Jackie grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and now calls Pratt County home. She and her significant other live on an irrigated and dry-land crop and cattle farm in Preston. She’s lived and worked in large cities and today chooses to call rural Kansas home. When she’s not on the farm or mentoring students, she is the Communications and Marketing Manager for Kanza Cooperative Association.
My quiet moments during this bitterly cold stretch have been filled with reflections. Calving through a storm is hard work that takes a kind of deep, character-refining strength.
So many of us forget to think about what it really takes to make dreams a reality. Dreams are built on hope and grow in the heart and mind of the dreamer.
A break from tradition isn’t the worst thing. Even if you are sad, mad or disappointed about the circumstances, you can still make memories and celebrate with loved ones.
Kansas is a place where resilient crops and stout creatures withstand fierce weather conditions; a wide-open space that allows the most amazing views of the heavens.
I will do my best to be polite and treat you with respect, even if I disagree with you. I will listen openly and share my experiences with you in a civil manner.
The world is not black and white. Taking a color-blind approach hides so many valuable things in the shades of gray. Our world is full of color and colorful people for a reason.
If you can weather the storms and get through all the chaos, things typically work out in the end … or at least you have a good story to tell.
Even in uncertain times, farmers forget logic and plant a crop or buy cattle and they tell themselves prices will go up, the weather will cooperate, everything will work out.
It won’t be long before the world hits play and things return to normal. Now is your time to make a change.
My dream for our country is that we rededicate ourselves to the ideal of being a nation indivisible. A nation full of people who choose to practice civility and extend respect to all around them.