for an ideal Christmas gift – he thought someone should go around the state and “bundle up” all the different craft beers and market them as a package.

Not sure how that could be done, but sounded good to me.