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Wisdom Road Sept. 11: Advice and Life Lessons From an Old Veteran

Don was born in 1928. Growing up on a farm outside of Wheatland, Wyoming then was tough.  He said that they really didn't experience the Depression because everyone was so poor already.  He graduated high school right at the end of World War II.  What a treat for me to spend some time with an [...]

By | 2022-09-11T19:36:10+00:00 September 11th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wisdom Road Day 13: Small Town Life, Values, and Fears: Chugwater, Wyoming

Chugwater, Wyoming is farm and ranch country, mostly dry farming, so rain is a constant part of the discussion.  Cattle need 10-15 acres for every cow-calf pair.  Keith Miller and two sisters, Lucinda Houtchens and Teresa Baker, all grew up together, went to school together, and helped each other on their family ranches.  During our [...]

By | 2022-09-10T16:45:37+00:00 September 10th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wisdom Road Day 12: Sharon Utter From Wheatland, WY

Sharon Utter's shirt reads, "America Needs More Cowgirls" Sharon Utter grew up on a ranch between Jay Em and Lingle, Wyoming.  She helped me organize a set of interviews, portions of which I will post over the next several days. Like the others I met in Wheatland, she is a bit older than [...]

By | 2022-09-15T01:45:30+00:00 September 9th, 2022|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Wisdom Road Day 8: Where Are All the Cattle?

Answers are usually just one person away you haven't met yet. There are something like 1.3 million head of cattle in Wyoming.  That works out to an average of about one head for every six acres of land in the state.  Of course there is land that is off limits for grazing, so the density [...]

By | 2022-09-07T14:36:52+00:00 September 7th, 2022|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Wisdom Road Day 7: An Outlier Brings Her Perspective to Rural Wyoming

Rachelle and Dan Barkhurst live in Encampment, WY, a town of about 500 people. They let me park my rig overnight in their yard. Rachelle grew up in a town in Missouri.  Her mother was an early pioneer in marketing formal wear over the internet.  Rachelle got interested in fashion and her life took more [...]

By | 2022-09-05T14:08:13+00:00 September 5th, 2022|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Wisdom Road Day 6: Three Wise Women From Baggs, WY

The first stop of my journey, after a three-day, 900 mile drive from southern California through the fried and baked Nevada desert and the bare, vaulted geologic skeletons of Utah, is Baggs, Carbon County, Wyoming.  Just a few miles over the Colorado-Wyoming state line, I crest a hill on the two-lane and laid out below, [...]

By | 2022-09-03T21:24:51+00:00 September 3rd, 2022|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Wisdom Road Day #2: Nevada Into Utah

The Nevada side of the Virgin River Gorge Even the thin, muddy, Virgin River, trickling slowly from the Utah highlands seems to know that Nevada is where water goes to die. There is no state boundary located more perfectly to separate "here" from"there" than the Virgin River Gorge, a deep slice through a [...]

By | 2022-08-31T13:54:22+00:00 August 31st, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wisdom Road Day -1: Leaving Home

A series of short, frequent reflections from the road. Education transformer and author Grant Lichtman begins a long, largely solo journey around the US and Canada in search of wisdom traditions in overlooked communities that we can better pass along to the rising generation. Learn more at www.grantlichtman.com and join the journey in real time [...]

By | 2022-08-28T16:11:09+00:00 August 28th, 2022|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Can Wisdom Heal Some Of Our Divides?

At its heart, that is the question I want to help inform as I head out on Monday on this long, wandering journey that I call Wisdom Road. I don't expect to find a concrete answer; there is no silver bullet. The fact is that our country, our species, has always been divided across a [...]

By | 2022-08-24T16:30:36+00:00 August 24th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments