Tied to the Post

Lately, I know I am feeling my age because all I talk about is how the world has changed and how I am unprepared for the “new normal.” Every day I find myself humming 1970s songs from Linda Ronstadt, Poco, and the Eagles. When I speak with my siblings, they are struggling with the same issues....
High temperatures typically don’t affect me, but last week it was hot, and I mean hot, even for this small desert community. Heat stroke has never been one of my ambitions, so I knew I had to be careful. As a result, I waited until almost 7 p.m. to get on the bicycle. By that time the sun was...
“Normal” is a relative term, especially in a place as independent and contrary as Bluff. Like everyone else, we have been adjusting to the new reality caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Early into the crisis, the town council of Bluff declared that all commercial operations, including restaurants,...
Recently one of our loyal readers asked Rick how “Tied to the Post” got its name. Rick had never actually considered the question, so he didn’t have an adequate response. As Napoleon Bonaparte suggested, “History is the version of past events that people decide to agree upon.” At Twin Rocks...
There are times when I confuse my wife, my kids, my coworkers, and even myself. It is, however, relatively rare that I confound all of us at the same time. That, however, was the case several years ago when I bought a 1936 Chevy Sedan Delivery. Having come of age during the muscle car era of the...
Yesterday, Susie and I drove the 75 miles north of Bluff to an area called Indian Creek Corridor on route to Canyonlands National Park. Our purpose was to re-visit a famous archaeological site known as Newspaper Rock, located in what currently remains of the Bears Ears National Monument. While...
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a few months ago I decided to get back in shape. That crisis seemed a good reason for me to also shed a few unwanted pounds. Unfortunately, I started to look a little like Mr. Potato Head, just not as handsome. Mrs. Potato Head began to take notice. One of...
It’s been a long time coming, but the Crazy Crow Café at Twin Rocks has finally arrived. Steve has been considering a new restaurant concept for over ten years, and that plan is now a reality. Under the guidance of Frances van der Stappen, the cafe’s general manager, our new casual Four Corners...
A “charm,” the collective noun used to describe a group of our tiny feathered aviators, has returned to Bluff for the season. Susie put out her first feeder in late March, and Frances filled the six stations on the Twin Rocks Café porch a week later. Ever since then, we’ve had a fine flock of our...
Due to the worldwide reset commonly referred to as COVID-19, Grange, our 20-year-old son, has returned to Bluff after a two-year stint at the University of Utah. Grange was just finishing his sophomore year in the Honors College at the “U” when the crisis struck. While he is sure to complete the...

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