TV can’t compare to country living

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist I was in high school when I saw television for the first time. Some friends who lived in town had one. They bought a green plastic cover they taped over the screen to make the “snow” seem not so bad. Our family wasn’t impressed, but everyone else thought it was […]

Inventions born out of sheer laziness

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist One of the ranch houses we lived in when I was a kid almost had electricity. It had a Delco light plant that was rigged so when you turned on a light the plant came on and generated electricity until you turned off the light. Obviously, that taught all us […]

Commercial jingles stifle originality

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist We complain about commercial jingles and other clever advertising, but we must admit sometimes those witty sayings find their way into our everyday dialogue. I heard a university English professor say if Shakespeare were alive today he would be writing commercials instead of plays and poetry because “that’s where the […]

Hard not to get set in your ways

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist When my husband and I first became 4-H leaders we had what we thought were great new ideas about ways to run the county contests. An older couple (who had been in charge of county events since probably the stone age) countered each suggestion for a new or different way […]

Western code: Never admit to pain

After years of personal observation I am ready to reveal the real, true code of the West. Here it is: “Don’t ever admit you’re hurt.” We all know the guy who gets bucked off on his c

Placing blame more than a man thing

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I was at an agriculture women’s meeting recently where one of the speakers (a lady) talked about ways women can be more successful in advancing their agendas. She pointed out that boys grow up participating in and watching team sports more often than girls, although girls are making progress. She […]

Rain rarity for some country folk

By Glenda Price: Columnist It rained the day I wrote this column. I saw it, stood in it, tasted it. It was good. Ranch folks, especially those of us who grew up in the drought years of the 1950s, have permanent cricks in our necks from looking up at the sky watching for rainclouds. We’ve […]

I’m putting my business out there

Years ago I shared my cousin Bob’s clever business card with my readers. It was great. He somehow found room on that small space to extoll his prowess in the following endeavors: Goats roped, bars emptied, demolition done, chile cooked, meat smoked, horses ridden, quail hunted, hay stacked, tigers tamed, pipe fitted, silhouettes shot. If […]

Common sense fails to prevail

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Rules. Society needs them to keep itself from descending into chaos. However, even though the rule-makers proceed with the best intentions there are times when unintended consequences are frustrating, to say the least. Worse, sometimes the rules “enforcers” have been known to sacrifice common sense on the altar of “obey […]

Derby win inspiration to us all

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist A New Mexico owned and trained horse won the Kentucky Derby last Saturday. In the midst of torrents of depressing news cascading onto us daily — even hourly — a little-known horse and his connections proved once again that in the United States of America the regular folks can win. […]

Friends arrive when unexpected

I was at a meeting recently where the subject was friendship. Much talk ensued about real vs. fake friends, acquaintances vs. friends, and other such roundabout conversation that never really got to the point. Later, I remembered a story my father told that taught me the true meaning of friendship. It also helps explain the […]

Country kids make most of toys

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Country kids’ games and toys in the old days were creative —

Not all can adopt to motherhood

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist We found a newborn calf, still wet, shivering in the freezing springtime wind. For the longest time we couldn’t find the mother, and the wind was getting colder by the minute. Finally, we topped a hill a mile away from the baby and saw what had to be the mama […]

Some illnesses can be ignored

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I recently learned that many others suspect, like I do, that pharmaceutical companies have people who spend their time studying the human body in search of aberrations. When they find those anomalies, we suspect, they invent medical-sounding names for them. After that, they figure out some drug that supposedly can […]

Being ‘dazzled’ has consequences

Some city people talk about country folks as if they “fell off a turnip truck.” I hate to admit it, but I’m thinking maybe they have a point — in certain situations. When I was 12, my 15-year old city-raised cousin, Leela, spent the summer with my family. She was totally grown up — and […]

Bowling cowboy way more fun

By Glenda Price This may come as a surprise to many, but cowboys participate in other sports — now and then. However, they bring their own special protocol to those “other” sports. We were in a cowboy bowling league for awhile. They all agreed to substitute bowling shoes for their trusty boots during the games, […]

Youth sports provide good chuckle

By Glenda Price My grandchildren have introduced me to organized team sports for kids, and it’s great fun — for everyone.

Ranchers’, cowboys’ wives life not as idyllic as most believe

By Glenda Price Life as a rancher or cowboy’s wife is idyllic, “they” say. I, personally, would like to know who “they” are, and whether they ever have stumbled along in those wifely boots. The romantic stories show and tell about the husband and wife working as a compatible team: helping a heifer birth her […]

Wall Street bailout akin to water gap unfairness

by Glenda Price Ranch people in the Southwest who happen to be in arroyo country must deal with water gaps. To keep the cattle in the correct pastures (bulls in the bull pasture after breeding season, neighbor’s bulls not visiting our cows, etc.), fences often must go across arroyos. Therein lies a problem. Mostly the […]

Small school provided broad learning opportunities

By Glenda Price