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Time of new beginnings

For the Jan. 2, 2010 edition of Tri-State Livestock News.

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Seems like life happens in seasons, and at this time of beginnings when we enter a new year and a new decade in a young century, a season of my life is closing. It could have been only yesterday that the late Wally Thiel called me to see if I would carry on a TSLN column he’d written for many years called “Hoss News.” I have no idea how long ago that was, but the time has come to pass the torch yet again.

As creatures of habit we don’t always recognize such a time unless it’s forced upon us. I sit here looking at a right hand and wrist in a cast, which the doctors say prob’ly never will work just right again… and feeling the pain of shattered bones; the perfect catalyst for spying a stop sign.

Oh no, no juicy, entertaining stories about being bucked off, run over, or mauled by mad bulls… just fell down the basement stairs… with the vacuum cleaner, no less.



So here I am, turning that first calendar page which always offers a great opportunity for new beginnings; and we are about to experience one. Recognizing the lengthy recovery/rehab ahead of me, and facing the fact that these weekly columns come much closer together than they used to, I was inspired to approach one of my best friends and finest writers in our area with the suggestion that she allow me to pass the torch to her, as Wally did to me.

It’s with great joy that I report Jan Swan Wood’s willingness to allow that. Thus you’re now reading the final “Over The Corral Fence” and can look forward to “The Outside Circle.” I know we’re all going to enjoy it, and be educated and entertained.



So, thank you for your faithful readership these many years – I cherish the friendships we’ve formed. And as the end of that ol’ lariat rope comes flyin’ by I’d like to leave you with the following quotation, which seems to fit the occasion. “I see not a step before me as I tread on another year; But I’ve left the Past in God’s keeping – the Future His mercy shall clear; And what looks dark in the distance may brighten as I draw near.”

Seems like life happens in seasons, and at this time of beginnings when we enter a new year and a new decade in a young century, a season of my life is closing. It could have been only yesterday that the late Wally Thiel called me to see if I would carry on a TSLN column he’d written for many years called “Hoss News.” I have no idea how long ago that was, but the time has come to pass the torch yet again.

As creatures of habit we don’t always recognize such a time unless it’s forced upon us. I sit here looking at a right hand and wrist in a cast, which the doctors say prob’ly never will work just right again… and feeling the pain of shattered bones; the perfect catalyst for spying a stop sign.

Oh no, no juicy, entertaining stories about being bucked off, run over, or mauled by mad bulls… just fell down the basement stairs… with the vacuum cleaner, no less.

So here I am, turning that first calendar page which always offers a great opportunity for new beginnings; and we are about to experience one. Recognizing the lengthy recovery/rehab ahead of me, and facing the fact that these weekly columns come much closer together than they used to, I was inspired to approach one of my best friends and finest writers in our area with the suggestion that she allow me to pass the torch to her, as Wally did to me.

It’s with great joy that I report Jan Swan Wood’s willingness to allow that. Thus you’re now reading the final “Over The Corral Fence” and can look forward to “The Outside Circle.” I know we’re all going to enjoy it, and be educated and entertained.

So, thank you for your faithful readership these many years – I cherish the friendships we’ve formed. And as the end of that ol’ lariat rope comes flyin’ by I’d like to leave you with the following quotation, which seems to fit the occasion. “I see not a step before me as I tread on another year; But I’ve left the Past in God’s keeping – the Future His mercy shall clear; And what looks dark in the distance may brighten as I draw near.”


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