Bachelor cowboys not always cranky but like their space

By Glenda Price There are stories about bachelor cowboys – they don’t clean their camp, they don’t cook at all, they’re cranky. Not true. I’ve known several bachelor cowboys, and those “truisms” are myths. In fact those guys, living alone, don’t have to worry about another person messing things up, and that’s the way they […]

Heifer broke convention at county livestock show

By Glenda Price During the latter part of the 19th century American cattlemen discovered England’s Hereford cattle, and began importing them. The idea was to improve the native descendants of the Longhorns that had evolved from the cattle brought in by the Spaniards. It worked. These red-and-white cattle were easier to handle and produced succulent, […]

Misadventures in making prickly pear jam

Glenda Price One day my friend Mary Lee and I were riding in the foothills among the juniper and cactus just when the prickly pears had made their fruit. The little fruits, about the size of your thumb, are a pretty red, and we had heard somewhere that jelly made from them was really good. […]

Kids not so bratty when they’re yours

Glenda Price Amazing how our outlook on life changes as we get older (not necessarily more mature). When I considered myself a young adult (actually maybe 15 years old) I thought “little kids” (anybody younger than me) were unruly, ignorant little brats and their parents should make them behave — especially when real work was […]

Cattle trucking requires more than just driving

Years ago we had a cattle truck. My husband was the driver and I was his “booking agent.” Fall, of course, was our busy time. Every rancher who called asked the same question: “Can he be here at daylight?” Naturally, I said he could. There was a slight problem. He drove by himself, so he […]

How to spot a real cowboy

By Glenda Price You can tell a lot about a cowboy by his clothes — how old he is and where he came from and whether he’s a ranch hand, a rodeo cowboy or an imposter. Stuffing your pants inside your boots does help when you’re horseback and not wearing chaps. Leather grabs leather, you […]

Following Code of the West not ideal when injured

By Glenda Price Bud and Kathy ride horses, of course, but they also like to ride mules, especially in rough country. Awhile back they bought a new mule, and Bud was ready to try him out. Kathy knew she couldn’t quite trust the one they already had but she didn’t know the new one at […]

Country youngsters fill time during ride to school

Youngsters who live in or near town often ride a bus to school. Country kids sometimes feel the school bus is their second home because they spend so much time on it. We made bus time fun. In our part of the world fall was pi

Amateur rodeos have unexpected results

Glenda Price Summertime in the Southwest is rodeo time. We’ve got 4-H rodeos, high school and junior rodeos, amateur punkin’ rollin’s and, of course, the professional productions. In the old days we had many amateur rodeos — the kind where you can pay your entry fee and get your number half an hour before the […]

Survivor shares lighter side of the Great Depression

By Glenda Price People who grew up during the Great Depression have lessons for those of us born and raised in the years since. A few Depression survivors are still here, and they can teach us whippersnappers a great deal about self reliance, self control, neighborliness – and most important of all, survival skills. I’ve […]

Common sense makes safety advisories redundant

By Glenda Price Years ago Stanley Frank of the Livestock Weekly in San Angelo, Texas (then called West Texas Livestock Weekly) shared a few useless “safety advisories” he, as an editor, had received from a government agency. Here are a couple of them: “Be sure to have plenty of oil in the crankcase of your […]

The Alaska Plane Wreck

Our friend Jim Connelley raised high-powered performance Quarter Horses, but before that occupation he had another – Alaskan bush pilot. He was small, only about 5 feet 5 inches tall, so he fit those small planes just fine. He delivered fishermen, hikers, etc … to the back country and then picked them up after their […]

A Country Rodeo

by Glenda Price Professional rodeos are fun, but my favorites are the small-town amateur “punkin rollins” and the ones at neighbor ranches. If we have an announcer at all he mostly yells through whatever kind of speaker system he can rig up. Often the local funnyman finds some baggy pants, borrows his wife’s makeup (which […]

Baling hay: a family operation

by Glenda Price In the old days baling hay was not a one-person operation like now. After the hay was cut and raked into windrows the baler crew of at least three people finished the job. A ranch where we lived had a vega (meadow) that made great grass hay, so my dad decided we […]

Fishing gives families chance to bond

Glenda Price Some of my best memories revolve around fishing. Deep-sea fishing is fun. Trolling in a boat on a big lake is, too. Still, my favorite kind of fishing is sneaking up on trout in a mountain stream or casting a fly or lure in a small lake among pine trees and oak brush, […]

Air conditioning worth the costs?

Glenda Price Those of us who live in the Southwest — not in the mountains, not in houses with thick adobe walls — have to deal with a summertime that lives up to its name, especially in times of drought, which is nearly all the time. So we have to deal with air conditioners. Since […]

Cow dogs: Rancher’s best friends

Glenda Price Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish). If a cantankerous cow decided to quit the herd, my dad would say, “Get her, Oso,” and he’d chase her down. Before long she’d decide […]

We’re not lost — it’s a tour bonus

Glenda Price Sometimes in my work I have to travel. This is not down-the-highway driving. The interviewee’s instructions usually go something like this: “Get on highway such-and-such for so many miles and get off at exit number so-and-so, go “x” number of miles west and then turn south after the fourth cattle guard and then” […]

Life — and death — can be messy

Glenda Price It’s spring — wind, dirt, feed wagons, skies filled with brown clouds instead of rainclouds — and new baby animals. The new babies are cute, and it’s fun to watch them play when they’re several days old and have sorta learned how to handle those legs that seemed so unmanageable the first day. […]

Remembering days of radio

Glenda Price In the olden days folks who lived in the boonies didn’t have many formal entertainment choices.