Category: The Grab Bag

Book Release

I am very pleased to announce that my first book, The Bunkhouse Chronicles: Field Notes from the Figure 8 Ranch is now available for pre-orders.  The reviews have been kind, and I am now hard at work on the next one. The book can be ordered directly from Smoke Creek Press, your local bookseller, and ...

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Running Iron Podcast 9 — Lane Jacobson

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-5snar-a84bf3 After a delay in recording, brought on by the horrors of technology, Craig, Jim, and “Oil Can” Rathbun are back in the bunkhouse on the historic Figure 8 Ranch to bring you another episode of the Running Iron Podcast.  In this episode Lane Jacobson, owner of Paulina Springs Bookstore in Sisters, Oregon, sits down ...

The Great American Freak-Out

Americans are not only terrified of everything — it turns out they are also subject to sudden and inexplicable tolerance breaks.  Last week’s viral incident at the Jet Blue counter in Miami serves up more evidence of an epidemic of adult conniption fits, even as nobody seems to know why the Adult Freak Out singularity ...

Good Citizenship in the Age of Lying Liars

My detective brain tells me that President Donald Trump is lying, though it’s unclear to me exactly what he’s lying about.  It also seems clear that fired FBI Director James Comey, too smug by a country mile, is lying also – either actively or by omission, and who knows which.  But that’s not unusual in ...

Running Iron on the Road — San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Part One

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-dtkn2-9d1009 In this inaugural segment of Running Iron on the Road, Craig shares thoughts and music from a recent trip to San Miguel de Allende, and Guanajuato, Mexico.  Part 1 of 2.

Running Iron Podcast Number Eight — Rick Schwertfeger & Carlos Constanzo

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-zjqay-9b0255 In this episode of the Running Iron Podcast Craig, Jim, and Oil Can are joined in the bunkhouse by Austin, Texas, resident Rick Schwertfeger.  Rick is a retired public health professional who has also become a regular contributor to both Frontier Partisans and Running Iron Report.  Rick sits down to discuss internet dating, former ...

Running Iron Podcast Number Seven — Cris Converse

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-xt98x-99b47e Nevada cowgirl, educator, philanthropist, and elite-level athlete Cris Converse joins Craig and Jim in the Bunkhouse on the historic Figure 8 Ranch.  Cris leads just the sort of eclectic and informed American life that fans of Running Iron appreciate; in this terrific interview she discusses the fascinating trail of her life, and lends important ...