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 By Baxter Black    Opinion    October 15, 2020 

On the Edge of Common Sense

I was sittin’ in the back row of a beautiful little church in a mountain town in the Rockies. I was there for the wedding of a daughter of good friends. As the service progressed, my attention was d...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

It struck in late October like a plague of mustard gas. It started with a trickle but then soon began to mass. In pens and cattle alleys on the new receiving side, The fall run was beginning and...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Mr. Moses remarked the other day he’d received a catalog in the mail from a western clothing outfit. He wasn’t sure who the outfit catered to, but the name ‘Long Island’ seemed to stick in his...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

I have known and worked with many women in the feedlot business. Some as cowboys, some as vets, some as lay doctors, as cattle processors, feed-truck drivers, foremen (or forepersons) and managers...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Catching avocado rustlers is sort of a cross between the Covid virus, wildfires, exchange students bearing addictive goodies and coon hunting. “All right, come down outta that tree and drop that...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

They were just words. “Tear down the Berlin Wall!” Reagan to Gorbachev at the Brandenburg Gate, 1987 “Chance of rain.” Weatherman in Louisiana before Hurricane Katrina, 2005. “Give me...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

When the crew came toward the cookhouse Hazel shut and locked the door. “Don’t you even think about it! Looks like y’all been in a war.” And though Hazel didn’t know it, she was not far off...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

There is a common belief among many urban folks that a cowboy rides around all day and sings to cows. John Wayne and Tom Mix added “Drifting Ranch Saver” to their résumé. “Don’t worry,...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

I played in a celebrity golf tournament in Oklahoma City a while back. Now, I’ve been to a few celebrity team ropings, a couple celebrity stock dog trials, a million brandings and one celebrity...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    August 6, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

“The farmer has always been a peasant.” – Richard Blinco Idaho When the market crashed in 1975, Richard had a ranch, feedlot, dairy, potatoes, alfalfa and a packing house. Here we sit 45 years...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    July 30, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

The other day on the internet, I saw an old commercial of a semi truck that had these words painted on the side: JONNY KAT, KITTY LITTER. For some reason that had a profound ffect on me. Imagine a...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    July 23, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

Another white horse just rode by. I guess I saw him comin’ I felt him breathin’ down my neck, I heard his hoofbeats drummin’. I’ve seen ’em’ pass this way before. They mark the separation...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    July 16, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

This is one of those stories that sound so unbelievable that you’ll know I didn’t make it up! Mike studied the bloodlines. He checked performance records. He knew his herd like the top two layers...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    July 9, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

It could only happen to a cowboy. Thurman had established himself as a figure of some note in the Corriente Association. The Association had developed over the years into a successful representative o...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    June 25, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

When our opinions get as immovable as a granite outhouse, God has a way of shaking the foundation. I was searching for an artist who could lend just the right feeling to a book I was putting...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    June 18, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

It arched across the cloudless sky like someone throwin’ chum But they weren’t fishin’, no my friends, the object was a thumb It launched from Kenneth’s dally when his heelin’ rope came...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    June 11, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

Years ago the movie “BABE” was nominated for several Academy Awards including Best Picture. It was very popular and made a lot of money. It stars a pig named Babe. A gilt to be more specific... a...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    June 4, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

“Hey buddy, maybe you’ll rope better after your horse foals. Ha ha!” “Thanks, pal. I had a horse like yours once. But his brain was so small his head caved in and he bit his own ears off!...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    May 21, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

We must sell it, I told Mother, for we really have no other choice. The price is much too dear to harbor any doubt. And though I know we’ll miss it, the time has come to kiss it goodbye and find...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    May 14, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

Behind those eyes there shines a light That’s guided me from my first step Down life’s highway through thick and thin So I could tell the wrong from right. Behind those eyes there beats a heart...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    May 7, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

In the midst of Covid-19, one of the deepest psychosies’ is loneliness. “Social distance,” sliding take-out tacos under the door, being served pizza across the counter like a Frisbee, having to...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    April 30, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

“Here we are friends, on the Serengeti Plains in the wilds of Serengeti.” As the crowd leans in closer to the television we see the swaying Boab trees... an endless sea of grass waving off into...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    April 16, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

“So, how’d yer dad git that big dent on the door?” I asked Dave. Truth is, it was quite an accomplishment for one single dent to stand out from all the other wear and tear, deterioration and...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    April 2, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

A scream from the kitchen. The thud of a faint. She sighs and arises and walks with restraint. Her neighbor lays peaceful, eyes fixed in a stare She’s passed out in front of the new Frigidaire. She...

 
 By Baxter Black    Opinion    March 19, 2020

On the Edge of Common Sense

Betty Lynne is a cowboy. If you don’t believe it ask her husband to show you the snapshot of her bruise. Last summer they had a cow killed by lightening on their ranch. They figgered they’d...

 

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