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The Lives of the Cowgirls
The Lives of the Cowgirls

July 19, 2019

Remember awhile back — when, every so often — Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio would present a skit spoofing The Lives of the Cowboys? Well, here’s a radio skit spoofing The Lives of the...

‘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...

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,...

Climate change blues
Climate change blues

June 28, 2019

And the argument continues: Is climate change-global warming real? Or is it today’s current obsession? My neighbor, Fred, a horse breeder, wants a definitive answer. This past wintery February was a nasty one. Temperature dropped...

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...

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...

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...

Agnes and Alice

May 24, 2019

Two old cowgirls, Agnes and Alice, sat on the veranda of the Home for Old Cowgirls reminiscing about days gone by. “Listen to this,” declared Agnes and read out a review of the first National...

Hornet ranching

May 10, 2019

Ranchers Zeke and Clyde were commiserating about the sad state of raising food, especially the four-footed kind. Zeke: “Ya know, these days we raise sheep and cattle so wolves, coyotes and bears have somethin’ to...

Making cottage cheese

April 19, 2019

Do you like cheese? Think how smug you’ll feel when you mention you make your own cottage cheese. The following is what I remember from years ago. Start by acquiring a batch of skim milk....

At the Old AgeHoopla Ball

April 12, 2019

First, a big fat thank you to all the readers of this column over the years. Lately, I’ve written two or three booklets on the subject of Older Than Dirt. No, I’m not quitting or...

The census is coming

April 5, 2019

It’s been 10 years and time has marched on. Which means next year in 2020 ­we’re all going to be counted to make sure we’re still alive somewhere on the planet. Once again, we’ll fill...

EssentialCowboy Oils

March 29, 2019

A few years back Clyde and Shorty (a couple of retired but still active old cowboys) investigated the powers of the then popular fad about the miracle benefits of Blue-Green algae (read that pond scum)....


March 22, 2019

Well, folks. The years have flown by. Remember back when? Back when every day presented a possibility for adventure? In those days, myself and my dog used to use weekends to explore as much of...

How to deal with telemarketers

March 15, 2019

Clyde and Agnes, a ranch couple in their older years, were enjoying another cup of morning coffee before getting on with the day’s chores. The phone rang. Clyde got up to answer it — the...

Wild women

March 8, 2019

Sow’s Ear Gwen Petersen Big Timber, Mont.

Chicken whispering 101

March 1, 2019

You hear all the hoopla in the media ‘bout whispering to horses, But who speaks up for chickens that folks make into corpses? It takes a person of intrinsic worth and sensitive finesse To seek...

Playing the washboard

February 22, 2019

In a Sow’s Ear Gwen Petersen Big Timber, Mont. Do you know what a washboard musical instrument is? And/or what it looks like? A washboard is comprised of a standard washboard that used to be...

Another story full of bull

February 15, 2019

Many years back when there was a need to acquire a lot of bull to service our cows, we leased a prime specimen ­­— dubbed “Prince William” by his owner — from a rancher way...

The Gwendolyn gazette

February 8, 2019

Happenstance News of the Odd, the Irregular & the Peculiar In case you’re wondering, the above Gazette is a Tidbit Newsletter designed to feature opinions not usually allowed elsewhere In this issue, yours truly becomes...