If you’ve ever watched the hit TV show “MacGuyver” from the 1980s and early ’90s, then you have a good idea of what my husband is like — a handsome guy.RELATED CONTENT
It’s highly unlikely that I will ever find myself out of work. My chances of getting fired or let go are slim. Trust me, I’ve tried.RELATED CONTENT
I’m a creative person, and I enjoy putting my creativity to work for my husband. As his supportive spouse, it’s my job to be encouraging and helpful.RELATED CONTENT
Hauling garbage? No need for a pick-up truck. I've got a miniature bicycle and a rope.
I couldn’t survive South Dakota, winter, fall, our shortlived springs, Black Hills summer nights and calving season without hooded sweatshirts. I wear them 320 days a year.
I want to clarify that I don’t wear “hoodies.” A hooded sweatshirt is an amped-up garment that is too gritty to be called by a sissy name. We’re talking the brute of work wear here!
Men talk about the weather because it serves as a flotation device any time a man’s floundering for something to say. Talking about the weather fills conversational voids.
When two men have nothing in common they can always rely on one back-up topic that any guy can comment on. Weather covers a multitude of differences between guys because all men can relate to this topic. Many a quiet man has overcome awkward moments by mentioning the weather.
The first few weeks of calving season are similar to having a baby for the obvious reason: it’s painful to go through. But there are other similarities between calving time and being a new parent:RELATED CONTENT
Everyone has big dreams about what would make their life better. Similarly, my husband and I have a lot of little dreams like that.RELATED CONTENT
While a rally against proposed cuts in state aid to education is planned for Wednesday, the school day will continue as usual in Mitchell. That’s the view of Superintendent Joe Graves. “The way to stand up for education is to stand up in your classroom and teach,” Graves said. “The best thing for the kids is to sit down and learn.”
The South Dakota Education Association, an umbrella agency for local teachers’ unions, the Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the Stand Up for Education organization are organizing the rally.
I am grateful for cows. They provide many things for my family besides tasty beef and I feel they deserve a little praise.RELATED CONTENT
More than once I have perused the women’s section of winter work wear at various farm and ranch stores, tried a pair on, convinced myself to buy them, then made the mistake of looking at the price tag.RELATED CONTENT
Calving is the one time I appreciate having suffered through high school biology class. Science and biology were never strong points for me in school but this time of year gets me all warm and fuzzy thinking about Punnett squares.RELATED CONTENT
What looks like a 7 is a 2, what looks like an 8 is a 6, and 6’s look like 5’s.RELATED CONTENT
I usually can’t remember calving details of every cow unless we’ve had a memorable relationship with them and even then I rarely remember them by their eartag numbers.RELATED CONTENT
The ranch task of sorting springers (cows that start showing early signs of calving) could be described as calving season “busy work” consisting of a time-consuming activity that involves sorting out cows that mislead livestock handlers into thinking the cows are going to have their calves soon.RELATED CONTENT
A depiction of a modern-day ranch just wouldn’t be complete or accurate without a determined woman in it.RELATED CONTENT
I can’t imagine a tougher way to begin life than to be a calf. It takes so much effort for newborn calves to get across that rickety, iffy bridge of life and make it alive.RELATED CONTENT
It’s that time of year around here — that threshold to calving season when we frequently see ranch mirages in our pasture.RELATED CONTENT
There’s no other animal that gets looked at more than cows. Ranchers spend a lot of time analyzing the looks of their cows.RELATED CONTENT
Many of the ranch predicaments I encounter are the kind I do not have the mental capacity to solve. This is due to the biological fact that I was born with a woman’s mind.RELATED CONTENT