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My apology tour
My apology tour

June 20, 2019

Our last President took an apology tour when first in office to tell folks around the world America was sorry for all of its misdeeds of the past. Man, I gotta’ tell ya gentle readers,...


The invasion
The invasion

June 14, 2019

Yep, it’s started, gentle reader, the invasion is under way. The prairie dogs have returned. Good grief, it was not that long ago that I paid a feller to come out and eradicate 333 mounds...


It’s a done deal, right?
It’s a done deal, right?

June 6, 2019

Right at this minute, gentle readers, I believe it is a done deal! Yup, that recent column of “Too old to Cowboy,” I should have paid more attention to. As most of you know I...


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...


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...


Here we go again

April 19, 2019

It’s the eleventh day of April and another “big blow.” Yup, yesterday morning it started with rain, ice, snow, and wind and it came in like gangbusters! Sure wasn’t ready for that, were you? You...


But is itart?

April 12, 2019

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder someone once said. I think the definition of art falls in the same corral. I have, as well as you, gentle readers, seen what was called art...


Sure, that will work

April 5, 2019

Gentle readers, being patient has never been one of my admirable qualities. I hated to go shopping with Little Miss Martha as she was slow, methodical and always sure of what she wanted when she...


Don’t be fooled

March 29, 2019

I would like to start here by saying my heart goes out to the ranchers that caught the brunt of the “big blow.” What a kick in the head to be faced with such a...


There’s work to be done

March 22, 2019

Yep, there is work to be done after this big winter blow. I know all of us have our own story to tell about this awful blizzard. Here’s mine. Yesterday in the midst of the...


Silence is not always golden

March 15, 2019

There for sure are times when silence can be golden. At a funeral, in church, at any function when silence contributes to the betterment of whatever. Then again there are those times when you are...


Chuck and Roni

March 8, 2019

For those of you, gentle readers, that haven’t met or don’t know my friends, Chuck and Roni Sylvester, I hope you get the chance. Chuck and Roni are the biscuits and gravy and that first...


The right kind of horse

March 1, 2019

There is a “right kind” of horse for me, gentle readers and it doesn’t really have much to do with the breed or type. What it does have to do with, for me, is disposition,...


Being a redneck

January 25, 2019

Gentle readers, I remember the first time I realized that I was indeed a redneck. Yep, sure do and it was a little embarrassing to say the least. It was like this: I was spending...


Hanks: The rest of the story

October 19, 2018

Gentle readers, I was pondering lately what it would be like to have another Paul Harvey. I don’t think there is another Paul Harvey as he was one of a kind, just like you and...


Hanks: Fill in the blanks

October 16, 2018

Gentle readers this column is one of those where we just sort of fill in the blanks. As hard as I tried I could not come up with a suitable subject for this week’s column....


Hanks: Going to the dogs

October 5, 2018

Gentle readers, I think we have already gone to the dogs. Yep, I really do. I believe today’s dogs are more human than we ever thought they might become. I mean they have gone from...


Hanks: If ya ain’t hurt, it’s funny

September 28, 2018

Gentle readers, I’m sure most of you have watched America’s Funniest Videos at one time or another. I have often wondered how many of those folks captured doing, “hey y’all, watch this!” actually came out...


Hanks: Imitation, a cowboy’s gift of flattery

September 21, 2018

It won’t be that long, gentle readers, until we start to see all of the political ads again, over and over and over. Many of those ads will feature some hombre in a denim shirt...


Hanks: The Hazards of aging
Hanks: The Hazards of aging

September 7, 2018

Last night at the dance hall I met a nice lady who happened to be a dermatologist. You know, a skin doc. Very sweet and interesting lady. In conversation she told me that all of...