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Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, while ‘riffling’ [or thumbing] through some papers, up popped a prayer for vacations. There should be a prayer for everything; absolutely everything should be bathed in prayers, so with that in mind,...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    July 19, 2019 

Rattlesnakes

Rattlesnakes were a definite fact of life in and around Ekalaka. At that time we killed every rattlesnake we encountered immediately. I am not so sure that I would do that now, in fact, if they were not in a position to harm me or mine I would go abo...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    July 19, 2019 

Hat Tips

Hello, I’ve got a friend that’s a heck of a good cowboy. He can pick up a rodeo, calve a bunch of heifers, get his hay put up, and put a good handle on a broncy colt. When he was younger he followed the big rodeo and also rode bucking bulls. He...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    July 12, 2019

Hat Tips

Hello, I know many of you will find this hard to believe, but once upon a time, far, far away, I was a jockey. Really! A real jockey. Now that was not only many years ago, it was many pounds ago. Many, many pounds. The reason I am bringing this up...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    July 5, 2019

HAT TIPS

Hello, I don’t care much for fireworks. I don’t know if I ever really did. Seems like a lot of money to put up in smoke. And besides that, living just a couple miles out of town makes it a lot worse. You see, most cities, especially if it is...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, there are as many ideas and thoughts about anything as there are unique individuals! If ten people were discussing firecrackers, 4th of July, picnics, America, freedom of speech, war, you name it, and...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    June 28, 2019

Hat Tips

Hello, Lynn is my brother in law. He’s getting a little long in the tooth and has been down in the dumps a little lately. That got me thinking about some of the things we’ve done together over the years. Some I can write about. Some I had better...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, some time ago, Ivan Doig wrote: “These strange beings, ourselves, need the night but sometimes are entirely at odds with it.” We could ‘name’ a few of us who may also have times when we are at odds...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    June 21, 2019

Hat Tips

Hello, We started cutting hay over the weekend. I believe we are the first ones in the field again this year. I just do it to upset Russ, one of my neighbors. The forecast is for rain later in the week. Most ranchers are going to wait until this...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    June 21, 2019

My mother's garden

I think that I might have written before about my mother’s garden when we were growing up in Ekalaka. In a recent Eagle, I saw Lois Lambert’s story about their garden and how it was so late getting in so I decided to write something else. I am...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it's me, Mara: You know, Lord, here’s a thought about the Wilderness, the Boondocks, and the Backcountry. While we’re all busy traveling life’s demanding way, we can’t help but notice where the forest fires have ravaged the...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    June 14, 2019

HAT TIPS

Hello, I suppose you’ve learned over the years that I like kids and horses. I grew up in a family that liked kids and horses. We would trim horses up and go to the races in Kenmare, or the Fourth of July parade in Berthold. We went to play days in...

 
 By Lois Lambert    Voices    June 14, 2019

Bright Ideas

This article is not about marijuana, often called “grass”, no, it’s about ground covers. Town property owners are required to maintain their lawns with grass mowed to acceptable levels. And most try to do that, mowing between rains sometimes....

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, spiritually significant men in our lives bless us in countless ways. First, is my father; because of his type of work, we were able to begin our day together at breakfast as he led in our family altar. We w...

 
 By Lois Lambert    Voices    June 7, 2019

Bright Ideas

We’ve all been waiting too long for spring to arrive, for overnight lows to stay above freezing, for lilacs to bloom and fruit bearing bushes to flower, be pollinated, with the promise of wonderful tastes to come. Luckily that held off long enough...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    June 7, 2019

Hat Tips

Hello, We branded a few days ago. Branding is one of the jobs that you kind of dread, but you kind of love. The two hardest parts of a branding bee are preparing food, and lining up the day. It begins with lining up a crew. You need several people....

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, here’s a cute one on Love and Marriage – as it seems that June is sometimes THE month couples pick to marry, right? So – here’s’ some ’Food for Thought’! Man: How much is this sparkling diamon...

 
 By Lois Lambert    Voices    May 31, 2019

Bright Ideas

Monday was Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was originally known, meant to honor soldiers lost in the Civil War. But when the country found itself in another war, World War I, the holiday was changed to honor all fallen soldiers. Memorials to...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    May 31, 2019

Hat Tips

Hello, I learned many decades ago to never complain about the rain. And we’ve had our fair share of it lately. Rains for a day or two. Then dries for a day. Then rain again. Now for Memorial Day weekend it is more of the same. Writing this on Frida...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, an occasion arose recently where ‘people watching’ was the order of the day. Sitting in the waiting room we were waiting for our friend to be called in to see her doctor. You know, Lord, one really can...

 
 By Lois Lambert    Voices    May 24, 2019

Bright Ideas

We have waited for weeks for our garden to dry enough to till, only to have more rainfall. Lawns were mowed quickly between showers. Yes, it is nice to have the moisture, but when can we plant? Our forecast for the week was warmer and drier. On a Mon...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, here’s an interesting thought: what we are is more important that what we do! No matter what, there is always going to be someone in our ‘class/group’, with as much “smarts” and education as we...

 
 By Dean Meyer    Voices    May 24, 2019

Hat Tips

Hello, A lot of ranchers have gone to May calving. Calf your cows out on green grass. Like the deer and the antelope do. It will be fun they said. You won’t have to fight through the mud and the snow. It will be fun they said. Your calves won’t...

 
 By Loyd Townsend    Voices    May 24, 2019

Memories

To continue the Mumedy family history, I will move on to Leona as she was well qualified as clerk for the different attorneys in Carter County and went on to Missoula, Montana to work for an attorney and also for the CCCs. She reported that in 1941...

 

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