Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

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November 25, 2013
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Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-No Ranch 11-25-13

At present I am waiting for the firewood guy to deliver me a load of wood. He’s obviously running a little late so I thought I would get my column written.

I was standing on the front deck a few minutes ago taking in the early morning cool air and just admiring the snow capped peaks of the Rockies off to the west. I’m thankful for that view. It’s an awesome site to take in when a body feels the need. I’m thankful that I live in Colorado, my adopted state that I have come to love so much. Of course I am most thankful for my family. My children and their children whom I adore so much as any dad or “grandpa” could. I live for them and through them. I am thankful for my good health and my good friends and my little place out here on the prairie.

I had a sad occurrence this past week when I had to put a horse down that belonged to one of my granddaughters. I was thankful that he was the good and faithful pony that gave her the opportunity to learn to ride and build up her confidence.

By the way, I would be interested in a good broke horse that doesn’t crib, kick, bite, colic, buck or toss his head. An older ranch horse that is sound would work for me. Don’t try to trick me, I have been there and done that and I just don’t have a lot of dinero to put into a horse as we speak. I would be thankful if you know of one that might work, just drop me a line at P.O. Box 825, Welllington, Colo., 80549 or you could e-mail me at and maybe send a photo if you have one.

I am most thankful to all of you who again purchased my calendars this year. Unfortunately I am sold out for 2014 but maybe next year if you didn’t get yours?

I am aware that there are some of you who are going through sad times for whatever reason during this holiday season. I too, had my share of sadness years back and the holiday season reminds me of how thankful I was to have shared my life with such a wonderful woman and yes, the sadness does still creep in from time to time. In such times just do the best you can and try and be thankful for whatever little joys you can glean from your friends, family, your old faithful dog or anything that might bring cheer for the time being.

Let me wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember to stay tuned, check your cinch on occasion, be thankful that you are an American and I’ll c y’all, all y’all. ❖

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