Earl Cazier was born May 6, 1891, in Ogden, Utah and raised on his father’s ranch in Afton, Wyoming. Under his father’s tutelage he learned how to work, how to treat animals (and people) with kindness and respect, how to manage a ranch, and how to raise his family.   Earl stayed in Afton and…

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January 1960 had a major impact on me and my family. I was twelve years old and in the seventh grade. The first of two momentous events occurred on January 7 when my youngest sister, Sydnie, was born. What a wonderful and happy experience for my family! Each of us was excited for the arrival…

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On July 4, 1885 in Alsace, France, nine-year-old Joseph Meister was doing an errand for his father. It was early morning and the day was beautiful. As he walked through the peaceful village, a rabid dog knocked him to the ground and then severely bit him 14 times on the arms, legs, and thigh. The…

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In 1964, Goldwyn-Mayer released “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” a film starring Debbie Reynolds. This fictionalized biopic movie is based on the life of Margaret “Molly” Brown, born into the John and Johanna Tobin family of Hannibal, Missouri in 1867. The movie starts with a scene in which Molly, her father, and brothers return home from a fishing…

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With days turning to weeks, how are you faring during our COVID 19 pandemic? Isolating with our families and from our communities offers both challenges and opportunities. Consider this story about Cal’s experience several years ago:   My first wife, Carol, had been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. The doctor told her she probably had…

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As adults, we are being bombarded with daily, even hourly news that is rapidly changing the world we live in. As we try to adjust and adapt, no matter how hard we try to set up a new normal in our homes, our children’s routines are being disrupted. Change can be particularly challenging for kids…

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When I was 11 years old I went to Yellowstone National Park with my father on a father and son’s trip with our church. The most memorable experience occurred when the bus driver stopped at the side of the road so we could take a picture of a mother bear and her cub resting a…

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