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A Wish List

A few years ago I penned an excerpt to remind myself, perhaps better phrased to reflect to myself, what I desired in a partner during a life altering breakup. I found it today cleaning out an old box, and I thought about how far I’ve come. How somber the world felt the night I penned…

Ellie’s Christmas Letter

  Dear friends: For those of you who follow along, you’ll know that I, Ellie Bellie Banana, run Kate’s world. She has been begging me to write this letter since Thanksgiving, but as an enthusiastic 10-year-old (1.5 in human years) I am far too busy to sit still to write a note. She did finally…

When You Are the Grinch at Christmas

The magic of the holiday season is upon us. For most of my peer group, this week will be marked by Thanksgiving celebrations among family and friends. Turkey and ham and pies will undoubtedly fill my social media timeline, amid football scores and successful hunts. November in the south is a marvelous time of year.…

A Review of Beef Politics

I am a third-generation rancher. I do not say this because it makes me better or worse than anyone else. This is simply part of my identity. It is part of my heritage, and the fact that for 52 years my family has run cows on the same patch of ground in southern Arkansas is…

The Amazing Life of Sally Miller

This has been a week of celebration. On September 11, 2018 my grandmother Sally Shannon Miller, wrapped in the loving arms of our Sissy Sandy, lifted the veil between this life and the next. While we grieve the loss of her physical presence and we grieve to know we could not be there to surround…

47,001 Things You Must Know as a Rancher

The easy part of ranching is taking care of cows. Really. If all there was to this gig was animal husbandry, it would be almost downright dull. It’s the other 47,000 things that you have to be mildly proficient in to survive that make things squirrelly. Like today, we have had to be electricians, mechanics,…

Moses the Matriarch

There is one universal truth that accompanies working cattle: What can go wrong inevitably will. After spending a lifetime doing farm labor, I have amassed a catalog of empirical evidence to support this claim. Cattle, as a species, are much smarter than they appear. They can always smell the rat in your best laid plan…

Coming Home

After a decade of metropolitan living, I packed my things into boxes and with my courage and an aggressive dose of Tylenol, began the 18-hour pilgrimage back home in U-Haul truck that was built, I theorize, without a suspension system. I had become something of a nomad over the last 12 years. Bouncing around Oklahoma,…