Mission: LIG

Following the advice of Golden Zen, I was planning to write letters to those who have wronged me as part of the process of “letting it go.” It’s a method that has worked well for me in the...

Wandering around Uptown

I started this blog a little over a month ago, on the first day of the Democratic National Convention and the day after my forty-sixth birthday. So far it’s been exhilarating and scary by turns...

Dark Shadows

Anybody out there remember Dark Shadows? I have a distinct memory of coming home from kindergarten, sitting down in front of the TV, and watching that show while my mom fixed me a hot dog. Fried in...

The Sweet Tooth Sagas

I’ve been trying to pull my sweet tooth for years. It wasn’t always this way. I could eat whatever sweets I wanted, thought nothing of putting two tablespoons of sugar into each of...

Ears and Fears

Todd has been a sounds guy all his life. Yes, I know it should be “sound guy,” but I wrote it that way because he’s been in a band, released some CDs (as 404 Not Found), done...

Any Way You Want It

Colorado gave birth to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (Durango) and Enstrom’s (Grand Junction) and Belvedere Belgian Chocolate Shop (Castle Rock). There’s definitely a wine and chocolate...

Illegal Immigrants as Terrorists?

In the process of copyediting a manuscript recently, I came across the website for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It used to be two separate agencies: the Immigration and...

Comparing Two Giants

During my childhood in Kansas City, Missouri, the long, white, Russell Stover boxes showed up around the house on a regular basis. I always thought that Russell Stover was a Kansas City company. And...

MonHaibun: Restoration

It was the longest walk ever, up Carnage Canyon to our worksite. At least an hour of balancing on our heels, or sometimes not. As crew leader, all I could do was ask her after the fall, “Are...

Galveston and Anahuac NWR Before Ike

I’ve been reading a lot about Hurricane Ike in the last few days. Someone who was doing a search for Gilchrist found this post on Blogger, which I wrote in April 2007 while doing a road trip...

Blown Away

201 University Blvd, Denver Cherry Creek North 303-322-1005 www.enstrom.com Bus directions: the 83L is the most direct route, running from Civic Center Station; the 1 and 2 also run from Cherry Creek...

MonHaibun: Observer

Saturday was a day of quiet loneliness, the Boulder Reservoir deserted by people and, mostly, by sun. Even the lifeguard had time to chat, and a man with an Italian accent accosted me about the movie...

Omnivore’s 100

I’m not one to usually participate in memes, but this one created by Andrew at Very Good Taste actually looked interesting. (I actually heard of it from Columbus Foodie.) Here’s what I want you to...

Where Is Wen?

Wen Chocolates 1541 Platte Street, Denver 303-477-5765 (store) www.wenchocolates.com Bus directions: the 10, 44, 28, and 32 go by on 15th Note: Wen Chocolates closed its Platte retail location on...

MonHaibun: Eldest

Bristlecone pines twist for strength at the top. Micro-landscapes shifting every few feet, spongy grasses to willow carr to scatterings of violet flowers, smaller than my thumbnail, the tallest of...

Hillary Does Her “Duty”

It’s after midnight, but it’s not the DNC that’s keeping me awake; I’m pretty sure it’s the two Aleve I took right before bed at 10 pm. I watched Hillary’s August...