TOP FIVE: Best Westerns

Most of my life (maybe even now) I’ve dreamed of being a cowboy. What kid hasn’t, especially places like Colorado and New Mexico where America’s most enduring icon remains remarkably relevant in the form of working ranches and mini cattle drives?

What’s Your Road, Man?

Denver has always struggled just a little bit to define itself, wavering like the weather between being a cowboy kingdom, a pioneer paradise, some sort of alpine L.A., a mellower Boston or an open-minded Arizona with better sports teams and real snow. For me, Colorado has always been that place where people from everywhere else … Continued

Elwayville: Lessons Passed on from Father to Son

My father, Glenn Kray left this world on September 20, at home, surrounded by his loving family. But the good life he lived will continue to resonate in all of us that he leaves behind. For those of you who never met him, I would like you to know he was a good man. My … Continued

Elwayville: The Road Trip not Taken

Basketball players have a saying: You miss every shot you don’t take. The same could be said of road trips. In college, I missed out on a trip to ski New England’s legendary Tuckerman Ravine with three other guys named Pete. I think I stuck around campus for some memorably unmemorable barbecue or keg party, … Continued

Elwayville: The Last Nature Poet

I grew up on the writing of Jack London, Beryl Markham, Mark Twain, James Fenimore Cooper, J.R.R. Tolkien, Zora Neale Hurston and Louis L’Amour. For a kid in Colorado, the worlds of White Fang, Huck Finn, West with the Night, the Sacketts and even Middle Earth were easily imagined, and more easily accessed just by heading up … Continued

Elwayville: Water Dogs

You know who loves playing in the water even more than you? Your everloving canine companion.

Elwayville: Real Nature

Do you find it in your expensive new Sprinter van, rushing to every spot there is to visit off the open highway, or just by doing nothing at all?

Elwayville: Denver’s Gift

Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast is my favorite book. I read it once a year. I especially love the beginning of the chapter “A False Spring,” where Papa writes: “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if … Continued