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By Jameson Parker

Not lengthy after Simon & Simon went off the air, the writer was once shot two times and left for useless on a highway in la. bodily, he recovered quite fast. Psychologically, in spite of the fact that, the consequences have been way more critical and long-lasting, sending him right into a spiral of post-traumatic rigidity illness and melancholy. for this reason, virtually by chance, he ended up in an international of horses and livestock and ranching that helped him continue to exist

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The middle-aged customer stiffens, his whole body stiffens, and he seems to rise up slightly, almost as if he were standing on tiptoe. His hands come up, not to clutch at his chest, but in the air just in front of the wound. For a brief moment he stands like that. Then he pitches forward and lies absolutely, finally, still. The screen goes back to the pretty newscaster’s face in color. I watch all this and I am fine. I talk normally to Darleen about other things. I finish my berries and my coffee.

The presence of Mike and Doug and Gary at the top would keep the cattle from going over to the nearly vertical, brush-infested north side where nothing short of a wildfire would move them. We should be done by lunch. That was the plan. A word about acreage in the mountains of California. In 1850 Congress, in a bill sponsored by Stephen Douglas, authorized federal land grants as incentives for the railroads to open up the west for settlers. Western expansion, manifest destiny and all that, destiny being indeed manifest for those strong enough and ruthless enough to seize it.

Like all good ranch hands, Dal is a jack of all trades: cattleman, horseman, farrier, mechanic, welder, veterinarian, accountant, salesman, rodeo announcer, environmentalist. Though that last term would earn his surprised derision, it is accurate. The Loop’s beautiful knobby mountains are owned by someone three hours away on the coast. Mismanaged for years, under Dal’s guidance the ranch is finally turning a profit and while he takes justifiable pride in that, he takes greater pride in the improvements he is making in the herd, in restoring neglected corrals and fencing and, most especially, neglected land.

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