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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Changing My Heart
Posted Wednesday, September 2, at 12:31 PM
When I started this blog a few years ago, it was to honor my dad and to express my grief in a positive way. I discovered on my journey new insights to my own self. Our Dad didn't use the word accountability but he taught us life lessons in many different ways. We learned to treat a horse like we would want to be treated and that hard work wouldn't kill us...

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The Little Things
Posted Thursday, June 18, at 9:34 PM

On the 14th of May; I was minding my own business and waiting for the traffic light to change when an SUV attempted a left hand turn at the intersection and lost control of his vehicle. All I can say is that it is just like the movies. I heard the squeal of tires and watched helplessly as the back quarter panel of a Chevy Tahoe began moving toward my little economy car. The impact was both deafening and painful...

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Posted Saturday, May 9, at 9:32 PM

This year has been very difficult for some of my friends and their families. It will be the first year without their mothers and they will be a little sad. My oldest friend Glenna has recently lost her own mother. I hurt for her because I know that holidays are particularly difficult that first year...

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Thanksgiving Turkeys
Posted Thursday, November 20, at 10:27 PM

I didn't have to cook a Thanksgiving Turkey until I was well into my twenties. I am a fairly accomplished cook, but turkey can be a challenge. Everyone seems to have an opinion on temperature, length of time for cooking and to stuff or not to stuff...

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Honor A Vet
Posted Sunday, November 9, at 12:30 PM

George Washington once said this," The Willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their Nation." November 10, 1781...

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Poor Old Michael Finnegan.
Posted Monday, October 13, at 11:06 PM

I am beginning to feel like Poor Old Michael Finnegan. I have had to begin again more times than I care to count on this blog. Well, no one has broken my fingers, but my personal discipline had gone out the window. And I am struggling to find a positive perspective to the world events...

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And Then There's Maud
Posted Tuesday, September 23, at 10:47 AM

This is not about the TV Show, but a quirky piece of office equipment that our company had years ago. Maud was a copy machine that could produce an astronomical number of copies per minute. Unfortunately, Maud would go off the rails occasionally and produce skewed versions of the original or take a notion to break down just when you were needing her the most...

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One Load at a Time
Posted Wednesday, September 10, at 3:36 PM

On television, they used to portray the Maytag Repairman as a lonely soul. Supposedly, the Maytag Company made their product so well, that the repairman spent his days waiting for the phone to ring. I think that the way that we approach our laundry chores can sometimes parallel just how good or bad our lives are going...

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Horse Tails, Spurs and Curry Combs-Oh My!
Posted Wednesday, August 20, at 8:49 AM

Fair Time brings back some memories of being in 4H or participating in parades. Our dad had high standards for both his horses and his kids. Not necessarily in that order. Dad was a good teacher and I am sure that I challenged his patience on more than one occasion...

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Two Lane Highways
Posted Friday, July 18, at 9:46 PM

Road Trips can be a lot of fun. Especially, if you don't have any particular time-table or destination in mind. David and I took such a trip on the 4th of July. Our journey began in Saint Joseph, Missouri; where Jesse James had a few run-ins with the law, and if I remember correctly was fatally shot by that the dirty little coward, named Mister Howard...

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Stars or Stripes?
Posted Thursday, June 26, at 9:26 PM

Does anyone remember the Texaco Service Man Commercial growing up where he is stripped of his service stripes because he didn't perform up to Texaco's high standards? I am sure that dates me a little bit. Lately, there is some confusion in America about who is a star and who deserves to have their stripes removed...

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"Uncle Bud"
Posted Friday, June 13, at 11:43 PM

Father's Day is rolling around before I can blink an eye. I was thinking about all the roles that our dad played during our growing up years. As I have said before, our home was a way station for cousins and friends during the summer. I don't believe that anyone ever complained about not having enough room or getting enough food to eat...

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Fly Swatters
Posted Thursday, June 12, at 4:00 PM

When my niece Chas was little, she was the champion fly-swatter of the house. Dad would say, "there's a fly," and Chas would run to the broom closet and get the fly swatter out. The look and determination on her face was priceless. I struggle sometimes with myself to keep my blogs uplifting or to provide some kind of meat for thought. ...

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Mother's Day
Posted Friday, May 23, at 10:36 PM

I spent Mother's Day in Idaho this year. It was the first time in over 30 years,that I spent it with my mom. The best part is that I completely surprised her with Bev's help and hospitality. I flew out on the Thursday before Mother's day; rented a car and stealthily snuck into my sister's apartment about midnight. The next morning as soon as I heard Mom stirring around, I walked up the stairs and said, "Good Morning, Mom."...

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Home Sweet Home
Posted Friday, May 2, at 7:54 PM

We are not quite settled into our new home yet, but last Sunday morning; I woke up feeling as though I could write again. There are still boxes waiting to be unpacked but progress has been made. And we are enjoying the wonderful quiet of our new corner of the world...

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Entitlement Disorder
Posted Saturday, February 8, at 3:32 AM

I am inventing a new disease called "ENTITLEMENT DISORDER. It strikes all walks of life whether you are young or old; rich or poor. Is it contagious? I am beginning to think so. In the interest of fairness to those of you who seem to be sensitive to Common Sense, I am issuing a Spoiler Alert, so that you can turn the page and read something else...

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I Packed It In A Rotella Box
Posted Thursday, January 30, at 9:27 PM

The last time we moved was over nineteen years ago. David was working for Pilot Oil at the time and so, our packing box of choice was a Rotella Box. At the time, I was thrilled that we had a nice sturdy box to pack our stuff in. However, we quickly discovered how difficult it was to find anything after our move. ...

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Saying Goodbye
Posted Thursday, January 9, at 10:13 PM

Our Warren passed away last week. I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person, but I feel as though we knew each other quite well. He had a great sense of history. His stories were always captivating and fun. I do believe that I have had to say goodbye to a great many people these past four years. It never gets easy. My heart goes out to Warren's family during this difficult time...

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Let There Be Peace On Earth
Posted Sunday, December 22, at 1:09 PM

We have heard that plea countless times in our lifetime and particularly at Christmas Time. Personal Accountability has been a running theme in my blogs since I started writing them. Along the way, I have discovered a great deal about myself personally and most of all I have found new friends and interests...

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No Lumps of Coal in My Stocking
Posted Wednesday, December 11, at 9:32 PM

A great deal of care was taken to prepare for Christmas at our house. For several weeks, Mom and Dad's bedroom was off-limits for any reason because of the gifts that were stored there. I have mentioned all of this before in several blogs, but I have been missing our dad something fierce. He was like the brightest lights on the Christmas Tree during Christmas...

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Walking the Fence Line
Bonnie Bird
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Fixing fence is the one of the hardest jobs on a ranch. I no longer live on a ranch, but I do know what hard work is. Fences are everyone's concern, but nowadays,the "hole" is always your neighbor's side not your own. It used to be that you would respect your neighbor and mend the fence together. If their cows got in your field, a simple phone call resolved the problem. You might even saddle up your own horse and help them gather them up. We need more people who are willing to roll their sleeves up and fix the fence regardless of who your neighbor is. There are people in this country who need to be reminded that a fence is like the way you should conduct your life. Your posts should be straight and neat. The wire needs to be stretched tight and your gate might be closed, but can still be easily opened. And most of all, we can all saddle up together and ride the range, it won't matter if you have an Appaloosa, Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred. The cows still have to be gathered, fences have to be fixed, and the range is a wide open space of opportunity for us all.
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