• Features,  Outdoor Outback

    The backstory

    These are difficult times, for a humor writer. In the midst of a global pandemic, with a relatively large percentage of the world’s population getting sick, and some actually dying from the disease, it seems callous and…

  • Features,  Outdoor Outback

    Nasal Ranger

    The average reader might’ve missed a lot of stuff that’s been going on in the news lately, on account of Trump splashing an Iranian general named Salami, or something, and all the Hollywood narcissists getting their socks…

  • Features,  Outdoor Outback

    Second Place

    Every Sunday, I stand at a pulpit at the front of the sanctuary of a small church building and do my best to preach a sermon. Every Sunday, as I get up to preach, I wonder if…

  • Outdoor Outback

    Green Raw Deal

    Well, we’re all doomed. If you don’t have your affairs in order, you have just over a decade before the end comes. It’s inevitable, now that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal plan failed in the Senate.

  • Outdoor Outback

    Just the Other Day

    He was born just the other day, during a war that was taking place halfway around the world. Proof, maybe, that life would still go on, that good things happen in a world where so much bad…

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    Outdoor Critters

    When my wife and I traveled to Corpus Christi a couple of weeks ago to attend the 61st annual conference of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association, I expected to be roasted. Figuratively.

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    Swims with Sardines

    Maybe you’re having a bad day. Maybe one of your tires was flat this morning, or you burned the biscuits at breakfast, or a plane crashed into your roof, or your daughter called and told you she’s…

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    Cowabungle

    Maybe I’m just getting too old to remember my youth, but I don’t recall doing stupid, dangerous things when I was a kid, just because someone dared me to. Not that I didn’t do stupid, dangerous things,…

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    Alpaca Suitcase

    My research department, a fellow named Pat Wentworth, has been busy lately. Pat sends me outstanding news items from time to time, always good stuff I can write about in my column. In return, I promise never…

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    New Green Eggs and Ham Deal

    Will Rogers once said we shouldn’t complain about how much money politicians are paid, since quality entertainment is expensive. No doubt that’s true, but I’m beginning to wonder if America can afford to be entertained at the…

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