Bulls, Boys, and Blessings

Sharing the things ranchers don’t talk about.

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Sharing the things ranchers don’t talk about.

As I was preparing this story I shared it with Luke to make sure I got the details of that evening correct.  This happened over a year ago and sometimes it takes a year to soften losses.  It would have felt odd to share any sooner but I think there is value in sharing the things ranchers don’t talk about.

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Waving the Month of May, part two.

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Waving the Month of May, part two.

Did my attempt to wave at everyone I see in my small town move mountains? Nope, I noticed no mountains moved. Did it change something inside for me? Yes, I think it did and it goes back directly to the notion that you notice what you focus on.  I do in fact think people are waving more.  Does it have anything to do with me? It is rather unlikely but if it did that’s cool too.

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Waving the Month of May.

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Waving the Month of May.

When I arrive the room feels somber. I’m not sure what I walked in on but I can tell it feels heavy. The discussion is about our only bank in town  “temporarily closing” due to staffing issues at a nearby branch. There was little to no notice or communication so when people stopped by the bank they were greeted with a locked door and a sign describing the “temporary” closure.  In my head as I write this I’m using air quotes over the word “temporary”. It reeks of writing on the wall. That it won’t be temporary at all.

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When Your Waitress Hands You a Road Flare.

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When Your Waitress Hands You a Road Flare.

The unkind way we talk to ourselves is finding its voice inside my head. “You stupid woman” is a phrase I’m thinking about telling myself. I should know better! I live in the country and while not at the elevation I’m currently at I’m not an idiot but my inner voice is ABOUT to tell me I am. What happens instead is I’m offered a road flare while another woman steps in and is calling to find lodging just in case I end up needing to stay the night. My server in between her customers keeps checking the weather report and has more bad news. My best route out of here is reporting 100% chance of snow, 12-18 more inches! I want to give myself a good lecture and I would have but there was no time for that in between several strangers looking out for me.

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Tiny sparks at the Cadillac Ranch

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Tiny sparks at the Cadillac Ranch

It was just a tiny spark. That’s what it felt like. The kids looked so proud (as they should be) their mom gave them all the credit and I was inspired. We didn’t bring any cans with us, as we didn’t know that was the point. By the time my new friends had left there were already 2 cans sitting by the cars. They still had paint in them so I let my 3 year old make his mark and we took the now empty cans back with us to throw them away. It makes me wonder if I would have arrived and there was still trash everywhere if I would have left them behind? I’d like to think not, I’m a bit of a rule follower especially when it comes to litter bugs. I don’t know when and I don’t know where but I do KNOW that I will keep that spark lit and pay it forward elsewhere. 

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