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 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion 

Looking out my Backdoor: An imaginary story, none of which, or all of which, is true!

One day in the far distant future, back when I was God, time is relative, one of my very intelligent earth persons proved that, but more will be revealed, anyway, one day one of my... — Updated 6/30/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: A Dangerous Corner in the Road

Yesterday, I took a deep breath and offered my services for a job, for which not only am I ill-prepared, but in my deep heart-of-hearts, I know I cannot do. This will seem like... — Updated 6/24/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: No more monkeys jumping on the bed

I suppose you’ve all heard about the latest horror disease, monkey pox? Evidently, this near cousin to small pox is transmitted by bodily contact. I want you to know I’ve sworn... — Updated 6/16/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Haircut day at mi casa

Rainy season has arrived early. Hooray! Hooray! Evening rains revive this parched mountain valley. Trees tilt their sombreros when I walk by. When one hasn’t seen rain in nine... — Updated 6/9/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Martians, Killer Bees, Mutant Pigs and Hurricanes

Not many of us will remember, well, because not many of us were around, in 1938 in New Jersey when Orson Welles adapted the H. G. Wells classic, “The War of the Worlds” for a... — Updated 6/2/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: My ditzy-doodle retreat day

I’ve been called ditzy more than once over the years. I’m going to share something I ordinarily would keep to myself because it rather proves the point. Maybe I really am... — Updated 5/26/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: My world and welcome to it

My world is all I have to share. My world is ordinary. It is not much of a gift. Since it is all I have to give, I gladly welcome you through my doorway. Take today. I got up on... — Updated 5/19/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Well, change my mind!

Two weeks ago, a shepherd dog running full speed body slammed into my knee. Maiming me was not Chebella’s intent. She was fleeing from my Lolita, half her size, but in full... — Updated 5/12/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: I got pruned

Any person raised on the Montana plains knows how precious is every sprout, blade or leaf of green. Precious. We baby each new evidence of life, coddle it, rejoice when it survives... — Updated 5/5/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: My face is red

Yesterday the four of us women who are here on the rancho went to Oconahua to share pot luck with Ana and Michelle, and to meet Michelle’s sister Janice. My neighbor Janet and I... — Updated 4/28/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Building a sturdy spite fence

Unfortunately, I have friends stuck in a spite fight. As is often the case, one party is bewildered while the other party is self-righteously sticking pins in voodoo dolls,... — Updated 4/21/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Go with the flow

Remember those words from long ago? I glance at tee-shirts on computer side-bar ads, and see that phrases from when I was young and innocent, or at least oblivious, our phrases are... — Updated 4/15/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Pay de pimiento morron and other wonders

In the space of a few days I’ve transformed from a hermit grub to social butterfly. It all began when John and Carol invited me to please, please, please join them for a lunch... — Updated 4/15/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Random observations of an opinionated woman

Birds: Karen from Floweree reported to our girl-group that she heard her first meadowlark singing from atop a fencepost in her garden. We who no longer live in Montana sighed as the... — Updated 3/31/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Let me tell you a secret

Was it Mark Twain who said that any two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead? I have a secret, but it is too good not to share. But I’ll only tell you. So get a mug of... — Updated 3/24/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Rhubarb and other gifts

I just saw the most marvelous little creature clinging to a hand towel out on my clothesline. I’ve no idea what it is, have never seen anything quite like it. Wondering what it... — Updated 3/17/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Barking up the right tree

My human asked me to write the column today. She begged, pleaded, and to my shame, she groveled. She also gave me a beef bone with tatters of meat from the carniceria in town. I... — Updated 3/10/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: And just like that! Snap!

We sing the praises and glories of spring. Really, we ought to be more careful. Spring ought to come printed with a warning label, beware, danger of erratic behavior. Spring is... — Updated 3/3/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Don't mess with us!

I thought long and hard before taking on the responsibility of adopting a pooch. Lola has proven to be an asset to my life. If nothing else, she gets me out the door several times... — Updated 2/24/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Famous, notorious, adequate, anonymous

My friend Cheryl, a former high school classmate, was talking with our “girl-group” this week. She expressed how all her life, when among certain gifted, professional, highly... — Updated 2/17/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Life before the wood pulp industry

I’m not the least bit enamored with “the good ol’ days,” which, to my mind, were rather rugged. Hard, one might say. I suppose every age is hard in its own way. You might th... — Updated 2/10/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: We are as sick as our secrets

When I had cataract surgery a few years ago, when the pads were removed from my eyes, I felt like I had been given a new set of eyeballs. Suddenly the world appeared more clearly,... — Updated 2/3/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Dining in the exclusive restaurant

Some days when I look out my door, there just doesn’t seem to be much happening. I remember wishing, when my children were young, just wishing for one boring day. Just one day of... — Updated 1/27/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: The world turned downside upside

I’m not saying winter is over and done. I’m not that presumptuous. However, it surely does feel like spring has bumped winter off the edge. Why, when we’ve only sailed... — Updated 1/20/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: On the merry-go-round

Here we go again, ’round and ’round the merry-go-round, twirling so fast we dare not jump off. Leo was just here with the daily death report from town. Last night the governor o... — Updated 1/13/2022

 

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