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Much has been said over the years about role models and heroes. Children need heroes, people to look up to and emulate, someone to pattern their lives after.

A standard writing assignment in the public school was titled “Who is my hero?” The standard answers included: My mom or dad, the President of the United States or a sports figure.

Now the heroes are rock star bands, cartoon characters, movie stars and sports figures. It seems the more grotesque and immoral a person is, the more he is considered hero material.

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If you’re one of the thousands of cattlemen or beef industry allies who attended the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association meetings in Nashville, Tennessee, last month, it’s obvious you were in good company.

The Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show pulled in a record attendance of 8,216 participants, topping a record set back in 1998, which was just less than 7,000, according to NCBA.

Too bad the folks at Yahoo! weren’t in the crowd. They would have been treated to an old-school eye-opener.

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I’ve oft addressed the challenge of being true to the cowboy life. Remember, the cowboy’s dream is to be able to support himself throughout his life … without ever getting a job!

This stubborn independence weaves them through a series of vocations as they travel down life’s trail.

Vocations such as: team roper, cutting horse trainer, day-work wrangler, horse shoer, auctioneer, real estate broker, saddle maker, Heel-O-Matic rep, cowboy poet, stuntman, horse whisperer, even the ministry.

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Just because I wrote a column idea in the dust on a piece of furniture because I didn’t have a pencil and paper handy, my wife thought I was making a critical comment about her housekeeping.“If you don’t like the way I clean house,” she said, “you can just start doing it yourself.”

I don’t know why women complain so much about cleaning the house. They get to work in comfortable, mud-free conditions in which there are no snakes or flies, in most cases.

Although it’s true that we men don’t routinely dust the furniture and wash the dishes, that doesn’t necessarily mean we couldn’t if we had to.

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When it comes to cattle restraint and capture, I suppose my family is not all that different from a lot of ranching families.

My brother and I always figured the best way to doctor any critter, no matter the ailment, was to rope it. If a yearling had a burr in its tail – rope it. Bad eye, snotty nose, black hide, red hide – rope it.

My dad, on the other hand, tends to always (so it seemed to us) prefer the gentleman farmer approach – run it in the corral and into the chute. So, on average, we always use best management practices, I suppose.

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I have been writing my biography for years. Well, not just living it, but trying to put it down in black and white so I would be able to share the wonderful blessings that have come into my life because of the faith I have in Jesus Christ.

With Easter coming, I thought I would share an experience from my memoirs that has given me faith and assurance that there is a loving being who knows us individually and is concerned for our lives.

This incident happened before I came to know Jesus Christ, but it affected my spiritual, mental and physical well-being for a long time. The memory still has far-reaching spiritual significance today.

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