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Listen to the Quiet: Part 1

You will find as you leave the country road and turn onto the winding prairie trail, you are leaving the noisy distractions of modern life behind. The tall toothpick-like sentinels bringing electricity and phone service to the widespread ranches and... Full story

 
 By Helen Depuydt    Opinion    July 27, 2016

Midwifery & Chocolates

Walking into our tiny living room before Christmas had become an annual event for this older couple. They always had a gift in hand, which they presented to Mama, and then they relaxed to chat awhile. The pleasant-looking pair were no strangers to...

 
 By Helen Depuydt    Opinion    July 13, 2016

Cowboy Cure

Editor's note: In the previous installment of Saco Stories, a character was misidentified as "Richard DePuydt." The actual moniker is simply "Richard," sans the last name (no relation). We apologize for any confusion. It wouldn’t be a regular day...

 
 By Helen DePuydt    Opinion    June 29, 2016

Circle Diamond Cowboys

According to an old ballad, Saturday night was the loneliest night of the week. Not so for the Circle Diamond cowboys. After their once-a-week bath, either in a creek during the heat of summer days or with a tub full of water heated on the kitchen...

 
 By Helen DePuydt    Opinion    June 15, 2016

The Midnight Rider

The husky homesteader astride his horse realized he would need to pull in for the night. A prairie snowstorm was developing. Snow was coming down fast and furious – stinging the man’s weathered face deep in the sheepskin collar. As anyone...

 

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