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Veterans Day, 2014

Tuesday is Veterans Day, and once again the Denver community will conduct business as usual with little mention or recognition of the brave men and women who have proudly served their country. Once again, schools, banks and government offices will close for the “holiday,” but few of us will take the time to pay tribute […]

Take some time and listen to what the ‘old folks’ have to say

When I was a child I used to dread going to the annual family reunion and hearing the old folks talk about the good ol’ days. Boring. What I’d give to have just one of those “boring” days back again. I never paid attention to what they were talking about, and when I did happen […]

The Hanging Tree and Revolutionary War revenge

Sign near Biggerstaff Hanging Tree

An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth. And a noose for a noose. Most people think that the Revolutionary War ended when the British surrendered to George Washington in Yorktown in 1781. Although it’s true that no more major battles were fought, British troops remained in the United States for another two […]

Memorial Day 2011

Martin Beck's grave

Please honor those who gave their lives for our nation May 25, 2011 I was a dumb kid that summer back in 1969, filled with a dangerous mix of patriotism and an absolutely foolish lack of fear. Bold, confident, and seeking adventure, I was just the kind of person the U.S. Army was looking for […]

Free-range buffalo, and feeling a bit like Captain Gus McCrae

Buffalo grazing in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma

‘The only healthy way to live life is to learn to like all the little everyday things, like a sip of good whiskey in the evening, a soft bed, a glass of buttermilk…’ – Capt. Gus McCrae A prairie dog peeks out from its hole on a sweltering hot day and looks me squarely in […]

In Luckenbach, Texas, ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain

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‘Out in Luckenbach, Texas ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain. . .’ LUCKENBACH, Texas – There’s something about this place that keeps me coming back year after year. To me, there’s no better place to put things into perspective than the wide, open spaces of Texas, and Luckenbach is the perfect place to start the process. […]

iCaucus endorsement

iCaucus Endorses Fortenberry

Ken Fortenberry, CANDIDATE FOR NC 10 CONGRESS,  iCAUCUS ENDORSED  Cheyenne, WY, April 13, 2012:  Ken Fortenberry has received the iCaucus endorsement as candidate for North Carolina Congressional Seat 10.  iCaucus is a non-partisan, National citizen-led organization dedicated to empowering the citizens to fully participate in the electoral process, while taking the big money and special […]

National term limits group praises Fortenberry

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U.S. Term Limits praises Ken Fortenberry Fairfax, VA – U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national movement to limit terms for elected officials, praised North Carolina congressional candidate Ken Fortenberry for promising to support and co-sponsor an amendment to the U.S. Constitution limiting congressional terms. Blumel commented on Fortenberry’s pledge saying, “Ken Fortenberry is leading […]

Are the good times really over for good? Time to take America back

family 2009

From a column written by Ken Fortenberry on Thanksgiving Day, 2010. It pretty well sums up his belief that America needs to refocus  and get back on track: Maybe it was naivety and innocence of childhood, the wide-eyed optimism of youth when the blindness of reality had not yet found a place in my mind. […]

A visit with western writer Elmer Kelton

Ken with Elmer and Anna Kelton in the kitchen of their San Angelo home

A Tribute to Elmer Kelton August 26, 2009 Elmer Kelton’s life story is the story of America itself. Raised on a west Texas ranch, he fought the Nazis as a combat infantryman in World War II, fell in love with an Austrian girl, returned home to finish college and raise a family. A newspaper reporter-turned-novelist, […]

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