More Than a Montana Ritual

In Montana, branding remains a ritual for establishing ownership. An animal’s brand marks clear title of ownership, while branding itself is a honored ceremony in rural areas. A brand also is a tie to self-identity. My brand, the Wagon Rod, carries a rich heritage from the westering movement and the influx of individuals searching for … [Read more…]

Where’s Home?

Where’s Home? Less than a mile from the place I call home lies another set of buildings, barely visible across the grass and just breaking the southern horizon line. This was always “the home place” for my dad who was born and raised there. It was the land that my grandparents homesteaded, the place that … [Read more…]