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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Fall’s coming on

September 27, 2017 — Fall's coming on and it's quarter til four Everyone's up, headed out the door Horses are saddled and trailers are hooked. It's a long drive before a long ride can be took Hours later, bleary eyed kids stumble out with a yawn Cinches are tightened

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton Maude:

September 7, 2017 — A good portion of the western United States is on fire. I agree with the numerous people blaming "environmentalist" activist groups for the current state of our nation's federal forests and the consequential uncontrolled burning that has spread to state and private lands. Due blame

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton Maude: In search of

September 1, 2017 — Several weeks back, while I stopped to get the mail, a man about my age in a white Chevy pickup waved and pulled up behind me in our driveway. He jumped out of his truck, hurried over, introduced himself, then immediately launched into a several

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton Maude: The art of the story

August 18, 2017 — "Merle and my dad would sit in that living room of his and laugh and laugh, and even if you didn't have a clue what they were talking about you would still get caught up in the laughter. Eventually the whole house would be laughing;

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Day Writing: The Ag Mom Resume

August 1, 2017 — The beautiful, blessed and busy life of an ag mom doesn't leave much time or need for an updated resume. However, watching a recent tv ad (while feeding the baby) about updating or creating a quality resume made me consider what one may look like

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Day Writing: The inaugural docking

July 13, 2017 — It is safe to say that we didn't entirely know what was coming when my parents got sheep in the late 1990s. This was perhaps most evident at our first docking. We saddled our horses early in the morning on the required squelching July day,

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Day Writing: Life’s cheerleaders

June 23, 2017 — We all need cheerleaders in life. Those precious people who believe in us no matter what, who are proud of us and confident in our abilities even when we aren't. I've been blessed with a lot more of those people than most, and one that

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Day Writing: It did not go as planned

May 25, 2017 — We had a bull out in the neighbors. Long as we were saddled and headed up the road, why not run out west "real quick" and grab the old, gimpy cow, her calf with pinkeye, and a yearling bull? They were the final three pieces

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Day Writing: The most important job

May 4, 2017 — The early years of motherhood are quite a rollercoaster, at least in my experience. I feel like I entered motherhood with a proverbial face plant. Our wonderful little boy arrived on schedule, healthy as a horse, and was truly precious. He also brought unprecedented change

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Day Writing: Heaven will be a party

April 19, 2017 — Right now, church for our family typically consists of watching Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah on television each Sunday morning. His latest series of sermons focus on God's love, and two weeks ago he discussed the fact that because God loves us, he wants

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Ashes to ashes

March 17, 2017 — Have you been following the devastating fires that have scorched Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado the last couple weeks? What a tragedy our fellow ranchers are facing in that part of the country. The situation and people impacted have weighed heavily on my mind, and

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude

March 1, 2017 — It's inevitable that at some point, grafting a calf onto a cow is going to be attempted. To say watching my husband's methods for the first time the spring after we got married was memorable would be an understatement. He gathered the middle-aged cow who

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Prenatal doctor visits

February 3, 2017 — Prenatal appointments. These are a current slice of my life where I pay someone an insane amount of money to take my blood pressure and weigh me at a time when I feel as though I'm outgaining half the calves we're feeding. The quiet is

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Day Writing: Loading butcher hogs

January 19, 2017 — It was dusk. My husband Charles and I had been married for only a few weeks, and I was on the phone with my mother when all of a sudden I heard a horrible man scream come from the yard. Not quite a, "completely severed

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Day Writing: Family meetings

January 4, 2017 — Growing up, my mom would periodically call family meetings. This was the result of one of two things. Either we had all been grumbling to her about someone or something, or there was something ranch related she and my dad wanted to discuss and seek

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Day Writing: A royal Christmas

December 15, 2016 — My favorite Christmas present arrived on an unusual Christmas Eve when my dad "had" to drive 30 miles south to Lance Creek, population about 10, for plumbing parts after we had just gone through Newcastle, population big enough to have a parts store. I was

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Day Writing: Parenthood Perspective

December 1, 2016 — My little boy is just shy of one and a half. He gets up early most mornings, wants the news and weather turned on, eats breakfast, then is ready to do chores. Shortly after turning one he had the chore routine memorized, and would follow

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Day Writing: The parts run

November 17, 2016 — She didn't volunteer to get parts. She did need milk, and was thinking of squeezing a trip to town into the next day or so. She had even gone so far as to pencil in a couple other stops that would catch her up. But,

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Day Writing: The cost of not voting

November 2, 2016 — Thirty percent of registered voters in my county, Pennington County, South Dakota, showed up for the primary election earlier this year. One in three people. What I found even more astounding was hearing several people who didn't bother to vote complain about the outcome. When

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Day Writing: Sorting help

October 20, 2016 — For generations, my family has been involved in the Rocky Point Grazing Association, located in very northeastern Wyoming. Every spring and fall, without fail, we have hauled truckloads of cattle north for the summer. It's a tradition that occurs the first half of June and

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