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Being raised by an Avid Outdoor Sports Writer, it was only natural for me to start our Magazine, Everything Horses and Livestock ®. In my youth, I talked with my father about writing some small books on living off the land in our

area and caring for animals.

Out of high school, I gave riding lessons, trained horses, boarded, produced a variety of events and sold items from my own retail business, while also working for others. I wrote articles on proper feeding and horse management for magazines, websites and newsletters. It was very enjoyable to listen to my father edit them for me. He said, “It’s good to write how you feel, what you believe, just get rid of the extra words!” My father and I never got around to writing our booklets before he passed away November 1, 2009. I have many fond memories of my father and our time together. My passion is proper care and feeding of all animals and helping others enjoy their ride. Our family loves to hunt, ride and team rope. Flip through our pages. Enjoy articles, photographs, cartoons, word search, & fun news! This magazine is dedicated to my dad, mom, sisters, husband, son, family, friends, and everyone out there enjoying the ride! ~Jana T. Harrington Barcus He worked at the same publishing company for 62 years.

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Oh What A Difference An ‘S’ Can Make When Talking About One Most Historic Morris County Area On ‘Diamond Creek’

By Frank J. Buchman

The “spring” is west of 2200 Road, about 2.5 miles south of the intersection of U.S. 56 and K-177 highways. It is not visible from the county road. Town site of Diamond Springs, with an “s,” is about 6.5 miles south of the intersection of U.S. 56 and K-177. Ranchers in the area today often readily acclaim their ranches as being in the Diamond Springs community. In the 1825 survey of the Santa Fe Trail, the spring was named Jones Spring by U.S. Commissioner George Sibley, McClintock informed. That was in acknowledgement of Ben Jones, a hunter with the survey party, who discovered it on August 11, 1825. It was not until Sibley re- surveyed part of the route in 1827 that he renamed the spring “The Diamond of the Plain.” A guide “Big John” Walker carved that name on an elm tree which overhung the spring. “For trivia,” McClintock said, “he was the same ‘Big John’ Walker who, also in 1827, discovered the Big John Spring.” East of Council Grove, Big John Spring, from which Big John Creek was named, is also known as Fremont Spring.

Frequently if not nearly always, Diamond Spring and Diamond Springs are synonymous in lay conversation. That’s inaccurate, but both are important to the history of Morris County. Likewise both Diamond Spring and Diamond Springs had important roles for early travelers and settlers. Particularly that was true for those following the Santa Fe Trail during years of existence. Okay, for quick reading scanners, clarification is necessary. Diamond Spring is a “natural spring of water” providing the most essential nutrient then and now: water. Early day prose and writings, describe Diamond Spring as having “clean sweet water sparkling like diamonds.”

Diamond Springs, that’s “Springs plural,” with an “s” at the end, was a community developed to serve railroad transportation. It is a “ghost town” today with only few reminders of what once was. If this sounds complicated, it certainly can be for interested historians looking back nearly two centuries; that’s 200 years. Timeframe perspective, Diamond Springs Post Office closed in 1930. Yet, the southwest Morris County community remains served by United School District 417. According to Kenneth W. McClintock, likely Morris County’s most deliberately thoroughly accurate historian; Diamond Spring is located on private property.

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Alexander informed. One served as a hotel,

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was Camp Fremont, now home of the Morris County Fairgrounds, with county highway department headquarters nearby. Established in 1933, CCC’s mission was to provide work and educational opportunities to the vast number of unemployed young men. Sibley also named the creek into which Diamond Spring flows as “Otter Creek,” which has since been known as “Diamond Creek.” In the Flint Hills’ bottomlands along Diamond Creek, ranchers produce feedstuffs for wintering livestock. William Becknell is recognized as “Father of the Santa Fe Trail” thus being credited for its origin. Several Indian paths were combined creating a trail of commerce between the United States and Santa Fe, New Mexico. That city and province were then governed by Mexico. “Diamond Spring campsite was considered a significant rendezvous point for westbound wagon trains,” according to historical writer Kathy Weiser- Alexander. A mail station was established at Diamond Springs by Waldo, Hall & Company in 1849. David Waldo, Jacob Hall, and William McCoy were partners in the business. “The impressive station complex was comprised of two large stone buildings,” Weiser-

with wildfire left exhaustion and scars on nearly all.” Still, pioneers continued to come such the Diamond Springs Post Office opened in July 1859 with Postmaster George C. Newberry. During the Civil War, on May 4, 1863, the Diamond Springs Stage Station was robbed and destroyed by Confederate bushwhackers. Their leader was Dick Yeager, who rode with William C. Quantrill, including the raid on Lawrence August 21, 1863. Storekeeper Augustus Howell was killed and his wife severely wounded. Never rebuilt, the station was moved to Six Mile Creek, six miles from Diamond Springs. Santa Fe Trail traffic through Diamond Springs stopped after the Union Pacific Railway, re-named the Kansas Pacific,

restaurant and saloon while the other was a warehouse and store. There was also a blacksmith shop and spacious livestock corrals U.S. Dragoons, horse mounted infantry, were encamped close by in 1852 when Indians nearly destroyed their camp. Sergeant Percival G. Lowe was a member of the unit. He recalled: “Returning from a trip to the forts along the border, we had seen little bands of Kaw Indians. They had no love for our troop even though we didn’t think they’d attack. “We had finished supper when fire broke out around us roaring furiously flames from tall prairie grass leaping 20-feet high. Every man used a gunny sack or saddle blanket working with desperate energy. Success was ours, but the 15-minute battle

Ruins of a stone building from the mid-1800s remain in the ghost town Diamond Springs. (Kathy Weiser-Alexander photo)

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reached Junction City in 1866. The next year, Santa Fe freighters, bypassing Council Grove, offloaded at the Junction City railhead. They continued along the route west of where it intersected with the military road between Fort Riley and Fort Larned. A railroad station at Diamond Springs was developed with arrival of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in 1887.

It became a shipping point for cattle coming from the Southwest to graze Flint Hills pastures. After summer weight gains on native Bluestem, the cattle were shipped for terminal slaughter such as in Kansas City. “In 1910, Diamond Springs had 27 people, although population continued declining,” Weiser- Alexander said. “The old town site is now owned by an area rancher. It is marked only by signs, a couple homes, stone

ruins, and the cemetery.” The spring was capped many years ago, with two underground pipes discharging the output of water. One pipe goes to a large livestock water tank and the other empties into a stream flowing into Diamond Creek. “There is definitely a difference between the singular Diamond Spring and today’s ghost town Diamond Springs,” McClintock emphasized.

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Thesebeautiful horsesareknown by several names: Gypsy Cob, Gypsy Vanner, Gypsy Horse, or Irish Tinker. These wonderful, stout horses originated in England and Ireland, developed by the nomadic Romani or Gypsy people. Their nomadic lifestyle, traveling the English countryside in their ornately decorated vardos, demanded a very special horse. The Romani wanted a horse sturdy and strong enough to pull the family vardo wagon, yet small enough to work with, easy to keep, and gentle enough for the children to care for and play with. What they developed with selective breeding over the years is the horse before you today; the Gypsy horse. They are strong, kind, and willing as well as are hardy, sound, and easy keepers. With their long, flowing manes, lush feather, and abundant tails, the Gypsy invokes images of princess fairy tales and magical forests. Once you look into their gentle and knowing eyes you are hooked. Never before has a breed so touched the human heart and inspired such passion and imagination. This wonderful, unique breed was developed by crossing breeds such as the Shire and Clydesdale, and the Fells and Dales ponies, with an occasional crossing to a pacing or high- stepping horse for fancy action. By the early 1970’s a breed type with good bone and a flashy appearance but smaller stature was becoming established. A quality and standard was reached and these horses have

been selectively bred to meet that standard of excellence, producing some magnificent foundation stock. Coming from a culture that traditionally has not kept written records, the best bloodlines were all kept and recorded only in memory. Many of these horses without specific names, other horses with names like the Lob Eared Horse, the Horseshoe Mare, Syd’s Good Stallion, the Roadsweeper and the Kent Horse being considered some of the best of the breed. Generations of breeding have been handed down father to son without the aid of accepted means of documentation. Today manyof the foundationbloodlines can be verified by DNA testing, thanks to the dedicated work

of individuals involved early in the breed. Gypsy horses can be between 11 and 16 hands, with the average size being between 14 and 15 hands. Because of their stout and stocky build, a Gypsy can carry a much larger rider or load than lighter breeds of similar height. Most adult Gypsy horses of average size weigh between 1200 and 1500 pounds. Easily recognized, these sturdy horses come in almost every color imaginable. Black and white pinto is the most common color and patterning, but you can find them in red, black, palomino, buckskin, bay, grey and appaloosa too. Other facial, belly, and body hair is common, with many having beards and mustaches.

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can be surprisingly light and responsive and is an amazing choice for the serious Dressage rider. Many Western Pleasure riders are also very pleased with their decision to compete on a Gypsy Horse. Their willing nature and flowing movement makes the Gypsy an excellent choice for this seat. For the speed addicts, the right Gypsy Horse will shock everyone in the arena. Anyone that witnessed the speed competition at the first Battle of the Breeds in 2012 can attest to the speed and agility of the breed. The Gypsy is starting to gain much deserved recognition in jumping and hunt seat, eventing, barrell racing, and even reining. They may look like a small draft, but they move like a quarter horse. Gypsies are even being seen competing in the cutting and sorting competitions. They are very smart and learn so quickly, they'll be sorting cows as well as the old quarter horses in no time. And, of course, the Gypsy is a great choice for the Driving enthusiast. They were bred for a quiet disposition and the stamina to pull heavy loads for long periods. The Gypsy can be dependable and steadfast, or quick and bold, to fit whatever driving discipline you choose. If escaping the modern world for the quiet of the trails is

One of the most endearing traits of the breed is their personalities. They are quiet and gentle and love attention from their humans. They are very responsive and bond strongly with their people. Many a Gypsy will nicker to their people when they see them, and approach for attention. This trait makes them an excellent choice for a therapeutic use horse. Gypsy Horses are a very athletic and versatile breed, and are gaining recognition in all equestrian disciplines throughout North America and

Europe. In spite of their short stature and stocky build, they are surprisingly agile and quick. And with their strong desire to please their riders, they willingly do whatever is asked of them. Gypsy horses are gaining recognition as a competition horses in many disciplines. With their grace of movement and elegant appearance, Gypsies are being very successfully shown in Dressage across the US, and some are making their way into the upper level Dressage competitions. The Gypsy

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While many of the American farms have started focusing their breeding programs on some of the more unique colors, we choose to keep our focus on the traditional type and quality. A comparison of our stock to many available will tell you what those results are. Owning a Gypsy Horse can be a dream come true. We have helped many, many new owners realize a dream they thought would never happen. We offer lots of options to make owning a quality Gypsy happen. We invite you to personally discover the magic and wonder of this amazing breed, the Gypsy Horse.

your niche, the Gypsy is a great choice. They are sure footed trail horses, willingly taking on any obstacle. This willing nature and their stamina also make the Gypsy a great competitive trail horse. And for those that just wanna have fun, the Gypsy makes a great jousting and war horse. The trusting nature of the Gypsy allows them to bond with their riders and quickly learn to trust, bravely riding into battle to face their foe, or pounding down the jousting list. If you are looking for a family horse, look at the Gypsy. They were bred to be a very gentle horse, often cared for by the children of the family at the end of a day of travels. And their smaller size is attractive to the youngest members of the family. Showing your Gypsy can be a great weekend family activity.

Show standards for Gypsy horses are different from many breeds. They can be shown either natural or clipped however clipping should be kept to a minimum. If clipped, it should be no more than the ears, muzzle, chin and possibly a very small bridle path. Hair is highly prized in this breed and the long, full manes, tails, and lavish feather should be emphasized as much as possible and never clipped, thinned, or pulled. Many Gypsy horses are shown with their beard, belly mane, breeching hairs, and mustaches completely intact. Flynt Hylls Gypsy Horses near Pomona, Kansas has been breeding these unique horses for over 15 years. Quality and conformation are of the utmost importance, along with temperament, performance and personality.

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World Renowned Horse Event Announcer Coming To Equifest By Frank J. Buchman

Trigger won’t be there, but Roy Rogers has come back to life for the Equifest of Kansas. That’s not a true statement, and even more sadly many of those attending have no idea who Trigger and Roy are. However, one of the most renowned demanded horseshow announcers will be there introducing the special programs. Wayne Williams of Whitewater, Wisconsin, will serve as master of ceremonies for the Equifest at Salina, March 5-6-7. “We feel so very fortunate to have Wayne coming to Equifest this year,” appreciated Justine Staten of the Kansas Horse Council, event sponsor. “Wayne is demanded and has announced most of the largest horse events throughout the country,” Staten said.

Speaking of Horses Shows have the most dedicated nationwide following.” From his country home, Williams, preferably known as Wayne, talked about his life with horses, broadcasting and announcing. “I’ve always had a love of horses ever since I got my first pony when I was six- years-old,” Wayne said. “I enjoy owning horses, riding horses and being involved with anything to do with horses.” Before elaborating further a bit of clarification on Wayne’s tie to Roy Rogers. “He was my hero along with Gene Autry, both silver screen movie cowboys in the early ’50s,” Wayne said. “I’ve always had palomino horses like Roy Rogers’ Trigger. I’ve had a lot fun portraying Roy Rogers in honor of that famous singing cowboy on a number of occasions. “Of course, I don’t sing or do any shooting stunts and my horse doesn’t know any tricks,” Wayne

admitted. While singing cowboys with world famous horses were popular to Wayne’s generation, it’s a different world nowadays. “Young people today even those who are middle age don’t have a clue who Roy Rogers is,” Wayne said. “Roy and Trigger were my heroes and to all of my friends, but this is a changed time. Now when I portray Roy most of those who see me ask ‘who was that?’ It makes me so sad.” However, Wayne still enjoys dressing up like Roy putting his silver saddle on his palomino horse and riding in events. “My wife Pat has a buckskin gelding she named Buttermilk after Roy’s wife Dale Evans’ horse. So Pat and I ride our palomino and buckskin horses portraying Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. “We have a skit with short narrative accompanied by Roy and Dale music we have often presented along with riding in parades. Most

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“I am not a horse expert, but with my horse background and broadcasting experience, it worked out well,” he said. “I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to grow and now be asked to announce so many major horse events.” Since 1985, Wayne has totally dedicated himself to the equine industry. “Announcing horse events evolved from a part time passion to a fulltime career,” he said. The “Voice” of more than 20 top horse expositions nationwide and in Canada, Wayne has announced from Sacramento to Baltimore.

Among those are the World Equestrian Games, Rose Bowl Pre-Parade Show, the Indy 500 Parade, and Culver Military Academies. He’s been the “Voice of Breyerfest” at the Kentucky Horse Park for more than two decades. “It’s been a privilege to host the ‘Theater Equus’ during the Horse World Expo every March in Pennsylvania,” Wayne said. “The Speaking of Horses Show was developed especially for horse enthusiasts,” Wayne said. “This radio and video show features interviews with professionals, celebrities, and people just like you who love horses.

people may not know who Roy and Dale are, but we’re always having a good time anyway,” Wayne insisted. Starting out studying music as a trumpet player, Wayne changed his college major to broadcasting early on. “My original professional career was on the air as a disc jockey as well as a newscaster,” he said. “I also had the opportunity to work behind the scenes both in production and sales.” Through his radio popularity working for a number of stations, Wayne was called upon to announce local horseshows.

Wayne Williams, Whitewater, Wisconsin, will serve as master of ceremonies at the Equifest of Kansas in Salina March 5-6-7. Announcer at major horse exhibitions throughout the country, Williams hosts the popular Speaking of Horses Shows.

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“I’ve had the opportunity to interview many of the best horsemen in the world. I’ve seen some of most outstanding horse athletes perform at their ultimate,” Wayne appreciated. With his close involvement in all aspects of the horse world, Wayne still gets his greatest personal enjoyment on horseback. “I’m far from a horse trainer, but I enjoy riding my horses on the trail and in parades,” he insisted. Admitting he doesn’t look

much like the real RoyRogers, Wayne is especially proud of his costumes and saddles. “Actually Pat looks more like Dale Evans than I do Roy Rogers. But our costumes are quite similar to those of the real stars,” he said. “I have two silver saddles made by Ted Flowers in Indiana. They are in great condition and really set off our beautiful palomino and buckskin horses. “I won’t have my horse or maybe not even mention Roy

Rogers at Equifest,” Wayne clarified. “Still, I’m very excited to be coming to Kansas and looking forward to working with all of the clinicians and entertainment.” Speaking of Horses will be cooperating with Everything Horses and Livestock and Better Horses Media to bring the Equifest of Kansas to social media, television, radio, podcasts, and more.

Many of today’s generation don’t even know who Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and their horses Trigger and But- termilk are. Still Wayne and Pat Williams enjoy portraying while honoring the famous silver screen cowboy-cowgirl singing couple on their own horses.

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Double Mastectomy Moves Survivor To Help Others Who Receive Such A Tragic Diagnosis By Frank J. Buchman

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will not say ‘I am cancer free.’ There is still always a chance for another flare up,” she sadly admitted. Prior to her surgery, during and following recovery, Garcia has had a desperate feeling for consolation and comforting support. “My family and other acquaintances sympathized with me and did their best to understand my discouragement. But I still felt very alone, largely ill-informed and uniformed about all that was really going on,” she explained. Most importantly Garcia didn’t want others who received the frightful prognosis from their doctor to go through the same depression. “I decided to initiate an effort to help ease the stresses and tensions when told you have breast cancer.” Garcia started “Pockets For A Purpose” as positive moral support for those diagnosed with the dreaded disease.

Word of the effort spread first through social media and word of mouth. “It was slow, but very positive and continued to increase all of the time,” Garcia said. “Several acquaintances and businesses provided financial support which has been a big benefit,” she appreciated. “From all of the feedback I received, I knew I had to continue and expand the effort,” Garcia insisted. Paperwork was completed so Pockets For A Purpose could become a 501c3 non-profit organization. “That was a major expense all of my own, but has been approved,” Garcia acknowledged. “Now I can move forward soliciting support and providing what additional assistance I can for those receiving this terrible diagnosis.” Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 13 percent. “This means there is a one in eight chance a woman

Nothing is more alarming, frightening, depressing and discouraging than such prognosis from a doctor. Desiree Garcia of Berryton was given that shocking diagnosis four years ago. “I was terrified,” she admitted. “It was the most stressful time in my life and I was so unprepared. I really didn’t know what to do.” As bad and serious as the circumstances were, Garcia is far from alone in such a terrible situation. More than a quarter of a million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States last year, according to the American Cancer Association. “My cancer had spread to the extent my doctor recommended a double mastectomy. There was nothing I could do but go ahead with it,” Garcia said. Fortunately the surgery was successful and Garcia feels as though she is again healthy. “I have not required any radiation or chemotherapy. I have a sonogram every six months, and they show no signs of any cancer,” Garcia explained.

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understanding feelings with encouragement, even small tokens to make one feel better,” Garcia explained.

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will develop breast cancer,” Garcia clarified. Most staggering statistic however is that nearly 45,000 women die from breast cancer annually. “Actually I had two kinds of cancer, one which wasn’t even diagnosed until following the double mastectomy surgery,” Garcia said. “As serious as my cancer was, I am still so blessed considering all of what could have been.

“That’s why I’m so determined to advance Pockets For A Purpose and help everyone I can even if in a small way,” Garcia said. Serving as graphic designer for the Everything Horses and Livestock Magazines, Garcia is especially close to the livestock industry. “Rural women often feel they are immune to something like cancer,” Garcia said. “That is far from the truth. Breast cancer shows no sympathy

and must be taken seriously by everyone. “I want to do my part to assist others when they get that terrible breast cancer diagnosis,” Garcia reiterated. Information about Pockets For A Purpose is available from Garcia on Facebook, a personal call to 785-430-8408 or email Dgarcia1130@gmail.com.

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The Resurrection of a Trail Riding Campgrounds By Ed McCarty

triggered by debt and a lack of land, was foreclosure of the Flying R Ranch on November 1 st , 2019. The above mentioned “prospective buyer” purchased the ranch at the foreclosure auction and subsequently offered me the position of ranch manager. As could be expected, there were numerous delays in the actual date possession for the new owner (and me!) brought about by the physical encumbrance of vacating the property and conducting a foreclosure auction but possession was finally granted mid-April 2020. We opened as a completely new entity on Memorial Day weekend 2020.

Many of you readers were familiar with, and possibly even frequented, the Flying R Ranch near West Plains, Mo.

with Terry’s vision for the complex, made an attractive offer which was ultimately refused. The result was the

At one time it was touted as one of the premier trail riding facilities in the country and reservations were a cherished item on most weekends from April thru November. The founder and developer of the Flying R, Terry Carroll, literally died on the trail four years ago and left things in a state of uncertainty for his widow and the ranch employees of this approximately 850 acres paradise. There was considerable debt against the ranch since Terry built the place up relatively quickly and built it right with the campgrounds, lodge, office and cabins. A prospective buyer, who was familiar

loss of 600 acres of leased riding land (land owned by the prospective buyer). The ultimate outcome, after three years of a downward spiral

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The 600 acres which was lost after Terry’s death is now back available. The complex has all 850 acres for ranch trails plus trails available in the adjoining Mark Twain National Forest. We are now known as North Fork River Ranch. Terry was a good friend of mine. The new owner and I were both very aware of not only his vision for the property, but also his management style which was the key to his success. Terry fully realized that he was, first and foremost, in the hospitality business.

He firmly believed that if you offered well kept trails, clean and level campsites, clean and spacious restrooms, a comfortable lodge and made sure that each person knew that they were appreciated and welcome, then success was eminent. These beliefs have become our guidelines of operation and will continue to dictate the direction of the ranch. In addition to the facilities which were part of the ranch, we are currently planning on adding a 200’ x

130’ arena adjacent to the current campgrounds. This will enable us to host some events and clinics without infringing upon the current campgrounds. I would love to have you join us at North Fork River Ranch for some “Horse Play on the River” Check us out at www. nfrranch.com or on Facebook at North Fork River Ranch. You can also call us at 417- 469-2267.

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used in my favorite Meat Loaf recipe. Another great recipe that can be used for a variety of dishes is my mothers-in-law’s ham loaf recipe made with ground pork and ham. It can be made into meatballs, combined with red and green bell peppers, and onions in sweet and sour sauce. Serve with yellow rice for a yummy high fiber meal! Tip: Substitute quick oats for the bread or cracker crumbs and you will have a delicious high fiber meatloaf that is wheat and gluten free! Be Well and Be Happy! Love, Pamela

Time really flies! It has been one year since I joined the Better Equine Team and wrote

meals are meatloaf with green beans or asparagus. Meatloaf mixture is very versatile. It can be formed into a standard loaf form to be sliced and served with veggies; made into meatballs and served in tomato sauce with spaghetti; or formed into patties, browned in a deep cast iron skillet, smothered with sliced onions and tomatoes covered with the lid and placed in the oven to bake into a wonderful swiss steak. Meat loaf can be made from just about any ground meat or combination of ground meats. I am sharing two meatloaf recipes today. Ground beef is

my first article for Everything Horses and Livestock Magazine. It has been a real joy working with Jana and the team. As I write to you today, there are 49 days of winter left this year. I have been enjoying being home and revisiting some of my old cookbooks and family recipes. The holidays are over, and it is time to think about our waistline. We have moved our menu away from the hearty soups and stews back to higher protein and veggies. One of our favorite budget saving

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10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:10-18

I don’t know about you but I feel like I need to get my Armor on! So many things have happened since my last article. I can’t believe my own experience is the truth. As I was healing from the broken ribs after 6 weeks, I returned back to the office of the Company I work for. 6 days in I contracted COVID19. I was one of the fortunate ones that did not end up in the hospital. I was praying my heart out during this time, that my husband would be protected against this virus I brought home. Well God protected him from the virus. As I was recovering. My husband had a heart attack. I had to dial 911 the afternoon on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. God kept me calm and at peace during this situation I did tell them I was recovering from

COVID. As the EMTs worked on him I had to stay away in another room. So strange how this virus changes our behaviors and actions. One of EMTs had what was similar to a hazmat suit with a tank and all. The other had on Face shield and mask with gloves. They took him away in an ambulance and I could not go. I wasn’t allowed in the hospital “No One Was” He made it home after 3 stints inserted in his LAD Artery the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Then The week before Christmas my husband had yet another heart attack. I had returned back to the office when he had another heart attack, I made it home in time to see him before he was loaded in the Ambulance. I was so glad I made it to see him before

he left. The hospitals still had the no visitor rules. He returned home the day before Christmas Eve. This time with a heart monitor implant. When I was in the hospital with my broken ribs my son called and told me he was going through a separation, which as time continued was getting so ugly, his ex-lashing out in anger and hate, the grieving of the children, they were caught up in it. This was so hard. To see the loss and disappointment, heartbreaking for my family. As I was going through all of these things my job was adding a whole new level of pressure. I hadn’t experienced anything like this in my 30-year career. It was the worst. During all of this chaos I prayed every day. Each day it seemed I added something new. The world that I see on this earth is falling apart.

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People hating others for their beliefs, opinions, sex, race, I’ve not seen so much corruption. If ever before, we need prayer now the time is now. When we wake up each day we need to pray for the Armor of God. Stay in his word so you will have discernment against evil. Remember evil disguises itself as good, Satan entices us by tricking us into believing what we see with our eyes hear in this world is the truth ask God to guide you through it all. We need his guidance to keep us safe. Yes, I went through some terrible struggles but God helped me through. He kept my faith strong, he continued to show me lies helped me keep it together. He sent my friends in with prayer and verses feeding me God’s truth. I knew he was with me the entire time, every step he was by my side.

Staying connected to God will keep all of us safe no matter what happens. Keep your eyes on God in his word and remember God’s army is watching over us we just can’t see them visually but they are there. Between the Heaven and the Earth. We are very excited to get going and to open LLR. We are preparing to open up, end of March beginning of April. Introducing our new Faith Based Equine Assisted Philosophy program as well as continuing our lessons. We our getting ramped up for the year. Getting our plans together for 2021. Come see us at the Equifest in March we will be at the Everything Horse and Livestock Magazine Booth. We will have our Armor on as we continue to move forward.

If you have a need or you know someone that could benefit from our program, please contact us. We will be taking information for future interest. www. L i v i ng l i f e r anch . o r g Melissa Cowan 913-731-5579 Through the healing and therapeutic power of God’s word coupled with working, caring and riding horses, children can begin the recovering process of building self-esteem, self-confidence and a renewed reverence for life.

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The View from the Sliding Glass Door

we can embrace. It seems like the hard part is when seasons come in what we would call “out of season” times. Like the seasons we have been in and are currently walking through. It seems nothing is the same- yet as I look through the doors – The seasons are the same… The sun comes up in the east and sets in the west. The flowers bloom in their season, are pollinated and go to seed. Squirrels are still frantically gathering their nuts, the grass is growing, the rain falls, time marches on… The Lord is still on His throne. He sees. He hears. He knows. The Good book tells about Seasons of change in Ecclesiastes Chapter 3. Where we are told there are times to: be born, a time to die. A time to plant, a time to gather. A

witnessed times of great Joy, as well as times of great sorrow and brokenness, as I prayed and reflected, sitting in his presence… It has held views of my children on their swings-eyes dancing and pigtails flying, as Daddy pushed them over and over- The sunsets it has afforded me are priceless in their beauty…Soaking wet cats, and muddy dogs looking in to find refuge, Chickens pecking at the glass- announcing their desire to enter in to whatever plethora of treats that lay inside… I could go on and on…. Yet, Seasons change. I guess that is one of the great truths

A flash of crimson caught my eye as I passed by the window of the Kitchen. Such a bright sight on a grey January day. It drew me to move to one of my favorite places to look outside- Our sliding glass door. I have spent countless hours looking out these glass doors. I have seen sunshine and rain, blue skies and grey, brilliant pinks and yellows of spring turning to lush summer greens. Autumn colors then fill my view - leaves glowing in their coats of orange, yellow and brown. To showers of Leaves as they release; one after one, in unison littering the green grass with a carpet of multi colors- to the barren stick trees of winter- with their beautiful patterned bark reflecting high lights and dark crevasses. I sit at my Table in front of this oasis and marvel at its wonders. This space has

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time to tear down, a time to build up, a time to laugh, a time to cry and etc.… some bring comfort, some bring sorrow , some are confusing and drive us to trust- others make our spirits soar! Seasons will, and have always come and gone. But one truth remains- one Hope does not. He remains. He promises us no matter what, when or where, no matter how things look. He will be with us till the end of the age. He is a good Father. His love endures- it never ends. What a beautiful promise that I can rest and soak in – No matter the winds gale- or the peaceful sunset- The dark of night or light of day. Whether it be: Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall…No matter if there is sickness or health- plenty or lack. He is there. He is all around us- His creation sings His praise- In full brilliant plumage like my friend the Cardinal in his crimson

gown. His unconditional love reflected in the uncontrollable wag of my dog’s tail as he sees me through the glass. The glorious coat of spring he paints the ground, flowers, and sky with- that delights my eye and warms my heart. I can carry this comforting peace from my gallery view and walk in it into the World. I can reflect peace in chaos, peace in Him where there is despair, calm in times of trial and a port of peace in the storm. What a precious gift in this time and season. I have no idea what tomorrow may bring. I want to squeeze all I can out of today. I can glaze out my “window” and be refreshed in His presence. I can trust he is Faithful and True -no matter the clamor or clatter of the world. I am looking forward to the seasons to come. To the beauty and hope He has in store for us. Won’t you come and

sit a while with me and see the beauty in the seasons to come- Lets gaze through the glass and take in the blessings of today. Let’s allow them to be the strength we live out of and hold others up with day by day… There is a song that says, “It’s a new season...It’s a new day… fresh anointing is coming my way…It’s a season of power and prosperity, it’s a new season, and it’s coming to me.” Yes friends, we are in a new season… let’s walk victoriously in it. Gg.

Gerri Groshong EHAL Magazine: Writer, Ad specialist, BE Ambassador, Puff

treats, Pads, Glam Horse, Living Life Ranch Children’s Director gerri@EHALmagazine.com

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