May 19 • 40M

Smoking Diary #19: The life you want vs. the life you need

Your narrator is on the country ranch of her childhood friend, who had the perfect city home -- until a tornado struck. Topics: Marriage, children, bulls, goats, and the joy of true companionship

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by Sarah Hepola

A steer, though we call him a bull.

Your narrator is at the country home of her childhood best friend, who moved to an old horse ranch outside Dallas after tornado (not a metaphor) hit her home. Our early-morning ramble includes: An adolescence of grazing shopping malls, the recession-proof job of veterinary medicine, city kids turned country kids, a bull versus a steer, goats in trees, and how animals manage to answer their primal drives even when the terrain has changed.

Eighth-grade besties, Sarah and Jenn

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