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 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....

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

- “As long as you’ve got good elimination, you’ve got it made.” Uncle Leonard - “If a man can’t drive in a bar ditch, he’s got no business on the highway.” Tink - “When asked how...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

If Herefords were black and Angus were red would breeders of Herefords breed Angus instead? I mean, would the people who bred Herefords first be now breeding Angus if things were reversed. Or would...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Dr. Fosse, once of Pretoria, told me about Martha and Arthur, two star crossed rare white rhinos. In a governmental gesture of goodwill, South Africa agreed to ship Arthur to Tanzania to mate with...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Grandpa Tommy’s dad used to say “A cowful is a substantial quantity.” According to my research, the rumen on a mature cow can hold up to 300 pounds. And by anybody’s standards that is quite a...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Embarrassing moments. Nobody likes to talk about them. Oh, they’ll talk about slipping on the ice on their first date or getting bucked off a gentle horse. Other folks empathize and usually they...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

I consider myself among other things, a former horse mechanic. The horses I did veterinary work on were ranch and feedlot beasts of burden. Workin’ animals from man’s point of view. Up until...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

He was the last burro left in the dusty corral. His two companions had been sold by the man. They were younger, stronger and finer looking even by burro standards, which are quite high. They were...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

1. New baler twine to tie up last year’s five-buckle overshoes. 2. Something that will kill Canadian thistle. 3. A hot shot that works for more than a morning. 4. A dog that does more good out of...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

I’m takin’ you back to the summer of 2003. Out of the blue I got a call from Patrick Gottsch, a member of the well-known Nebraska ag family. He told me he was building a TV channel dedicated...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

Yeah, he wished he was a cowboy but just at times like this (Yup, he’s glad that he’s a cowboy but there’s times on days like this) When he spent the day ahorseback and had time to reminisce...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

How do you explain Thanksgiving to a 3 year old? “A long time ago...” “Yesterday?” “No, more than yesterday. A bunch of people came in a big boat...” “Pirates?” “No, good guys and...

 

On the Edge of Common Sense

They stood in the back of the room lookin’ like two Oakland Raider linebackers at a preppie quiche-tasting party. They had on unblocked hats with flat brims and each man wore a neck scarf and new...

 

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