Category: 100th Meridian

“On the 100th Meridian” is a column written by Garnet that talks about rural life. The 100th meridian runs within a hundred feet of the ranch house, hence the name of the column. The 100th meridian is the traditional dividing line between east and west in the US. Life here is a unique combination of both cultures. The column is published weekly in the Hoven Review, a local newspaper.

Gully Washers and Goals

                  “Man, oh man!” my teen age cousin exclaimed as he slipped out of the bed in our basement bedroom and stepped into ankle deep water.  Outdoors the wind blew and  an inch of rain poured from the heavens.

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541 Busy

  I haven’t updated the 100th Meridian for quite a while. I’ve been kind of busy.  I know, we’re all busy…  Let me define busy in my world. From the end of April last year until January 3rd of this

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Through Other’s Eyes

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Rosie the Ex-Milk Cow

When my rancher purchased Rosie the expectant Jersey heifer, he anticipated drinking fresh milk with a higher percentage butterfat than his cholesterol conscious wife buys. My mother-in-law was excited about extra cream for making that delectable official SD dessert, kuchen.

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Rosie the Cow

Early this month my rancher happily announced to his friends the commencement of a new profit center. He so enjoyed hosting a guest milk cow last year, he decided he needed his own. He determined to have a Jersey because

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Cold Night Chicken Soup

My mother-in-law loves raising poultry.  Come spring, between scouting the chicks for sale at Running’s and setting clucks, it’s nearly an addiction.   Every spring since we’ve been married (going on 38 years) she’s had baby chicks and/or ducks corralled in

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Non Tax Deductible

Non Tax Deductible We wives wearied of cow talk at the range tour we attended, so we scooted to the side and indulged in female conversation. One of our little group had been an interior designer in a big city

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Diagnosis: Garden Fever

Heaven help me, I’ve got garden fever. The last time I had it was 8 years ago during those wet years. I plowed up half a dozen or more spots around the yard envisioning large swathes of gorgeous blooms throughout

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Happy AgDay!

Today is National Agriculture Day. I'm reminded of a bumpersticker from years ago that said, "If you eat, you are involved in agriculture!" To that end (eating), here's a quick, easy beef recipe that's been a favorite at Rock Hills

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Christmas Perfect

   Christmas Perfect   The little country church we attend doesn't have enough kids old enough to do a full fledged kids' Christmas program this year. Because most of the children are still preschoolers, we opted to act out a

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