BARBWIRE BOB – Ramblin’ around the corral with Bob Sweeney

I think the trees around our cities have been gorgeous. I’ve been worried that an early snow might do some very serious damage, but it looks like the trees will survive.  Mother Nature has a nasty way of trimming trees with the soft summer branches ripped to the ground.

Growing up as a youth I would look out our living room window and  nestled in a large popular tree, my mother had placed a framed copy of Joyce Kilmer’s immortal poem TREES.

Here is the salute to our magnificent trees:


I think I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed against the earth’s sweet flowing breast.
A tree that looks at God all day.
And lifts her leafy arms to pray.
A tree that in summer wears a nest of Robins in her hair,
Upon whose bosom snow has lain,
Who untimely lives with rain,
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Author, Joyce Kilmer


The leaves are falling near all of the election campaign signs, soon to disappear.  A few will linger and weather  poorly as the winter snows arrive.  At last we can salute the winners, console the losers, and conduct the challenging business of running our cities and schools.  May the winners heed voter concerns and be diligent in their duties.  Good government begins in our own backyards.


In the fifth grade Mrs. Cecelia Leggett, a rancher’s wife from Baggs, Wyoming was my teacher.  She had us memorize two poems, “Casey At The Bat” and “In Flanders Field.”  

Veteran’s Day is November 11, and a Canadian surgeon Lt. Col. John D. McCrae penned a historic World War 1 on May 3, 1915 during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium.

We salute all of our veterans, past and present, and honor them for their service:

                                       IN FLANDERS FIELD

In Flanders Field the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place. While in the sky
the larks still bravely singing, fly unheard,
amid the guns below.
We are the dead.  Short days ago
We lived, felt dawns, saw sunsets glow, 
Loved and were loved, but now we lie
in Flanders Field.
Take up our quarrel with the foe!
In you from falling hands we throw
The torch.  Be yours to bear it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep tho’ poppies blow in 
in Flanders Field.
– Author Lt. Co. John D. McCrae


Wednesday evening,  I attended a program at the  Las Brisas Mexican restaurant.  The private organization was founded by former Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Doty and is now chaired by former Littleton Mayor Bruce Beckman. Nancy moved to Arizona last year, but her organization lives on in her honor.  

The program features various political speakers and the program, along with a delicious Mexican buffet. The evening speaker was Eric Aadland from Jefferson County, who is a candidate for the United States Senate.

Eric was a West Point graduate in 2002, and a recipient of two Bronze Star Medal for Valor as a combat veteran in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the son of retired Major Gen. Anders and Sandra Aadland.   

He departed from the U.S. Army as a Captain after ten years of service and entered the oil and gas industry. His work led him to Israel where he managed the construction of the Leviathan  project in Dor, Israel, leading to that nation’s energy independence.

Eric presents a strong message on defending the freedoms that American’s enjoy.  He presents a strong message of independence and supporting the Constitution that he defended gallantly on the battlefield.

The young men and women who have been fighting our armed conflicts deserve to represent our country in Washington D.C.  The U.S. Senate is a challenging race and no doubt Eric will be on the front line of the campaign.  There are now eight candidates in the race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator Michael Bennet.  The  winner must first win the GOP primary election in the summer of 2022.    


While we have just completed the Nov. 2 election we now enter the mid-term elections that will include new Congressional Districts and new State Representative and Senate districts.  There  will be a stampede of candidates of both political parties for these party positions.   State office holders, including the governor, will be on the ballot next November.