FORT WORTH, Texas (Tribune News Service) — I am always amazed when, in the aftermath of a mass shooting such as the tragedy in Allen, Texas, both political parties expect their overly simplistic explanations to be taken seriously, their anemic policy proposals accepted as dependable solutions. Read More ⇒Cynthia M. Allen: Yes, it’s guns. Yes, it’s mental health. It’s everything. And government can’t fix it

It’s the colors that stay with me. The azure North Country sky. The solid tan of a long-unused logging road. The greys of certain birds, and of rock outcrops. The white of paper birches; the black of bloodthirsty black flies. The rich dark green of conifers, the amber of last fall’s white pi… Read More ⇒An Occasional Word: Get out!