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 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    May 28, 2021

Cooking in the West

by Susan Metcalf With Memorial Day coming up on Monday, I feel it is important to remember that Memorial Day is about much more than barbecues and a day off. It is a time to remember and honor loved ones and fallen heroes, and it is also important...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, without hope there seems to be nothing to fight for. Without hope we forget: “God is great. With HIM nothing is impossible.” Hope, like seeds, can’t grow unless they’re planted. Often when we lose...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    May 21, 2021

Cooking in the West

My column about aging awhile back brought several suggestions on how to combat aging including advice on where to get the best deal on orthotic inserts for my shoes to suggestions that if I would forego wearing foundation, cross my heart...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: Several of us took a trip to the Big City. Lord, what totally awesome views You have created! We for sure noticed the change in seasons, the sprinkling of snow still on the North side of draws, hills, berms and roofs of...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    May 14, 2021

Cooking in the West

Many years ago in the mail I received a hilarious self-published book from Maralee Robinson of Billings, Montana. It is called "East Meets West: Real Dude Meets Real Cowboy: Indoor Plumbing Meets Outdoor Plumbing, and All the Things They Have in Comm...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, the cloud formations, from our point of view here on our hilltop, are breathtaking! We do need rain in our area. One minute it looks like rain clouds bounding over the horizon; a bit later, the sun is...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    May 7, 2021

Cooking in the West

Sunday is Mother's Day, so I would like to wish all mothers a special day. Those of us who have lost our mothers realize how time spent with our mothers is more valuable than any other gift we could give or be given. I have never written a column...

 
 By Erwin Curry    Voices    April 30, 2021

The Corner

My father’s family is traced back to West Virginia, which was still Virginia when my great-great and great-grandfather lived there before moving west. There are Curry/Currey family reunions in West Virginia to this day. I was told by a cousin...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    April 30, 2021

Cooking in the West

A few years back, a young man came to the ranch to learn all he could about cowboying during calving season. Of course, I talked him into writing a guest column for me to chronicle his experience. The following story chronicles his impression of...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, a couple of us gals were comparing our weeks, days; then the question of how we slept popped up. THAT’S an interesting subject; believe it or not, a few of us could relate to lack of sleep. Jill...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    April 23, 2021

Cooking in the West

The horse market is pretty much through the roof right now, which is great if you are selling, but not if you are buying. I know that I sound like an old fogey, but I have bought many horses for $500.00 in my lifetime, and every one of them turned...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, being privileged to read a Senior girl’s speech on STAYING ACTIVE/FIT brought back some childhood memories. Miss ‘Rosie’ also reminded us: “Trying to stay active and fit, sounds so boring and...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    April 16, 2021

Cooking in the West

Farming on cow/calf operations gets slipped in instead of sleep between calving, feeding, branding, fencing, and all the other spring work. It is often a high-speed, high-stress form of diversification that causes a lot of laundry problems. Anyway...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, this was an interesting ‘find’; reading about someone who dreamed they were receiving a bouquet of flowers from God. A little girl, long ago, shared that she had received a beautiful bouquet of tiny...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    April 9, 2021

Cooking in the West

Cattle producers have two options as I see it. One is to bury our heads in the sand and keep doing what we have been doing and expecting a better result “next year,” and the other is to educate ourselves and do something proactively with the...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: March has ‘marched off’ - with a bit of snow, and now – woo-hoo! It’s SPRING! The Birds came back, flocks of them, it’s great to hear them sing. Cows graze on hills not far from here, it’s fun to watch...

 
 By Erwin Curry    Voices    April 9, 2021

The Corner

This is the end of my project. I rounded off the twenty eight students up two more. There were others I went to school with in those eight years in Ekalaka. A boy with the last name Black who was the doctor’s son for example. But my memory of...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    April 2, 2021

Cooking in the West

Several years back, I inadvertently stumbled upon a new method of calving--the homeopathic method. This like the discovery of all great things such as fire and disposable diapers came about quite by accident. Calving season was winding down, so many...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, as the days simply seem to zip on by, glancing out, we notice that it is almost Spring; the March winds are blowing less, cattle are resting after feeding, birds swoop here and there and we can see many...

 
 By Erwin Curry    Voices    April 2, 2021

The Corner

I wrote some of the following from a building at the University of Montana where I go to write sometimes. The sight of the studious young people are an inspiration. And I did attend one quarter here in 1974, although I graduated from MSU, so I am a...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 26, 2021

Cooking in the West

Many people try to be very careful prior to going on a big trip, so they don't fall and hurt themselves badly enough that they could not travel. Ranch people try to be extra careful prior to calving season, because that is probably the worst time of...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, a friend of mine shared this special/interesting letter: author unknown. So here we go, also sharing this letter entitled; From A Friend: Dear Friend, How are you? I just had to send a note to tell you how...

 
 By Erwin Curry    Voices    March 26, 2021

The Corner

Some more thoughts about past classmates, from the CCHS class of 1974. Giggles, Integrity, Lovably Snide, Competitor and Respect Again a look at some from our small class, Yearbook thoughts, help me in my chosen chore, Photos forty eight years, back...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 19, 2021

Cooking in the West

I love blogs that are honest and authentic, so I was elated when I stumbled upon a really entertaining blog written by Lindsey Habets of Conrad, Montana. Lindsey wrote a series of blogs from both of her toddlers' points of view that are humorous...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, occasionally one reads something that needs to be shared. Such is the case with an article by Dr. A. Purnell Bailer from his column, ‘Bread of Life,’ which he wrote February 10, 1970. Quoting from that...

 

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