Category: Making Introductions

Learning who’s who and finding your way around my world.

Tough One

This morning I was re-living how I spent my mornings during the months of May and June-babying a horse with an injury. The one horse that always seems to be getting hurt. He’s been snake-bit, gotten too close to a porcupine, and played rough…

A Lady

Amazonian beauties, boldly charging on horseback, singing out a fierce, golden war chant and wielding spears… Mean-mugged, scantily dressed females hopping around in the octagon, dealing out heavy blows with a tiny fist… Suit-clad sophisticates with painted nails and sharp eyes closing all the…

Approach

One thing that every person has to learn is how to approach in the right way. I enjoy watching my kids learn this with the animals. When you watch someone approach an animal, especially for the first time, their speed, posture, tone of voice,…

The Reason: Ode to the Range Cow

She knows the feeling of being taken for granted. Her entire life is spent doing all the work for zero appreciation, and then, another year begins and she starts over. She’s raising her babies while battling all the forces stacked against her with pretty…

Cowkids

First you see the cattle stringing out at a brisk trot. You’re gathering a rough brushy pasture, trotting over a rock bedecked hill, watching for movement somewhere. You hope you covered all of your assigned territory and that you kept the pace of the…

The Invisible

Tonight it is loud enough to keep me awake. Roaring shrill through everything, slipping in where it isn’t supposed to be, low and heavy with the dust of the day but other times, bringing mercy from heaven. It has been unbearably powerful and unimaginably…

Pay Day

I know the sounds and the smells so well; without thinking I can instantly be there. All the feelings that come: anxiety- nerves, even-mixed with elation, excitement, and mystery. Since I can remember, that day begins hours before the sun takes the reins for…

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