Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

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January 14, 2014
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Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-No Ranch 1-13-14

A new year always presents new challenges, good and bad, exciting and maybe even numbing at times depending on the circumstances.

I mentioned before that my new year’s “revolution” (I like that terminology) is to be a better listener and not jack my jaws so much when not necessary. So far so good!

I stayed home on New Year’s eve for the first time in a number of years. New Year’s day found me in the ER helping to assist those fine doctors and nurses in the care and well being of those folks that had to be there. There was a couple who most likely should have stayed home like I did as they found themselves maybe wishing that they had.

I am excited about this new year that’s approaching because I just don’t know what lays around the corner. It’s somewhat odd, but as I get older I anticipate things to be, and usually they don’t come to pass as I had hoped for. But that’s just it ... we don’t know what to expect from day to day in most cases.

I had a friend from the past approach me at the dance hall this past weekend. His wife had cancer about the same time as my “Little” Miss Martha and she had survived. He did his very best to encourage me before Martha passed that our faith would see us through. He made me some angels from horseshoes and they are displayed in my home today. It was obvious that he was alone and wanting to visit for a brief minute. Yep, the cancer had returned and laid claim to his lovely Beverly two years ago. He was still hurting and my heart went out to him. I knew for sure how he felt. I assured him that time will help to lighten his load. It just takes time.

I’m hoping that 2014 does not present any trying times for me and my family or for that matter, you guys also. I’m hoping we skate through a wonderful year with joy in our hearts and a feeling that we have done something that contributes positive to someone else’s well being.

Let me encourage you in my “coggerhood” (if that’s a word) to live your lives to the fullest and let those that are special to you know how much they mean to you. Dad’s, hug your kids and you be sure and use the “L” word (love) often. It will have lasting effects on their confidence and will carry them all of their lives. Most dads in my generation did not hug their boys and I don’t remember hearing the “L” word at all. My memory goes to a letter my dad wrote once and I am almost sure he told me he loved me. Of course I knew he did without a doubt. He was at every football and basketball game cheering me on and I got that “good game son” after the fact. It’s a new year with lots of new possibilities and opportunities for us to show up and show off our good intentions.

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and I’ll c y’all, all y’all. God bless you and yours in this new year and God Bless America! ❖

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