Don’t throw it all away. Talk about it.

I’ll tell you right now – writing this particular column petrifies me. Unlike my past columns, which are mostly non-controversial, this one has a little something to offend nearly everyone if they try hard enough. But that’s why the CVC is hosting Community Conversations, constructive dialogue about difficult subjects. We’re tackling hard topics in a [...]

By | January 18th, 2019|Community, Community Events|0 Comments

Civility can and should reign

I’m proud and deeply grateful to live in a democracy.  It’s a privilege and most times a pleasure.  That is, until the political season. Then it’s a hideous slog through vitriol flung from all sides until election day. I don’t listen to talk radio (I don’t count NPR as talk radio), I don’t watch national [...]

By | November 12th, 2018|Community, Community Events, Introspections|0 Comments

Looking for hope? Look to our future leaders

Another year, another CampFIRE in the books.  The CVC’s youth leadership camp is the official start of summer for us. For those of you who have real fears about the country’s youth and our collective future, I urge you to drop into Camp Roberts some year and meet these graduating eighth graders.  You’ll feel much [...]

By | June 20th, 2018|Community, Community Events, Introspections|1 Comment

We want YOU (and your input)

Perhaps you’ll remember my last column - the civility and kindness-themed one where I illustrated the lack of both these qualities in my children and our nation’s current dialogue.  I’m sure you either posted it on your fridge as a cautionary tale to your own children or you added it to the scrapbook you’ve made [...]

By | April 9th, 2018|Community, Community Events, Introspections|0 Comments

Let ‘kind and civil’ describe us

Kindness and civility.  Has anyone ever used those two terms to describe their children’s relationship with each other?  I doubt it.  And if they did, it would be the Chardonnay talking.  It doesn’t matter how much I try to instill the importance of being kind to the boys, apparently, it does not begin at home.  [...]

By | March 4th, 2018|Community, Community Events|2 Comments

Who’s the turkey now?

Thanksgiving is almost upon us.  It is a time to give thanks, gather friends and family together, watch football and, of course, eat oneself into a turkey coma. Mike and I have been hosting Turkey Day since way before we got married and it’s always been a blast.  We take in all the orphans – [...]

By | November 17th, 2017|Community, Introspections|0 Comments

This sale’s for you

I am a dude.  Not a dude in the surfer sense or as a Big Lebowski reference.  Specifically, a city-dweller, especially one vacationing on a ranch in the western United States (credit: dictionary.com).  This is why I was fortunate enough to make Wyoming my home lo these 25 years ago.  The HF Bar Ranch in Saddlestring, [...]

By | August 4th, 2017|Community, Community Events|0 Comments

Parents – teenager training

Parenting a teenager is not for weenies.  Those of you who have undertaken it know the struggle is real.  Those of you who have only been teens should remember the awkwardness, the endless moments of humiliation, the fear of being noticed, the fear of being unnoticed.  It's just brutal. The surging hormones mean teens are [...]

By | April 24th, 2017|Community, Community Events, Introspections|2 Comments