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Paul Marchant

Paul Marchant is an active rancher who tells stories as though we're all "sittin' horseback and ridin' drag" together. His Irons in the Fire articles both entertain and spur thought about personal values and goals.

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We were at the little feedlot, about 20 miles from the home place, working a pen of yearlings. It wasn’t a really big or complicated job, but as was par for the course on our outfit, we were short-staffed.

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Growing up, getting by, surviving and hopefully thriving in a life immersed in the cowboy world can sometimes be a genuine struggle to even the most patient and strong-willed among us, no matter how you may have steeled yourself to cope with the everyday mishaps or occasional tragedies the lifestyle lobs your way.

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I rolled over and opened one eye. According to the bright red digits on the old clock radio on the nightstand next to my bed, it was quarter to 4. Barely two hours had passed since the last time I’d looked at the same clock and collapsed on the bed.

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If you’re really “hip” and in-the-know, like I am, you’ve no doubt heard the song Fancy Like by country artist Walker Hayes. The gist of the popular and catchy little ditty is that a feller, probably not entirely unlike me, sings his own praises for his occasional high-class ways when he takes his lady out on the town to Applebee’s.

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While I’m a strong advocate of volunteerism, sometimes I think I’m involved in too much stuff. There are certain times of the year when that realization is more pronounced than others.

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There’s a quote I’ve often turned to when I’m most in need of divine reinforcement. It is this: “The thing about truth is that it exists beyond belief. It is true even if nobody believes it.”

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