Rumblings on the Prairie

The incessant rumble of motorcycles from I-90 reaches the quiet of the ranch. Sturgis draws a huge crowd for it’s annual rally, and this year the prediction is for a million bearded, bare skinned, bandanna-wearing bikers to visit. Traffic jams, loud vulgarities, over-crowded facilities, over-worked law enforcement, wrecks, wailing ambulances, and incarcerations are suddenly common in our peaceful world. The venders and tattoo artists are waiting, rubbing their fingers...

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Ranch musings

We were a happy trio as we putted along in the side-by-side heading out to the corrals to join the rest of the family. Bud the dog,  Little Guy (youngest grandson) and myself were taking cold drinks and goodies for everyone, and we had a light breeze, fluffy clouds, and blue sky as our companions. Not all the family was waiting for us; our oldest daughter and her husband were at the hospital, waiting for her to have surgery, but we felt she was in good hands and...

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Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

My folks were married on May 18, 1937. They started their married life slightly in debt, lived on a rented farm, and endured drought and a depressed economy. Actually, I never heard them lament about any of the above facts; except once in a while when they were in the middle of a heated argument and they sometimes questioned why they married each other. They were  generally upbeat and seemed to handle with good humor most of life’s situations. Dad worked hard, but he...

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My Lady

NOW RE-PUBLISHED. “I usually remember to stop here and count my blessings,” Chauncey said. Jolene slowly looked around her and sighed. “It refreshes my soul to see sights like these.” Chauncey heard a longing in her voice and recognized it as a counterpart to his own feelings. Without turning to look at her he asked, “And you, Miss O’Neil, with prairie and wind and cattle in your blood, married a hair dresser from Denver?” From the...

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Laughter in the Wind

As redheaded British nanny Abbie Miller views the Dakota sunsets from the Jackson ranch, she is positive God’s creation is at His finest. She also is very sure the three little Jackson children have captivated her heart. Abbie’s confusion begins when she attempts to discover the reason why Mrs. Jackson abruptly leaves her home and children. Soon life becomes even more of a puzzle when unexpected visitors blow onto the ranch on a cold winters day. Even her boss,...

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