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 By Audra Brown    Voices    April 20, 2018

Never forget fires of the past

For every people there are those events that mark the past. Any person who decides to continue farming or ranching, year after year, forgets the middling inconveniences, for both sanity and space....

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    April 13, 2018

Steak's nice, party favors better

The best parties are those with all your friends, with the time and space to have a good time together. But some get-togethers are less personal. Business banquets are an example of such a thing. It...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    April 6, 2018

More than vehicles cause travel delays

Traffic is probably the most commonly understood reason for a delay on the road. Next is some sort of weather that makes traveling impossible or slow. Neither is too common when you get a little bit...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 30, 2018

Judge a fence by ease of climbing

Rather than regale you once again with tales of spring shipping, let’s talk about the first destination of the cattle mustered on such mornings. Known also as corrals, the pens are the construct...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 23, 2018

Moo-ving parts wreck best laid plans

The best laid plans may or may not work out, but that foundation is still a nice place to start. Indeed, it’s probably not the plans that were laid out so neatly that caused the problem. The stuff...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 16, 2018

No lack of seats in ag

If standing wasn’t so tiring, I don’t think we’d be nearly as interested in finding ways to sit. But given that it does take a toll, there’s sense in finding alternatives. Sitting is a surpris...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 9, 2018

Pocket load important when leaving home

What do you need handy when you leave the house? That’s an important question in any situation. Some common contents of pockets or purse are keys, currency and, these days, a phone. Not to mention...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 2, 2018

Best things high on hand-me-down chain

Hand-me-downs are a thing that happens just about everywhere. Older siblings pass down clothes, toys, and maybe even a few lessons to their younger siblings, cousins, or even friends. It’s economica...

 

Some perks have to be paid for

On the movies, the kids dream of ponies and cars and money and being left alone. I found out, in those rare times that I spent a concentrated amount of time with people my own age — those...

 

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...

 

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