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The lost chicken

August 16, 2019

Lynne parked her car in the little lot behind Cookies Du Moi. It was an odd little corner of Salt Lake City mixing pawn shops, liquor stores with barred windows and an invasion of upscale...


The Feedlot Hand

August 9, 2019

Life is just a bowl of cherries to a first rate feedlot hand, All the gates swing free and easy, every day’s precisely planned. The boss is always pleasant and lavish with his praise. And...


The anti-smoking device

August 2, 2019

Many years ago, Dr. Erfan called to tell me his story. He’d spent 17 years inventing and testing a device to help people quit smoking. It involved a small battery operated unit that clips in...


Talkin’ dirty

July 25, 2019

In this column I have often mentioned scours, abscesses, big tits, bad bags, cancer eyes, foot rot, slurry pits, afterbirth, retained placenta, castration, heat cycles, sheep pellets and snotty noses. Over the years I have...


Cowboy wedding

July 19, 2019

When one of my cowboy friends tells me he’s getting married, my first question is “Does she have a job?” This particular wedding took place in the pines of Arizona. I thought that I would...


Good dawg

July 12, 2019

Every genuine or would be cowboy’s pride and joy is his ‘good dawg!’ One of the highlights at a stock show is the stock dog trials. Now, allowin’ for the fact that all my exposure...


Ol’ Rookie

July 5, 2019

Old dogs. They write songs about’em and watermelon wine. They have sayings about ‘em learning new tricks. They even name feet after them, i.e., “My ol’ dogs are shore tired!” In a dog’s lifespan they...


I guess you forgot

June 28, 2019

This year we recognized the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of the end of the 2nd World War. Europe had been completely conquered except for England, an island about the size of Wyoming. President...


The cost of recycling

June 20, 2019

We try to be faithful recyclers around the house. I make regular runs to town with the pickup full of newspapers, bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard boxes and tin. I take old pipe and steel to...


The cow committee

June 14, 2019

Once upon a time at the start of all creation Angels sat upon a cloud. An odd conglomeration Of buckaroos from near and far but not there from the city. Their job; to build a...


A cowboy parade

June 7, 2019

You gotta hand it to cowboys. They can turn a birthday cake into a four-alarm fire! Many years ago the Napa Valley (California) County Fair and Rodeo wanted to do something to attract attention to...


Training new neighbors

May 31, 2019

In rural America, farmers and “rural lifestylers” are often neighbors. Seeking a place to better raise their children, to retire in peace, or to escape the continuing anxiety of the city, they move to the...


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...


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...


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...


Backwoods wisdom

April 19, 2019

“Age-in’ a cow is ‘bout the thing I hate most. Seems like they can tell the instant you cross the line into the strike zone.” We all nodded sympathetically with Jeff’s pronouncement. Each cowman in...


Two Jumps

April 12, 2019

Two Jumps said he used to ride bulls. In spite of his name, he tried. He had grit, determination and bravado on his side. Unfortunately, he lacked skill. He was naturally inept And as life...


The Romantic cowboy

April 5, 2019

There’s nothing like an evening of calving to promote the romantic image of the cowboy. Right, ladies? Don invited a nice woman out to his ranch in Alberta for an evening of candlelight, wine and...


90 percent taxes is nothing new

March 29, 2019

This year I’m having a déjà foo. I remember learning in high school social studies that the maximum income tax then was 90 percent. I was stunned! Over the years I watched President Kennedy reduce...


The gift

March 22, 2019

Seems like I ride a lot of borrowed horses. At folks’ ranches or trail rides, ropings or brandings they mount me ‘cause I’m usually a long way from home. I often bring my own saddle....