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ABOVE IT ALL

There is comfort here among dear friends,
despite the drought, despite the news,
despite a virus that grips the world
 
somewhere below these old corrals
where we brand calves—our common
religion around Christmastime
 
that we wrap ourselves within—
a joyous insulation from despair
where we can lend a hand.

(Some) Branding Pix @ Paregien Ranch 2014

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A beautiful day for a branding with friends, Teri heels a calf for her Dad.

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Sid and Javier

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Robbin and Lee Loverin

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Tony Rabb

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Kenny McKee

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Break time between teams, we try to keep the work slow for us older people, time to visit, have a snack and a beer.

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Clarence Holdbrooks and John

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Virginia McKee, Craig Ainley and Kenny McKee

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Bev Drewry, John, and Maggie Loverin

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Teri Drewry and Lee Loverin

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Bill Drewry

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Brent Huntington sets one up for Teri

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And the oak tree, one of two in the branding pen that keeps the pace subdued. Clarence renamed it “The Release Tree’.

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Bill leads one for Teri.

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For our first branding of the season, everything was just right. A good place to start on the ranch before the ‘forecast’ rain, still on for Thursday night and Friday, makes our road too slick to travel for who knows how long. Good to get the calves worked before they get too big.

In this ever-modern and high-tech society of work saving devices, we are yet a throwback cattle culture trading labor within our small community. Miles off the asphalt, the branding corrals become another world apart from the latest media hysteria, an opportunity, we like to think, to talk about important things.

Proud, pleased and exhausted, Robbin and I collapsed on the couch.