Items by Laura Pritchett

Colorado’s wildfires require a drastic and collective fix
Colorado’s wildfires require a drastic and collective fix
Climate change should be seen as a number one priority.
The beauty — and dangers — of living wild
The beauty — and dangers — of living wild
Two new fearless memoirs deliver stories of pragmatism and boundless courage.
On love in Death Valley, and what’s been lost
On love in Death Valley, and what’s been lost
An ode to a time of both sorrow and new found laughter.
What to do if you had just one day left to live
What to do if you had just one day left to live
Two writers contemplate their last moments.
Knocked down by the election? Here’s how to move on.
Knocked down by the election? Here’s how to move on.
As Donald Trump takes office, natural rhythms remind us of larger patterns.
He didn’t die with dignity (so I threw a party)
An ode to germs, guts and gardens
An ode to germs, guts and gardens
When calamity strikes, a gardener finds her way back to the basics.
Writing beyond the reservation stereotype
Writing beyond the reservation stereotype
A Native author creates characters who are making a life in the urban West.
On crossing the border, writing novels and mangos
An ode to snow
An ode to snow
Laura Pritchett on the joy of snow.
I don't love my dog
I don't love my dog
It's hard to love your dog when she keeps rolling in dead animals and bringing half-eaten deer parts into your formerly tranquil home.
Can an old mine become a work of art?
Can an old mine become a work of art?
The old Ute-Ule mine site outside Lake City, Colo., is under scrutiny by the Hardrock Revision Team, which wants to clean up the mine and yet preserve it as a living and historic work of art.
The Western Lit Blues
The Western Lit Blues
A Western writer is tired of being typecast as a Western writer.
Little doses of danger
Little doses of danger
A formerly fearless outdoorswoman becomes unexpectedly wary once she becomes the mother of two children.
My brother, the bear
My brother, the bear
A Colorado woman copes with marauding bears, dead chickens and her beloved brother's schizophrenia.
The Universe on Blacktop
The Universe on Blacktop
A Colorado family finds satisfaction -- and cash -- in scavenging metal for recycling.
A Western primer
A Western primer
Western writers offer a generous and inspired list of recommended reading for the president-elect, including a diverse collection of fiction and nonfiction.
My short tenure with a blind pigeon
Laura Pritchett reluctantly – and guiltily – agrees to take care of a blind pigeon for her mother.
Safe out there
To an aging, mentally ill woman named Jade, the beautiful Colorado day is filled with sinister, frightening demons, and even a well-meaning neighbor can do nothing to drive them away.
A Proud Member of PAOBHA
Today’s rural West with its monster homes and Hummers sorely needs a group like PAOBHA, People Against Ostentatious and Boorish Housing
Resurrecting J. Thomas
The crumbling remains of a man named J. Thomas have a story to tell about life and death in the northern Colorado in the 1870s
Inside the fall
A writer celebrates finding happiness and finding herself, as she romps with her children in the beautiful season of autumn
Fury
The death of her old horse, Fury, leads a northern Colorado writer to think about the changing aspects – and the unchanging quirkiness – of her old hometowns of Bellvue and LaPorte
Anti-immigration myopia
Anti-immigration myopia
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