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Seeing Spots
June 2, 2016, 9:07 am
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spots

June 2, 2016

Working almost daily on removing winter hair and the dander that comes with it, I am finally seeing progress. Abby and Duke are even sporting spots. Spots are a great indication of body condition. All my horses have them, but it comes from care, not by accident.

Last night, just after coming in from chores, I found out that my friend and mentor, Gene Logsdon had passed away. He died peacefully at home surrounded by family after a battle with cancer. In short, I indeed the world, has lost a friend. Gene was a champion for all things farming, especially old time, small farming.

He was known for his wit and humor. He would stand up to be counted when it came to challenging the status quo. He did not support “Big AG”, neither do I. I first discovered Gene through his books in our local library, I was in my twenties. I sent Gene a letter and we became friends. I sold him cattle, we talked about sheep and hogs and a host of farming subjects. Gene wrote the forward to my book “Cultivating Memories”. I will be forever grateful.

So, after finding out about my friend’s passing, I was not sure if it was spots I had been seeing. My eyes were blurry. It happens when you lose someone who made marks upon your heart. So, I will think of Gene standing in deep pasture, surrounded by sheep and other farm animals, speaking on their behalf with a cutting edge to his voice and a twinkle in his eye.


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Ralph,

I am so sorry to hear about Gene’s passing. I remember you speaking of him fondly. Prayers to his family. 😦

Sonya

Comment by Sonya

Thank you, yep I will miss him, especially our farm conversations.

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