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UNPACKING THE BACKPACK – The Proust questionnaire

Marcel Proust, a French novelist, essayist, and critic from the early twentieth century, is probably best known for his iconic, massive novel Remembrance of Things Past. The book follows the narrator’s recollection of childhood and his transition into adulthood, pondering the loss of time and the eternal search for meaning. In contemporary times, Proust may …

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BARBWIRE BOB 2-2-23

I departed ranch life after graduating from high school in Craig, Co. to attend Colorado A&M.  My goal was to become a veterinarian and return to the ranch life with my father and my four uncles who all had adjoining ranches in rural Moffat County. My dad really liked the concept of me becoming a  …

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BARBWIRE BOB – 1-26-23

The 117th National Western Stock Show has concluded another sensational year.  Denver and Colorado can be proud of this major event that showcases cowboys, vendors, kids, livestock, and agriculture. The show is well done, and the opening day had 60,000 people in attendance.  Congratulations to Paul Andrews, president and CEO of the National Western Stock …

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BARBWIRE BOB – 1-19-23

My family, Gerri, daughter Susan, and myself, were invited to the swearing in ceremony for the new Arapahoe County elected officials last week at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds.  What a splendid facility, spacious inside, several hundred white chairs for invited guests, and trays of refreshments for dinnertime guests. Outgoing County Commissioner from Aurora Nancy Jackson …

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UNPACKING THE BACKPACK – GV should restore arts scholarship

In the film Dead Poets Society, teacher John Keating, played by Robin Williams, tells his students this: “Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are the things we stay alive for.” I would add the term “art” to his list, for that is …

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OPINION – How two state governors were treated for shipping migrants to other states

My last column discussed the hundreds of illegal immigrants arriving in Denver, overwhelming city services, despite Denver’s proud claim to be a sanctuary city. My point was that city and state officials were getting what they asked for, only to discover that they really didn’t like or want it after all. As Denver is being …

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