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House calls

August 16, 2019

PETA has declared victory in their battle over fur and now they want to go to war over wool. I guess no one has told PETA that you don’t have to kill a sheep to...


The lost chicken

August 16, 2019

Lynne parked her car in the little lot behind Cookies Du Moi. It was an odd little corner of Salt Lake City mixing pawn shops, liquor stores with barred windows and an invasion of upscale...


Funny tale from the past

August 15, 2019

I love true funny stories dredged up from the past. This one fits that description. The time wuz some year in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The place wuz Chase County. The event wuz...


Sustainable ag

August 15, 2019

The term “sustainable agriculture” is frequently bantered about. When I first heard it being discussed, it seemed logical to me that “sustainable agriculture” simply meant an agricultural producer who managed to stay in business over...


Ranch rodeos

August 15, 2019

Ranch rodeos, if you have never been to one, is where you see ranch cowboys. Real cowboys. Rodeo cowboys for the most part, in my humble opinion, are just that, rodeo cowboys and toss in...


The Vegetarian March

August 15, 2019

Being a rancher means a lot of things. It might mean you get to buy an expensive pedigreed bull to improve your herd and he either shoots blanks or snubs your cows and tears through...


Resourceful cowgirls

August 9, 2019

“Resourcefulness” — noun — defined in my dictionary as “the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties.” Such a quality is true of ranch women, especially cowgirls. Many moons ago, I worked...


Fair winnings

August 9, 2019

The Chase County Fair last week had high points and low points for me. The high point wuz that my 18 entries in the garden/horticulture classes earned me a healthy plethora of prize monies and...


Karma

August 9, 2019

“You reap what you sow: be careful what you wish for: what goes around, comes around: don’t bite off more than you can chew: and of course, Miss Karma. Gentle readers, we are all familiar...


Infamous vegetarians

August 9, 2019

I’m getting sick and tired of vegans and vegetarians bragging about all the famous people down through history who were vegetarians for at least part of their lives. I’ll admit it’s a pretty impressive list:...


The Feedlot Hand

August 9, 2019

Life is just a bowl of cherries to a first rate feedlot hand, All the gates swing free and easy, every day’s precisely planned. The boss is always pleasant and lavish with his praise. And...


Organization in cooking

August 2, 2019

A Reader’s Digest article from many years ago struck a chord and stayed with me. It concerned a woman who had been out of the workforce for several years while she raised a family. Once...


What did you say?

August 2, 2019

Maybe it’s because I’m used to a rural ranch-country drawl, but I ask you. Is the entire population speaking faster than anyone can listen or decipher what’s been said? Or maybe, I have a “condition”...


Clean up your plates

August 2, 2019

Ol’ Hyde Chowe is one of my new friends at the official Saffordville Gentle Men’s Club, better and unofficially known as the Old Geezers’ or Old Boars’ Breakfast Club. This morning at breakfast Hyde wuz...


Erasing the Past

August 2, 2019

There seems to be — seems to be my foot — there is a contingent of folks out there that are bound and determined to rewrite our nation’s history. Yep, for sure. Especially in the...


The Lock Mess Monster

August 2, 2019

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who prefer combination locks and those who like locks with keys. Combo people are generally early adopters of technology, good in math, boring, generous, precise...


The anti-smoking device

August 2, 2019

Many years ago, Dr. Erfan called to tell me his story. He’d spent 17 years inventing and testing a device to help people quit smoking. It involved a small battery operated unit that clips in...


The ‘Chicken Man’

July 26, 2019

My good neighbor, ol’ Harley Ryder, gave me the honorific moniker “Chicken Man” years ago. But, it was only this week that I felt that I’ve lived up to the name. I’ve been hatching chicks...


The comedy and tragedy of it all

July 25, 2019

As a cartoonist and “lover of life,” I sometimes, many times view life and its productions around me in a little different light than maybe you gentle readers would. For example: take congress … yes...


Culture gap

July 25, 2019

Arriving at the rural school late to pick up our sons after a farm parts run to the city, I found a note on the schoolhouse door. “I took the boys home with me,” signed,...