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 By Baxter Black    Opinion    July 29, 2021 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Ted and his dad needed some cows to stock their little ranch in Oklahoma, and they needed ’em right away. A local trader solved their problem and injected a couple loads into them. By fall Ted...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    July 22, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

It was every fairboard’s nightmare when the lightning hit the stage. ’Course, it might have been expected; it was just another page In a trail of disasters that befell our county fair That began w...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    July 15, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

A good cowboy will go beyond the call of duty and even put himself in harm’s way to help a suffering beast. Doug and Patty run a ranch in that big, wide country in eastern New Mexico. They’d recei...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    July 8, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

Aunt Effie was the ‘Neighborhood Healer’ in her community of Noble, OK. When I was visiting and scraped my arm or had a stomachache, she always had the right potion, poultice, roots, soak or fern...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    July 1, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

The big boy land developers hired them a worn out hack To go and buy the water rights off farmers down the track. “Just pay ’em anything they ask. Heck, any price on earth. Those farmer’s...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    June 24, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

Today there is an increased recognition of the bonding process between man and animals. Pets are now referred to in politically correct circles as companion animals. Companion. By definition; an...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    June 17, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

Mother gave me a small box of old pocket watches and a book entitled “A Practical Course in Horology.” It was a Christmas gift. A family heirloom, of sorts. “I don’t know if you’ve got...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    June 10, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

The steer that topped the show this year was partly Chianina. The bull that threw the biggest calf was partly Simmental. The carcass class was swept away by three-eighths Limousiners The Gelbvieh...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    June 3, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

If it were possible to clone human beings from history, what would they be doing today? For instance, if we were somehow able to find a strand of DNA from Robin Hood, clone him and raise him in our...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    May 27, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

I wanna tell y’all a true story that happened to a friend of mine. Big Jim was judgin’ the rodeo at Burlington last year. They call him Big Jim ’cause he’s big as a round bale and twice as tou...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    May 20, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

“Doctor, I’m here because I’m a . . . I’m a . . . “ “Relax. Many people have psychological conflicts. Lay back on the couch and tell me about it.” “Okay. It’s just that I don’t kno...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    May 13, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

“It’s for you,” his darlin’ told him as he lay back in the chair For a well deserved siesta. Ugh, it wasn’t really fair. It was Chuck, his nearest neighbor – did he have to call right now?...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    May 6, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

For those of you who forgot how easy it was to get started in farming let me tell you about my friend Con. Many years ago, he bought a farm in the wilds of Minnesota. The feller that sold him the...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    April 29, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

I grew up in a county that was 65% Spanish-speaking. The biggest distinction between races was not color, it was Catholics and Baptists. My first experience with prejudice was the summer I spent on a...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    April 22, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

“Where were you born?” The reporter asked one of my Colorado cowboy friends. “Iowa,” he answered. “Iowa!” she said. “Why did you move?” “Because it’s hard to be a cowboy in...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    April 15, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

A while back I was asked who has had the greatest influence on my life. I hadn’t ever given it much thought, like most folks, I guess. After considerin’ for a while, I came up with five people...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    April 8, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

When it’s springtime in the Rockies And my lips are turning blue I’ll be slogging through the blizzard like a brain dead caribou… Ah, springtime. That first hint of life beginning anew, the...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    April 1, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

“Have I got a deal for you! Got this horse on a trade. He don’t squint half as bad ridin’ him in the shade. I know he limps a little. Yer eyeball is astute. But fair is fair, my friend, so...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    March 25, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

Imagine you were a livestock man in medieval England a thousand years ago. It’s early spring. Snow on the ground, mud in the cow lot. You walk the small pasture where the heavy heifers are kept....

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    March 18, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

He’s the tumbleweed chef and rides with the wagon Ahead of the thunderin’ herd. His pots and pans clack like a diamondback’s rattle. He growls or he don’t say a word. His face is a roadmap....

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    March 11, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

“A fine lookin’ horse you’ve got there (if yer into modern art) I had a horse like that one time (but he wasn’t very smart) I’d guess that he’s part thoroughbred (and part Catahoula hound)...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    March 4, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

It is the best of times. Calving at its finest. The calling of those chosen to tend God’s creatures. To take part in simple miracles. To alter the balance of life on earth by one small addition. It...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

This is a quiz to determine your calving sanity (or help you pass time in the calving barn). Match the columns. 1. Aching A. Tongues 2. Black B. Back 3. C C. Batteries 4. Cold D. Boots 5. Cracked E....

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Lee Trevino has a street named after him in El Paso. Abraham Lincoln has a town named after him in Nebraska. Monty Montana has his namesake state and I’ve even got some hills named in my honor in...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Do you believe in ghosts? How ’bout angels? Miracles? Taro cards? I grew up believin’ in Heaven and all its assorted angelic inhabitants and their counterparts in the singed black hats....

 

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