May 18, 2018 — Gentle readers, please note the "MAD" in Mad Jack Hanks in this column. As a general rule I am a "live, let live" sort of feller. Not so when it comes to prairie dogs on my place. I reckon I am really gettin' to be
May 11, 2018 — Well, gentle readers, I've always considered myself to be a felller blessed with common sense and the ability to know when to hold'em and when to fold'em. I folded them last week when I sold my Harley. Yep, sure did. I squeezed all of the
May 4, 2018 — Gentle readers, I decided to check out a new dental hygiene person that had come to our little village. My, my what a tiny little petite lady, she was not much bigger than her shadow but very cute with a personality that lacked nothing as
April 27, 2018 — For most cowboys, their hat is as important as their boots, saddle, bridal and spurs. I read once where a west Texas cowboy of some reputation was quoted as saying, "when a cowboy (cowgirl) is satisfied with the shape of their hat, they will always
April 13, 2018 — So, maybe ladies some of you who have not lived on ranches often pondered what being a cowboy's or rancher's wife would be like. I can tell you. I can tell you of "Little Miss Martha's" experiences on some of her "not so better days."
April 6, 2018 — First off, gentle readers, let me hope that y'all had a blessed Easter! Moving on … I recently watched a documentary about the ravages of World War I after Hitler was defeated. The devastation in Poland, Germany, the UK and all of the eastern block
March 30, 2018 — "I'm pretty sure you would think that I was one of those folks with a closed mind that would provide no room for you to express your opinion. Nope, none at all. I'm also hoping if you knew a little more about me and others
March 16, 2018 — Gentle readers, I discovered at an early age how much crow I could actually eat. Yep, and it was all caused by my mom of all people. I know we should never speak ill of our parents, but heck, they are only human and make
March 9, 2018 — I got to wondering, gentle readers, if all of us have a drug of choice. A diplomat from Mexico recently said, Mexico doesn't have a drug problem, America does. I have to agree that yes, America does have a drug problem. Just think, if nobody
February 23, 2018 — I gotta' tell ya gentle readers that complaining about the wind living where I do is like whipping a dead horse. Nothing is going to change. I know for a fact that the wind is blowing harder a few miles up the road in Wyoming.
February 9, 2018 — Well by golly gentle readers, that rodent has spoken. Yep, it's gonna' be six more weeks of winter. Of course that's no surprise to anyone living in the mountain states as we don't expect for spring to arrive until winter is completely over. That could
February 2, 2018 — Gentle readers, I suppose there are different ways to communicate. Some folks have to use sign language, others can understand a conversation just by looking into another's eyes and reading their various expressions. I talk "west Texas" and sometimes I find folks asking me to
January 26, 2018 — Gentle readers, while fighting off cabin fever I decided to drag out the photo albums and take a little trip in time with my kids. Thank God that Little Miss Martha was big on taking photos and putting together albums of the "happenings and adventures"
January 19, 2018 — When I was but a preteen, my folks made every effort to take my older brother and I somewhere in the mountain states. It might be Ruidoso or Red River, N.M., or somewhere in Colorado. At the very first sight of the mountains off in
January 12, 2018 — Yes, gentle readers, the times are a'changin'. They say, and I don't know who they are, but I think that they are right when they say, "fear is just the lack of knowledge." I do have some personal fears and they are all about this
January 5, 2018 — Gentle readers, have you ever wondered where the name of Teddy Bear came from? I never did, but I'm about to tell ya. While watchin' the "telly" the other evening I was made aware of how the teddy bear came to be. It seems in
December 29, 2017 — I have thought for many years, especially here in Colorado along the front range of the Rockies, that December can record some of the coldest temps of the year. I remember walking a horse out in the pasture at dark trying to get him to
December 22, 2017 — I think we all know, gentle readers, that no two snowflakes are the same. Well, that's what I've always heard. I am not sure how one would determine if in fact millions of snowflakes were all different before they melted. Hummm? I really don't care.
December 1, 2017 — Well, gentle readers, it was over the mountain and through the woods to my son Andy's place on a mountain west of Grand Junction, Colo. Usually he and his tribe come to grandpa's house for Thanksgiving so it was my time to make the trip
November 9, 2017 — Gentle readers, I have always thought that when you can get a man (woman) on a horse with a cow somewhere in the area, it could result in something good excluding accidents, of course. I have had in years past two really good friends that