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A Cowboy’s Faith: Electricity often unappreciated convenience

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It’s almost impossible to imagine what it would be like to not ever have electricity in a ranch home.”

Reminder of its importance became obvious when the power company shut off electricity three times in a week.

Poles and lines are being moved several feet for a highway expansion that’s been in planning stages for years.

It was midday when the lights went out and everything operated by electricity quit working. There was no warning in advance, but evidently some neighbors immediately called the power company.

Three big power trucks in the driveway with a long new pole made it fairly obvious what was up. Electricity was off about three hours the first time as everything seemed to come to a standstill.

When much of modern-day work is done on a computer, there’s immediate time off without power. Still, a certain fear is present wondering how much work will be lost if the computer comes back on.

Eat Well to Be Well Recipe: Rotisserie Chicken and White Bean Soup

There’s nothing like an Italian-inspired hearty and healthy chicken and white bean soup that soothes the soul!

Nothing says “comfort food” quite like a hot, steaming bowl of chicken soup. No matter the time of year, but especially when temps take a dip and the north wind blows, chicken soup with a side of crusty bread and a glass of wine always sounds good.

Chicken soup really does warm the heart and soul. And with just the right amount of soothing, mouth-watering appeal and taste, along with a healthy compliment of nourishing ingredients, here’s a chicken soup recipe that will be your comfort go-to food time and time again.

What’s especially nice is to use an already prepared store-bought rotisserie chicken offering incredible versatility, saving you precious time in preparing the chicken yourself. And no worries – a store-bought rotisserie chicken still provides a flavorful “homemade” chicken soup taste that’s come to life.

I used a rotisserie chicken with mild seasoning – both plain and lemon-pepper work well. If you like a richer flavor, be sure to add meat from the wings and some of the bones to the broth. Creamy white beans are used in place of traditional noodles, making this soup a protein-packed meal. Fresh sage provides a nice herby and savory vibe to the stock. Add in a few carrots and celery and you’ve got deliciousness waiting for you to experience how good it is.

This hearty, warming bowl of chicken soup is just steps away and is incredibly easy and fast to put together. Read on, I’ll walk you through it.

Hidden History: Doodlebug, the little train that touched ‘every person’s life’ in Melvern

Photo of the Doodlebug M.177, in 2011, at Los Angeles, Calif., by Jd from RR Picture Archives.Net.

When Leona Knight Shaffer was a young girl in Melvern, Kan., in the 1930s, her father, Edward, was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad as a section laborer. One of the rewards for her dad’s labors was a pass issued to him, his wife, and minor children.

For a long time whenever Edward or his family wanted to go anywhere on a train, they had to order a pass, but later passes were issued annually with the eligible names on the pass. With the passes, the family had the opportunity to travel wherever the passes were honored.  Most of the time the family rode on the local Doodlebug.

Doodlebug M.177 was a passenger train that was built in 1929 and designated by the number M.177. It ran from Emporia to Lawrence, 1930 to 1933 and  in 1936, Kansas City to Newton, in 1937, and Burlingame to Alma,  1941 to 1943.

The following is Leona’s account of Melvern’s “Doodlebug”, which “touched every person’s life” in Melvern, she said.

The little train, or “doodlebug,” as we called it, made a daily run through Melvern, between Emporia and Lawrence. This train was the only mode of transportation for most of the people in this small town, because of the majority of the men worked on the Santa Fe in some capacity, and most of them didn’t have automobiles.

The little train was pretty small, but we all thought it was “just right.” I can recall the train having an engine, coal car, baggage car, and the passenger car. At the back of the passenger car was a railing where people could stand if they wanted to. There was no need for a larger train. If a person were going anyplace very far, there was always more passenger trains that were available. Most of us were not going anyplace other than the little towns close by.

One thing on the little train that fascinated us smaller children was the fact that there was a real honest to goodness modern toilet at the end of the passenger car. None of us were used to such a modern convenience. All we had was a “path” to the outhouse behind the house. As soon as we got on the train and got our seats, one of us would have to go to the toilet. It was so nice to sit on a nice modern stool seat with some water in the bowl. We were used to just an old hole and it was a smelly place at that. We all took turns going to the restroom.

The wives of the Santa Fe employees got the most use of the doodlebug. On Saturday afternoons after payday, the women rode the little train over to Ottawa to do their shopping. Some bought their groceries, others got clothing or household items, others just went for the ride to get out of town for a while. This was a pretty good form of recreation. The ladies could catch up on all the gossip because most of them didn’t have a telephone. A few had radios, but lots of them did not even have electricity, and of course the wonderful invention of TV was unheard of. For many of the ladies, this was the only time that they met for conversation, and they thoroughly enjoyed it.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Bicentennial ride unique opportunity

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Certain things are an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and must be taken advantage of or lost forever.”

That was definitely the case with the recent 200th anniversary Santa Fe Trail Ride.

While far different from the original trail two centuries ago, the ride offered a glimpse of days long gone.

Only 11 miles from Bushong to Council Grove, the celebration ride was on the abandoned railroad bed trail. The Santa Fe Trail was said to have been nearby.

Fifty horseback riders were given the unique privilege of participating in the reliving of history. Fastest riders covered the route in about three hours while slower horses took somewhat longer.

Most participants seemed pleased that the trail this time was no longer. However, it gave an appreciation for how stressful long hours in covered wagons and horseback were for early day settlers.

Despite the slow daily travel of yesteryear, those moving West were facing virtually the unknown. Although a trail was apparent, they were unassured of water, food and encampment availability.

Today’s modern bicycle and walking trail is quite well maintained and virtually incomparable to that of former centuries.

Flint Hills grasslands, limited cropland, some timbers and nearby natural water sources were relatively lush for the season. They did bring a heartening sense of closeness to Mother Nature.

Eat Well to Be Well: Could you be calcium deficient and not know it?

Calcium is the most abundant mineral found in the human body, with 99 percent stored in the bones and teeth, and is necessary for strong bone structure. The roles of calcium are critical for body functioning, but many adults, adolescents and children do not consume enough calcium-rich foods.

Many people may think that calcium is primarily needed during childhood when the body is rapidly growing. The belief is that once calcium has been deposited into the bones, it stays there forever, that once it is built, it is inert, like a rock. That is not true. The minerals of bones are in constant flux, with formation and dissolution taking place every minute of the day and night. In fact, almost the entire adult human skeleton is remodeled every 10 years.

Skipping consuming dairy foods due to believing calcium intake is not that important, will likely set you up for a calcium deficiency. Would you know the signs and symptoms if you are calcium deficient and more importantly, how to prevent it?

Signs of calcium deficiency

No matter what the cause of calcium deficiency may be (diet, medication, etc.), the symptoms remain similar. Individuals who need to be most concerned and aware of these symptoms are vegans, who consume no dairy foods, which are the biggest and best contributors of calcium. Vegans also need to be mindful of running the risk of being deficient of other nutrients, like vitamin B12, iron, and zinc.

Here are possible signs you may have a calcium deficiency:

  • Muscle aches and cramps, especially in the legs
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands, arms, legs, and feet
  • Dry skin
  • Severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms

Anyone who has these symptoms or is high-risk for calcium deficiency should follow-up with their doctor. The longer calcium deficiency continues the higher chance for developing osteoporosis, severe dental problems of bone loss in the jaw, depression, chronic joint and muscle pain, and bone fractures.

On Windy Hill: Pondering promises broken and kept

Fulfilling old promises, a new Highway 31 is under construction adjacent to the old highway between Osage City and U.S. Highway 75. File photo.

Sitting at my desk, looking out over the windy hill on a warm fall day, the phone rang.

“Osage County News, this is Wayne.”

“Hello Wayne, this is Laura Kelly.”

Not every day does the Kansas governor call me, though it wasn’t exactly a surprise. The previous week, I had received an invitation to talk the governor for 15 minutes. Though a little puzzled about why Gov. Kelly would want to talk to me, I gladly accepted the invitation and considered it an honor. I had a few days to prepare, but I was still nervous about talking to possibly the most important person in Kansas.

Was there anything specific you wished to talk about? I asked.

Gov. Kelly listed some topics she could cover: Kansas’ agriculture industry, economic development progress, transportation, COVID-19, leaving it up to me which to talk about in 15 minutes. After first wasting minutes talking about the weather – a warm, windy fall day the governor said she was unable to go outside to see – I asked about her outreach to media, such as this interview with me. She explained she wants to communicate with Kansans as much as possible, and conversing with local media is one way to connect to people such as those who live in Osage County.

“Folks like you reach the eyes and ears of Kansans, and I appreciate your willingness to talk to me,” the governor said (to me!)

As a topic on the minds of many Osage County drivers, I steered our conversation to transportation and the currently under-construction state Highway 31. Osage County citizens have waited dozens of years for K-31 improvements, having been promised a new seven-mile stretch to Osage City several times in the last 15 years or so, only to have the road pulled out from under us due to sketchy politics.

Just last year, our area’s state Representative Blaine Finch assured me the highway was going to be built, and I told him I’d believe it when I saw the bulldozers. Now, the bulldozers have arrived and a complete new highway is well under construction. I finally believe it!

“Thank you, governor, for any part you had in finally getting this highway built,” I told her. She explained how the project finally came about, saying she knew about the broken promises made to Osage County and other parts of the state over the past years.

“I actually have been very well aware of the K-31 project,” the governor said, “because of Sen. Anthony Hensley.”

A Cowboy’s Faith: Native American mistreatment incomprehensible

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It was a well-done presentation about such a very terrible situation.”

Remarks similar to that were repeated by those leaving the Voices of the Wind People pageant at Council Grove. The outdoor historical drama was about the Kaw Indians, the Santa Fe Trail, and early day white settlers.

Appropriately performed in the Old Neosho Riverbed Amphitheater, many locals plus Kaw Indians from Oklahoma comprised the large cast. Evening presentations with live reenactments accompanied by elaborately developed technology including historical pictures, music and sound created eerie feelings.

Native Americans lived off the land for unknown centuries. Then America was “discovered” as intruders found what looked like wide open opportunities to prosperity.

Without regard for the natives, newcomers moved west to control what they considered free land for taking. Land which perhaps had existed since the beginning of time and cared for by inhabitants was stolen from its caretakers.

Peaceful Indians and their loving self-sufficient families all of a sudden were “bad people.” Settlers moved into the lands, mercilessly establishing trails, trading, implementing modern farming methods, and starting communities, declaring it was “their right.” Oh how terrible were this nation’s forefathers, still proclaimed “good guys” in certain stories.

There are records verifying the Kanzas (Native Americans) lived in Kansas in the late 1600s. A treaty arranged by the United States government in 1825 assigned the Kanzas to a reservation on “their own land.”

Help House News: Coat closet shares warmth around Osage County

By Raylene Quaney, Help House

Help House will be fully open once again beginning Oct. 1, 2021. No appointments are required. Masks are optional. For anyone who is not comfortable with this change, clients can place their food order online, set a time for pick up, and we will bring it out to their vehicle. You must be signed up as a client to take advantage of this great way to shop. For more information on how to do this, call 785-828-4888. Help House’s website www.helphouse.online offers lots of other information as well as the online food ordering link. Please visit the website and see what all is going on. Safe and secure cash donations may also be made there.

Coat closet opens

Oct. 1 is also the opening day for Help House’s 8th Annual Coat Closet. The coat closet will be open each day Help House is open until Oct. 29. In the past we have given out as many as 260 coats to residents of Osage County. You do not need to sign up ahead of time, and you do not need to be a client to receive a coat. We just limit one per family member living in the house. If anyone has coats to donate, we would greatly appreciate them. Infant and children’s coats are in short supply, and we can always use men’s and women’s 2X and 3X large coats. Please make sure they are clean and zippers work and they are in good shape.

Prom closet donations sought

Looking ahead to next spring, Help House is planning to hold the prom shop for the second time. It was a great experience and very successful this past spring. We are currently asking for donations of prom dresses that may be just hanging in the closet and taking up space. Why not pass them on to another young lady that might not be able to go out and purchase a new one. The girls last year had a great time shopping and 20 girls found the perfect dress for them. Drop off donations during our regular hours, or call for more information.

Stop in and shop

Just a reminder, any resident of Osage County is welcome to shop at Help House. We do not charge for any items you will find there, but donations are always appreciated.

Thank you

Help House would like to thank all of our supporters and wonderful dedicated volunteers. Without each of you we could not go about doing the work of this ministry. God bless each of you.

For more information, call Help House at 785-828-4888, see www.helphouse.online, or stop by at 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Namesake family heritage important

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It sure would be interesting to know more of the family history.”

Often that comment is made when children ask about their forefathers. Frequently a similar remark is said upon passing of a relative.

Certainly, every visit to the cemetery brings such thoughts to mind especially when the tombstone is engraved with the namesake.

It was a century ago last Tuesday when Grandpa of the same name died, according to his gravestone. He was born on October 20, 1865, and went to the Great Beyond on September 14, 1921. That was 30 years before birth of a grandson who was given his same name.

The story goes that Mom and Dad asked Grandma what to name their newborn son. She replied without second thought, it was remembered, “name him after his Grandpa.” So, they did just that.

It is interesting reflecting and wondering about Grandpa and Grandma as well. See, Grandma was a widow, after passing of her first husband, before marrying Grandpa. She was born November 25, 1883, so was 18 years younger than Grandpa.

Grandma had a daughter from her first marriage, plus two sons, including Dad, and a daughter with Grandpa. Her first daughter passed away not long after marrying Grandpa, but Grandma raised their three children after his death.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Trees provide cooling shade

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“I know which shade tree I want.”

A horseshow parent made that comment while unfolding three lawn chairs under the biggest tree around the arena. Soon chairs were placed under every one of the nine trees on the show grounds.

Actually it is one of a few if not the only arena with such convenient shade for show spectators. However, trees in parking areas anywhere near an arena are first to have trucks and trailers parked beside them. Often exhibitors arrive at a show early in order to get their favorite shaded parking location.

When the show gets underway, and the sun is bearing down between events, horseback riders are found under shade trees. Fortunately a number of eastern and central Kansas horse event arenas do have some trees for shade nearby.

Still many arenas have been constructed in fields far from trees and have no shade. That’s why many modern day exhibitors have portable tents and trailer awnings quickly setup on arrival at show grounds.

Shade from trees really does make a big difference in the outside temperature. Thermometers have proven it can be more than 30 degrees cooler under a shade tree than out in the sun.

Obviously that’s the case or people wouldn’t be so anxious to find the first tree they can for the shade. All one has to do is be out in the sun, go under a shade tree and immediately feel cooler.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Striving for returned health

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“If you don’t have your health you don’t have anything.”

The prominent saying goes in one ear and out the other for many.

However, anybody who has had a major health setback knows how precious every second is.

Money buys mansions, big cars, delicacy, land and more, but it cannot guarantee health. Those with high financial assets often want more and more and because of their wealth can readily acquire more.

Still, all of that net worth despite continually amazing medical discoveries will not always save a life.

Several longtime acquaintances have been stricken with physical complications in recent years.

Thanks to attentive action with proper treatment and effective medicine most feel as having been cured. Yet, others who initially anticipated recovery have been unable to conquer incomprehensible setbacks and been taken to the Great Beyond.

Saturday night calls to five friends who have faced severe physical challenges were pleasantly answered with optimistic responses. While each situation was different there was a definite semblance.

One day everything seemed perfect as possible but without warning in an instant their world turned completely the opposite. Each was hospitalized some even unconscious with the bleakest diagnosis possible.

Family and friends were notified with tender bedside handholding and stroking while everybody there and beyond partook in solace prayer.

Eat Well to Be Well Recipe: Salmon With Pomegranate Salsa

A sensory sensation bursting with zesty sweet and savory flavors everyone will love

There was a time in my life I would never have imagined eating fish regularly, especially salmon. Growing up on a Kansas farm, it was fields of wheat, oats, and soybeans that dominated alongside pastures overflowing with cattle peacefully grazing on big bluestem and switchgrass flourishing in the Flint Hills. Let’s just say, the meat department at my small town grocery store was filled with various cuts of beef, pork, and poultry without a fresh salmon in sight.

But thankfully many years ago, my taste buds were introduced to the savory appeal of perfectly baked or grilled, tender fresh salmon. And if you love salmon as much as I do now, this is a recipe you must try. This dish is a great option, especially if you’re looking for different ways to prepare this heart healthy fish, or unique toppings to serve it with. And yes, salmon is now a regular on my menu rotation, along with beef, pork, and poultry.

Salmon with pomegranate salsa is a “fit for a king” treat and a feast for your eyes. From the peachy color of the salmon, to the bright, ruby-red pomegranate seeds, to the vibrant green of fresh dill, it’s a refreshing and beautiful blend energizing all your senses.

Speaking of the “vibrant green of fresh dill,” be sure to choose bunches that are aromatic, bright green, and firm. Store fresh dill in the refrigerator wrapped in a paper towel for two to three days and just before you’re ready to use it, wash and dry it well.

And let’s not forget what a superior food both salmon and pomegranates are. Here’s a look at several key nutritional advantages each have to offer:

Salmon:

  • A powerhouse of high quality protein helping maintain muscle mass.
  • Abundant in omega-3 fatty acids promoting healthy joints and skin while reducing risk of heart disease.
  • An impressive source of selenium, a mineral important for cognitive function, a healthy immune system, and supporting thyroid health.

Pomegranate seeds:

  • High levels of antioxidants helping reduce inflammation.
  • Contains phytochemicals protecting against heart disease.
  • Has anti-tumor potential of preventing development and progression of prostate cancer.

If you’re ready to include more heart healthy eating, starting with an appealing, flavorful and ready-to-eat meal within 15-20 minutes (salmon takes almost no time to cook), let’s take a look at how to put together this exceptional recipe:

A Cowboy’s Faith: Round-robin showing all livestock

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“To be the round-robin showmanship champion is the most significant accomplishment at the county fair.”

With most local fairs now ended, exhibitors, spectators and families reflect memories of the good, bad, indifferent times experienced.

Of course, there’s wide variation in opinion of what’s the most important aspect of fair accomplishments. There are some who insist: “Everything about the fair is fun, win, lose or draw.”

Yet, the majority has to admit success in a specific division is their highlight to remain lifetime memories.

Horse exhibitors, of course, always want to show the champion. Same is true for steers, hogs, lambs, and goats. Seamstresses hope to have the best sewing exhibit. Photographers want to show the top picture, and style review participants desire to be most fashionable. The list goes on for exhibitors of entries in every fair book category.

The round-robin livestock showmanship division receives mixed opinions from exhibitors, parents and fair officials. Clarifying, round-robin showmanship has semblance, not that much different from round-robin sports contests, and the like.

However, in this fair competition, winners in their respective specie showmanship division come together showing all species of livestock. They have their own exhibit, first showing it, and then show the other specie winners’ entries. The one exhibitor garnering most points showing all species of livestock is crowned the champion.

To be round-robin showmanship winner is considered the most prestigious fair accomplishment to some. Yet, others downplay the competition insisting an exhibitor only needs to be the best at showing their own specie entry. What difference does it make about the others?

A Cowboy’s Faith: Ranch life becomes golden

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Would you like to dance?”

First day on campus at collegiate 4-H meeting in basement of Extension building, tall thin farm girl shyly consented: “Okay.”

Two country kids meeting for the first time, conversation was limited, yet sufficient to find out her name was “Margaret.”

By the first of the next week, that “Margaret gal” kept coming to mind: “Wonder what her last name is?”

Grocery store carryout-wannabe cowboy’s call to a former classmate provided name to look up a number in the student directory.

Surprised, the phone answerer even remembered the hat-wearing-hick who couldn’t dance to the beat and likely stepped on toes.

However, “Margaret Mary” had a “toothache” and couldn’t accept the request for a date.

Never short on persistence, the wannabe tried again days later and was shocked by consent to a supper evening out.

With similar interests in everything country and agriculture, dating continued to meeting each other’s parents. He really didn’t know much about farming and she didn’t know anything about riding horses. Regardless, next Christmas at her farm home, family gathered around, engagement ring hidden, through several package openings was life-together proposal.

With completion of wannabe’s sophomore year, the two became one that following summer. Solemnized by family and friends overflowing church, “I do’s” best reflected in the “Just Married” carriage down the main drag.

Whippersnappers with little more than a penny together, overnight honeymoon to the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Only one day because he had to be on campus for judging team work Monday morning.

Eat Well to Be Well: Follow sensible weight loss tips that actually work

Build long-term habits with practical lifestyle changes for weight loss success

It’s challenging to eat a healthy diet when living in a drive-thru, ultra-processed food world. Food temptations seem to be everywhere. And forget gimmicky, fad diets when trying to reach a healthier body weight. Just like buying a pair of shoes, there’s no one size fits all when it comes to weight loss.

The latest stats show that more than 70 percent of Americans are overweight to obese. This is especially troubling during the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Several studies have shown a direct association of obesity as a major risk factor for developing more severe illness, hospitalization, and death if infected with this virus.

When it comes to weight loss, scientific evidence-based guidance is a more appropriate direction to follow. It’s well-documented that two major components for weight loss success are choosing healthier foods while reducing calories and increasing physical activity. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?  Not really. We’re human and sometimes our best laid-out plans may fail for various reasons.

But there’s a third component that is just as crucial as the first two. This third component often makes or breaks your success in not only meeting weight loss goals, but prevents you from slipping and gaining back weight you previously had lost.

What is this third component? It’s called behavior modification. Think of it as little tricks of the trade when it comes to weight loss.  Behavior modification boils down to focusing on healthy behaviors. If you lead with these behaviors, the weight loss will usually follow. By prioritizing this third component, you’ve armed yourself with essential weight loss tools,  getting focused as you start your journey in reaching a healthy body weight.

Below are various behavior modification tools; you can pick and choose which ones you need to work on the most:

Hidden History: Young Kansas invites young Americans to settle as agrarians

As Kansas emerged, first as a territory and then a state, early pioneers sought to create towns to entice additional settlers to desirous locations. The town of Young America, in what was later to become Osage County, was one of these locations. Built on the premise that the everyday farmer could find success in selling the produce from his small estate, Young America attempted to draw in settlers to its remote location in the interior of the United States.

The first settlement of the claim later to be known as Young America was by a middle-aged man named Carter B. Griffin. Griffin came with the flood of Missourians in 1854 intent on settling Kansas to make it a slave state. Griffin chose a plot of land on the edge of the Sac and Fox reservation, on what is now the northwestern part of Pomona Lake, to establish his claim.

Settlement by Euro-Americans within Indian reservations was prohibited for individuals without direct ties to the tribes, but Griffin utilized a nearby trail that led from the Indian agency to the Pottawatomie reservation to the northwest to trade with the tribes. The nearest neighbors, Fry McGee and his family, also pro-slavery Missourians, were north of Griffin’s claim by 10 miles, also along 110 Mile Creek.

Griffin’s location, like McGee’s, was partially wooded and offered a good location for hunting and fishing. To improve his claim, Griffin built a log cabin and dug a well. After a little more than a year, Griffin left his claim and returned to property he still held in Missouri.

In the spring of 1856, the Griffin claim was assumed by a Mississippian by the name of Smith, who built an additional three log cabins at the site for himself and a number of enslaved individuals he had brought with him. Smith used his labor force to break out 45 acres of prairie land. When the tide within the territory began shifting as 1856 wore on, Smith left, selling his human property in Missouri and returning to Mississippi.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Wind is best cool down

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“I have to get my fan set up here by the trailer so I can be a little cooler today.”

Comment was made by the nice lady helping her granddaughter get a beautiful Palomino gelding ready to show.

Sure enough, within a minute an 18-inch box fan plugged into a nearby electrical outlet was blowing warm air around.

Lawn chairs next to it were soon occupied with show spectators seemingly more relaxed with the manmade circulation.

It contrasted many modern-day horseshow exhibitors who have big trailers with generator or electric-powered air conditioners.

“Oh, it sure is hot” has recently been the most frequent conversation piece. Right after that comes: “Keep cool. Make sure to stay hydrated. Those horses need lots of water on days like this, too.”

Sharply different from nearly everyone else, heat hasn’t ever been a personal concern. However, when fall comes and temperature dips a bit, long johns go on with sometimes four or more clothing layers.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cowgirl learns about business

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Would you like to buy some snacks?”

The little cowgirl seated below a colored hand scribed poster “Snacks” under a makeshift tent asked horseback riders going by. While there were quite a few passing the young entrepreneur’s horseshow business venture, there was no business.

Now truth be known it’d been four hours since the bowl of oatmeal breakfast at the ranch, so snacks sounded good.

Always short of cash and certain the cute retailer couldn’t take a credit card, there was an instant payment dilemma. Then it occurred that a $10 bill had been hidden behind the driver’s license in the billfold for such “emergencies.”

Instant smile came over the cowgirl’s face when she saw a potential customer headed her direction. “What do you have?” Grin broadened pointing to a scribbled list on an ice chest with the food and drink offerings

“You have corn dogs? Are they hot? How much?” With a nod, the waiter reached into another small insulated satchel: “Warm. A dollar,” she answered.

“Okay, let’s have one.” Pulling greenback out of the snap shirt pocket quickly had that girl’s brain calculating.

Opening a small red plastic money bag, she sorted out three one-dollar bills and started counting quarters. Obviously, ten dollars was bigger amount than she’d thought about making change for on purchases.

“Oh, three one-dollar bills change will be fine now. You just put the rest on a credit tab and it’ll be used within the next day.”

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