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Recent Stories by Mad Jack Hanks, Columnist

Hanks: The optimistic cowboy

July 27, 2018 — Being optimistic, gentle readers, has always been a healthy virtue in my scope of things. Now ol' Jake, who is riding pastures in the great beyond, was one of the most optimistic fellers I reckon I ever met. Jake was in his late 50s when

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Hanks: When you’re hot, you’re hot

July 6, 2018 — Good morning out there in America land. Well, gentle readers, the weather girl says maybe 104 for Denver today. I'm a good 85 miles from Denver and a little higher where I live so I don't expect it to get that hot. I can already

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Hanks: This land is my land

June 29, 2018 — As I make the drive into our little burg of Wellington, Colo., by way of county roads I see a lot of folks that display "Old Glory" and it makes me happy. It makes me proud to live where many of my neighbors are proud

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Hanks: Good men

June 15, 2018 — By the time you gentle readers receive this column Father's Day will have passed. I've reflected recently on what I consider a "good man" to be and who they are. Of course, I must start with my dad. Raised in a large family of "wild

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Hanks: The first day of summer

June 8, 2018 — Yes ma'am, it is the first day of summer, June 1, 2018. I've been lookin' for this day for a good while as I expect many of you gentle readers have. The month of June provides a lot of action for farmers and ranchers. Lots

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Hanks: It’s a matter of respect

June 1, 2018 — Well, now gentle readers, I can guarantee you this old cowboy has been shown a lack of respect by any number of folks over the years. I would almost bet you might feel the same way on occasion. I've had young cowboys that worked for

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Hanks: A visit to Pete’s ranch

May 25, 2018 — My Uncle Pete was one of my dad's half brothers. He was considered to be the black sheep, if you will, from all my dad's brothers and sisters and there were eight of them. Pete left home at an early age if memory serves me

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Hanks: This thing about prairie dogs

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

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Hanks: Knowing when the time is right

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

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Hanks: The girls of South America

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

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Hanks: The right hat

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

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Hanks: The perils of being a rancher’s wife

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."

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Hanks: Free range children

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

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A letter from the left and robo calls

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

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Hanks: How much crow can you eat?

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

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Hanks: Drug of choice

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

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Hanks: Whipping a dead horse

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.

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Hanks: The rodent has spoken

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

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Hanks: The value of conversation

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

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Hanks: Back tracking through time

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"

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