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 By Baxter Black    Opinion    November 25, 2021 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Most would admit it was an unusual location to put a chain in the first place. Not that it didn’t look at home amongst the rotting posts and rusty headgate, but there it was. Miles and his wife...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

“There’s only one thing worse than eating next to a left-handed person, and that’s heading for him. It’s like trying to screw the male end of a garden house into the matching threads on your...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

“Twas a matchup made in Elko for the cowboys in the know Called the Rough and Ready Knock Down Finals All Ranch Rodeo. Now the Texans entered up a team they thought could never lose When they bet...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

I had just finished loading 184 seven-foot steel T-posts, old ones, by the way, in my pickup and was unloading a mere 24 bales of hay from the front section of my gooseneck stock trailer. It was a...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

It was a severe case of vegetable defamation, the makin’s of a landmark case of harassment and abuse. The plaintiff, a Miss Parsley, was demanding compensation of one Paul Pierre Potato and, to-be-s...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Do you ever give much thought to where your weaner steers and heifers go when you load’em on the truck or take ’em to the sale? You think maybe it’s like goin’ off to college? Stay in the...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

I’ve got a mule deer hangin’ on my wall from northern New Mexico so I could relate to Rafael’s story. He had joined two of his cousins for a deer hunting trip near Cuba, N.M., where his uncle...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Astrology is one of those wonderful pseudo-sciences like naturopathy or cattle futures that anybody with an imagination can rapidly become an expert in. I have taken it upon myself to devise my own...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

I try not to make this column too educational but sometimes there is a need that can’t be ignored. When ranchers and cowmen work their cowherd, they are often under pressure to cull cows that they h...

 

Feedlot Heroes

Now and then I get to thinkin’ I should quit this feedlot job. Go and ride with Buster, what’s-his-name, his Texas wagon mob. Maybe move to old Montana, wear them bat wings for a while Or do...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

When you take a seat in the waiting room of a veterinary clinic, a feedlot office or an animal health store, you occasionally notice a body sitting there who looks out of place. They are often dressed...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

1. If the new boss’s hat isn’t sweat stained, you can pretty much figger whose will be. 2. Phrases like, “My dad never paid me a dime till I was twenty-five”, or “I haven’t had a day off s...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

R.C. is an animal lover. Maybe not the kind of animal lover that the term has come to mean in this era, but the kind that requires a greater commitment. He would tell you he’s a farmer. But he’s...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

When I hear a truck pull up in front of the house and the pandemonium of dogs barkin’ would wake a hibernating mastodon, I relax. It’s only my neighbor, D.K., come to borrow something of his...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Corn country landscape - painted late summer - high clouds, heavy with moisture waiting for afternoon to thicken and darken and start raising Cain. You can see for miles. Brown, green, yellow patchwor...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

“Mama, when’s Daddy comin’ home? Is it time to worry yet?” “By supper, darlin’. Eat your Cheerios.” He rode out this morning early. Like he does six days a week I always make him tell...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    August 5, 2021

On the Edge of Common Sense

Some might wonder why prehistoric cave drawings weren’t more detailed. Surely there were artists capable of rendering intricate representations of the circulatory system of aurochs or the dentition...

 
 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...

 

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