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Creating an altar for dogs on Day of the Dead

Creating an altar for dogs on Day of the Dead

Photos of the three most significant dogs in my life are in my bedroom, so why build an altar for them? Why not? Was my short answer. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has been a ritual for thousands of years. It’s an Aztec tradition rooted in what is today Mexico....

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Appreciating a motor while peddaling

Appreciating a motor while peddaling

  My old baby has a new home and I have a new baby. After a quarter of a century, I said goodbye to the first mountain bike I owned. She served me well. She was a Trek hardtail that I bought when I lived in Las Vegas in the mid-1990s. I rode her everywhere,...

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‘Sleeping with Strangers’ available in bookstores

‘Sleeping with Strangers’ available in bookstores

When I started the Airbnb hosting gig in 2015 I never thought it would turn into a book. In fact, it took a while for the idea to even enter my mind. Well, today, the book is a reality. Sleeping with Strangers: An Airbnb Host’s Life in Lake Tahoe and Mexico went on...

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Halloween a sweet injection of cash into the economy

Halloween a sweet injection of cash into the economy

  Halloween is big business. This is expected to be a record year for spending in the U.S., according to the National Retail Federation. NRF says 2022 should beat the 2021 record of $10.14 billion in sales, with nearly $10.7 billion in sales predicted. Most of...

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Waterfalls tumble through majestic slot canyon

Waterfalls tumble through majestic slot canyon

Cold water should only be for drinking. Certainly not standing or walking in. At least that’s what I thought before traipsing through a spectacular slot canyon to Kanarra Falls in southern Utah earlier this month. Walls in various shades of red loomed above us as we...

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Coming to grips with an obesity diagnosis

Coming to grips with an obesity diagnosis

  I knew I had gained weight, but I didn’t know I was obese. This was not what I wanted to hear, especially considering I was on vacation and was in Utah to compete as an athlete. One of the bonuses of the Huntsman World Senior Games is the opportunity to partake...

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Book Review: Biography about Sarah Winnemucca

Book Review: Biography about Sarah Winnemucca

The more I read, the more I realize I know so little about American Indian history. Their history is all of our history. That’s why it matters. The problem is history has not been written from an objective point of view, let alone all points of view. I probably would...

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