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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Holly Mae

May 16, 2019

My sister Holly celebrates her 24th birthday on May 18. She was born three months premature, with Down syndrome, and we still take her birthday’s seriously. Her request, each year, is a party with her...



Day Writing by Heather Hamilton Maude: Nurse Cows

March 29, 2019

We were given a Holstein heifer as a wedding present. It was a truly generous gift, and I am grateful for her. She has also proven very useful, especially when we have sets of twins....


Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Simmental cattle

March 1, 2019

Politics and religion aren’t always for casual conversation, but should be addressed before entering into marriage. If you’re a ranching couple, that’s only the tip of the iceburg of “major” things you need to know...



Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: 2019

January 4, 2019

Lord, as 2018 draws to an end, I thank you for the good days, and for the bad. For the times endured, enjoyed and embraced For the love and the joy, as well as the...


Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: A Christmas storm?

December 6, 2018

At the recent South Dakota Farm Bureau State Convention, we had the opportunity to hear American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall speak. Most take a pretty positive tone in speeches given just before the...


Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Potty training drama

November 22, 2018

Lyle, my three-year-old, started getting lazy and wetting his pants with increasing frequency a few weeks back as the weather cooled and he went from running around naked to wearing actual clothes. After pondering this...



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...



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...


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...


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...





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....


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...


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...