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Hard Work

Uncle Neil’s Lariat

Uncle Neil lived his entire life in Afton, Wyoming. He was a rancher who worked hard and taught his six children how to do the same. He died at the age of 95 and at the time he was living in a care center. He always had an abundance of energy and couldn’t sit around…

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A Father’s Hands

  A few years ago I attended the funeral of my uncle who was a successful rancher for more than 90 years. During the funeral his son described his dad’s hands as rough, snarled, and callused by a lifetime of hard work. During the service I was sitting between my sister and another uncle who…

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The Punishment of Sisyphus

  In Greek mythology Sisyphus, the king of Ephyra (known today as Corinth), had a reputation for being deceitful, prideful and offensive to the gods. After enduring Sisyphus’ bad behavior long enough Zeus sentenced him to push a large boulder up a mountain and over the top. When he got it to the bottom on the other side…

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The 15 Cent Job

  When I was 12 or 13, a friend and I started a lawn mowing business. Our services included: mowing, raking, and trimming. We mowed with a push mower, raked with a real rake, and trimmed the border of the entire lawn, including around the trees and shrubs, on our hands and knees using hand…

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