Environmental Sustainability Needs All Smarts On Deck

My involvement in social media has taught me many things, but likely the most important lesson is what a huge role perception plays in "virtual conversations".  Over the past two years, I have achieved a tremendous amount of personal growth by being exposed to the truly broad range of ideas and thoughts of other bloggers.  ...more
@mrssharp If we look hard enough, I think that we can find some common ground.  I know that we ...more

Empowering Myself as a Woman Entrepreneur…

I remember vividly as a child listening to my grandfather say, “Anne, strive to be unemployable!”  My grandfather’s definition of a successful entrepreneur was someone who owns and operates a personal business.  He wanted me to be my own Boss Lady....more

Feeding Body and Soul: How Growing Our Food Enhances Spirituality

I am what some would call a cradle Episcopalian.  I was raised a member of Bethesda By The Sea Episcopal church in Palm Beach, Florida; and have spent my adult life a part of the family of St. Christopher’s in Cozad, Nebraska....more

Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: The Perspective of a Cattle Farmer and a Mom...

I am a take charge person.  I am a person of action.  I am a planner.  It is very difficult for me to let things go and not be in the driver’s seat.  There is nothing that shakes my world up more than one of my children having a serious illness.  I can handle it when I am sick, but it shakes my foundation when it is one of my kids....more
As someone that eats organic food, grass-fed beef and all that good stuff. I do look for farms ...more

Meatful Mondays...

This fall, my favorite 7thgrader developed a tendency to role her eyes at me during family discussions.  I adopted a new policy at the Feed Yard Foodie house to counteract this unacceptable habit—every eye roll is equal to 10 push-ups....more

Redefining Breakfast...

Our house has always been a “cereal and fruit” breakfast place.  Most of that stems from the fact that I go to work before 6:00am every morning so my girls have learned to fend for themselves.  Cereal and fruit require little cooking and are fast and easy to fix…...more

The Drought, Part 3---Adversity = Opportunity!

I have a sign up in my house that reads “Adversity = Opportunity”.  I truly believe that adversity make us stronger and provides the opportunity for improvement.  When I look back on my life, it is obvious that each personal challenge has made me a stronger and more empathetic person....more

The Drought, Part 2---The Scarcity of Feed...

The Scarcity Of Animal Feed…The plan of moving cattle off of pastures and into the feed yard is a good way to conserve grass and maintain the breeding herd for as long as possible.  All animals that are not going to be used to “make babies” are moved to the next step of the beef cycle which is into the feed yard....more

The Drought, Part 1---The Fall Run in July?

The Fall Run—In July?...more

I Am Only Human...

I tell my own children and the children that I coach that I will never ask them to do anything that I do not fully believe that they can do.  I am notorious for challenging my young athletes, and we always end each swimming practice with 25 yard freestyle sprints where there is no breathing allowed.  It is amazing to watch both the strength and the confidence of my athletes build as they learn to believe in themselves....more