January 1, 2019

Hi, my name is Renee Russ Jackson. I’ve been a member of the Elko County and Nevada CattleWomen for about 25 years.  I grew up on a family cattle and sheep ranching operation outside Ferndale, California.  Our family ranches are on the north coast of Humboldt County an...

December 5, 2018

A few months ago, as I headed to town, the dirt road had my mind wandering and an idea hit me.  I thought of the days spent horseback alone, unseen and undocumented when nothing exciting happens, but the day is perfect, even if no one else ever hears about it.  I thoug...

September 3, 2017

What do you see out your window? Be as specific as you can. Are there evergreen trees weighed down by snow, or palm trees that sway in a breeze? What aspects of the view do you most enjoy? Is there another view you’d rather be seeing out your window? Is it somewhere yo...

May 31, 2017

Sometimes you just have to bust out in poem form to express your feelings... it's also totally acceptable to give it some rhythm and sort of hum along as you read it.  Try it...you'll see. :)  

There's just something about a dirt road... Whether you've been fortun...

May 15, 2017

I've heard this phrase said a lot over much of my life.  I see it now in social media posts and comments and it makes me wonder if those who are reading the comments, truly understand what it means to be "just a ranch mom."

You see, Ranch Mom is actually a job title.  I...

May 8, 2017

“You’re going to ride with me Cowboy.  Mama’s on the circle horse…”

It’s been a while since I’ve heard those words.  I generally am not the one on the “circle horse.”  A few days ago when we discussed bringing cows back in to get calves branded, it was up to me, the Wee...

May 2, 2017

We moved to this faraway place in the Spring of 2011.  Below is a post I had written not long after our move.  I giggled a little when I read it because, even though it's been 6 years, we still get this same reaction from people.  I wonder now if maybe they ask it for...

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