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AMY KIRK: Dinner, lunch or supper?

August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you eat dinner, is it at noon or in the evening? Not long ago, a reader asked me if I refer to “dinner” as the noon meal or evening meal. I hesitated with my answer, because I’d never considered what I justify as dinner.

I had to think out lou…continue reading on

AMY KIRK: Bumper crop of hay bales exciting

August 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Some people get revved up about going on a carnival ride or riding a bull for its excitement factor. Ranchers on the other hand, get revved up when they can drive by, admire and count their round bales.

After consecutively experiencing dry spells …continue reading on

AMY KIRK: Farm/ranch wives should read the fine print

August 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

The act of a farmer or rancher sending his wife to go get parts is referred to as going on a “parts run.” This is because farmers and ranchers generally want the parts-getter person to hurry in retrieving the needed parts in hopes of getting machiner…continue reading on

AMY KIRK: Haying season equals fix-it season for ranchers

July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

The hay fields are ready. The equipment’s been pulled out of storage and greased up. The weather’s permitting hay to be cut. Ranchers are antsy. Their wives have been following them around in ranch pickups with flashers on getting equipment to th…continue reading on

AMY KIRK: Rest stops: Another great reason to take your camera along

June 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

One of the things I love about traveling across the great state of South Dakota early in the morning is the spectacular views that are worthy of photographing, especially when I need an alibi for pulling off the road to take a potty break.

What lo…continue reading on

AMY KIRK: What the Gospel says about gates

May 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

I’ve never viewed any job involving a gate as being a coveted one. Stubborn gates always seem to require more muscle, squeezing and grunting to shut than to open. I do not enjoy being watched while straining to get a tight wire gate open or getting p…continue reading on

AMY KIRK: The two-week long branding day

May 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Just because we got our calves branded recently doesn’t mean we’re done branding. We have to mull the day over for a couple more weeks and analyze the big event in detail.

Branding and vaccinating our calf crop is a big and important event for us …continue reading on

AMY KIRK: Calves that cross the bridge

April 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

The problem with highways is that some asphalt users travel them at a high rate of speed, creating highway chaos — and no one causes more mayhem than [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_preview”,”fid”:”651144″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-…continue reading on

AMY KIRK: Making history? Bring a woman

April 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you didn’t fall asleep during American History class, you know that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led an extensive research excursion known as the Corps of [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_preview”,”fid”:”642671″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,…continue reading on

AMY KIRK: Long trail of trailers

April 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

The menagerie of trailers sitting in our yard is comparable to some women’s closets full of shoes.

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