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Diet and exercise
Diet and exercise

July 15, 2019

Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m a little overweight. I don’t need the bathroom scale to tell me if I’ve gained weight, I just know it when my clothes start to get too snug. So...



Good dawg
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...


Loco En La Cabeza

July 12, 2019

I think I may have a slight problem. My wife thinks I’ve reached the point of being borderline crazy. I’ll give you just one small example and let you decide. I’ve always been highly organized....


What’s new with Chevy trucks for 2020

July 12, 2019

Chevy has been busy with 2020 Silverados. A new inline aluminum 6 cylinder 3.0L diesel is in the 1500 and the all new 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty. New 10-speeds in light and heavy duty diesels...


Young Citizens League

July 11, 2019

For those who went to a rural school in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota or Colorado, you may have gotten your first formal training in citizenship through Youth Citizens League or YCL. Recalling my days...


‘Alternative’ curse words
‘Alternative’ curse words

July 11, 2019

In today’s current culture of bad-mouthing, lying, cheating, phony “alternative facts” and filthy cursing, everybody seems to be trying to outdo one another in the use of foul expressions. Comedians seem to believe their material...


Home school

July 11, 2019

It’s clear to any column reader that I take delight in describing in detail any foible, unfortunate minor-league accident, or just plain dumb thing that anyone of my acquaintance does that I deem as funny....


Boots O’Neal
Boots O’Neal

July 11, 2019

Every puncher in Texas and maybe all across the Southwest has heard of Boots O’Neal. Boots works for the famous 6666 Ranch at Guthrie, Texas. He’s been a cowboy since he was 14 and now...


Glory, glory I’m a cowgirl
Glory, glory I’m a cowgirl

July 5, 2019

After the first National Cowboy Poetry in Elko, Nev., way back in 1985, we, in Montana, initiated the first Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering right here in our small rural town. The gathering outgrew this town,...


Gift to the graduates and everyone else

July 5, 2019

Graduation season brings out advice for graduates and the thoughts actually apply to everyone. Local Facebook chat rooms often have posts by people seeking employment. Maybe some of these suggestions will help. When looking for...


Hey sports fans
Hey sports fans

July 5, 2019

Seems like I woke up one day and everyone was a soccer fan. I don’t mind watching soccer, especially when my grandkids are playing. I know myself and many others will be watching to see...


Ag-vocating in the classroom

July 5, 2019

I recently joined more than 400 educators from around the country to learn how to use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more at the National Agriculture in the Classroom...



Proud to be an American

July 5, 2019

I’m writing this column on a gloomy, soggy, rainy morning in the Kansas Flint Hills on the date our cherished nation declared independence from the tyranny of Great Britain — the Fourth of July. I’m...


Independence Day
Independence Day

July 5, 2019

Yep, I know, Independence Day has passed as you read this. At this writing it is a few days away. Gentle readers, I got to wondering if Independence Day has the same meaning for you...


No gifts please

July 5, 2019

I was talking with a friend about things people collect when he told me about a fellow who collected running shoes that belonged to famous runners. His collection was world class and he was only...


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...


Hear it roar

June 28, 2019

My environmentalist neighbor has a real dilemma on his hands. He spent a wad of money covering the roof on his house with solar panels to generate enough electricity to power his house, lower his...


I guess you forgot
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...