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New Horizons Writers Group

Homeless and Unhappy Bob Hirt In most dairy herds it has become standard practice to remove the horns of cattle to prevent disfiguring fighting, the loss of an eye or other injuries, or even bullying of their peers. One can easily picture a Texas Longhorn species goring a victim by the feed trough just to…

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In-utero or ex-utero? Bob Hirt The surprising jangle of my telephone pulled me from a good book I was reading. It was 7:30 p.m. on a February night in rural New York state. In a country veterinary practice one gets fairly accustomed to this but it never sits well to be out after dinner hour.…

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Bees, Bees: Holy Smoke! Bob Hirt My Dad, a dairy farmer, was the consummate beekeeper. It always appeared to us kids that he was in his total heaven working the occasional Sunday afternoon in his various bee yards in the area’s farming community. Of course, farmers were happy to have well-managed honeybees on their property…

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Fame from out in the sticks Bob Hirt We all know the famous face of Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, a man known to this very day for his integrity, for his rise from poverty to becoming a learned scholar. Who doesn’t respect the rags to riches phenomenon that brings admiration to those who choose…

New Horizons Writers Group – April 2015

Dogs, a pain…in the heart Bob Hirt My wife and I have no particular thought as to why we chose a black Labrador Retriever as our family pet. There are so many smaller “Benji-type” dogs out there that are adorable, easily cuddled, eat less and don’t knock the chinaware off the table with their big,…

New Horizons Writers’ Group – March 2015

How I Got Mine Carol Mitchell-Gears It’s every High School teen’s dream to get a driver’s license. I was one of them. This is how I got mine. My first attempt was with my school friend Sue, she had her driver’s license and couldn’t understand why I didn’t, I passed the written test. She acted…

New Horizons Writer Group – November 2014

The Best in the West Shiralee Morgen Crawley I stood in front of a rusting corrugated iron shed, looking at a drunken sign that proudly announced Bluey’s Garage, Bus Terminal, Rent-a-Car Agency and Caltex Petrol Station, underneath which someone had scrawled, “The Best in the West.” “What c’n I do fer ya luv?” asked a…