Author Archives: Valerie McCullough

GETTING READY FOR WORK

If my Dad were still alive, today would be birthday. While I no longer imagine that I can pick up the phone and call him, I still see him clearly in my mind’s eye. But it is the face of … Continue reading

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THE MOTHER’S DAY NECKLACE

I’ve been wearing my Mother’s Day necklace for a couple of months. My white plastic pendant is more of a device than a dazzling bit of bling bought at Zales. But if I should trip over my own two feet … Continue reading

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UNEXPECTED DETOUR

THIS IS PART THREE IN SERIES “OFF ON ELDER ADVENTURE.” PART ONE APPEARED IN THE PRINT EDITION OF THE REPORTER HERALD ON FEBRUARY 7, 2014. PART THREE APPEARED IN IN MY BLOG ON FEBRUARY 8, 2014. My reporting on the … Continue reading

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COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT

THIS IS PART TWO IN SERIES “OFF ON ELDER ADVENTURE.” PART ONE APPEARED IN THE PRINT EDITION OF THE REPORTER HERALD ON FEBRUARY 7, 2014 DAY ONE: 4:45 p.m. Lobby of hotel in Napa. Claire: “One of our tourists has … Continue reading

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SYMPATHY, TOWELS AND HUMOR

My nephew, Tim, called just as I was going out the door. “Can’t talk right now,” I said. “Am going to the get my hair colored. I’m going to be young and beautiful again.” “Good luck with that,” Tim said. … Continue reading

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BEST WISHES FOR A ‘ALE AND HEARTY NEW YEAR

Happy New Year to All, It’s been said that the eyes of the world are on Colorado today as the new marijuana laws take effect. The spotlight on marijuana allowed another substance to slip under the radar. It was delivered … Continue reading

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TEARS FROM THE WATERS OF THE BIG THOMPSON

This is the last in the series of reflections on the 1976 Big Thompson Flood—but not the last in memories. Unlike the 24/7 coverage of Colorado’s recent flood, news of the 1976 flood trickled in slowly. In 1976, TV stations … Continue reading

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SATURDAY BEFORE THE 1976 FLOOD

This is the third in a series of articles reflecting on the Big Thompson Flood of 1976. Saturday July 31, 1976 started out like any other summer evening. Our family of six had no inkling that the events of next … Continue reading

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THE CALM BEFORE THE FLOOD

The whirl of the helicopters overhead this past month brings back memories of the Big Thompson Flood of 1976. The hours before the 1976 flood seem like yesterday. The day broke muggy and overcast. At the time I didn’t think … Continue reading

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MEMORIES OF THE BIG THOMPSON FLOOD 1976

The following column appeared in the print edition of the Loveland Reporter Herald several years ago. I am posting it again–during this second devastating flood–as a reminder of how well our communities come together in times of crisis. * * … Continue reading

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