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Picking which traditions to keep

Last month, all set with a ladder, a couple of buckets and an army (or, three) of little blonde-haired kids we set out to pillage our neighbor’s cherry tree (with their permission of course). I should note: My husband would be the expert cherry-picker of the clan, having grown up with two bountiful Montmorency trees […]

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A Rough Patch

“Life Ain’t Always Beautiful,” the song by Gary Allen, is a favorite of mine. Because I know I’ve faced tough times before and there’s no doubt I’ll face more in the future. No doubt, you’ve suffered your share. The drought for many folks in the High Plains and Southwest has been, what I will term for lack […]

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Snow after Earth Day in Kansas

Hey out there to all who appreciate seasonal weather, My cows would be included in that group, and they are a bit bewildered this morning. The National Weather Service went to great lengths–all the way to Z–to find a name for what we are seeing in this April 23 storm: Zeus, with snow from Colorado to […]

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Prepping for no rain

I first met Barb Downey in 2007 when I got to visit the family’s ranch for a feature story. I loved visiting with her then as much as I do today. She’s got this industry-wide perspective, while still knowing what works right there on their ranch. A few weeks ago she responded to a drought-related […]

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Beef’s a trip day 11: Keep on truckin’

From “Six days on the road” to “Roll on 18-wheeler” I have about a dozen songs that remind me of one of my favorite guys on the planet: my dad. You see he spent many years supporting his farming habit with a “day job” (er, 24/7 job) of trucking. I have a deep respect for […]

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