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That is adaptability

Adaptable (adjective): able to adjust oneself readily to various conditions On Monday evening a few weeks ago, I began my internship with the Black Ink team. I was nervous. While it’s exciting, the unknown terrifies me, and the possibility of making mistakes and the nagging thought of being in over my head weighed heavily on […]

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Every number has a story: 32 million

Have you ever wished for a do-over? A close your eyes, squint really tight and ask for things to go back to the way you started kind of plea? Our time on earth isn’t exactly met with wish-granting genies, but we do sometimes get the opportunity for a fresh start – or in our case, […]

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Drought’s silver lining

As a cattle industry writer based in Texas, I’ve spent a good deal of the last few years talking about drought. We’ve been out of the woods since May, but the effects are lasting. Not all of them are bad, though. Just last week, I visited a club calf breeder when the topic turned to […]

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Rain coming down, spirits going up

It was dreary. Cold. Wet. And quite possibly the most beautiful spring day we’ve had yet. On Friday, we planted peas in dust. I had to get them watered before the little round, shriveled seeds blew away. Up to that point we’d gotten .20 of an inch of moisture this month, as compared to the usual 2.32 inches […]

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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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