The Middle Distance http://krcc.org en The Middle Distance 7.18.14: Our Houses, Ourselves http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-71814-our-houses-ourselves <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">I’ve moved recently and have survived to tell the tale. Here are a few moving tips that might make your transition from old home to new home a little less difficult.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:36:26 +0000 Jake Brownell 22078 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 7.18.14: Our Houses, Ourselves The Middle Distance 7.11.14: Jump In http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-71114-jump <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:58:09 +0000 Jake Brownell 21766 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 7.11.14: Jump In The Middle Distance 5.30.14: The Best Kind of Cowboy http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-53014-best-kind-cowboy <p>My heroes haven’t always been cowboys, but after moving to Colorado and getting to know a choice few, that changed. I was lucky as a journalist to spend time with Duke Phillips of Chico Basin Ranch, south of Colorado Springs, and witness his dedication to responsible land management and conservation. And I was privileged as a reporter back in the 1990s to hear Kirk Hanna explain to a room full of environmentalists how ranchers like him could help them achieve their goals if they’d just put aside their stereotypes and prejudices.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:49:28 +0000 Jake Brownell 19777 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 5.30.14: The Best Kind of Cowboy The Middle Distance 5.9.14: Good Fences http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-5914-good-fences <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 23:37:44 +0000 Jake Brownell 18813 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 5.9.14: Good Fences The Middle Distance 5.2.2014: The Family Cat Skull http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-522014-family-cat-skull <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Wherever I live there are two requirements. There must be a kitchen window over the sink, to gaze out when washing dishes. And on the windowsill, there must be the family’s cat skull.</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This has been the scenario in every kitchen I’ve had — five of them — over the last 20 years.</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 00:44:22 +0000 Jake Brownell 18506 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 5.2.2014: The Family Cat Skull The Middle Distance 3.21.14: I Didn't Get It http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-32114-i-didnt-get-it <p></p><p>Recently I came across some old notes that might as well have been written in Sanskrit. Aphorisms, clever sayings that seemed to turn on themselves.</p><p>“If you experience it, it’s the truth. The same thing believed is a lie.”</p><p>“In life, understanding is the booby prize.”</p><p>This was my handwriting but the ideas might as well have been written in code.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:41:47 +0000 Noel Black 16575 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 3.21.14: I Didn't Get It The Middle Distance 2.28.14: The Line Leads Away From Home http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-22814-line-leads-away-home <p></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">If you drew a line straight up through the middle of a map of the United States, across the fruited plain, that line would come within 100 miles of the shooting locales of two American films currently contending for Oscars in multiple categories: Alexander Payne’s <i>Nebraska</i>, filmed in and outside a number of the state’s eastern plains towns; and <i>August: Osage County</i>, filmed largely in a big old house in Osage County on the border of Oklahoma and Kansas.</span></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:05:58 +0000 Jake Brownell 15688 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 2.28.14: The Line Leads Away From Home The Middle Distance 1.17.14: With the Phone Unplugged http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-11714-phone-unplugged <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Half a month into the new year and I have lost all sense of time passing. Moving deeply southward across the continent in the dead of winter will do that. It is disorienting to see a rose in bloom in January, but here on the Gulf coast of Texas on the trellis of my mother’s front porch, the yellow climbing rose is loaded with buds.</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:19:44 +0000 Jake Brownell 13959 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 1.17.14: With the Phone Unplugged The Middle Distance 1.10.14: Still Time http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-11014-still-time <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My son-in-law arrives tired and hungry for his annual holiday visit. Winter storm Hercules, followed closely by a record-setting Arctic vortex of extreme cold, has left thousands stranded in New York City but he managed to get out and fly to Houston following a harrowing day in an airport filled with desperate traveling strangers.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:03:42 +0000 Jake Brownell 13683 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 1.10.14: Still Time The Middle Distance 1.3.14: Stories of a Pioneer American Family http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-1314-stories-pioneer-american-family <p></p><p>When I arrive in Galveston on the next-to-last day of 2013, my mother has made a soup from the bones of the Christmas turkey. Just a few rags of meat on the bones, but the broth is rich and brown and fragrant. She has tossed in the last scraps of vegetables from her refrigerator and a handful of wild rice.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:24:44 +0000 Noel Black 13404 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 1.3.14: Stories of a Pioneer American Family The Middle Distance 11.29.13: Season of Contradictions http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-112913-season-contradictions <p><em>(This column originally ran on December 3, 2010. Kathryn Eastburn will return next week.)</em></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:04:18 +0000 Noel Black 11943 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 11.29.13: Season of Contradictions The Middle Distance 11.15.13: In The Bedroom http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-111513-bedroom <p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:15:57 +0000 Noel Black 11414 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 11.15.13: In The Bedroom The Middle Distance 10.18.13: Recipe for a Cold Day http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-101813-recipe-cold-day <p>It has to be a cold day. Preferably the first really cold day of the season, when the wind has swept down from the north and left the yellow leaves dangling, threatening to fall all at once; when the still-green summer grass stands stiff and frosted. A gray mid-October day when staying at home is in order.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:13:45 +0000 Noel Black 10158 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 10.18.13: Recipe for a Cold Day The Middle Distance 8.23.13: Summer of 1971 http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-82313-summer-1971 <p></p><p>Summer of 1971. Our hip-hugger bell-bottom jeans are worn thin in the seat and we like to wear them with flimsy halter tops. It’s possible we are emulating the hippies in San Francisco we’ve seen on the news since hippie sightings are still rare here in Memphis, Tennessee. We will be high school seniors in the fall and this, we faintly realize, is our last summer of real freedom.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:08:55 +0000 Noel Black 7560 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 8.23.13: Summer of 1971 The Middle Distance 8.9.13: Summer in Full http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-8913-summer-full <p></p><p>The clock is ticking and it’s making me uneasy. I’ve got those back-to-school, back-to-work, back-to-reality, check it off the to-do list, end-of-summer blues.</p><p>This year I decided the summer would be mine to do as little as possible in. I would recharge, replenish, rejuvenate. No road trips to places I hadn’t been before or to visit family. This would be the first summer in memory when I just stayed home and received whatever the day delivered.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 22:44:20 +0000 Noel Black 6884 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 8.9.13: Summer in Full The Middle Distance 8.2.13: The Serendipity of Yes http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-8213-serendipity-yes <p>Out here in the middle distance, the light is sometimes so harsh and bright that we want to draw the shades and just rest in cool darkness. The impulse to retreat has never been stronger than in these years approaching old age.</p><p><em>At home I am safe</em>, is my mantra. <em>At home I know who I am</em>.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 22:43:40 +0000 Noel Black 6533 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 8.2.13: The Serendipity of Yes The Middle Distance 7.5.13: The Contract of Your Birth http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-7513-contract-your-birth <p><br>&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:42:58 +0000 Noel Black 5434 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 7.5.13: The Contract of Your Birth The Middle Distance 6.28.13: Hey Yawwwwwl! http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-62813-hey-yawwwwwl <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: georgia, times, serif; line-height: 22px; "><a data-mce-="" href="http://www.radiocoloradocollege.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/The_Middle_Distance_6.28.13.mp3">The Middle Distance 6.28.13: Hey Yawwwwwwl!</a></p><p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 03:14:55 +0000 Kathryn Eastburn 4975 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 6.28.13: Hey Yawwwwwl! The Middle Distance 5/24/13: At Their Own Hands http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-52413-their-own-hands <p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 24 May 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Noel Black 3049 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 5/24/13: At Their Own Hands