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Recent Stories by Mad Jack Hanks, Columnist

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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Black: What is it about the mountains

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

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Hanks: New year, new destinations

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

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Hanks: The thrill of the hunt

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

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Hanks: Decemburrrrrrrr

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

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Hanks: A new type of snowflake

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.

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Hanks: Over the mountains and through the woods

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

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A man, a horse and a cow

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

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Hanks: Norman Rockwell’s America

November 3, 2017 — Gentle readers, as a young man I always looked forward to seeing the Saturday Evening Post magazine as it usually had a Norman Rockwell painting for the cover. Even way back then, I wished that I could someday be the artist that Mr. Rockwell was.

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Hanks: Birds of a feather

October 27, 2017 — Looking out the kitchen window this morning, I noticed a flock of sparrows all trying to crowd into a skillet I placed by one of the water faucets in the backyard. I try to keep water out year round for whatever critters might need a

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Hanks: A reason to appreciate music

October 20, 2017 — Gentle readers, there is not a day that goes by that you don't hear some type or several types of music. Music has always been with us. Of course, I wasn't there but I can see that old cave man beating a rib bone of

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Hanks: Old dogs and old folks

October 13, 2017 — Back in the '80s, the 1980s that is, we had an old dog of undetermined origin wander onto our ranch headquarters. He looked to be a cross of some sort of spaniel and setter. He was honey colored with a white muzzle and big brown

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Hanks: What’s the good news?

October 6, 2017 — What's the good news, you ask? The good news here at the ONO Ranch, gentle readers, is that I have had an abundance of rain. It took a while to get here but when it arrived it was a God send. I have a couple

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Hanks: Big boys don’t cry

September 29, 2017 — Big boys may not cry, gentle readers, but real men do. I came across that little ditty some time back and filed it away for future use. Well, here we are in my future and I decided to use it for this column. I really

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Hanks: Inspired by that pink bunny

September 22, 2017 — I always seem to get up tired. I can faintly remember times in the past, way back, in fact when I could rise and feel rested and ready to go. Nope, not anymore. Not at 77 years of age and I would bet ya that

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Hanks: Colonel

September 8, 2017 — I'm not sure if we named him or if Colonel was his name when we brought him home. To me, he was just what it was going to take to make a cowboy out of me at 11 years of age. Yep, mom picked him

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Mad Jack Hanks: Communicating with critters brings day-to-day joy

September 16, 2016 — Gentle readers, if you recall I have mentioned in recent columns how interested I have become these past few years with how some, if not all animals, react with their human counterparts in some situations. I think it might have begun years ago when we

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Mad Jack Hanks: Sending a letter to heaven to a lost loved one

July 25, 2016 — A letter to heaven addressed to Martha Ann Jones Hanks, aka, "Little Miss Martha." Wow, Martha it's hard to believe that it's been almost 14 years since the cancer took you away. Then again, sometimes it seems like only a few months ago. I have

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