Live and learn

Live and learn

Live and learn by Miranda Reiman I see all kinds. In my travels across the country I visit many ranches that have been in the same family for a century or at least several decades. I always enjoy hearing what prior generations of cattlemen have passed on to the...
The cost of doing the right thing

The cost of doing the right thing

The cost of doing the right thing by Nicole Lane Erceg They reminded me of the ball pits I’d play in as a kid at McDonalds. Except these were black, and floating in a water trough. Designed to reduce water evaporation, the polyurethane spheres didn’t come cheap. These...
The art of the fix

The art of the fix

The art of the fix by Miranda Reiman  4-H prep should be an Olympic sport. Or at least it felt that way as I helped my older kids get ready for entry day at the county fair. Forms filled out, recipes found, last coats of paint applied. It’s a race against the clock....
Ranching from the history books

Ranching from the history books

Ranching From the History Books by Nicole Lane Erceg I’ve always been fascinated with history. From the Founding Fathers in grade school to the battles of World War II, the stories of those who came before us and the great feats they accomplished continue to intrigue...
Plans for busy times

Plans for busy times

Plans for busy times by Miranda Reiman My kitchen island is full of stacks: summer camp and summer ball forms to fill out. 4-H projects to register and swimming lessons to book. A month ago, we planned a short family camping trip. Then there are the work things to...
Staying on Track

Staying on Track

Staying on Track by Nicole Lane Erceg Why do we call substantial disasters “perfect” storms? It feels like an oxymoron. The title perfect storm seems a more fitting descriptor for the rain that comes just in time to break a drought, or the swirling clouds that bring...