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Striking a chord

I’ve been truly stunned by the number of visits to Hardscrabble Times since writing this past week of my impending layoff from The Pueblo Chieftain. Apparently this has struck a chord with folks as 2.6 million people, a fair number of them journalists, lost their jobs in the past year.

I probably have the world record for quitting the Chieftain, having left on my own at least four times. So it’s somewhat ironic that I would also be the first person laid off. But the decision was based on seniority and I didn’t have any because it starts over when you quit and come back.

I intend to finish my final two weeks with the dignity of hard work and set an example for others who will surely follow me out the door. But I also want to have a little fun with it too.

Burros on the Web

A number of people also have come to the site looking for more information on burros and burro training, as well as equipment. Look for more information on this subject in the near future as well as a longer essay on the saddle donkey phenomenon that recently appeared in Colorado Central magazine. In the meantime, here are a couple of great burro links that everyone should check out:

The art of packing firewood on burros

A whimsical riff on the bookmobile

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