News Bits and Links

readingnews“Reading the News,” by Erwin E. Smith, c. 1908 from The Library of Congress

We receive and come across all sorts of interesting information from a wide range of sources. Below, we gather some quick links to news stories, web features, and other items of interest gathered from the web, social media, and from you, the most recent posted first.

Your suggestions for consideration of inclusion are welcome (as well as your comments). Email us.

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Wanted: Cowboy,” poem by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, October 16, 2017

Charlie Russell,” by John Mariani, January 1951, Western Horseman, October 16, 2017

Stories that begin on the back of a horse,” by Jessie Veeder, Inforum, October 13, 2017

Artisans team to boost poetry program,” by Eve Marx, Seaside Signal, October 13, 2017

Local Volunteers Gear Up For Annual Heritage Days,” by Anita Campbell, Benton County
Enterprise, October 13, 2017

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The 1,000-year-old man: The remarkable story of author Max Evans,” by Robert Nott, Santa Fe New Mexican, October 13, 2017

Alzada show draws large crowd,” by Chris Maupin, Ekalaka Eagle, October 13, 2017

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Trade-offs, but never satisfied,” by Laura Nelson, blackinkwithcab.com, October 11, 2017

Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with Hal Cannon (audio), Cowboy Crossroads, October 10, 2017

José and the Hoodoo Cow,” poem by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, October 9, 2017

2nd ‘Campout on the Comanche’ slated next weekend,” Big Spring Herald, October 7, 2017

Florida Ranchers Lose $238 Million to Irma,” by Greg Henderson, Drovers, October 6, 2017

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Get your ‘cowboy on’ and celebrate our western heritage,” by Pam Jacobs, The Durango Herald, October 6, 2017

Gathering Tickets Now Available,” Elko Daily Free Press, October 5, 2017

Beef Is Back for Dinner as Marketers Woo Nostalgic Millennials,” by Alexandra Bruell, Progressive Farmer, October 5, 2017

Western merriment meets modern-day fun at Agua Fria Festival,” by Sue Tone, Prescott Valley Tribune, October 4, 2017

Does Media Coverage of Wildfires Probe Deeply Enough?,” by Adrianne Kroepsch, Daily Yonder, October 3, 2017

Cowboy trends: Then and now,” by Tayler Teichert,  Progressive Cattleman, October 2, 2017

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Political Correctness,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, October 2, 2017

Plenty of singing Sunday morning (from livestock and people) during NILE,” by Sarah Brown, The Prairie Star, September 29, 2017

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering to focus on cowboy humor this year,” by Linda Mannix, Pagosa Springs Sun, September 28, 2017

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering to celebrate 29th year,” by Katie Chicklinski-Cahill, Durango Herald, September 27, 2017

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Requiem for a Cowboy Poet,” by Peggy Sanders, Wild West Magazine, September 28, 2017

Cowboy poetry draws 80,” by Thomas Garcia, Quay County Sun, September 27, 2017

Love that Cactus Bread,” by Gary Heintz, capjournal.com, September 27, 2017

28th Annual Alzada Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art Show,” by Chris Maupin, Butte County Post,  September 27, 2017

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They Were Salty,” by Ross Santee, written August 1949, Western Horseman, September 25, 2017

Happy Birthday, Ft. Pierre: cowtown celebrates the old-fashioned way,” by Yvonne Hollenbeck, Tri-State Livestock News, September 21, 2017

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Stress,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, September 25, 2017

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Badger Clark Festival Headlines Busy Day In Hot Springs,” by John Axtell, chadrad.com, September 23, 2017

Writing songs as honest as Wyoming dirt,” by Lance Nixon, pinedaleroundup.com, September 22, 2017

Gambling, Rambling, Ranching and Rehab Are six bred heifers a herd?,” by Bill Jones, Fairfield Sun Times, September 22, 2017

Cowboy Hat Etiquette: What You Should Already Know But Probably Don’t,” by Terry Sullivan, Fairfield Sun Times, September 22, 2017

Music Times: Engage in Southern Utah’s creative symposium,”  The Spectrum, September 22, 2017

The BC Cowboy Heritage Society newsletter, September

Western Slope Cowboy Gathering November 3-4, 2017, Grand Junction, Colorado

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From Space Cowboy to Montana Rancher,”by Russell Nemetz, northernag.net, September 21, 2017

Four Sixes Through the Lens of Scott Slusher,” by Bob Welch, September 20, 2017

Dallas County poet says she is just recording the life rhythms,” by Penny Warner,
BuffaloReflex.com, September 20, 2017

Authentic, Genuine, & the Integrity of Songwriting Debate,” by Thomas Mooney, New Slang, September 20, 2017

Embrace cowboy culture and humor at Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Linda Mannix, Pagosa Springs Sun, September 21, 2017

Hugs: a song that has a real message,” by Gary Heintz, Capital Journal, September 19, 2017

Murphey Western Institute  Michael Martin Murphey’s “Center for the Education, Preservation and Perpetuation of the Arts, Culture, History and Legacy of the American West”

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Angus way out there,” by Laura, BlackInk, September 20, 2017

Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with Mike Beck, part 2 (audio), Cowboy Crossroads, September 19, 2017

The Top 10 signs of autumn,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, September 19, 2017

This Season, Western Wildfires Are Close By and Running Free,” by Kirk Johnson, New York Times, September 16, 2017

Montana residents are desperate for clean air, and they’re calling me,” Washington Post, by Sarah Coefield, September 15, 2017

Perhaps You’d Like to Purchase Art Sculpted by a Cow,” by Cara Giaimo,  atlasobscura.com, September 15, 2017

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Dog Days in the Feedlot,” (poem) by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, September 18, 2017

Western Music Association 2017 nominees, September 18, 2017

Heritage Festival continues to build community connections,” by McKayla Helm, The Missourian, September 16, 2017

Longmire’s creator explains why we’re so fascinated with the American West,” by Craig Johnson, Washington Post, September 15

Cowboy poetry gathering welcomes attendees,” by Kevin Rushworth, High River Times,
September 15, 2017

Cattle drive brings history alive,” by Ryan Miller, Enid News & Eagle, September 15, 2017

Cowgirls are naturals at pen riding duties,” by Jeff Rice, Journal-Advocate, September 13, 2017

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AABP: The Baxter Black Perspective,” by Geni Wren, AABP, September 14, 2017

Ranchers blame exploding shell for grass fire that killed 160 head of cattle,” by Jackie Irwin, Calgary Herald, September 14, 2017

This Seventeen-Year-Old Rescued Cattle by Helicopter During Harvey,” by Charley Locke, Texas Monthly, September 12, 2017

A Visit with Western Folklife’s Kristin Windbigler,” by Maddy Butcher, Nicker News, September 6, 2017

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Cowboy poets and musicians will perform in Shoshone,” by Julie Wootton, magicvalley.com, September 13, 2017

Family History Expo To Be Held In St. George,” by V. Robison, Moapa Valley Progress,
September 13, 2017

Change of Venue for Campfire,” Dickinson Press, September 13, 2017

The Top 10 things farmers find in the pockets of jackets they haven’t worn since last spring,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, September 12, 2017

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Coyote Cowboy Observations,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, September 11, 2017

Cowboy Country Nevada,” The Hans India, September 9, 2017

‘The Lungs of Our Region Are on Fire:’ Wildfires Exact a Punishing Toll on the West,” by Nancy Wartik, New York Times, September 8, 2017

Real cowboys play for buckaroos-to-be at Napa school,” by Maria Sestito, Napa Valley Register, September 8, 2017

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’: Chuck wagon cooking,” Molly Boyle, Santa Fe New Mexican, September 8, 2017

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Thousands of Texas cattle may have died in wake of Harvey,” Associated Press, September 8, 2017

Ranchers pay it forward to Montana fire victims,” by Amy Bickel, The Hutch News, September 8, 2017

Harvey roundup: Ranchers tally impact on soggy herds,” by Andrea Rumbaugh September 7, 2017

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Montana fires: Here’s what the nation hasn’t seen,” (video) Agdaily, September 6, 2017

Ash falls like snow in Seattle as wildfires rage in Pacific Northwest,” by Evan Bush and Hal Bernton, Seattle Times, September 6, 2017

Behind the Scenes Shipping Cattle in the Flint Hills,” by Wyatt Bechtel, Drovers, September 6, 2017

Vets Fight To Save Horses In Harvey Aftermath,” by David Lohr, huffingtonpost.com, September 4, 2017

The Yellow Ribbon,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, September 4, 2017

Cowgirl Camp helps build skills, network among women ranchers,” by Matthew Weaver, Capital Press, September 1, 2017

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As Human Rescues Wind Down, Helicopters Drop Hay To Stranded Cattle,” by Brian Mann, Morning Edition, September 5, 2017

Devastation for Montana’s ranchers only just beginning,” by Taylor Chase,  kfbb.com,
September 4, 2017

Texas ranchers battle to save cattle from Harvey’s wrath,” by Meridith Edwards, CNN,
September 4, 2017

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A Flying Cowboy Rides to Rescue Cattle Stranded in Harvey’s Floods,” by John Schwartz and Livia Albeck-Ripka, New York Times, September 3, 2017

Map: Large Wildfires In Montana,” by David Sherman, MTN News, September 2, 2017

More than half a million acres lost to Montana wildfires so far this summer,” by Steele Stephen,  MTN News, September 2, 2017

Cowboy way honored in museum in Gordon,” by Steve Frederick, starherald.com, September 1, 2017

Roots Run Deep TV special to premiere Sept. 4,” Douglas Dispatch, September 1, 2017

Good Things Happen at Peach Days,” by Jenny Chamberlain, hvtimes.com, September 1, 2017

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Cowboy Poetry Event” (S. Omar Barker show), Las Vegas Optic, September 1, 2017

Who is cowboy legend Myrtis Dightman?,” by Matthew Thibodeaux, easttexasmatters.com, September 1, 2017

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The Lives & Works of S. Omar & Elsa Barker show, September 2, 2017, Las Vegas, New Mexico

Cloud Rider,” by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, August 31, 2017

Great Plains Fire Information, gpfireinfo.blogspot.com, August 30, 2017

Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with Chuck Hawthorne (audio), Cowboy Crossroads, August 29, 2017

Texas Ranchers Scramble To Get Cattle Out Of Flooded Areas,” by Ailsa Chang, NPR, August 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: How you can help ranchers affected,” Tri-State Livestock News, August 29, 2017

Cattle on feed, drought and floods,” by Derrell S. Peel, FarmTalk, August 2, 2017

Is Poetry the New Adult Coloring Book?,” by Jason Boog, Publishers Weekly, August 25, 2017

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Jumper,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, August 28, 2017

Texas police escort a herd of cattle to higher ground outside of Houston,” (video) NBC Facebook, August 28, 2017

Texas Ranchers Battle Hurricane Harvey to Protect Cattle,” by Sara Brown, Drovers, August 27, 2017

How to find the right manager for your ranch,” (Part 2) Beef Magazine, August 24, 2017

The Top 10 things your bomb-proof cow horse spooks at,” by Mark Parker, Farm Talk, August 22, 2017

Cowboy gathering seeks parade entries,” Durango Herald, August 21, 2017

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame announces 2017 inductees, award winner,” Fort Worth Business, August 21, 2017

Woman becomes Glacier National Park’s first female packer,” by Tristan Scott, Flathead
Beacon/Fresno Bee, August 19, 2017

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The Wilderness Wall,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, August 21, 2017

Greenhorn from Lorena wins big in cowboy poet rodeo,” by J.B. Smith, wacotrib.com, August 19, 2017

Ranchers in parched U.S. Northern Plains welcome hay lottery,” by Theopolis Waters, Reuters, August 18, 2017

Paisley Community Center provides a night of poetry,” by Michael Acosta, Lake County Examiner, August 16, 2017

‘Cow whisperer’ boy in wheelchair leads steer, melts hearts at Iowa State Fair,” by
Kyle Munson, Des Moines Register, August 16, 2017

A city slicker figures out what you already know,” by Burt Rutherford, Beef Magazine, August 15, 2017

Women Of The Land,” by Susan L. Ebert, Cowgirl, August 14, 2017

Governor Cuomo Announces New Events And Activities For The 2017 Great New York State Fair,” longisland.com, August 14, 2017

A Cowboy’s Artist” (on Bill Owen), Western Horseman, undated

Badger Clark Event, September 2, 2017, Custer State Park

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The Historic Star Valley Beanfield War,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, August 14, 2017

Massive wildfires turned prairies to ash, leading Montana’s cowboys to weigh federal help,” by Tim Craig, Washington Post, August 13, 2017

The Hope That Lives in a Rain Shower,”by Jessie Veeder, Inforum, August 13, 2017

Catch some cowboy poetry in Lewistown Aug. 17-20,” by Traci Rosenbaum, Great Falls Tribune, August 8, 2017

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Teal Blake – On Being Authentic & Original,” by Ed Roberson, Mountain & Prairie podcast, August 11, 2017

Sudden Drought Conditions Spur Montana’s Wildfires,” by Nate Hegyi, Morning Edition, August 11, 2017

‘Cowgirl camp’ for beginning women ranchers,” by Matthew Weaver, Capital Press
August 9, 2017

From culls to early weaning, cattle ranchers need strategies to deal with drought,” CBC News, August 9, 2017

Documenting  the Lives Of Colorado Mountain Ranchers,” Michael Crouser and Peter O’Dowd, Here & Now, August 7, 2017

How, And Why, Some Farmers Are Bringing Livestock Back To The Prairie,” by Amy Mayer, Harvest Public Media, August 1, 2017

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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Ticketed shows announced: Western Folklife Center, August 10, 2017

Classic Cowpunchers,” by Lauren Feldman, American Cowboy, August 10, 2017

Filming a ‘Little’ documentary,” Saratoga Sun, August 9, 2017

Windbigler takes helm of Western Folklife Center,” by Hasano Grayson, Elko Daily Free Press, August 9, 2017

Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with Tom Russell (audio), Cowboy Crossroads, August 8, 2017

Cow Poop Analyzer App Estimates Forage Quality,” by Kathy Voth, On Pasture, August 7, 2017

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Hike offers Cowboy Prayer, intrigue,” by Nigel Reynolds, Daily Courier, August 7, 2017

Parakeets and Dogs,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, August 7, 2017

Clinton-area ranchers demand compensation for control fire devastation,” by Karin Larsen, CBC News, August 07, 2017

New Mexico cow shootings spark fears of serial cattle killer,” by Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, August 4, 2017

World reacts to Zuckerberg’s post on cattle,” by Terry Anderson, midwestproducer.com, August 2, 2017

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Prairie Fire!,” by Heidi M. Thomas, blog, August 4, 2017

‘A Long Way Home’ theme of this year’s Cowboy Poets event,” by Sue Tone, Daily Courier, August 3, 2017

Cow Efficiency Congress to be held in North Dakota,” by American Aberdeen Association, farmforum.net, August 3, 2017

‘Flash drought’ could devastate half the High Plains wheat harvest,” by Eric Holthaus, grist.org, August 1, 2017

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Go West, young man (& woman),” by Stew Mosberg, Durango Telegraph, August 3, 2017

Kansas Radio Theatre Debuts on KSAL,” by Jeff Garretson, ksal.com, August 2, 2017

Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  Ramblin’ Jack stories (audio), Cowboy Crossroads, August 1, 2017

Fractious Freight,” by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, undated

I’m not yelling at you, I’m yelling at the cow: How to escape the crosshairs of cattle
vocabulary,” by Marci Whitehurst, Progressive Cattleman, July 25, 2017

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“‘Til the cows come home…and they always come home…,” by Jessie Veeder, blog, August 3, 2017

“‘Buckaroo poet’ Waddie Mitchell brings cowboy poetry to Riverbend Live! Aug. 4,” by Haylie Ellison, The News-Review, August 2, 2017

North Dakota seeking hay donations to aid drought-stricken ranchers,” by
Dan Gunderson, mprnews.org, August 1, 2017

Broken Barriers,” by Carol Hutchison, American Cowboy, July 31, 2017

My Introduction to Trichomoniasis Foetus,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, July 31, 2017

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Helena man’s effort sparks massive donation caravan to ranchers, residents affected by fire,” by Matt Hudson, Billings Gazette, July 29, 2017

Meet the Saddlemaking Cowboy Poet of Missouri,” by Eddie O’Neill, Missouri Life, July 25, 2017

Cowboy Poet Is Gone But Not Forgotten,” County Line Magazine, July-August 2017

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Local rancher describes how drought is affecting herds across the area,” by Jon Wilson, KEVN, July 26, 2017

LO Cattle Company in Garfield County, Montana, loses hundreds of cattle in fire,” by Savanna Simmons, The Fence Post, July 25, 2017

AQHA’s celebration of the National Day of the Cowboy drew a big crowd in Amarillo,” aqha.com, July 25, 2017

3rd Annual Napa Valley Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering, September 9, 2017, Napa, California

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From Big to Small to Big to Small – Our History of Cattle Breeding From 1742 to Today,” by Kathy Voth, onpasture.com, July 24, 2017

Raymond Old West Fest, October 21, 2017, Raymond, California

Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, December 2, 2017, Monterey, California

Western Horseman YouTube Channel

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Containment at 34 percent in eastern Montana fire complex,” The Associated Press, NBC Montana, July 26, 2017

The Costs Of Fighting Wildfires In Montana,” (audio) by Eric Whitney, NPR, July 26, 2017

How Cowboy Poetry Pulled Me out of the Abyss,” by Carson Vaughan, Read it Forward, July 25, 2017

What’s on the table at Amazon’s secret meeting with cattle ranchers?,” by Joe Fassler, The New Food Economy, July 25, 2017

“Horses Kin Hurt Ya!,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, July 25, 2017

Fair offers summer fun; Variety of activities fill Central Kansas Free Fair,” by Ruth Nicolaus, Abilene Reflector-Chronicle, July 25, 2017

Update on Garfield County, Montana fire,” tsln.com, July 24, 2017

Day of the Cowboy events embrace Texas Panhandle’s past,” by Lisa Lamb, Amarillo.com, July 22, 2017

A ‘Last Look’ at the Old-Time American Cowboy,” by Lily Rothman and Liz Ronk, Time,  July 21, 2017

Southeastern Utah Junior Livestock show,” by Patsy Stoddard, Emery County Progress, July 21, 2017

What Cowboys Can Teach Us About Feeding the World,” by Bill Gates, blog, July 18, 2017

An Interview with Temple Grandin: ‘Visual Thinker’ and an Autism Icon,” by Howard Lovy, Foreword Reviews, July 12, 2017

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Theodore Waddell: My Montana—Paintings and Sculpture, 1959-2016

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Photos of a Pioneer,” by Carson Vaughan, The Paris Review, July 24, 2017

The Day the Fires Came,” by Skip Hollandsworth and John Carrithers, Texas Monthly, July 2017

At 200,000 acres, ‘very extreme fire behavior’ seen in Lodgepole Complex,” by Mike Kordenbrock, Billings Gazette, July 22, 2017

National Day Of The Cowboy Honors The Ranching Icon,” by Holliday Moore, kjzz.org, July 22, 2017

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UK’s first sign language poetry slam,” by Camera Daniel Gordon, Jamie Hamilton, Elise Wicker, and Daniel Gordon, BBC.com, July 21, 2017

A Day with the Texas Law Man Who Catches Cattle Thieves,” by Sarah Baird, Saveur, July 19, 2017

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Range Writers Extraordinaire,” by Rod Miller, blog, July 20, 2017

Black ink in the Black Hills,” by Miranda, blog, July 20, 2017

Not A Suburban Housewife,” by Jolyn Young, blog, July 19, 2017

Photosensitization,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, July 19, 2017

Days of ’47 Rodeo settles in to new home with prayer, poem, praise,” by Annie Knox, Deseret News, July 19, 2017

777 ranch Cowboy poetry night,”  ecprogress.com , July 17, 2017

US Forest Service delivering supplies via mule,” by Nikki Torres, July 12, 2017

Artist with an American Heart: Bob Coronato describes the journey that shaped his art style,” by Kaija Swisher,  Black Hills Pioneer July 10, 2017

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How Cowboys Make Deals at the Border,” by Erica Berenstein and Fernanda Santos, New York Times, July 16, 2017

Drought in High Plains the worst some farmers have ever seen,” by Blake Nicholson, Associated Press/Rapid City Journal, July 15, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg Visits a Cattle Ranch,” by Sara Brown, agweb.com, July 13, 2017

The Cowboys of Calabria,” by Gianluca Mercuri, Corriere Della Sera, July 11, 2017

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Ranchers work together to save cattle in fire zones,” by Angie Mindus, The Williams Lake Tribune,  July 13, 2017

‘Fear the worst, hope for the best’: Ranchers forced to leave 20,000 cattle behind,” by Linda Givetash, Metronews, July 12, 2017

Ranchers allowed 5-year extension to graze cattle in Point Reyes National Seashore,” by Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, July 12, 2017

The Next Last Packers,” by Clare Menzel, Flathead Beacon, July 9, 2017

Hay Crew Haiku,” a Ranch Communications video by Robin Boies, YouTube/Western Folklife Center, July 7, 2017

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Singing through the history of B.C.’s cowboys,” by Parker Crook, Vernon Morningstar, July 12, 2017

Time to get gathered: Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering features familiar faces and activities this year,” Saratoga Sun, July 12, 2017

Wild West poetry promises rattlers, rustlers and ranchers,” by Laureen Diephof, The Salinas Californian, July 12, 2017

Chuck wagon meals: ‘This is a way to be a cowboy’,” by Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Julu 12, 2017

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Payson Book festival returns,” by Teresa McQuerrey, Payson Roundup, July 11, 2017

Pestilence,” by Baxter Black (a poem in the latest column), BaxterBlack.com, July 10, 2017

Cowboy poet visits Luna Rossa,” Deming Highlight, July 10, 2017

Rain or shine, this is the life we chose?,” by Jessie Veeder, blog, July 9, 2017

My Favorite Book: Part 9,” by Rod Miller, blog, July 9, 2017

Mules Helping U.S. Forest Service Supply Firefighters Battling California Fire,” Associated Press, northernag.net, July 7, 2017

You Can Only Eat Steak If You Get More Than 7/10 On This Quiz,” by Gena-mour Barrett,
BuzzFeed, July 5, 2017

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 “COWBOY CROSSROADS with Andy Hedges and guest Don Hedgpeth,” (podcast), July 5, 2017

White Oaks Rodeo,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, July 3, 2017

Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas celebrating 150 years of the Chisholm Trail,” by Todd Glasscock, Cleburne Times-Review, July 4, 2017

Ranchers save cattle, lose rangeland in wildfires,” by Dan Wheat, Capital Press, July 3, 2017

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Rural Media Group launches new cable network, The Cowboy Channel on July 1,”
The Fence Post, June 28, 2017

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No summer will ever be the same…,” by Jessie Veeder, blog, June 29, 2017

Geronimo’s Children,” by Dave Stamey, Facebook, June 29, 2017

Western Folklife Center entertains all year long,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily, June 29, 2017

Some good cowboy photos:

Western Horseman Editor Ross Hecox’ photo blog

On Instagram:
Amy Hale Auker
Jessica Hedges
COWBOYS film
Western Horseman
Kent Rollins

Other Western photography:
Ken Rodgers

Some good radio (listen anytime):

Clear Out West (C.O.W.) from Jim and Andy Nelson
CowTrails from Western Belle Barbara Richhart
Back at the Ranch from Jarle Kvale
Cowboy Crossroads from Andy Hedges
Calling All Cowboys with Charley Engel
Flying SL Ranch Radio from Spalding Labs

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 “Gathering memories and making more,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily, June 28, 2017

Annual 777 Ranch cowboy poetry and music gathering (July 6),” ecprogress.com, June 27, 2017

Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles,” by Eliza McGraw, smithsonian.com, June 21, 2017

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Balin’ Wheat,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, June 26, 2017

Ian Tyson, the cowboy folksinger,” by John Mackie, Vancouver Sun, June 25, 2017

U.S. Ranchers Are Being Forced to Sell Cattle Due to Drought,” by Megan Durisin, Jeff Wilson, and Sydney Maki, Bloomberg.com, June 23, 2017,

Scientists work to develop heat-resistant ‘cow of the future’,” by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Science Daily, June 23, 2017

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 “Cowboy poetry champs recognized,” McPherson Sentinel, June 22, 2017

Cattle ranchers sue to return country-of-origin labeling,” by the Associated Press, Wyoming Daily, June 21, 2017

Cattle stolen from ranch in the middle of the night,” abc13.com (Houston), June 20, 2017

How Bad is the Drought in NorthEast Montana? It’s BAD.,” by Taylor Brown, Northern Ag Network, June 19, 2017

To Keep Predators Away, Montana Ranchers Compost Dead Cattle,” by Rachel Cramer, mtnpr.org, June 13, 2017

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COWBOY CROSSROADS with Andy Hedges and guest Randy Rieman,” (podcast, Part 2), June 20, 2017

What is the future of the Texas cowboy?,” by Bryan Mealer, The Guardian, June 19, 2017

SD governor declares statewide emergency as drought conditions worsen,” The Fence Post, June 19, 2017

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Handyman Jacks,” poem by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, June 19, 2017

A herd of ‘rebel cows’ has been living wildly in the Italian mountains for years,” by Catherine Edwards, The Local, June 19, 2017

Lies They Tell Writers, Part 39: Believe in yourself,” by Rod Miller, (blog), June 18, 2017

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Librarian of Congress Names Tracy K. Smith Poet Laureate,” Library of Congress, June 14, 2017

‘Cautious But Not Silent;’ Photographer Kevin Martini Fuller’s Three Decades of Cowboy Poet Portraits,” by Renata Certo-Ware, untouchableblog.com, June 12, 2017

Great Ranches of the Great Basin,” American Cowboy, June 15, 2017

For Sale: A $7 Million Wild West Town,” by KC McGinnis, Logan Jaffe, and Joshua Thomas, (video) The Daily 360,  New York Times, June 15, 2017

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Have a cow: A new way to buy beef…,” by Rachel Nania, wtop.com, June 14, 2017

COWBOY CROSSROADS with Andy Hedges and guest Randy Rieman,” (podcast, Part 1), June 13, 2017

It Happened in Langtry,” by G. R. Schiavino, American Cowboy, June 12, 2017

Sandhills Savior,” poem by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, June 12, 2017

‘Trial of a Lifetime’ Plays Out in Tiny South Dakota Town,” by Reuters, cattlenetwork.com, June 12, 2017

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Women of the West – Liz Brannan, by Jennifer Denison,” Western Horseman, June 8, 2017

Rawhide Robinson Rides the Interweb,” Rod Miller, blog, June 9, 2017

Genoans send Cowboy Festival into sunset,” by Kurt Hildebrand, The Record-Courier, June 8, 2018

Behind the Chutes: Rodeo secretaries keep the show running smoothly,” by Allie Bohus, American Cowboy, June 7, 2017

Putting Cowboys—and Their Industry— in True Historical Context,” by Edward Dolnick, New York Times Books, June 2, 2017

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In Montana, land transfer threatens the American rancher’s way of life,” by Elliott D Woods, The Guardian, June 6, 2017

Great Ranches of the Southwest,” American Cowboy, June 6, 2017

Cleaning Up Messes,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, June 5, 2017

Renaissance Man of the West, Part I,” by William C. Reynolds, Western Horseman, June 5, 2017

National Day of the Cowboy,” American Quarter Horse Association, June 5, 2017

200 cows take over downtown San Diego streets in historic cattle drive,” Pam Kragen, San Diego Tribune,  June 3, 2017

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Trailing a Thief,” by Carol Hutchison, The Cattleman, June 2017

Paddock to patient: How Australian beef cattle are being used to create heart valves and save lives,” by Kathleen Calderwood, ABC (Australia), June 2, 2017

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Where palette meets palate,” by Rod Miller, (blog) May 31, 2017

COWBOY CROSSROADS with Andy Hedges and guest Paul Zarzyski,” (podcast in two parts), May 31, 2017

The Grapevine,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, May 31, 2017

River Bend Ranch to host Cowboy Poetry event,” Durango Herald, May 30, 2017

NM True TV – “The Cow Country Code”  with Deanna Dickinson McCall, YouTube, May 30, 2017

Will your next load of hay arrive by Uber Freight?,” by Lynn Jaynes, Progressive Forage, May 26, 2017

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Cowboy Express train
to Elko’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

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We were on a (rare) break May 4-25.
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Cowboy music comes to Learning Center,” by Forrest Grimes, Seguin Gazette, May 3, 2017

The Story of a Texas Rancher Girl,” by Peyton Waldrip, gobrangus.com

Texas Rancher Girl blog

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COWBOY CROSSROADS with Andy Hedges and guest Dom Flemons,” (podcast), May 2, 2017

Saddle up, partner, cowboy poetry contests are headed your way,” by Beccy Tanner, kansas.com, May 2, 2017

The Drover’s Camp Camooweal (Bush poets)

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Nebraska Writers Guild “Fur Trade Days” Poetry Contest (deadline June 8)

Who’s in Charge?,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, May 1, 2017

Yee-Haw! Cowboy Festival a good time,” by Sarah Drinkwine, Record-Courier, April 30, 2017

Western Music Association Music & Poetry Gathering, May 13, Villa Rica, Georgia

Meeker Cowboy Poet Gathering, June 2, Meeker, Colorado

Equestrian Legacy Radio’s RENDEZVOUS 2017,  June 1-3 Hurricane Mills, Tennessee

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American Cowboy Magazine
: final print edition
Facebook post, April 28, 2017

Steiger, Auker Headline ‘Working Cowboy’ at Sharlot Hall,” Daily Courier, April 27, 2017

Ancient Horse DNA Shows Scythian Warriors Were Adept Domesticators,” by Kenneth Chang, New York Times, April 27, 2017

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Training wild mustangs with convict cowboys” (video), CNN via MSN, April 26, 2017

Porter Rockwell pulls the trigger in True West,” by Rod Miller (blog), April 26, 2017

The Cowboy and the City Girl Southern Poetry Tour Comes to Edgefield,” Edgfield Advertiser, April 26, 2017

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Landscaping,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, April 25, 2017

Master of the Mustang Tent: Renowned Cowboy Poet Waddie Mitchell Returns to Stagecoach—to Emcee, Not Perform,” by Brian Blueskye, CV Independent, April 25,2017

Concert for a Cause,” by Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman, April 25,2017

Horses, cows, snakes, coyotes, ” by Kay Hively, Neosho Daily News, April 25, 2017

The Dude Wrangler,” by Dave Stamey, Facebook, April 19, 2017

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MEMO ON MULES by S. Omar Barker (1895-1985)

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photo ©2017, Sandy Seaton Sallee; request permission for use

MEMO ON MULES
by S. Omar Barker (1895-1985)

There ain’t no use in talkin’,
When a feller rides a mule,
He’s got himself a saddle mount
That’s mighty hard to fool.
Some horses step right in a bog
without a second glance,
But jassacks simply don’t believe
in takin’ any chance.
They’ll fool around a barbed wire fence
the same as horses, but
You purt near never see a mule
that’s got a barbed-wire cut.
You let a horse get to the grain,
he’ll founder on the stuff,
But mules, by instinct, seem to know
when they have had enough.

Some mules will spook and run away,
some throw a buckin’ fit,
But panicky is something that
they seldom ever git,
For when they pull a ruckus,
they are always plumb alert
To see that Mr. Jackass
never winds up gittin’ hurt.

Most cowboys think a jassack
is a plumb disgraceful mount,
And it is true that some of them
ain’t very much account
For anything but harness
or to tote a heavy pack,
And horses have some virtues
that a mule may often lack;
But ol’ Kit Carson rode a mule,
and other pioneers
Sure viewed a heap of country
over some ol’ hard-tail’s ears.
And all of them reported that
upon the longest trail,
The mule was one tough critter
that was never knowed to fail.
He’d stay plumb fat on grass so short
a horse would starve to death.
He never lathered easy
and was seldom short of breath.
Kit claimed his gait was easy
on the rider in the kack,
And that he’d always git you there
and always bring you back.

This ain’t no fancy eulogy
on big-eared saddle mounts,
But some oldtimers rode ’em,
and by most of their accounts
Of jassacks under saddle,
in the smooth or in the rough,
There seems to be some evidence
that mules have got the stuff!

…by S. Omar Barker, from Rawhide Rhymes; used with the permission of the estate of S. Omar Barker

S. Omar Barker was one of the founders of the Western Writers of America, Inc. and many of his poems were published by Western Horseman.

It’s told that Barker enjoyed signing his name with his brand, created from his initials and the “S” laid sideways for “Lazy SOB,” but, that’s not a completely accurate story. In an article written by Barker for a March/April 1972 issue of Hoofs and Horns magazine, Barker introduces himself, “…This S.O.B. (my initials, not my ancestry) has never claimed to qualify as a sure ‘nough cowboy.” Later in the article, he comments, “Incidentally, when I applied for (Lazy S O B) for our cattle brand, they wrote back that some other S O B already had it. So we had to be satisfied with (Lazy S B).” (Thanks to Andy Hedges for sharing the article, which he received from Vess Quinlan, who received it from Joel Nelson who received it from Kay Kelley Nowell. We are still looking for the date.).

Find more about S. Omar Barker at CowboyPoetry.com.

This recent photo, which has had a viral popularity on Facebook, is by poet and wilderness guide Sandy Seaton Sallee, taken of her husband Scott riding a mule and leading 14 more out of their wilderness camp.

Sandy and Scott run Black Mountain Outfitters,  located in the heart of Paradise Valley, just north of Yellowstone National Park in Montana and also Slough Creek Outfitters, , offering world-famous Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout fishing. Find more about Sandy Seaton Sallee at blackmountainoutfitters.com and at CowboyPoetry.com.

Enjoy these additional photos from the Sallees:

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MY COWBOY CHURCH by Bj Smith

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Photo by Bj Smith.ca; request permission for use.

 

MY COWBOY CHURCH
by Bj Smith

I often go to church and sit a leather-covered pew
there isn’t any place I think that has a better view
of mother nature’s bounty, free of false pretense
where life is full of meaning because it all makes sense

I like to take communion then of waters pure and clear
and taste the fruit of faithfulness that’s unpolluted here
then linger in the garden intertwined among the rock
blushing forth in color of the blue forget-me-not

There’s monkey pods and kitten tales and yellow butter cup
neatly spread at table settings where disciples sup
massive granite spires hazing fountains tumbling down
past the lofts where angels perch adorned in choir gown

The path is tenuous that leads me to this tabernacle
half obscure and full of burdens that I must unshackle
trails are blazed by pioneers that ventured here before
guiding me past obstacles where no one’s keeping score

The steps along the way consume tenacity and grit
exhaustion tries to change the course that’s set upon the bit
for dead fall, bog and rocky scree protect this sacred alter
from those whose moral compass, slowly slips its halter

The world’s great cathedrals of glass and wood and mortar
created by fine artisans to me seem somewhat shorter
in stature to the place I pray in solitary fate
worship wants not only those who choose to congregate

Maybe you are wondering of where it is I search
to find my place of sacrament that is my precious church
I do not peer through sifted light of tinted window panes
but rather where it’s open to the sky on guided reins

It’s when I ride among the peaks on rocky mountain high
or from my bedroll gaze upon the stars that fill the sky
I feel so insignificant, a speck upon this earth
and marvel how it is that even I might have some worth

But maybe since this sacred place is there for me to see
a purpose flooding in my heart is what inspires me
to understand that greatness isn’t always in the show
goodness done is often something only God will know

Just like the timid fairy slipper shaded by the spruce
its beauty hidden far beneath the need of human use
where mankind in its arrogance purports to rule the hour
ignoring what a miracle there is in just one flower

There is no competition here for foolish mortal man
who argue one another which religions they should ban
confusion has no sanctuary, selfish pride no rest
there is no I am better, there is no I am best

And this is not a welcome place to comfort faint of heart
exposed to nature’s elements could tear a soul apart
slashing wind and biting cold will drive me to the timber
where gnarled juniper protect me ’til my legs are limber

It’s on these peaks and ridges that I learn of compromise
and know that our redemption begs for us to harmonize
suffer not our fellow man both modern day and tribal
has always been the message that is bursting from the bible

For from an alpine pulpit, how could we preach of hate
nature in tranquillity gives pause to hesitate
and see the devil down below promoting false temptation
envy, greed and disrespect that’s blinding our salvation

So it is on misty slopes I am a clergyman
astride my faithful partner, that is equestrian
I know that I am blessed more than a week has days of seven
for I’m among the lucky ones that’s rode the steps of Heaven
And so it is on misty slopes, I am a clergyman.

© 2010, Bj Smith, used with permission

Alberta outfitter Bj Smith likes to let this poem speak for itself. Its message seems important now, more than ever.

 

We’ve posted this poem before with a this photo by Bj Smith:

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The photo at the top of this page and this photo are from this summer’s trail:

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Photo by Bj Smith.ca; request permission for use.

Bj has a new CD, A Saddle Tramp Soliloquy, and a forthcoming book. Find more at his site,
bjsmith.ca.

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THE CONVERSATION by Ken Cook

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THE CONVERSATION
by Ken Cook

What has not changed ol’ cowboy friend
Since you was young and men were men?

When horse not broke till nearly five?
Cow’s horns intact kept calf alive!

What has not changed in all your days,
Is nothin’ left of cowboy ways?

The wagon was your only home
And blackest eve Nighthawk did roam,

To hold ’em quiet with lullaby
And ride the ridge where coyotes cry.

What has not changed in all your days,
Is nothin’ left of cowboy ways?

When fences held a garden tight
And grass for miles a wondrous sight,

With horse and rope to branding fire
You burned the hide with one desire,

To live a life on Sandhills grass.
Tell me cowboy, has all that passed?

I’ll tell you boy what still remains
Of cowboy ways here on the plains.

By God you ride the same as me
And cows are cows near’s I can see.

I’ll tell you son what still survives
Of cowboy ways shines in your eyes.

Few teams are left and fence appeared
So Nighthawk sleeps but over years,

By God you rope and do it grand
‘Cause it’s your life, you’ve made your stand,

Which has not changed in all the days
You’ve kept alive a cowboy’s ways.

You fight back change to keep old ways
That every year make ranching pay,

So generations yet to come
Might live this life that we’ve begun.

They’ll saddle horse to work a cow
Here on this ranch like we do now.

© 2007, Ken Cook
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission

Ken Cook comes from a long line of respected South Dakota cowboys and has perpetuated that line with his offspring.

He tells that an interviewer’s question prompted the poem, “I spent nearly the entire interview talking about my Grandpa Frank Buckles and my kids and the changes in the cattle industry that have occurred over three generations…[the interviewer] asked the question, ‘Ken, what has not changed?’ I thought for a moment then replied, ‘Cows.’ The one thing that has not changed is the fact that cows are still…just cows. As I left the [interview] I pulled my pad and pen out of my pocket and wrote down the line ‘cows are cows.’And those three words prompted the creation of the dialogue between a grandpa and his grandson …For me, the poem has become ageless, with the passing of my Grandpa, my kids growing up, and now grandchildren of my own. This thing we
call ‘life on the ranch’ has a way changing with the seasons.”

Find more about the poem and about Ken Cook at cowboypoetry.com.

This photo of Ken Cook by Dana Cook is from a 2015 branding.

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THE TIME TO DECIDE by Bruce Kiskaddon (1878-1950)

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THE TIME TO DECIDE
by Bruce Kiskaddon (1878-1950)

Did you ever stand on the ledges,
On the brink of the great plateau
And look from their jagged edges
On the country that lay below?

When your vision met no resistance
And nothing to stop your gaze,
Till the mountain peaks in the distance
Stood wrapped in a purple haze.

On the winding water courses
And the trails on the mountain sides,
Where you guided your patient horses
On your long and lonesome rides.

When you saw Earth’s open pages
And you seemed to understand
As you gazed on the work of ages,
Rugged and rough, but grand.

There, the things that you thought were strongest
And the things that you thought were great,
And for which you had striven longest
Seemed to carry but little weight.

While the things that were always nearer,
The things that you thought were small;
Seemed to stand out grander and clearer.
As you looked from the mountain wall.

While you’re gazing on such a vision
And your outlook is clear and wide,
If you have to make a decision,
That’s the time and place to decide

Although you return to the city
And mingle again with the throng;
Though your heart may be softened by pity
Or bitter from strife and wrong.

Though others should laugh in derision,
And the voice of the past grow dim;
Yet, stick to the cool decision
That you made on the mountain’s rim.

…by Bruce Kiskaddon

“The Time to Decide” appeared in Bruce Kiskaddon’s first book, Rhymes of the Ranges, published in 1924. He wrote many poems still read and recited today. See features about him at CowboyPoetry.com.

This beautiful photograph by Texas singer and songwriter Jean Prescott seems a perfect fit to Bruce Kiskaddon’s poem. The image is one of several that Jean shared in a
past Picture the West at CowboyPoetry.com.

The photos were taken at workshops with David R. Stoecklein Photography. Jean comments on this one, “This was taken at a workshop in Mackay, Idaho in July of 2013. It was a spectacular evening for photos and we were high on the top ridge of the mountain range.”

Jean and Gary Prescott have a popular new release, Satisfied Hearts. Jean is known for her collaborations with poets, and the album album includes collaborations with Yvonne Hollenbeck, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Darrell Arnold, Chris Isaacs, the late Pat Richardson, Jeff Gore, Debra Coppinger Hill and Jay Snider. There are also selections by songwriters Randy Huston, Joyce Woodson, and others. One song is a tribute to the memory of Buck Ramsey and another features the late Ed Stabler’s arrangement of Henry Herbert Knibbs’ classic “Where the Ponies Come to Drink.”

Find more about “Satified Hearts” and Jean Prescott at CowboyPoetry.com; at her web site, JeanPrescott.com; and on Facebook.

GOOD CLEAN FUN by Rodney Nelson

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GOOD CLEAN FUN
by Rodney Nelson

I remember making hay with Dad,
We’d put it up in stacks—
Dad used to use a stackframe,
and filled it to the max.

Then sometimes, but not often,
he’d say “Rodney, you’ve the knack.
Grab a fork—I’ll lift you up,
and you top off the stack.”

Reluctantly, I’d take the fork.
He’d lift me up on top—
I’d stack that hay to 30 feet,
before he’d finally stop.

Then he’d drive up really close,
I could see him down beneath
As I stepped out on the pushoff
on the end of the stacker teeth.

He’d back up a little ways,
I hoped he’d try no tricks
But giving me rides on that farmhand,
was how he got his kicks!

Wasn’t long and I’d get mad.
I’d had these rides before—
He’d slide the pushoff almost in,
Then he’d run it out once more!

“Come on, Dad, let me down,
this really isn’t fair”
Then he’d point the teeth toward the ground
and leave me dangling in the air!

I could hear him laughing down below,
in hopeless choking mirth.
and I’d wonder if I’d ever again
put my feet upon the earth!

It was no use to argue,
Dad wouldn’t quite ’till he was done,
But I always, always wondered,
How could this be so fun?!

Well, our yard light burned out last year,
and since I’d run that farmhand all my life,
I knew we could fix it in a minute
if I could convince the wife!

Wasn’t easy to convince her,
she said a housewife was her role,
Though mad she was, she climbed aboard,
Took a ride to the top of the pole.

I said, “Sweetheart, I’m so proud of you”
when she fixed the light—
“And you’re especially lovely when you’re angry,
You really are a sight.”

“Let me down, you worthless cur,”
She was having a full-fledged fit—
I couldn’t pass up a chance like this,
So I drove around a bit!

GOOD, CLEAN FUN—I said to myself
as she called me a hopeless sap,
My grin got even wider
as I made another lap!

“Honey, just enjoy yourself
and isn’t it a fright—
It’s the first time that I’ve carried you,
since our wedding night!”

I finally shut the tractor off
Let her sit up there a while,
Promised her I’d let her down,
if she would only smile!

Oh it was fun—but there’s a problem,
I can see it now, I can …
It’s gonna’ take some might sweet talkin’
when that light burns out again!

© 1989, Rodney Nelson
This poem and photo should not be reposted or republished without permission.

North Dakota rancher, poet, columnist, and Senior Pro Rodeo champion Rodney Nelson recites this audience favorite in a video from the 2008 Western Folklife Center National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Rodney’s daughter-in-law Sara Nelson shared photos of Rodney’s grandson Haakon in a past Picture the West at CowboyPoetry.com.

The photos were taken in August, 2014. Haakon was out in the hay field watching his father make some square bales and the baler popped out this little bale that was just his size. He was two at the time.

Find more about Rodney Nelson, some of his poetry, and information about his books and CDs at CowboyPoetry.com. He writes the popular “Up Sims Creek”
column in Farm & Ranch Guide.