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I am the parent of two boys, ages 11 and 14.  I came to the parenting gig late so I had plenty of time to watch my friends raise their children.  I also had plenty of time to be incredibly judgmental about what I saw as their mistakes and shortcomings.  In my head I was [...]

By | October 5th, 2016|Community, Community Events|0 Comments

Adventures at the Fair – dog shows, taxidermy

I’ve recently returned from a trip down south.  Douglas, to be specific.  It’s Wyoming State Fair time and my boys were fortunate enough to have had a great Sheridan County Fair so we joined the parade of livestock trailers down the interstate. As I was musing on the subject for this column, I couldn’t help [...]

By | August 22nd, 2016|Introspections|0 Comments

‘What’s the salt on that caramel?’ and other useful phrases

There are some who think I have my own language.  This is probably because I make up words to suit my needs.  For example, the term ‘stuade,’ pronounced stwaid.  It’s kind of fun to see in print, isn’t it?  Stuade is actually a word one of my college friends made up and I use it [...]

By | July 8th, 2016|Introspections|1 Comment

We don’t just sound the alarm

I just saw a very funny commercial.  Almost as funny as the one from Geico with the mom calling the James Bond-like son during a high pressure situation and wanting to talk to him about the squirrel infestation at the parental home.  I want to say right up front that I would never do something [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Community, Introspections|0 Comments

Resources in sunny climes

Have I mentioned that I just returned from sunny California?  It was a huge sacrifice to leave Wyoming in March for the Bay Area but one must make sacrifices for one’s professional development.  Call me the sacrificial lamb.  Baaa.  I headed to the land of fruits and nuts (or vineyards and palm trees) to attend [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Community, Introspections|0 Comments

Call me Polly

I have been called a Pollyanna.  And not always in a kind, supportive way.  More in the, “Open your eyes, Amy!  There are mean people everywhere, bad things happen constantly and the world may be coming to an end at any time!  Stop with the perpetual optimism!” variety.  I won’t belabor my supersized optimism gene [...]

By | March 10th, 2016|Community, Dementia Friendly Communities|0 Comments

Weather – it’s not just for meteorologists

Editor’s Note: We are publishing some favorite past posts (unfortunate but necessary alliteration) so the time references might be confusing.  Forge on. My family and I just returned from a gorgeous horse pack trip into the Bighorns for four days.  The laundry is epic and our sunburn impressive but it was all worth it.  As someone [...]

By | January 25th, 2016|Introspections|0 Comments

Kevin Bacon’s got nothing on Wyoming

Editor's Note: We are publishing some favorite past posts (unfortunate but necessary alliteration) so the time references might be confusing.  Forge on. There are so many things I love about living in Wyoming.  Sometimes, in mid-April, when it's snowing and 18 degrees, I lose touch with those reasons but they quickly return to me when the [...]

By | January 25th, 2016|Community|0 Comments

Let’s call it a syndrome

Editor's Note: We are publishing some favorite past posts (unfortunate but necessary alliteration) so the time references might be confusing.  Forge on. I am hopelessly overscheduled.  Ask my people.  One of my best friends calls it my “syndrome.”  She says that the fact that I am absolutely unable to plan nothing for an entire day means [...]

By | January 25th, 2016|Introspections|0 Comments