Monday, April 30, 2012

A Tribute to Grandma Rose

Denise and her brother and sister were fortunate to have grown up
with their Gramma Rose living on the ranch with them.

Eastern Slope of the Rockies

Friday, April 27, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Through the magic of his dowsing rod, Terry locates an
ample supply of water.  He confides that his success
is do to a little known method of holding the rod backwards.
"Eureka!"  "We'll dig the well here", he proclaims!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Little Miss Montana Sunshine

Little Miss Montana Sunshine on Camus Prairie.

A Charm, by Rudyard Kipling

A Charm
by Rudyard Kipling

Take of English earth as much
As either hand may rightly clutch.
In the taking of it breathe
Prayer for all who lie beneath.
Not the great nor well-bespoke,
But the mere uncounted folk
Of whose life and death is none
Report or lamentation.
  Lay that earth upon thy heart,
  And thy sickness shall depart!

It shall sweeten and make whole
Fevered breath and festered soul.
It shall mightily restrain
Over-busied hand and brain.
It shall ease thy mortal strife
'Gainst the immortal woe of life,
Till thyself, restored, shall prove
By what grace the Heavens do move.

Take of English flowers these --
Spring's full-faced primroses,
Summer's wild wide-hearted rose,
Autumn's wall-flower of the close,
And, thy darkness to illume,
Winter's bee-thronged ivy-bloom.
Seek and serve them where they bide
From Candlemas to Christmas-tide,
  For these simples, used aright,
  Can restore a failing sight.

These shall cleanse and purify
Webbed and inward-turning eye;
These shall show thee treasure hid
Thy familiar fields amid;
And reveal (which is thy need)
Every man a King indeed!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

173rd Airborne Brigade, Vietnam Era, Historical Document

This is a letter to me from the former Commanding General of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, in reference to a war atrocity cover-up allegation made by a former battalion commander against the Brigade Commander and the Deputy Brigade Commander.  (click on the image to read it)

Friday, April 20, 2012

It's Friday

During my days as a firefighter my weekend rarely started on Friday afternoon because of my 24 hour shift work schedule.  When I retired and started a "normal" work schedule of eight to five, five days a week I enjoyed looking forward to Friday and the start of the week end.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


After relaxing in the afternoon sun of my
office window for a year and a half; the orchid
my daughter gave us has decided to bloom.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Last Week was the MSU Rodeo


The story starts at least in parts
On a hot Fourth of July
It was rodeo time, when beer was prime
And peanuts cost a dime
A strawberry roan had set the tone
For the buckingest bronc in line
Lonesome Ed and his brother Fred
Had entered for the longest ride
The strawberry horse had set the course
And threw Ed before he tried
The cowboy next was also vexed
And fell ass over the horses behind
Two more got kicked through the door
And swore they’d tan his hide
But now it was Fred came out of the shed
And climbed on the roan this time
He set his spurs deep in the fur
Of the side winding fish belly horse
The roan took the first dare
And with four feet in the air
Twisted full circle and landed in dirt
Fred grabbed his hat gave the horse a pat
And spurred him deep to the muscle core
The horse was now sore and headed for the door
Of the arena on the rodeo grounds
The ride was done and Fred had won
But now he couldn’t dismount
They went through the door
Fred’s head on the floor and his feet high in the air
The roan didn’t even stop for a mare
They headed across the prairie at a slow canter and lope
Fred learned to ride from the belly side
And became the brunt of rodeo jokes
The horse was sold for a pot of gold
As rodeo stock he fit the mould
Ed left the game someone else could tame
The sunfishing white bellied roan
Fred tired again weeks later it’s said
But his ride was so slow he was dead
Ed and Fred it’s said left the circuit and wed
Twin strawberry blonds instead