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Souvenirs of a Cowboy Journalist

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by in People

  Just Sayin’s… ~ What I’m calling “souvenirs” are just some original sayings I concocted over the years. This is what you get when you spend that much time around cowboys and country people. ~ Does the Lord love a cowboy? Well, we know this much: when His Son was born, herdsmen were the first […]

John R. Erickson on Popular Culture

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by in People

John R. Erickson, in Story Craft: “I am alarmed by the slide of American popular culture toward things that are coarse, ugly, violent, self-directed, obscene, profane, visual, and non-rational, and by a parallel development that we might call the ‘Santa-Clausation’ of culture—the detachment of an event (the birth of Christ) or a creative endeavor (books, […]

Inside Hank the Cowdog

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by in People

John R. Erickson, author of the Hank the Cowdog series, includes among his many talents the ability to take you inside the mind of a dog—which, oddly, is a kinda-bizarre-kinda-sane place to be. And he is a master of the running gag. In each of the stories, there is always some doggy quirkishness going on. […]

Real Ranch, Real Rancher: John R. Erickson

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by in People

To most who are familiar with the tabletop flatness of much of the Texas panhandle, the ruggedness of the Canadian River Valley would seem a departure. This decidedly un-panhandle-like terrain is home to John and Kris Erickson and their M-Cross Ranch, aka the “Ranch that Hank Built.” Situated some 30 miles outside Perryton, occupying some […]

Comments on John R. Erickson from those who know him

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by in People

George Clay: On the college student seminars held at the Ericksons’ ranch: “For the second year in a row he held this writing camp. What the college kids want to know is, ‘What is the ABC for being a good writer?’ They want a one-two-three. An outline. And John will just have a smile on […]