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Marci Whitehurst

Marci Whitehurst ranches with her husband and three kids in southwest Montana. Her Across the Fence blogs offer a unique viewpoint about life, livestock, cowgirl lingo and family bonds strengthened on the ranch.

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Current culture focuses on success. Topics ranging from successful parenting to business success to a successful marriage fill our headlines.

What is success? Money, fame, power?

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Time. We all wish we had more of it. It slips through our fingers. We start a project and it takes longer than anticipated; the cows move slowly or the barn is dirtier than we thought. Now in springtime we're checking calves, building or repairing fences, and lining up irrigation equipment: We're busy.

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Our oldest child is 17. What if she wants to come back to the ranch after college? What if our other kids do too?

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Last week one of our cows died unexpectedly. Fortunately, we experience minimal loss, but when it does occur, we are sad. I’ve heard negative commentaries suggesting ranchers don’t care about the lives of their cattle, but those of you in the fields with us know that nothing could be further from the truth.

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It's a new year! I'm sure we all got a few goodies for Christmas, maybe a new pair of boots or coveralls … maybe a can of tuna fish (don't ask, but yes, it was wrapped).

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We've all seen it: A cow sticking her head through the fence to get a bite of that luscious green on the other side, or a horse tilting his head sideways through the rails to munch slightly beyond his reach. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. It's true in the pasture; it's true in us.

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