The Role Of The Activated Bystander: A Rope to Hold Onto In A Frayed Nation 

A Multiple-Choice Question That Is Harder to Answer than You Might Realize at First   In the photograph that appears above, what is this woman doing? ) She is cultivating inner peace through the practice of transcendental meditation. ) She is preparing to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). ) She is facing up…

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Like a Bridge over Troubled Water:

An Attempt to Infrastand Infrastructure   Before we begin, we must first understand what is concrete . . . . Timothy P. Dolen, “Historical Development of Durable Concrete for the Bureau of Reclamation”   Paul Simon’s “Like a Bridge over Troubled Water” is my leading candidate for designation as the best known and most influential…

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The Midnight Rodeo:

Larry McMurtry, Me, and Our Abject Failure to Feud     A Texan Article of Faith And push will always come to shove you On that midnight rodeo. Lyle Lovett, “Farther Down the Line”   Note from Coloradan Limerick to Texan Lovett: The word “always” may be important for the song’s rhythm. But it doesn’t…

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A Time Beyond Comprehension:

The Afternoon of March 22, 2021   Millions of people across the country and the world unite with the residents of Boulder in dismay over the sudden ending of ten lives, and in sympathy for the bereavement felt by family members, friends, and co-workers of the people who were killed. That is really all there…

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Protesting In The Redwoods And Moderating In The Rockies

Variations On A Theme   “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” William Shakespeare, Hamlet   When I started college at the University of California at Santa Cruz in the late 1960s, I took to protesting like a duck to water. When I started hosting controversial speakers at the University of Colorado in the early…

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