April 16, 2014
Words wiggle right off the focus group’s tongues
Dewey and Emily were the first to finish their lunches, and the two sweethearts whispered together at the nearby coffee machine while the rest of the valley’s first focus group finished up.
“Honey,” said Emily, “maybe you should let me lead the discussion? What do you think?”
“You bet. I’ll take notes.”
April 16, 2014
By Larry White
I’ve always wanted to be a hero in the eyes of my parents, my wife, Kathy, my three beautiful daughters — Abbey, Emily and Julianne or my sons — Matt and Chad. Or at least I’ve wanted to be perceived as someone’s hero.
April 2, 2014
Return of the Wheezer means springtime
Doc smiled and felt really good inside when he heard the familiar bird song.
“Hey there, Wheezer,” he said. “Happy spring!”
March 26, 2014
Fishing is about being, not catching
As a prequel to the morning coffee inhalation down at the Mule Barn coffee shop, the members of the world dilemma think tank were found at the break of day, armed with fly rods, in their other guise as charter members of the Lewis Creek Piscatorial Pursuit Alliance.
March 19, 2014
Perry and Shakespeare care for a tooth
Herb walked into O’Dontal Dental the other day, holding his hand against a swollen face. He hadn’t even made an appointment to see Perry first, and it became obvious why he hadn’t.
“Good morning, Herb,” said Andrea, the receptionist. “What can we do for you today?”
“Certainly. Have a seat and I’ll let Perry know you’re here.”
March 12, 2014
Clarice’s latest: a then-and-now situation
It’s Tuesday afternoon at two, which means Clarice Devon is on her way to the Curl Up ‘N Dye beauty salon. It’s like the sun coming up or the price of bread increasing. Tuesday. Two. Clarice.
March 5, 2014
Say a prayer for mushers
It’s the first Saturday in March, 1973, and more than 40 dog mushers are ready to leave the semi-pro baseball stadium in Anchorage and drive their teams more than 1,100 miles to Nome.
Could they really do it?
February 18, 2014
Booster dreams big while tying one on
If there’s one thing you can honestly say about Delbert McLain, he’s as persistent as a winter cough. As our Chamber of Commerce here (he’s it, you see), his fertile brain never ceases its search to turn a sleepy little valley into a cross between Wall Street and Pittsburgh.
February 12, 2014
Think tank tackles question about love
The subject was love, of course, with Valentine’s Day upon us. That’s why the grizzled and semi-grizzled members of the world dilemma think tank had settled upon it. Well, to be fair, they agreed to talk about someone else’s love life, naturally.
February 5, 2014
Tune in for operatic advice to cowboys
Our resident cowboy, Steve, brought us the shocking news: Cowpuncher Three-Chord Cortez, that bunkhouse balladeer, plans to study opera in hopes an aria or three will make him even more attractive to girls during a serenade.
Apparently, singing La Donna Mobile might be more effective than “You don’t know what lonesome is ‘til you start herding co-o-o-ows” … especially if she doesn’t speak European.