Items by Rob Pudim

Death and dying are different in the West
Death and dying are different in the West
The rugged individualist mentality of the region extends to medical aid in dying.
6 tips for authentic Western home decor
6 tips for authentic Western home decor
“No trespassing” signs, broken-down machinery and old stacked tires are a must-have.
The many faces of snow
The many faces of snow
Praying monks, cold smoke, hoarfrost and rime.
Wildland restoration is like marriage: An imperfect work in progress
Charlie Hebdo has the last laugh
Charlie Hebdo has the last laugh
A cartoonist tells us why mockery wins
When Christmas was all about hard times and a little frolicking
Disaster traveling is my specialty
Disaster traveling is my specialty
The best vacations are unexpected, unplanned and filled with both adventure and misadventure.
Dress code for the Western guy
Dress code for the Western guy
Wranglers, snap shirts, and cowboy hats -- horse optional.
Marijuana stores get no respect
Marijuana stores get no respect
Marijuana should be legal for recreational as well as medical uses, as long as it’s taxed and nobody drives under the influence.
If you're a Westerner, you might just be happy
If you're a Westerner, you might just be happy
Westerners are some of the happiest people in the country because we get to live in the West.
Stubbornness and the art of riding a bicycle
Stubbornness and the art of riding a bicycle
Bike helmets are unbelievably ugly and dorky-looking, but after a few close encounters with pavement, you realize it’s a good idea to wear one.
Building brainpower on the cheap
Building brainpower on the cheap
There are lots of reasons for learning about Colorado's native plants, including the simple determination to keep one's tired old brain alive.
Take a hike!
Take a hike!
Rob Pudim recalls his own adventurous childhood, and wonders why today’s kids are so unwilling to go outside and get dirty.
Why bad people do good things for our public lands
Rob Pudim is a basically selfish guy who also works very hard as a volunteer on the public lands.
Paint it red and call it fine Western dining
Rob Pudim ranks Western cuisine according to the lavishness with which the ketchup is dispensed.
The strange attraction of the “breakfast thing”
Rob Pudim casts a curious eye on the small-town Western “breakfast thing,” where old codgers gather around a café table to flirt with the waitress and talk about nothing in particular.
Don’t send a check, send yourself
In an effort to “think globally and act locally,” the author volunteers his time for environmental causes, rather than just reaching for his checkbook.
Don’t send a check, send yourself
Rob Pudim discovers the fun of wildlands restoration, a hands-on activity he highly recommends.
How I did my civic duty
How I did my civic duty
The writer winds up working as an election-day volunteer, and likes it
These are my public lands, partner
The writer is so invested in some public lands that he feels he almost owns them
The time I was struck by lightning
The writer climbs a mountain in Colorado and meets a lightning bolt head on
My Wonderful Heart Attack
The writer counts the ways he has changed since suffering a major heart attack in Colorado
Sh-h-h, the butterflies have something to say
Until recently everyone worried about whooping cranes, whales, and bald eagles. Now, butterflies are the first insects to join the ranks of the U.S. Endangered Species List.
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