Everyone’s Got a Hang-Up

By MARILYN HALVORSON       Seems everyone’s got a hang-up these daysSo neurotic they all need a shrinkBut the kind of hang-up I’m talking aboutCan mess you up quick as a wink It happened one day with the buckskinOne tall drink of water, that horseI rode her out to check cattleAnd had gates to …

Away & Back Again

By Terri Mason I was standing in line outside of the post office the other day, waiting to go in and check for mail. I overheard a friend telling his buddy that “if it weren’t for this lockdown, I’d have wintered in Mexico, then driven home via the West Coast, stopping in the Okanagan Valley …

Roll a Smoke

The colt just stood and trembled, as sweat began to soak,Then wisely said the cowboy, “It’s time to roll a smoke.”I puzzled at his meaning and of the works he said,I never knew tobacco rings to curl about his head.But as the calm invaded the pen that we were in,That colt eased up and joined …

You Can’t Rebuild a Mountain

By Sid Marty Photos Courtesy Sid Marty, Callum Gunn, Paul Samycia   The Crowsnest Pass is celebrated for its colourful past of rum runners and hardy coal miners — men and families from all over Canada and Europe who came to work in its underground mines. But through its boom-and-bust cycles, the area seemed cursed …