Independence Day

Thank you for the birthday wishes. Although I’m a year older, and I know that I can’t stop time, I’m choosing to ignore it. I have stopped wearing a watch. At last week’s Farmers Market, I bought a copper bracelet. It is a watch of sorts. Sort of SteamPunk. It has tons of gears, but no drive mechanism. It’s the perfect watch for an older woman.



This lovely bracelet is the work of Sage Ryen – you can find her jewelry at Westcliffe’s Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays – Salida’s Farmer’s Mkt on Saturdays.


Another Fourth of July is winding down in rural Colorado. Interspersing the horses and the horsemanship on display in Westcliffe, two units didn’t actually march; rather, they strolled and waved and called out to those lining the street.



Celebrating Colorado’s Open Carry Gun Law

The Southern Colorado Patriots had their fans as did the Open Carry Guitar Band. The patriots were armed with a variety of weapons. The guitar band was armed as well: some played real guitars / others approximated playing an instrument. Adherents of our Second Amendment, that grants the Right to Bear Arms, had their day in the sun as did those who oppose them. The day passed without incident, and the general mood was lighter than in past, more contentious years. Given that I can’t do militancy, the improved mood gave me hope.

I don’t begrudge the rights of those who choose to bear arms, but I must say that my heart seizes when I see children with guns. Do these children have the maturity to understand the Second Amendment and Colorado’s Open Carry laws? Do these children realize that guns are not toys, but lethal weapons? Do they know that guns are not the solution – more often they are the problem? If another child on the playground gives them grief, do they think of the gun that is handy at home?


Bill Rhodes, a good friend of many years, has always said that if armies around the world would only accept recruits of 35 years of age or older, there would be no wars. I love this notion. 35 years of age – the Age of Reason.

What would I like to see in next year’s parade? I can accept adults marching with guns; I cannot accept armed children skipping alongside their parents. Next year, might we restrict children with guns from marching?

Moving on… all in all, in these times of increasing uncivil discourse, it was uplifting to see opponents on both sides of the gun debate adopting a ‘live and let live’ frame of mind.


Ready for anything



In the Mood


An informal drum circle – circling, not marching




About timeout2

I have lived 100 lives. I write essays, short stories, poetry, grocery lists and notes to myself. If I am ever lost, look for a paper trail, but be careful not to trip over any books that lie scattered here and there. I am a reader. I am a reader in awe of writers. When I don't live in Westcliffe, Colorado, I live in London where I am a long-time member of Word-for-Word - Crouch End.
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7 Responses to Independence Day

  1. Carol says:

    I am enjoying your blog which was passed on to me by a mutual friend. Thank you for sharing. I find the idea and images of children carrying weapons in a parade really disturbing. They do not have the right to drive, drink alcohol or vote, yet they have the right to bear arms? Feels very, very wrong.

  2. Jennie Ensor says:

    Eye opening! Chilling to see small children with guns like that. Like the other pics tho

    • timeout2 says:

      Dear Jennie, So nice to hear from you and congratulations on getting your writing out to a larger audience! Good writing plus discipline – the magic bullet!

  3. Robyn W. says:

    I wasn’t able to get outside to even SEE the parade in front of the restaurant. So, thanks for telling – and showing me, the salient parts. Agree with your thinking completely.

    • timeout2 says:

      Thank you, Robyn. I feel a Letter to the Editor coming on. Too busy today – maybe for next week’s paper. Sangrita, onwards and upwards!!

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