Dirk Thayer

1 week 4 days ago
You know, Mother Nature can be bitter at times and then again she can be sweet as a watermelon in July.  I have written about many experiences on our small farm where Mother Nature seemed to be exceptionally cruel but a lot of the times if we could see the whole picture it might be a good thing. While I was thinking about this, I began...
2 weeks 5 days ago
As my family and friends celebrated the Fourth of July weekend, a flood of memories opened up in my mind’s eye.  This is the first one I have had off in many years because usually I catch duty on all or part of the holiday weekend. My son and wife collaborated together and decided on prime rib.  Heck, hot dogs and hamburgers...
3 weeks 4 days ago
I have written about some pretty heavy stuff here lately. The last couple of weeks have contained with some sad news, and I was bound and determined that the next story I wrote was going to be on the lighter side.  Those of you that read my columns on a regular basis know that my wife has a soft side about adopting orphaned, crippled and...
5 weeks 5 days ago
Early today I found out that one of my oldest friends passed away.  I will not mention a name as I have not talked to any of the family members yet as I felt it was probably too raw.  One of my self-appointed rules in these articles is not to mention names without permission. Any of you that knew this good man will know who I am...
7 weeks 5 days ago
I have had quite an interesting week with wildlife, to say the least.  Not all of it has been pleasant. The meat of the story is about the two most recent encounters.  With that in mind, I thought back to the many calls that I have answered in my law enforcement career.  Some examples are a squirrel in the house, snakes in...
9 weeks 5 days ago
Many of the area churches and cemeteries will be celebrating homecoming and memorial services in the next couple of weeks.  My kinfolk’s old home church, Doty Springs Baptist, will celebrate on the third Sunday in May.  My oldest and fondest memories of church are at Doty Springs.  Many of my relatives are buried in the old...
12 weeks 5 days ago
It is another rainy spring day as I write this article.  It seems that I do my best writing on a rainy day; maybe it is because I do not feel like I am missing something in God’s great outdoors.  I went turkey hunting this morning with the threat of severe thunderstorms approaching and actually heard a bird gobble at the thunder...
13 weeks 5 days ago
  I know a lot of my readers are not hunters and probably think I put a lot of emphasis on this turkey-hunting thing.  I love to hunt and these articles, after all, are about the great outdoors, its relationship with people and whatever else that might come up while on the porch with Dirk. My sons and I have enjoyed some strong...
14 weeks 5 days ago
  Well, I finally got my gobbler.  Oh, it was not easy; mine never are.  I always seem to have to pay my dues with blood, sweat, tears and a whole lot of pride swallowing.  It all began last week as I took a few days off for my birthday and to turkey hunt.  I finally got on a good gobbling bird, maybe two.  ...
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