SomewhereInTheSandhills
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Time tested

We’ve dubbed it the “smiling house.” On my family’s regular route through the Sandhills, there’s a lonely old place, rain and time have left the wood devoid of color. Yet, with its classic, square farmhouse design—and a little imagination—its two upstairs windows make eyes. It sags so much that the porch looks like it’s turned […]

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Dr. Phil FCA-1
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Doctor’s orders

As a kid my family went on two trips a year. One to visit relatives up north (this one, not even a guarantee), the other to the Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Convention. What may have been work for my parents was vacation for us kids. We swam, we danced, we played and we hung out […]

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TOT_3
Hot topics, On the road
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The Taste, part II

Edd and Nina Hendee were out to dinner, three kids in tow. It was 35 years ago and Edd can still recall, “It was one of the worst meals I’ve ever put in my mouth. Not to mention the service was ghastly.” At the time their Taste of Texas in Houston was struggling, “trying to […]

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TOT_4
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The Taste, part I

Have you ever met the president? Me neither, but a trip to Houston’s Taste of Texas left me feeling like I had. Owners Edd and Nina Hendee are less known for their political prowess and more for their hospitality, but an afternoon in their restaurant had me thinking I was in the presence of famous […]

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Arndt23
On the ranch
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Nothing owed

A reminder from the cow to the cowboy

Groups more humble than cattlemen and women are few and far between, but I’ve often heard ranchers called “salt of the Earth” people. Many lessons applicable for working with livestock come from simple wisdom, and now and then it’s the livestock doing the teaching. I’m not talking about the cow that gets protective or feisty around her newborn calf. […]

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