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I’m a great-grandfather

June 20, 2019

The world will never be quite the same after an event that happened yesterday. Why? Well, because one-eighth of my genes are now percolating in the third generation. Which is a complicated way to say...


Old days meet new ways

June 20, 2019

Although the calendar reminds us we are no longer living in the Old West of the 1800s and early 1900s, vestiges of the past are still in use. The contrasts may not be as vast...


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,...


My favorite things
My favorite things

June 20, 2019

Julie Andrews created a parody to the song: My Favorite Things in which she sings about what happens as one travels along the pathway toward one’s sunset days and about how much she appreciates the...


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...


Grounded

June 20, 2019

One of my biggest regrets in life is that I never got my pilot’s license. I often wonder what kind of career I’d have had if I took the money I spent on getting a...


Things we say

June 14, 2019

Nearly every acceptance speech known to recent man includes the words, “I am humbled by this award.” As sometimes happens, the word is incorrectly used, likely for the simple reason that “everyone is doing it.”...


Country traffic jams

June 14, 2019

Let’s talk about railroads. Better yet, let’s talk about one railroad in particular — the Burlington Northern Santa Fe — which has two tracks that cross Chase County. First, let me acknowledge the BNSF is...


The marketing power of me

June 14, 2019

I’ve noticed some of my fellow cow columnists have taken to endorsing products to supplement their income from ag periodicals and weekly newspapers who, up until now, have made it possible for all of us...


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...


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
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...


Life on Mockingbird Hill

June 6, 2019

The old Rock ‘n Roll star, Antoine “Fats” Domino and I had/have two things in common. First off, Fats was fat. I’m, on the other hand, merely pot-gutted. So, we were about the same on...


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...


Murder mystery
Murder mystery

June 6, 2019

Our local Woman’s Club has taken on the task of performing “CAFÉ MURDER.” This hilarious murder mystery comedy is easy to produce and perfect for either a stage production or dinner theatre. Rosemary Saint-John is...


Tales turn into ‘facts’

May 31, 2019

When something is repeated often enough it may be believed and elevated to fact. That something could be a lie, a misunderstanding, an opinion, a rumor or even an unsubstantiated piece of history. One of...


Tourist season
Tourist season

May 31, 2019

June is upon us which means the trickle of tourists visiting our state will increase. This is not a bad thing. Tourists bring money which is a boon to rural communities, but often, tourists and...


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...


Wet weather and flooding continues

May 31, 2019

I hate to keep writing about the weather, but it’s still topic No. 1 in the Flint Hills and all of eastern Kansas and the four-state region of Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. Since last...


Idioms

May 24, 2019

English has many phrases and sentences that are commonly understood by native speakers but can confuse those who are new to English. We call them sayings or idioms and they are not literal. A good...