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Lee Pitts: The Cuddling Kind

April 14, 2019 — Every once in awhile I'll hear about an idea that makes me slap my forehead and say, "I wish I'd have thought of that." Cow cuddling is one of those ideas. According to writer Linnea Zielinski, people are paying big money to cuddle and play

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Baxter Black: Cow Polygamy

April 14, 2019 — I was visiting with Lisa after their bull sale this spring. She remarked on the overabundance of bulls for sale around the country this year. Competition is stiff. She said she counted the number of bulls advertised on Superior Livestock video and figgered if they

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Bully For You (Best Of)

April 8, 2019 — "How much would you take for that old bull there in your pasture?" asked the stranger. I could tell that the trespasser currently standing in my bull field was an admirer of fine animal flesh. "Yes, Stanley is quite a piece of work isn't he?

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Backwoods Wisdom

April 8, 2019 — "Age-in' a cow is 'bout the thing I hate most. Seems like they can tell the instant you cross the line into the strike zone." We all nodded sympathetically with Jeff's pronouncement. Each cowman in the circle of chairs could remember a blow to the

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Lee Pitts: Watermelon People

March 31, 2019 — In today's society where up is down, right is wrong, man is woman and woman is man, the biggest lie of all is that the folks who live in huge, crowded cities with polluted air and constant noise are the environmentalists and you who live

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Baxter Black: Two Jumps

March 31, 2019 — Two Jumps said he used to ride bulls. In spite of his name, he tried. He had grit, determination and bravado on his side. Unfortunately, he lacked skill. He was naturally inept And as life laid down her cowpies, that's precisely where he stepped. But

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton Maude: Nurse Cows

March 29, 2019 — We were given a Holstein heifer as a wedding present. It was a truly generous gift, and I am grateful for her. She has also proven very useful, especially when we have sets of twins. However, this particular Holstein and I do not see eye

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Pastor’s Wife by Normal Elliott: Things We Want Our Boys To Know

March 19, 2019 — I recently came across this picture in my file and a document on my computer that made me smile. The title was, "Things We Want Our Boys to Know." It was a list that my man and I came up with years ago. Our list

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Lee Pitts: Everythin I Know I Learnt In Collage

March 19, 2019 — Over thirty years ago Robert Fulghum wrote a short essay that overnight made him one of the most beloved writers in America. The essay was called "All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." It contained sage advice such as, "Share everything. Play

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Baxter Black: The Rookie DVM

March 4, 2019 — How many of you have ever had a new veterinarian out to your place? You think you're scared! One of the hazards of a livestock veterinary practice is that it is the one specialty in vet medicine where the client almost always knows more than

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Baxter Black: The Hunter’s Son

February 25, 2019 — This is the poem of the hunter's son as he tracks the woods alone And the beaver's revenge when he seeks to avenge the hunter's gauntlet thrown By choosing to pair with a grizzly bear, big, nasty and fully grown. He was raised in the

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Lee Pitts: Don’t Let it Snow

February 25, 2019 — I hate snow. I know, I know, every ten inches of snow supposedly equals one inch of rain and we all need rain, but a blizzard seems to me to be an awfully inefficient and dangerous way to get your moisture. Such is my hatred

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Baxter Black: Pull My Finger

February 21, 2019 — ATTN: This is addressed to teenagers, tuba players and grown-ups in the news media who have gotten great giggles out of the story that cow flatulence is a danger to mankind! It can be expected from those that have the attention span of a Bartlett

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Pastor in the Pasture Wendel Elliott: Position on a cow, position in Christ

February 20, 2019 — The National Cutting Horse Association rule book states that a horse will be penalized, "when a horse loses his working advantage, misses a cow, or is working out of position;…" For those of you who may not have ridden in a cutting, you now know

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Lee Pitts: Here and There

February 18, 2019 — I've been in every state but feel most at home on the left side of the Mississippi. I've climbed all over the 17 western states, floated the Rogue, rode horseback on the Borderlands, know how to pronounce the capital of South Dakota, visited Cabelas in

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The Pastor’s Wife Norma Elliott: How Simple Courtship Can Revive Marriage

February 13, 2019 — The simplicity of new love. I'd watch him for hours riding a colt in the round pen, or knocking the fresh off a horse before heading out to gather cattle on an early morning. I'd watch him until he disappeared into the scenery. And I'd

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Lee Pitts: Women’s Suffer-Age

February 10, 2019 — If I was a woman I'd be a radical feminist and darn tired of sick jokes like, "My wife ran off with my best friend and I miss him." Or, "women have smaller feet so they can stand closer to the sink," or a sign

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Baxter Black: Graftin’ Calves

February 10, 2019 — I was ugly when I was born. How ugly were you? I was so ugly they had to tie my mother's legs together so I could nurse! If you've ever grafted a calf you know just what I'm talkin' about. Graftin' calves. An unnatural act.

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A Few Thoughts by John Nalivka – A well-marbled steak and single malt scotch

February 8, 2019 — I follow a couple of rules – first, never leave a good steak unattended on the grill and second, don't mix anything with expensive liquor except a couple of ice cubes. Those two rules can be combined into one – have a glass of good

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Thanks for the Memories, Bob

February 7, 2019 — We lost one of our own. My brother-in-law, Bob Burke, passed away on Feb. 1, just a day after his 68th birthday. Cancer is a wicked enemy. He fought it valiantly. I won't say it won though, because Bob won. He had accepted his Savior

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