Three Ladies and a Cowboy: Buy Good Roots Music for Xmas

Black Friday. Small Biz Saturday. Sunday. Cyber Monday. Whatever Whenever. There’s no good excuse not to buy somebody you love some good music for Christmas. Or Hanukkah, Or Kwanzaa, Or Yuletide. Or Whatever. The Americana Radio Charts et al are bursting with late year releases of Roots and Traditional Country music.  New stuff is Autumn […]

2016 Blog Posts in Review—Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty

2016 was a year for the books.  I read a lot more this year, and listened to a lot of good music, so that’s a good thing.  On the other hand, as demographics and biology would decree, our Greatest Generation and Baby Boomer heroes passed away at a seemingly increasing rate—time even started catching up […]

Livability Index: AARP Contributes a Tool Box of Community Indicators

If you create a city that’s good for an 8 year old and good for an 80 year old, you will create a successful city for everyone. — 8-80 Cities A well-designed place works for all of its residents, from the youngest family to the eldest veteran.  We seem to have forgotten that in our […]

Development Professional Available

Friends, I am currently seeking a new opportunity in community and economic development, policy analysis or public administration, particularly in the Rocky Mountain or Great Plains states.  I do my best work with a small team of professionals dedicated to excellence in public service.  I am also considering opportunities where I could apply my skills in […]

Meet Some New Friends Doing Interesting Things In Community Development

Spring is in the air.  Local citizens are coming out of their winter’s cocoons and are eager to do something.  You’re right on top of that, coaxing your friends and neighbors to stop pushing buttons (between planning and doing) and starting to move their Flywheel of incremental, constant improvement.  You’ve spent your winter getting to Know […]

Small Victories: A Public Participation Save in South Cheyenne

“You can’t save everybody / Everybody don’t want to be saved” –Kieran Kane Everybody agreed the unincorporated community needed attention. The County Comprehensive Plan had highlighted concerns with increasing density in the area just outside city limits. The City Comp Plan had acknowledged the community’s vision as “an attractive, semi-rural neighborhood”. The State Rural Development […]

Transitions and Commitments: Best of the Blog 2014

This was a year of transitions and commitments.  I changed jobs, changed states, and started to follow my ancestor Pvt. Orrin Brown on his march with Gen. Sherman to the Sea.  In the new year, we’ll follow him as they turn North for home.  And I hope you’ll follow me as I explore new stories […]

Cheyenne-Laramie County, Wyoming, Historical Timeline

A summary of major (and interesting) events in the history of Cheyenne and Laramie County, Wyoming. 1833 Fort William, later Ft John/Ft Laramie, established by trapper William Sublette at the confluence of the Laramie and North Platte rivers. 1849 US Army purchases Ft Laramie from American Fur Company. 1850 US Army engineers survey guided by […]