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“I once described myself as looking like Robert Redford would look if he looked like me. Well, Bobby and I both have gotten much older and while I can’t promise to be cute anymore I can promise that this little electronic hangout will offer you a few minutes that will be interesting, funny, educational or aggravating, sometimes all at once.

Come back often—it’ll change frequently.

For 60 years I’ve been batting the keys of various writing machines, turning out news, fiction and humor about the outdoors and the indoors. I’ve published seven books and one book-on-tape. The ones still in print are for sale here. I put up universally-acclaimed tomato salsa every year, but it’s not for sale. Talk nice and I might give you some.

Read the blog page to get mad, sad, happy—anything but bored. The photos are ones I like out of thousands of images I’ve taken all over the country. Marty, my wife of 54 years, and I have five children, eight dogs (at last count), four canoes/kayaks, a bunch of shotguns, guitars, mandolins and banjos, and a hell of a lot of fun.

Join us for a while…”




SUNNY DAY FORECAST FOR BIG SKY COUNTRY

By Joel M. Vance Jack Ballard is running as a Democrat for the United States Senate from Montana.  “Say what?” You ask, followed by the second question: “And just who is Jack Ballard and why should I care?”   First let me tell you the why and then the who. The United States Senate presently […]

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SOUTH OF THE BORDER

By Joel M. Vance   When I was a teenager on summer vacation from high school I  often would stay up until ...

SOMETIMES LIFE JUST BUGS ME

By Joel M. Vance   By Joel M. Vance               It was June and I was on a New Hampshire trout stream, armed ...