Author Archives: ljcalloway

About ljcalloway

I am a writer. I love the Rocky Mountain West. For more than 50 years my primary residence has been in the upper basin of the Rio Grande.

The Winning of the West and the Theft of Mt. Rushmore

How the Union army continued west after the Civil War. Reviews of "Lakota America" by Pekka Hamalainen and "West from Appomattox" by Heather Cox Richardson

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  By LARRY JOSEPH CALLOWAY (C) (Photos (c) are by the author unless otherwise credited) Along T-shirt row in Deadwood, the gold-gulch town in South Dakota’s Black Hills, you can read silk-screened homages to bikers, gunfighters, gamblers, anti-immigrant soldiers (“If you are reading this in English, thank the U.S. military.”)  and the armed protection of […]

Hospital Accommodates High Covid Incidence

Plus: Students Go Global For ICU Gift

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THE SAN LUIS VALLEY had 107 new verified cases of covid-19 during the two-week period ending last Thursday (6/25), and on that basis the state health department marked the incidence as “high” in the six-county region.  But it was not creating a treatment crisis like those being reported in the urban areas of Florida, Texas and […]

MAY DAY MEDITATION

Keep Yer Distance, Pilgrim

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Experiencing extreme social distancing at home on May Day, I was reminded of something I wrote as a journalist that was never published because I could not figure out how to make it topical. It was about the first American Maypole. Thomas Morton, a relocated London barrister, planted it in 1627 on a hill aboveMassachusetts Bay. […]

SMALL TOWN, FEW PEOPLE

China Tells You How To Cope With Quarantine

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By LARRY JOSEPH CALLOWAY (C) A Chinese classic, the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, offers a wise thought experiment for our pandemic times. Here is my literal translation of Verse 80 with updates in brackets: Little country, few people  [Small mountain town, closed to tourists] Devices that can do the work of 10-100    […]