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A graceful life

Essay | Jim Bussard gladly ‘neighbored’ with others
by John R. Erickson
Posted 6/02/18, 08:13 am

On the morning of June 6, 2009, the country between our ranch and the cemetery in Lipscomb, Texas, was green from recent rains, verdant pastures flecked with spectacular sprays of a wildflower we call “Indian blanket.”

If Jim had been around that morning, he would have been smiling that big, crooked-tooth smile, and enjoying the sight of good grass, beautiful flowers, and cattle that were fat, slick-haired, and content. The news of his death had spread fast over a four-county area of the northeastern Texas Panhandle, aided by cellular phones and emails that he never used.

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Photo courtesy of John R. Erickson

Mabel and Buck

Essay | Remembering my imperfect but remarkable grandparents
by John R. Erickson
Posted 5/19/18, 03:07 pm

Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June are major card-selling and gift-giving holidays, but National Grandparents Day in September is virtually ignored. That’s too bad, because without grandparents we wouldn’t have those holidays to celebrate.

Here’s a humble proposal: Why not move Grandparents Day to April so the commemorations would be in proper genealogical order? Here’s WORLD’s contribution to that effort: John R. Erickson, author of 70 beloved Hank the Cowdog books, writes here about his grandparents Mabel and Buck. —Marvin Olasky

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Living the cowboy life

Essay | Three short stories straight from the ranch
by John R. Erickson
Posted 4/21/18, 01:21 pm

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 short, never-before-published stories about cowboy life. —Marvin Olasky

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