It’s tough being mechanically challenged

Some of us have difficulty dealing with mechanical objects. I guess the politically correct way to state our problem is “mechanically challenged.” That goes double for computers. There’s a little man in mine — I’ve named him Elmer. Every now and then he says, “You’ve been doing really good. I think I’ll just mess you […]

Think logistics when camping

When we were young and immortal, our family often camped out in a tent. A couple of times we decided two days in a row of warm weather in late winter meant it was time to go camping and fishing. The result was sometimes… interesting. One spring another couple joined my husband and me – […]

Ranch hand chooses work over welfare

by Glenda Price The rancher, Big Jim Jordan, went to the cafe in town where day-workers hung out each morning. Four or five fellows visited over coffee, one whittled on a stick, another looked at the day’s newspaper and the others just hung out.

Interviews leave lasting impression

In my day job as an agricultural journalist I interview people. Through the years I’ve learned to study a person’s history and accomplishments before we talk. Interestingly, most of the country folks I interview are not fooled by their alleged “importance.” They’re just glad someone finally asked their opinions, and that the interviewer is actually […]

Men can’t seem to pick and choose

My father-in-law and my husband bought a hundred head of cows one year. It was a partnership deal, but when we unloaded them at the ranch they decided to split them fifty-fifty and each partner put his own brand on his half. It was early spring, so some of the cows had babies, others were […]

Some people better suited for land

Ranch kids in the Southwest don’t see much water. We learn to swim in stock tanks and arroyos that hold some water (always muddy) after a rain. One time our family decided to go to Hawaii. We flew for hours with nothing but water under us. That Pacific Ocean is huge. The next day I […]

Some people better suited for land

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Ranch kids in the Southwest don’t see much water. We learn to swim in stock tanks and arroyos that hold some water (always muddy) after a rain. One time our family decided to go to Hawaii. We flew for hours with nothing but water under us. That Pacific Ocean is […]

Men can’t seem to pick and choose

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist My father-in-law and my husband bought 100 head of cows one year. It was a partnership deal, but when we unloaded them at the ranch they decided to split them 50-50 and each partner put his own brand on his half. It was early spring, so some of the cows […]

Farmers, cowboys look for the bright side of life

By Glenda Price There’s a famous cartoon. A cowboy’s horse is bucking across a rock pile interspersed with cactus. He’s lost his bridle reins – and his stirrups. He’s hanging upside down on the horse’s side with one hand on the saddle horn. His friend is loping toward him, looking worried. The cowboy in the […]

Feed for the soul

How many times have you heard someone sigh and say, “I took piano lessons when I was a kid. I hated them. Now, I wish I knew how to play.” Dutiful parents sign their kids up for band or orchestra at school, rent instruments and take seriously their jobs as “reminders.” You know the drill […]