James: Here we are, back where we started

Hats, specifically cowboy hats, been wearin’ ’em all my life. Started out with the little black, flat-crowned, flat-laced brim kid’s hat with a stampede string. I wore it proudly through my infant...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | COLUMN: Watch Yore Topknot

James: Being good just like you are

I have an old Gibson Epiphone guitar my second wife bought me because she didn’t want me breakin’ her Alvarez. I’ve been draggin’ her around for years just ‘bong chinginin’ away whenever I could...

DATE: March 29, 2018 | COLUMN: Watch Yore Topknot

James: When luck is just luck

Do you ever think about luck? Man, I do. It’s always there, mashed somewhere between love, snuff, horses and coffee. Good luck, bad luck, lots of luck, no luck; it seems there is no end. After as...

DATE: March 5, 2018 | COLUMN: Watch Yore Topknot

James: Riding along in the litter

I was working my dun horse the other day, just easin’ along down the county road. You would be amazed at all that you can see on the ground from the back of a horse. Empty snuff cans. Cigarette...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2018 | COLUMN: Watch Yore Topknot

James: Strong words and actions

Tyranny, conformity, risk and change are strong words. I imagine the men with powdered ponytails and short pants understood them all too well. They could and would no longer conform to tyranny...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2018 | COLUMN: Watch Yore Topknot

Going ’round in circles

The sky is a beautiful blue, and there’s just enough chill in the air to make it fresh. Buzz and I are loping great big one-eighth-mile circles. He has his head down and just enough round in his...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2018 | COLUMN: Watch Yore Topknot

James: Gettin’ all wound up

I just finished a great Zane Grey book, Riders of the Purple Sage, and am halfway through another titled Tonto Basin. They’re both great stories, and the main characters’ lives are influenced and...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2017 | COLUMN: Watch Yore Topknot

James: The Solar Eclipse Blues

How about the solar eclipse? Quite the event; it makes me smile when nature does something that makes mankind stand on its toes and say wow! I had an event happen during the eclipse that inspired...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | COLUMN: Watch Yore Topknot

James: Humility - a life lesson

Back when I worked for other people, it seemed really important to know what day of the week it was. How close are we to Friday and the weekend? One of the greatest things about doing what I do...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2017 | COLUMN: Watch Yore Topknot

James: Heroes, idols and mentors

Did you ever have an idol as a kid? Someone who looked and acted just like you hoped you would? I did, and I have the scars to prove it. As the song says, my heroes have always been cowboys. Mine...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Watch Yore Topknot

James: On conflict resolution

Women. My favorite kind of people. I like the way they look, the way they talk, the way they think and, if memory serves me, the way they feel. I was raised the only boy in families that numbered...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Watch Yore Topknot

Who’s got room for hate?

Back when I was a “citizen,” I had some pretty strong opinions about things. As time passed, I started questioning my own opinions. Where did they come from and why? I began to see that I was...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: Watch Yore Topknot

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