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Idioms

May 24, 2019

English has many phrases and sentences that are commonly understood by native speakers but can confuse those who are new to English. We call them sayings or idioms and they are not literal. A good...


2020 JeepGladiator
2020 JeepGladiator

May 24, 2019

Well, just when you thought the mid-size truck class was getting crowded when Ranger in December joined, Frontier, Tacoma, Colorado and Canyon, now we have a 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Ram has announced a new Dakota,...


Agnes and Alice

May 24, 2019

Two old cowgirls, Agnes and Alice, sat on the veranda of the Home for Old Cowgirls reminiscing about days gone by. “Listen to this,” declared Agnes and read out a review of the first National...


I can explain everything

May 24, 2019

Any day now I expect to get an email from one of the many editors of the magazines and newspapers who run this column informing me they no longer want my essays because I can’t...


Field research

May 24, 2019

In recent weeks I’ve cited some off-the-wall scientific research studies. I’ve also mentioned that it’s difficult to believe a lot of research “findings” because of the high possibility that the results are suspect because of...


Foreign language

May 24, 2019

A medical doctor friend of mine was recounting his experiences in Africa as a volunteer for a church missionary program. He said it was very satisfying for the soul but his biggest problem was communicating...


Thoughts I have corralled today

May 17, 2019

Editor’s Note: Mad Jack Hanks was bucked off his horse and broke his leg. His column will return when he is ready to write again. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Gentle readers...


Just when you thought it was safe

May 17, 2019

Just in case you don’t have enuf to worry about with such human diseases as ebola and animal diseases like African Swine Fever on the loose, I recently read an article that might make you...


It’s What I Do

May 17, 2019

A cowboy is the way he is because he works with stock. He’s learned it’s best to ease along To find the rhythm in their song And not to fret if days are long ‘cause...


Don’t call me that

May 10, 2019

Don’t call me a rancher. I don’t deserve it. Even though I’ve owned cattle since I was a sophomore in high school I’ve never been a “rancher.” I had my first “cow herd” as a...


Fire in the sky

May 10, 2019

While driving through the Flint Hills of Kansas one evening recently I saw the most brilliant sunset. The day had been mostly overcast, with a gentle breeze from the northwest. It was a perfect day...


Common syndrome

May 10, 2019

I have determined that I have a syndrome and I’d like to tell you about it. But first, I need to go start a load of laundry. While I was downstairs with laundry anyway I...


Hornet ranching

May 10, 2019

Ranchers Zeke and Clyde were commiserating about the sad state of raising food, especially the four-footed kind. Zeke: “Ya know, these days we raise sheep and cattle so wolves, coyotes and bears have somethin’ to...


Stupid is as stupid does

May 10, 2019

Gentle readers, how many times have you done something, anything, and then had a thought, “now that was stupid!” We all have had those moments. The thing is … how many times have you repeated...


Too much water

May 10, 2019

Four weeks ago, we were living in a quagmire of early spring mud. Two weeks ago, the soil around Damphewmore Acres had cracks in it an inch wide and I was starting to worry about...


Three wheel roping

May 10, 2019

I’ve always sorta figgered the reason there is more cowboy poetry than there is farmer poetry has to do with horses. Most cowboy poetry is about wrecks. One person plus one cow equals a wreck...


What ails you?

May 3, 2019

Advertising: The practice of capturing your attention so you’ll buy stuff you don’t need or don’t want or don’t care about. Say something loud enough and long enough and after a time, people believe what’s...


Thoroughbred training full-time

May 3, 2019

Well, the Thoroughbred race colt I have a 10% racing interest in has come out of winter hibernation on a Texas pasture and has graduated into full-time training to see if he’s ever to become...


Wise words

May 3, 2019

Quotes and bumper stickers, or bumper snickers as some people call them, can pack of punch with zingers that make one think. It is amazing how much can be expressed in a few short words....


The things that bring me joy

May 3, 2019

Gentle readers, my little dictionary defines “joy” as a feeling of happiness that comes from success, good fortune or a sense of well being. Well, me thinks that leads us into what is the definition...