Life on Almosta Ranch

Stories of ranch life and other silly musings of an old codger

David McClain

David McClain
Doniphan, Missouri, USA
February 08
I am a simple man who has lived a simple life for sixty years. I have not dined with movie stars nor Kings and Queens. I have not walked the halls of power, nor have I been a mover and a shaker. I have, however, been a soldier, a tinker, a jack of all trades. I have raised five children....I have been loved and I have loved. I do not see grand designs nor do I chase afer them. Instead, I listen to the heartbeat of the land and I rejoice in a bird's song in the morning. Do not come here seeking answers for I have none. I do have questions which I will ask you constantly though. I do not believe in aruging so Politics will not be discussed in my blog. I do not care what your personal beliefs are for you are free to believe as you will...please allow me to do likewise. I have never been rich, but I have always been poor. Being poor however has never stopped me from feeling rich. I feel rich because I have the love of a good woman. Melinda completes me. She gives me the peace of mind and soul required to write about life without regrets and without envy of those who might have more. She is my world. Almosta Ranch is our heaven and we are happiy. This is what I want to share with you in this blog.


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DECEMBER 30, 2009 12:59PM

One Small Step for Mankind, A Giant Leap For This Dufus

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Today marks a giant leap for this Dufus that's for sure....if it works.  You see, last week I sent out a plea to some of the smarter folks on OS to help me with this thing called hyper-linking.  Well since I asked to hear from people smarter than me, I was deluged with PMs explaining the process, cause let's face it; dang near everyone on this site is smarter than me.

Anyway, today marks my first attempt at Hyper-linking so keep your dang fingers crossed.

This time of year I see a lot of lists being compiled here on Open Salon. Mainly they are lists of "Best Blog", "Best Writers" and stuff like that. Well it soon became evident, as I read all these lists that they had one thing in common....they all overlooked a small group of very talented bloggers. So now I am going to attempt to shine a small light on them with my own small list.

I have been here ten months now and in that time I have made some really great new friends and I have been privilaged to read many blogs that far outshine anything I could ever hope to write myself. I came here from Writing.Com, or as we like to refer to it: WDC. I followed my friend, BuffyW over here and will forever be grateful to her for urging me to make the move.

Within a few months I noticed to my joy, that a few others from WDC had followed me and Buffy over here.  Soon enough we had a fairly nice group of friends happily doing blogs here who we had grown to love at the other site. They are all fairly new to the site and, while a couple have built a readership, most have labored with small readership.  I might add here that chief among those WDC friends who came over here was CarolinaBlue50, my dear friend who recently passed away.

So here is my own list of Bloggers You Need to Read.

PlannerDan ....Oh good grief, I had to go back and edit this thing and add Dan's link.  Dan is another Texas boy and a close friend. Whenever I started practicing this Hyperlink thing, I did it with Dan's name. I can't believe I then went and left him off the list. Just further proof I am a dufus.

Unbreakable...A Texas girl with a sharp tongue and even sharper wit and also a good friend.

Wind in My Wings...Another old friend. She and I have doing this blog thing for five years now and she is one of the best.

Linda Cooper....Ah, da Queen! Linda lives across the big Pond, in Merry ole England and her dry wit and humor have caused me to laugh uncontrollably for years.

Strawberry Girl....Strawberry Girl is a Kiwi who now lives in California. She is a wonderfully talented writer and a must read for everyone here.

Skye  Writer...Skye is a gentle spirit and talented poetress who always writes from the heart.

NovaCatmando...In her own words "I am a published poet, chronic scribbler, daydream weaver" and that pretty much describes her but she did leave out that she is really talented...give her a read.

GJI Penguin ...My good buddy who works in exile in Saudi Arbia. He always makes me laugh or think. He is one of the best around.

Kirsty McMahon....She is Penguin's better half and a damn fine writer herself.

BuffyW ....Of course this list of my old WDC friends would be incomplete with mentioning my oldest and dearest friend, Shelia. Unlike the rest of us, she is of course well established and has a huge following unlike the rest of the crew, but give them all a chance and they will all grow on you, I promise.  The good news is that every one of them write a better blog than I do so your time will not be wasted.

In conclussion I would like to personally thank everyone who helped me with the hyperlinking thing. Nick, Kathy, Outside Myself and guys are the best.

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Good news for you--all the links worked! You can no longer be counted in the ranks of the Technologically Challenged, whatever you say!

Good news for me--(some) new people to read! Thanks!!
I am leaving shortly to go have lunch with my sister BUT when I get back you have a few there I haven't met so will go visiting! Thanks!!!
YAY! You're an official "hyper-linker"!!

Thank you for the plug, my dear friend. I appreciate the plug and I appreciate you.

I must dispute what you say about your own blogging abilities, though. Yours is one of the finest and most entertaining blogs I have ever had the pleasure to read.

Happy New Year, dear friend, and thanks for your friendship. It means everything.
oh well, another techno challenged blogger leaves the fold. It's getting kind of lonely in here with the rest of the stiffs.
Good job on the links!
Great list too--I knew you were all "inter-connected" from the Other Site.
Nice list. Bravo for figuring out the hyperlinks finally, and props for another mention of CB50, still much missed.
Went to one or two I didn't know, and you're right they are good! Thanks for the tips, now, can you teach me how to Hyper-link? (What goes around..,)
very nice little group. some I am familiar with and some are new. I'm going to enjoy this discovering. thank you Torman! Happy New Year.
AHP.....I practiced on this thing for two days and it took me a couple of hours to do the entry...yeah, I'm still challenged, trust me.

LL2....You won't be sorry, I promse you some good reading in that list.

Kim.....Happy New Year to you too, sweetie. I hope everything gets better in your world and you are constantly in our thoughts here.

Bobbot...If I can do this, then you will be able to do it blindfolded.

spotted_mind....Thanks! They are a great group of folks too.

Kathy...Thank you, Ken is in my thoughts every day and in a way he is still with me.

Scanner....Help is on the way dude!
A perfect list. I consider Sheila to be family.
It took me a little while, but I finally found a worthwhile purpose to all these "Best 10 . . . " lists. They are now my Open Salon- Table of Contents to much I missed. Thank you among others, for compiling the lists. Now I also know whom I may approach to teach me how to *hyperlink*.
Thanks YOU can link and I still cant...arrrgghhh! (Oh, and how could you have left Dan off of the list? I'm going to tell him...neener-neener!)

In case anyone hasn't figured it out, David is like a little brother to me...I love this guy!
I am familiar with just about have your list. The others, I will have to take a look at, but i just can't say when because i can't keep up now. I will say I'm glad you made the journey from WDC. Now, from on Dufus to another, I still can't hyper link. Did any one of your mentions hold the golden secret? I've had several try to explain it to me to no avail. That only proves that I'm more Dufuser than you! i would greatly appreciate a PM with instructions that a pony could understand if you have the time. M
Torman -- hyper linking. Easy to do once you know how.

A total bitch to explain. I'd be interested in how you figured it out. The whole editing thing here on OS is pretty simple. Until it's not. Some little parts are insanely non intuitive.

Most people get stuck somewhere along the line. Hyperlinking was obvious to me until I tried to explain it in writing. Like so many things in life.
Success!!!!!! Good job, Tor! ((R)) for reeeeeealy good effort.
Monkey...Happy New Year to you too and enjoy those reads.

Chuck....Yes, without a doubt, Sheila is one special lady.

FusunA....I will help all I can and be happy to.

BuffyW....You brat! Trust you to see one of my many mess-ups. Well now I went back and fixed it so..nenner, nenner!

Michael....a PM is forthcoming, my friend.

Nick....your PM was a great help in my being able to figure it out, like I said in the blog. It dang near took the whole village to educate this idiot.

Harvy...You are most welcome, happy reading.

TBL4....I DO feel like I have completed some strange rite of passage now that you mention it.
Great list, Torman. Thinking about you this New Year.
I'm looking forward to reading your selections. Thanks.
How come you haven't taught me how to hyperlink yet? I would really like to know! :)
Congrats on the hyperlinking achievement and I'll argue that any of we old WDC'ers write anywhere near as entertaining blogs as you. Hence your popularity here.

Thanks for the plug and compliments. I'm still not sure where I'm heading blogwise but will keep my options open. I'm not sure my humour or Englishness fit in on OS, but maybe like mould I take time to grow on people. No worries though - I'll certaintly keep writing when time and inspiration strike.

Thanks again and best wishes to you and Mel for 2010.
Frank....I hope your New year is a good one, you deserve it.

Donna....I know you're gonna love them.

Kyle D....Help is on da way!

Patricia K...I am sending you help also.

Rod...Thank you, it feels good to do something right for a change.

Linda...I look forward to many more blogs from you. No matter where you blog or how often you blog....I will be there to read them.
Thanks for the recommendations, Torman. I'll gladly take your word on this.
What a good friend you are, Torman, dufus or no. Myself...I no more believe that you're a dufus than I believe you have a mean bone in your body. That's my final answer!
Excellent list, Torman - and great use of links!
Congratulations on successfully hyperlinking...And they say men never ask for directions!

I'm humbled that you chose to include me amongst a stellar grouping of writers. I've been fairly absent recently...reading, writing, and commenting...but it's high time I re-awaken my muse and get busy. It's also the best way I know to honor our friend, Ken (aka CarolinaBlue50), who was my mentor and very dear friend. I hope many people will visit his blog and continue to leave comments. BTW...He also taught me to hyperlink!

I do have to take issue with you in regard to your comment about your own blogging skills. You, my friend, bring many qualities to your blog which make it a first-rate read in my opinion. Thank you for continuing to bless us with your words...
YEA!! !Hyperlinks workee!!! :)

Great list too!!!!
Holy cow... I made your list. How cool is that?!
"I get by with a little help from my friends..."

Thanks, Tor. May you have a creative New Year!