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Not all homework academic

Homework, of the kind that we’re all familiar, with numbers and letters and grades that range from A to F, was rarely, if ever, done on a desk. Flat surfaces include the floorboard of most...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    February 9, 2018

Constant question is if cows are in

Perhaps you’ve heard of the famous cat that ol’ Schrödinger put in a box. The idea being illustrated is the problem with knowing the state of things if you can’t (or won’t) take a look —...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    February 2, 2018

Where's that spork when I need one?

Utensils are easy to take for granted. The next time you find yourself a little lacking in that department due to a flimsy plastic piece of silverware, when a mutant recombination of utensil concepts...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    January 26, 2018

What I heard is not what they meant

There are known to be stories of kids overhearing things that they shouldn’t from their parental figures. Such accounts vary from sad, to hilarious in their misinterpretations, to all spots in...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    January 19, 2018

They don't make 'em like that anymore

When it comes to heroes, it’s hard to find one that you can always look up to. It’s even rarer to know one well enough to know what it is that you’re looking to be. There’s no luck better than...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    January 12, 2018

Best sweets fall from the sky

Bite-size sweets are hard to top as everyone’s favorite treat. As a kid, growing up far enough from the candy shop as to not know that such a thing existed, such sugary snacks were usually limited...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    January 5, 2018

Modern wonders make farm day shorter

Prior to the integration of GPS-controlled, self-steering tractor accessories, reading a book was not the best option when spending all day on the tractor. Honestly, it’s not the best idea, even if...

 

Feed the cake; eat it, too

There’s this week between Christmas and New Year’s that just seems to be the strangest sort of time. No matter the work you have to do or the places you have to be, it still seems like time and...

 

Herding bulls a different animal

There’s a saying about herding goats, and I’ll wager it’s not unfounded given the few goats that I’ve had the opportunity to meet. Plenty of herds of livestock must be directed and handled....

 

Travel brings home what's to like about home

You can travel a long way without seeing a building tall enough to be mistaken for a grain elevator. You can go even farther before finding a body of water where you can’t easily see the opposite sh...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    December 8, 2017

Ag tires pick up so much stuff

In this modern world of paved roads and interstate systems, the automobiles are spoiled rotten. Even I’ve got a car that only has a couple of inches of ground clearance and can’t go very far from...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    December 1, 2017

Best fun is no-control thrill rides

The amount of time spent rolling in some vehicle or another is more than too much to count when you grow up on a big, flatland farm. Back and forth in the field, to and from the field, hauling to...

 

Any meal can rise to occasion

Thanksgiving leftovers make mighty fine burritos to take to the field the next day. Turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce, all rolled up in a tortilla and wrapped in aluminum-foil. When lunch time...

 

Ag life a choice for long haul

Agriculture as a livelihood is a long-term life. Trying it out thoroughly is not really an option. You can get a glimpse and a taste by finding a job as a hand for someone already invested. But the...

 

A different story over again

Writing this column every week starts by picking a thought. There’s, so far, never been a problem coming up with one that provokes at least as much length as this format allows. There is no shortage...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    November 3, 2017

Some things take flow out of ag-time

The variation in length — and lack — of a schedule on the farm or ranch has been mentioned before, and it’s all still true. The day to day varies from week to week and season to season and so...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    October 27, 2017

Cup holders best feature ever

The important features of your daily mode of personal transportation are why we acquire it, what we brag most about, and what we miss the most when they are no longer available. We won’t talk about...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    October 20, 2017

Festival 'just the right amount of fun'

There’s a long history of peanuts in this valley. Perhaps the heyday of the goober has come and gone in the Portales Valley, but even so, it is a heritage that is a long, long way from being gone....

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    October 13, 2017

Fall's my favorite time of year

The weather of choice, to whomever it is that gets to choose in this here desert, seems to be hot, with a chance of getting hotter. For three out of four of the supposed seasons, we just get a...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    October 6, 2017

Emergency Bovine Medicine learned afield

Emergency Bovine Medicine is a skill that most cattlemen gain some level of proficiency in due to repeated and pungent exposure. It’s similar to the related field of Emergency Human Medicine, but...

 

You might wait to turn wipers on

Rain and fog and misty September mornings are more than welcome on the desert Plains. You won’t find me complaining about the moisture, but you might find me voicing some disappointment about the...

 

Know the rope behind your seat

To list even the common situations where one needs to tie-down, secure, drag, lift, compress, hang, head, or heel something — would be a list too long to post here or to get through in any decent...

 

All equipment's bigger on the farm

There are at least a couple of systems that you can use to measure things. Standard or metric, depending on where you spend most of your time or which brands of tractors and equipment you use. I’ll...

 

Flex time challenging in ag

Time on the farm is a bit hard to explain. In one way, it is stretchy and flexible, but in the other direction it is undeniably set in its way. Yes, you can often start or end at a time that isn’t e...

 

Good or bad, weather doesn't stay forever

There are times when it may seem like the wind will never stop blowing, the rain will never start falling, and the world is never going to be more than the hot, hard, dry desert that it is at that mom...

 

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