John R. Erickson

John provides commentary and short fiction to WORLD. His Hank the Cowdog series for children has sold more than 8.5 million copies worldwide, and in addition to publishing 74 books, his work has appeared in news outlets such as The Dallas Morning News. John and his wife, Kris, reside near Perryton, Texas.

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Bugs, politics, and other annoyances

Essay | Funny stories from a rancher
by John R. Erickson
Posted 2/20/21, 07:52 am

John R. Erickson, author of 70 Hank the Cowdog books and other ranch-based stories, knows his subject matter. He was a working cowboy and ranch manager in Texas and Oklahoma. Here are three essays from him as part of our Saturday Series. —Marvin Olasky

Buffalo Gnats

The coming of spring is always a joyful occasion in our country, but it also brings an invasion of insect pests. Here in the Canadian River valley of Texas, we have a variety of vermin called the buffalo gnat.

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Cow tales from a rancher

Essay | John R. Erickson draws lessons from bovine behavior
by John R. Erickson
Posted 1/16/21, 09:01 am

John R. Erickson, author of 70 Hank the Cowdog books and other ranch-based stories, knows his subject matter. He was a working cowboy and ranch manager in Texas and Oklahoma. Here, he tells three stories as part of our Saturday Series. —Marvin Olasky

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Further thoughts on buzzards and the unexplainable

Faith & Inspiration | A former rancher offers reflections on a world beyond our comprehension
by John R. Erickson
Posted 12/14/20, 11:29 am

John R. Erickson, author of 70 Hank the Cowdog books and other ranch-based stories, knows his subject matter. He was a working cowboy and ranch manager in Texas and Oklahoma. A few weeks ago, he shared thoughts on some strange animal behaviors, including from buzzards. Here are two more essays from him as part of our Saturday Series. —Marvin Olasky

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