On Patrol. My son-in-law, Bobby Eckhardt, works in Swan Valley on a game preserve/ranch. This time of year his main activity is to discourage hunters from coming on to the land and killing deer or elk. Hunting season lasts until the end of November, so he spends almost every day…


Last week I became 80 years old, something I have relished for some time. In my late 70s I became acutely aware that things were changing for me. My vision became more complicated, I learned I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, I was still working but also restless to chart a new…


IDAHO NOTES

This is the first of my Idaho Notes, written in October 2019 shortly after I moved here from North Carolina. I will retrieve those written since and post them.

Idaho Notes: I will try to make this brief..well, sort of! My furnishings have arrived, and I am busy…


Idaho Notes April 22: I have been mulling lately. It is not just the “shelter at home” situation, but that activity leads to plenty of time to think! And limited mobility can lessen the external stimuli that generate these notes. For example, on the other side of Yellowstone Highway (which…


In the Fall of 1969 I left a business career to begin teachinig. Because I did not have a teaching license, my choices were limited, and I was lucky to be hired by Charlotte Country Day School as a history teacher in the upper school. I went off to Vanderbilt…


Idaho Headline: This is for real. Wednesday afternoon as Wibbly and I were approaching the irrigation canal walk bridge, I looked up to my right and there was. HUGE STEER headed straight for me! Task 1 was to get Wibby across the bridge before he saw the steer and took…


Idaho Notes May 4, 2020: Spring keeps trying to arrive. My tulips are up but so far not a hint of color and some of the trees are beginning to bloom. …


Idaho Notes May 7, 2020: Looks like this note will be short. A brief comment about staying at home. Out here ever since the state closed down, the streets have continued to be full of cars. Until two weeks ago I stayed out of the grocery, but I finally got…


Idaho Notes Final Edition, October 1, 2020: Yesterday marked the anniversary of one year of this grand adventure. I’m grateful that I have been able to spend my seventy-ninth year continuing to explore the world, taking risks and. emerging myself into this new adn often strange part of the country…


Idaho Notes Final Edition Chapter Two: In the course offering these glimpses of my new territory, occasionally someone has asked if I were leaving out the challenges. Yes, I have, not because I want to paint a rosy picture of this adventure, but because some spots have been so sad…

Bob Barret

I am an out gay psychologist currently approaching my 80th birthday in my new home town of Idaho Falls ID. I am single with a large extended family.

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