The Preclipse!!!

Welcome to the Mr. Cope’s Cave extra-special presentation of the pre-eclipse eclipse—or, if you will,  “The Preclipse!” It is our earnest intent to put on-line THE FIRST solar eclipse you will see today, and to that purpose, we will be scheduling the post time for two hours earlier than normal, at 6 A.M.—well before there…

Let’s Say You Worked At KBOI …

  Here’s a question for you. It’s one of those “what would you do” questions. You know, like in that teevee show where they put people on thin moral ice in a public situation and film the results with hidden cameras? Okay, I don’t have any hidden cameras or hidden microphones, so don’t get all…

Annie In My Life

The following was originally published (The Boise Weekly) August 13, 1998. Chapter Ten The Cruelest Season The following happened on July 23. If it was bad then, it’s worse now. Three weeks worse. My eight-year old was getting her daily dose of Disney. Aladdin it was, and she watches it every morning. She’s seen each…

What’s It With Them Eyes, Ray?

I don’t know if you’d call it a hobby, or what. But of late, I have taken up a new … uh, hows ’bout we call it a “calling”? It came up a few months ago. Maybe a year ago or so. I can’t pin it down with any precision because in the early stages,…

Annie In My Life

The following was originally published (The Boise Weekly) June 26, 1997. Some might wonder why, in this collection of columns dealing with the relationship between my daughter and me, I would have included what is, in essence, an obituary I wrote for my father in the days following his death. I do it because Annie…

Thursday Night—I Lied

I have a confession to make. Remember Monday last? … when I told you I had a toothache? Well, I didn’t. I lied. Sunday night, when I normally prepare my Monday morning Mr. Cope’s Cave post, I had no toothache. Saturday, I had a toothache, yes. And Friday, I had a toothache—most likely the same…