Doc’s Thinking Back…

By Slim Randles Every now and then, thought Doc, that opportunity comes back to haunt me. Like it is right now on this crisp morning walk. It came early in his medical life, an invitation to join with a famous big hospital Back East. He’d make more money, he knew, and there was the seductiveContinue reading “Doc’s Thinking Back…”

There’s Something to be Said About the Brightness of Day

By Slim Randles There’s something to be said for the brightness of day, of course, when the energies of the world improve our lot in life. But for a special time, give me the night. Give me the soft, velvety quiet of a country evening and its own sounds and flavors and scents. It’s goodContinue reading “There’s Something to be Said About the Brightness of Day”

The Benefits of Being a Cowboy

By Slim Randles “Someday,” said Steve, our resident tall, walrus-moustachioed cowboy, “I’m going to mess around and mix up some paint and when it’s just the right blend, I’ll sell it to people who love beauty and nature to paint the walls of their favorite room in the house.” “What?” said Dud. “I don’t understand.Continue reading “The Benefits of Being a Cowboy”

Mule Barn Philosophy and the Tourist

By Slim Randles Steve, the cowboy on the board of directors of the Mule Barn truck stop’s philosophy counter and world dilemma think tank, swears on his coffee it happened. “Tourist guy got off the train the other day when I was down there picking up a friend,” Steve said. “He asked me if IContinue reading “Mule Barn Philosophy and the Tourist”

The Jones Kid and Mule Barn Mechanics

By Slim Randles It was like buzzards circling a body. The Jones kid, Randy, was out in the Mule Barn parking lot with the hood up on his car. He was staring down into it the way a first-time parachutist would look out the airplane door. You never quite knew for sure what lay ahead.Continue reading “The Jones Kid and Mule Barn Mechanics”

Working Your Way Up the Branding Ladder

By Slim Randles When the Rafter E branded recently, a bunch of us went out to help. There’s a definite pecking order here, and it’s a badge of pride to have worked your way up the branding ladder. As a kid, you flank the calves; you grab them, throw them and hold them down. ThisContinue reading “Working Your Way Up the Branding Ladder”

Veteran Elk Hunters Call It “The Locate Call”

By Slim Randles It’s the music of the Western mountains, and this is the only time we get to hear it. It has a hollow sound, as though a flute were a foot thick and 12-feet long, and it is the lonely call of the bull elk. It starts in early September and by OctoberContinue reading “Veteran Elk Hunters Call It “The Locate Call””

Whispers of a Good Life

By Slim Randles The evening was one of those that come back to you time after time, year after long year. It comes back and whispers of how good life can be when you’re well fed, enjoying life, and a good friend shares the front porch with you on a summer’s evening. It was thatContinue reading “Whispers of a Good Life”

Out In This Heat…

By Slim Randles “Now Mamie,” said Windy Wilson, “the reason I expurgated myself over here to your place was to see how you was a-doin’ in this year heat.” Mamie Dilworth refilled his iced tea glass, smiled at the old cowboy and camp cook. “Well, that’s awfully nice of you, Windy. I’m fine. Tired ofContinue reading “Out In This Heat…”

Don’t Miss Celebrating Mother’s Day

By Dr. Glenn Mollette Celebrate Mother’s Day anyway you can but don’t miss the opportunity to honor mom. The opportunities pass us by. While mom is alive is the time to do something for her. Too often someone dies, and we want to make sure we attend their funeral and buy flowers. We talk aboutContinue reading “Don’t Miss Celebrating Mother’s Day”