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BrooksLooks@ Dying, Revisited

in thinkingabout deathand lately–whyman-made thingsand life itselfthey all seem to die i think it’s best to leavethe dead things deadto focus on living nowand what might lie ahead but looking backat the many ‘bridges’that providedus some securityin life’s rear view … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks@ Our Beloved Country

senseless actsso many whysunder a heavy kneea good man dies and the haters hateand the extremists seetheand our country falterswhen good men can’t breathe vigilante killers spread extremist liesblood on their handsa good soul dies lost, grieving familiesare shatteredthoughts and prayershardly … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ The Big Dipper

sometimes a hat jaunty and confident when i feel like that sometimes a ladle pouring goodness out onto our table sometimes a question mark compounding my doubt written in stars up there in the dark sometimes a weapon as to … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks@ Old Country Inns

walking throughthe groundsof the old innhere in townsad to see theshades were drawnguests were gone the tavern’s darkits kitchen’s cold some peeling painta great old inna bit less quainta bit more old it had bustled with life oncecelebrations of lovewere … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks@ Chapters

life’s many momentsand all of its chaptersin ledgers and tomeskept for yearsin the raftersof so many homes now that it’s latetime to take a few downto review, reconsiderwhat’s writtenon ancient pagesturned yellowish brown brushing away dustin attempt to reviewwhat transpiredback … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ Wild

there is a lovely wildnessthat still liveshere withina need togo discoverNature’s spacesas they’ve been untouched placesleft untrodin shadowed canyonsout beyondplaces not yet seenor ponderedplaces not yetfelt nor wandered out herein these saged landschaparalland red rock sandshigh lonesomecondors callaloft on desert windsabove … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ Uncle Frank’s Fruitcake

Uncle Frank’s fruitcake!It arrived in the mail today.Christmas joy has finally come!oh aromatic loaf of citron,cherries and nutsdeliciously–the damn thing’sthree-quarters rum! you see it’s not just any old fruitcakeit’s the ultimate version of same.They say Uncle Frank’s fruitcake.He’s baked. In … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ 40 going on 50

Forty some years ago an odd paperback book, “Country Inns and Backroads” caught my attention in the college bookstore. It was a travel guide of sorts about authentic, independent inns being marketed by author Norman Simpson. How little did I … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ Circle the Sun

quantum quarks in astral planes dance above the hurricanes lightning sparks on earthly plains over milleniums of man-made schemes of man-made myths the cost of dreams what’s been lost in our awesome toll Nature finally on the run species are … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ Colorado City Child

Colorado City Child born into the maelstromwhere false prophets once decreedillegalities and debaucheryfor their own self-serving greed pedophiliac demons enslaved youerased your personality corrupted your soullaid waste to your remote communityits beauty fenced, unhealthy un-whole Colorado City child! your life’s … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ 44 East Avenue

my soul still roams through the woods back there where every tree was a tower every branch was a stair a child’s discoveries in each stone, leaf and flower the simplest of joys came in climbing above into the sanctuary … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ Red Rock Canyons

red rock canyons these red rock canyons recall the forces we face experiencing our own cataclysmic events upheavals, changing times uncontrolled quakes and the tumbling down the glacial pace of erosion until the eventual arrival at our own angle of … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ Graciousness & Gratitude

On Graciousness and Gratitude The veneer of our cultural kindness has worn thin. In some places, it has long since worn off leaving an ugly rudeness that we all feel in our country these days. It doesn’t help that unacceptable … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ Genealogy

a study of our family and its genealogic scope sheds light on how we got here and who we are, i hope hard to believe our forebears birthed children through the ages until down to me at last begat of … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ Home on the Range

Sometimes we are lucky enough in our lives to run a Relais & Châteaux affiliated guest ranch along the continental divide in the Colorado Rockies. If so lucky, we live and work on one of Nature’s most beautiful stages with … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ The West

The West there are places… out west where all there is is quietness where souls are healed by letting go of all that never mattered beyond the man-made din of life’s raucous clatter there are places… here out west of … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ Final Injection

an injured leg an ominous break the inevitable steps a vet must take adrenaline runs wild with anguish and stress the only relief in a wrangler’s caress first needle, he falls with wild, uncertain eyes then a fatal, final injection … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ Synergy

all was right with the world today i was where i wanted to be at times it comes together like this along life’s trajectory i know it will change again one day as this sweet tide goes out for now … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ Hamburger Heaven

Jimmy Buffet wrote a song about a cheeseburger in paradise, but he never tasted the flavor of the beef from cows raised in an unincorporated ranching community in northwest Colorado, at least that anyone here knows of. Sand Mountain Cattle … Continue reading

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BrooksLooks @ Hospitality Recruiters

As a young hospitality manager, you may have begun receiving calls from recruiters without knowing they could one day be instrumental in shaping your career. Perhaps you are very happy where you are and generally ignore their calls. I suggest … Continue reading

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