Friday, May 30, 2014


I think far to many people take our freedoms for granted. We are free to vote and choose our leaders, free to speak, free bear arms, and so on.  However, now our freedoms are slowly, and deceptively being eroded away. Slowly, the government raises taxes, and wildly spends money to the point we'll become obligated to pay for it through more taxes. Even property rights are at risk.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn said, "You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - - he's free again."

Maybe this is why Jesus told us to sell all we have and give to the poor. Here lies my real freedom.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bergen Peak

We hiked up 4 miles to the summit of Bergen Peak with our friends on Monday. Afterwards, we drove over to Dan and Tammi's house for some grilling and smiling. We abused Dan about his tree that's falling over, or should have fallen over by now, but he has it tied up with a rope from across the lawn. The hope is that it will begin to grow differently if it's pulled in the opposite direction for long enough. I don't know, that didn't work too well with my kids!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pot at school

We now have a University in the Denver area teaching all about pot. Yes it's the Marijuana University on the Auraria campus.  Click here and read the article.

I know a considerate pusher. He sells candy reefers to kids who are too young to smoke!  And now the latest angle, learn about it in college.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Snowing on May 12

I left my car out last night, because there was mostly rain yesterday mixed with a little snow. Now look at it! It's not a whole lot of snow, but on May 12? Well, maybe this is a lot of snow for May 12. Supposed to be sunny and 50 tomorrow.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Skiing Cooper

Cooper Mountain has nice groomed trails to go cross country skiing on. Nancy and I enjoyed the trails over the weekend after about 3 inches of new snow fell on the ground. We had a wonderful time. The temperature was about 16 degrees, the snow perfect, and the sun came out once in a while. There was a brisk breeze, but when we were in the trees, we hardly noticed it.

As we were going down Willa"s Trail, we stopped to take in the view of Mt. Massive in the distance. It was great to see so much snow in the mountains this year. Maybe we'll have plenty of water without rationing.

Of course, I had to show off and demonstrate that I could stand on one ski and scratch my nose. Nancy said I was on a "boast to boast" tour! I suppose I should listen to her more often.

It was pretty cold out. I saw this one guy snowshoeing up the hill and he had his toupee on upside down! Anyway, we had a great time over the weekend. We met Mark and Teena in Leadville for dinner. They were skiing "Copper," while we were skiing "Cooper."

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Nancy and I were in Leadville over the weekend. Below is a sign we saw in front of a public building on the way to breakfast. We had a good laugh because of our neighbors who call their dog "Day Worker." He does odd jobs around he house. I imagine that public officials feel the same way about dogs. The sign doesn't really work though. In the winter, dogs are like arctic explorers, they go from pole to pole!

Monday, March 10, 2014

North Ten Mile

Yesterday, we met Mark and Teena at the Butterhorn for breakfast and then snow shoed up the North Ten Mile trail. The trail was well used but it was terrific for shoeing, on and off the path.

As you can see the weather was spectacular. When we started hiking up the mountain it was 12 degrees. When we returned it was 48!

The creek was beautiful, the air quiet, and snow was perfect. Why wait for summer to come along when you've got this! How could it be so beautiful up here?

I will extol You, my God, O King,
And I will bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.
Psalm 145:1-7

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Verse of the week

I went to my men's group this morning and the speaker was one of the guys in our group. His house burned down (to the ground) and everything in it last week. He shared this verse which has been on his heart.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Banff Mountain Film Festival

I went to the Banff Mountain Film Festival with some of my friends last night. It's held at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Denver. The films were really good and mostly about skiing, mountain biking, climbing,  surfing, etc. All the stuff I like. You know I made my first movie when I was a baby. They paddled my part. That was a good thing for the leading lady who was holding me at the time!  We saw three movies before the intermission, then seven afterwards. They had a raffle which I almost won (only seven numbers off). There were booths in the lobby from North Face, National Geographic, Cliff Bar, etc. etc. it was lots of fun.

One of the pictures was a short five minute film on nude skiing, in powder no less!! In the old days performers used to play parts. Now they reveal them! I think my favorite film was about these two guys that went surfing above the arctic circle, in winter! They built a house out of trash they found on the beach and trudged through the snow everyday to go surfing.

Saturday, February 22, 2014


My two granddaughters are learning how to shop. Daisy is learning how to push a cart and June is learning how to ride and eat cookies at the same time! They still need to learn how to pick up a tomato in a supermarket, squeeze it ten different ways, then ask the produce man, "How much do you want for this rotten tomato?"

The other thing they still have to learn is the cost of everything. Food is so expensive these days. I tried to explain that coffee is worth more a pound than I am! Unfortunately, they believed me!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Shoeing at Guanella Pass

Nancy and I went snow shoeing with Chris and Jim at Guanella Pass on Saturday. It was a little windy out in the open areas, but in the shelter of the trees, it was wonderful. Plus the temperatures were in the low 40"s at 11,669 feet!!

We've done quite a bit of hiking and biking over the years with Chris and Jim and consider them such wonderful friends. After the hike, we drove into Bailey and had a nice lunch at Rustic Station.

The trail follows Geneva Creek down from the pass. Then the creek makes it's way down the mountain into Grant and flows into the North Fork of the South Platte. We thought we'd pose for a photo but tried to stay away from the creek's edge. You can't tell where the creek ends and the snow starts. In many places, the creek runs completely under the snow and you can't even see the creek. Walk over that and you'd have a shocking surprise!

The wooded areas were best because we felt sheltered from the wind. You know it's windy when the chill factor exceeds the speed limit! In fact, it's still windy today. I drove by the zoo and saw a zebra gluing on his stripes!

Maybe we'll go back here this summer. I saw a few nice fishing spots and of course Nancy can't be resisted by any fish! She catches all of them. Although, good fishing for me is a matter of timing. You have to get there yesterday.

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Nancy and I went cross country skiing this morning. We drove up to the Audubon Center and skied around some of the lakes and then over to the S. Platte River.

The weather was beautiful, maybe 45 degrees, so the snow was melting quickly. Earlier this week we had a couple days of below zero weather. I think the high for those days was something like eight degrees and at night it would drop to -13. Brrrr.

There is something to be said for living in Colorado. We drove at most, about 5 minutes to this area and we were out in the wilderness within minutes. Guess what we're doing next weekend!

Sunday, January 12, 2014


Our good friends, Craig and Kathy sent us this photo the other day. We were living in Bowling Green, KY at the time and house sitting for one of my professors for the summer. I was in graduate school and Nancy was working at the police department. We'd been married maybe six months. Looking back, I have to say that youth is the first fifty years of your life, and the first nineteen of everybody else's!

For the life of me, I can't figure out what she saw in me. Look at those shorts! And yes, I was sucking in my stomach. At the time, I thought I was pretty cool. Youth is always ready to give maturity the benefit of its inexperience! Nevertheless, it was a fun time in our lives, and she still loves me after 37 years. That says a lot about her!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Government RFP for humor

Yes, it's true! The U.S. Treasury Department, The Bureau of Public Debt (BPD), posted an RFP for a contractor a few years ago to provide "Humor in the Workplace."  While the government sought humor, most of us no longer find amusing on the matter of public debt. Click on link below...

Government Humor