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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: The pause before fall

September 27, 2018 — It is a dreary, cool, and rainy day in western South Dakota. The perfect rain to get everything nicely soaked up going into fall; a beautiful day. It feels like the earth's orbit slows just a bit for a week or two right now, during

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Love is a verb

September 7, 2018 — "You can't make a person love someone." I was told a couple weeks back, followed by a long dissertation on why it really was alright, likely best, that one spouse had left another. It has weighed heavily on my mind since. It weighs on me

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Grandma’s House

August 10, 2018 — It's a kitchen table that nearly fills the room Beneath a wooden clock sporting a mule deer buck There are cookies in the jar on the counter The biggest of the set with the mushrooms on top Handwritten recipes in a fine cursive print Hideous

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Lessons in losing

July 25, 2018 — Fair season is rapidly approaching. Most people either love or hate fair season and involvement; I am among those who love it. I am also already seeing the, "that's not fair," statement tossed out among adults regarding kids with animals who won't make weight, won't

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: The Wife Report

July 5, 2018 — In honor of the AM radio stations who educate their listeners on all things agriculture with their reports, commentary and advertising, I present the summer wife report, direct from western South Dakota. Derived from a variety of solid and questionable sources, held in a sleep

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Moments

June 21, 2018 — I recently read a piece on comparing a ranch job to a regular, 9-5 occupation. A lady read both to her husband, then asked which one he would pick. Obviously, he said, the 9-5 was the only choice on paper. But, then she asked him

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Spring Wrecks: The corral post

June 7, 2018 — It was a wet spring as I recall, though I wasn't all that old. We lived down what was 20 miles of ungraveled road at the time, with a soil type locally called gumbo. The stuff was simultaneously slick and sticky; it would build up

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: The reservation tow

May 25, 2018 — One day my husband called from the little town of Martin, located about an hour and a half south of our home. He was in his old blue, two-and-a-half ton, C65 Chevy truck, loaded with about eight ton of cake, and it had died. While

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Ag kids in the spring

May 11, 2018 — The youngest of the farming and ranching community love spring; they emerge from winter like a fully caffeinated puppy following a good nap. They can hardly stand themselves they have so much pent up energy, things to explore, animals to tame and events to attend.

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Ranch Rigs

April 19, 2018 — Everyone is on the road right now, which makes it a good time to go over the primary types of ranch people, pickups and horse trailers found on the highway during these busy spring months. First is the 36'x8', triple axel, four compartment aluminum trailer

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Day Writing: What’s her deal?

April 5, 2018 — Perhaps you work with one, perhaps you're married to one. Maybe you see her in the grocery store, sporting muddy shoes, dark circles under her eyes and a heaping cart continuously being reorganized by a toddler or two. She may have blown by you on

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Billy and the Butcher Hog

March 23, 2018 — A few days back, one of our butcher hogs made her way to the neighbors. Thankfully we have good neighbors and they chuckled about the situation before helping us load her. It made me recall the last time this happened… A few years back we

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: International Women’s Day

March 9, 2018 — I'm not much a modern feminist, but as we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, I can't help but admire the many unique traits of women in ag. Not many women can: Recite the dosage instructions of the vast majority of both general child

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Ag Olympic Glory

February 20, 2018 — "Welcome to the 250th anniversary of the U.S. Ag Olympics! I am Don, and my cohost Chris and I are very excited to bring you an unprecedented day of foot events, made all the more interesting by the cold, snow and ice across much of

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Day Writing: New Babies

January 19, 2018 — What an exciting time as we look around at all our friends who are expecting their first, or adding another, child. While we certainly haven't learned it all, here are a few things we've picked up on that may make it easier for others as

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Day Writing: A Holiday Recap

January 5, 2018 — I am holding onto the holiday mindset a little longer than usual this year. This could be the result of having a toddler and enjoying all that entails over Christmas, or the fact that all my decorations are boxed, but still sitting in the middle

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Day Writing: There will be problems

December 21, 2017 — "There will be problems," the pastor on the tv said last Sunday. "You'll likely want this information to share with someone between now and Christmas," he continued. This was stated toward the end of his sermon, but it struck me how true those words are

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Day Writing: Fashion trends

December 8, 2017 — I was surprised while Christmas shopping this year to discover a fashion big trend of work boots, leggings, plaid tops over a graphic t-shirt, and casual winter hats. Pondering how such a combination came to be lead to the following fictitious explanation. A ranch wife,

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Day Writing: Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017 — Thanksgiving is a time to gather together, to break bread, and to enjoy the company of family for both my and my husband's families. On my side, everyone brings whatever the host asks, and I am typing this while my pumpkin pies bake and before

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Day Writing: Word of the Year

November 10, 2017 — "…Bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5 Thankful November is a wonderful concept of purposefully identifying one thing you are thankful for each day of the month. But, it can also be a nice lead in to focusing your

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