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 By Baxter Black    Opinion    October 14, 2021 

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...

 

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...

 
 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 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...

 

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