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 By Dick Geary    Columns    January 15, 2020 

High-headed creatures

My father and two of his brothers spent their entire lives on the ranch. Two served in WWII, but the other never left the property. They were...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    January 8, 2020

A choice of suffering

Unearned suffering is redemptive. - Martin Luther King I had been in Barra do Bugres for about six months when a stranger knocked at my door. I could...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    January 1, 2020

Circling the ranch

While in Barra do Bugres during my third year in the Peace Corps, Sr. René stopped by my house and asked me to attend a churrasco at his place on...

 

Brazilian Christmas

The Brazilians don't trade many presents during Christmas, preferring to have family/friends gatherings centered around "churrascos," or meat roasted...

 

Haying in winter

Work and pray, live on hay, You'll get a pie in the sky when you die. - Joe Hill (Joseph Hillstrom) The Preacher and the Slave I've written a number...

 

A Bear Story

I had been back in Helmville about six months when the bear showed up. A number of people in and around town had mentioned that he had been on their...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    December 4, 2019

Ranching Defined

A man said to the Universe: "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the Universe, "the fact has not created in me a sense of obligation." (Steven Crane,...

 

Churrasco

God never send'th mouth but he sendeth meat. John Heywood c.1497 - c.1580 Via cell video calling I visited with some friends in Brazil this week....

 

Trapped

The best of men That e'er wore earth about him, was a sufferer, A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit, The first true gentleman that ever...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    October 30, 2019

A hard hunt, a ne'er do well & a missed bull

"Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed" - Alexander Pope. It was during the mid 1960's. I was 17 or 18, and Dan,...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    October 23, 2019

The pistoleiros of Mato Grosso

I had been in Barra do Bugres, Mato Grosso for six months when they had to kill Pedrão. He was one of the four professional assassins, or...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    October 16, 2019

A serious and sophisticated game

I watch a lot of baseball during the season, which runs from April to the end of November. I enjoy the other televised sports, but with the disinteres...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    October 9, 2019

The poor old cow's not just to blame

Brazil is burning the Amazon again. Their new president has declared an open season on both the environment and indigenous people. I liked his...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    October 2, 2019

A measure of sense

Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul. Mark Twain  Inscribed under his bust in The Hall of Fame The U.S. owes...

 

Pragmatic Matt

Matt announced to his family that he was finally going to clean out the horse barn. With the passing of the work teams and the introduction of ATVs,...

 

Parsimonious behavior

As post-war baby boomers, most of us had parents who had suffered through the Great Depression, and then WWII. They faced the poverty of the 1930s and...

 

The soft nature of Southern climates

The leaves fall early this autumn, in wind. The paired butterflies are already yellow with August. Over the grass in the West garden; They hurt me. I...

 

Bull Trout in the Blackfoot

I spent a large part of my youth fishing: the Blackfoot River, Nevada Creek, Brown's Lake, the small creeks near Helmville, plus the pond behind our...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    August 28, 2019

A very good run of friendship

I have an old Peace Corps friend visiting for a few days. In 1972 we met in New Orleans, along with a group of 160 other new volunteers. The orientati...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    August 21, 2019

A Sense of Absence

I knew my father was dead when the helicopter flew low over my house. The ambulance had gone past with lights and siren a few minutes before. I...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    August 14, 2019

An unexpected compliment

It was in Summer School where we Catholic kids learned catechism in preparation for our first communions and confirmations. Two nuns would come to...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    August 7, 2019

A Tedious Chore

Until the late 1950s and early 60s, milk cows were an essential part of the operation of most ranches. The large numbers of children in the families...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    July 31, 2019

Why yes, I ve been to Hawaii ...

Some friends stopped by the house last Sunday. They had been in Hawaii for a couple weeks and shared their impressions with me. I was in Hawaii once,...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    July 24, 2019

Solitude and Isolation

He would never exchange his solitude for anything. Never again be forced to move to the rhythms of others. Tillie Olsen Tell Me a Riddle (1960) Search...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    July 17, 2019

Baseball in Helmville

During the post-WWII years and into the late 1950s almost every town in Montana had a sandlot baseball team. Baseball was in its heyday with Mantle,...

 

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