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What now brown cow?

August 22, 2019

Gentle readers, before I start this column I need to make a correction. In a recent column I noted that North Dakota has begun to put the phrase, “In God We Trust” in some of...


Grimsby

August 22, 2019

This is a perfectly Grimsby day, I thought to myself the other morning as I looked out the window. Grimsby? Yes, and there is a tale to go with it. Way back in my college...


Older-than-dirt clubs

August 22, 2019

As one ages, one must inevitably give up all the things that make one want to live longer. Once you’ve wandered, shuffled, staggered or achieved the status of older-than-dirt maturity (through no fault of your...


Gas-skimming prank

August 22, 2019

A bunch of old true “rural funnies” rolled into my realm this week. These first stories come from ol’ Ree Call at Westphalia, Kan. He remembered a long-ago funny story from the youth of a...


Hoping for higher prices will not save you

August 22, 2019

Welcome to my column. One thing you will learn about me very quickly, I’m the guy that says what everyone is thinking but is uncomfortable saying. I do this because I truly believe that all...


House calls

August 16, 2019

PETA has declared victory in their battle over fur and now they want to go to war over wool. I guess no one has told PETA that you don’t have to kill a sheep to...


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...


Ranch rodeos

August 15, 2019

Ranch rodeos, if you have never been to one, is where you see ranch cowboys. Real cowboys. Rodeo cowboys for the most part, in my humble opinion, are just that, rodeo cowboys and toss in...


Funny tale from the past

August 15, 2019

I love true funny stories dredged up from the past. This one fits that description. The time wuz some year in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The place wuz Chase County. The event wuz...


Sustainable ag

August 15, 2019

The term “sustainable agriculture” is frequently bantered about. When I first heard it being discussed, it seemed logical to me that “sustainable agriculture” simply meant an agricultural producer who managed to stay in business over...


The Vegetarian March

August 15, 2019

Being a rancher means a lot of things. It might mean you get to buy an expensive pedigreed bull to improve your herd and he either shoots blanks or snubs your cows and tears through...


Resourceful cowgirls

August 9, 2019

“Resourcefulness” — noun — defined in my dictionary as “the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties.” Such a quality is true of ranch women, especially cowgirls. Many moons ago, I worked...


Karma

August 9, 2019

“You reap what you sow: be careful what you wish for: what goes around, comes around: don’t bite off more than you can chew: and of course, Miss Karma. Gentle readers, we are all familiar...


Fair winnings

August 9, 2019

The Chase County Fair last week had high points and low points for me. The high point wuz that my 18 entries in the garden/horticulture classes earned me a healthy plethora of prize monies and...


Infamous vegetarians

August 9, 2019

I’m getting sick and tired of vegans and vegetarians bragging about all the famous people down through history who were vegetarians for at least part of their lives. I’ll admit it’s a pretty impressive list:...


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...


What did you say?

August 2, 2019

Maybe it’s because I’m used to a rural ranch-country drawl, but I ask you. Is the entire population speaking faster than anyone can listen or decipher what’s been said? Or maybe, I have a “condition”...


Organization in cooking

August 2, 2019

A Reader’s Digest article from many years ago struck a chord and stayed with me. It concerned a woman who had been out of the workforce for several years while she raised a family. Once...


Erasing the Past

August 2, 2019

There seems to be — seems to be my foot — there is a contingent of folks out there that are bound and determined to rewrite our nation’s history. Yep, for sure. Especially in the...


Clean up your plates

August 2, 2019

Ol’ Hyde Chowe is one of my new friends at the official Saffordville Gentle Men’s Club, better and unofficially known as the Old Geezers’ or Old Boars’ Breakfast Club. This morning at breakfast Hyde wuz...