There are a lot of references to doing one’s civic duty throughout the year. Making a change in the community involves more than signing up to help a local organization or two. It means taking time on Election Day to vote.
Rural community life is dependent on the bond between community members. No matter what is going on politically or economically, people do reach out and make a difference in the lives of their fellow residents.
What should I pack?” asked a first-time visitor to the White River valley. This question is often asked as if there is a definitive answer. No one understands when most people respond with a vague answer that indicates even year-round residents don’t have a clue.
Where did all the deer go?” Wildlife management experts were asked. Talk about predators, habitat decimation and not maintaining the health of the herd ensued. Town residents appeared a bit perplexed, as most responded to that question quickly and easily.
Every few years or so, a survey gauging the health and well-being of the community arrives in the mailbox. Some residents dutifully document their opinions, while others put it in their to-do pile or throw it away.
A long time ago dialing a wrong number was an occasion for staying on the phone.
The sturdy black and white border collie, Tug, was firm and focused.
The beginning of school is usually the introduction of a time-honored tradition in the primary grade classroom: show and tell. Preschoolers and kindergarteners delight in sharing items they picked up during summer vacation or even a special rock or stick they found out in the yard.
“Dude” is one old-fashioned word that has become modern.
“We are so glad to be able to hello each other” the editor of the Meeker Herald noted more than 100 years ago, shortly after the telephone lines were connected between Meeker and Buford.
Are we there yet?” takes on new meaning when one heads up the White River to share a favorite hiking and fishing spot.
Spring was three weeks late, the summer monsoons three weeks early and even the reliable western sunshine all of us have come to count on popped in and out unpredictably. Weather watching now tops the list of time wasters. One just never knows if it is possible to count on a few hours without precipitation [...]