Ask people outside of the state to name a famous Texas ranch and they might say "Southfork," made famous by the "Dallas" TV show, but ask a Texan and they'll say "King Ranch" if they live in the southern half of the state or "Waggoner Ranch" if they live further north. Raised in the general environs of Ft. Worth, Waggoner was a famous name in my neighborhood – and now that ranch is available for a mere $725 million.

There is an old proverb that says, "Grow Where You Are Planted," and I have lived by that notion my entire life. I don't think we have to "settle" for bad circumstances – we can always work toward change – but sometimes change is not immediate.  So, wherever we find ourselves, it has been my theory that we make the most of it; that we find our joy in the cracks and crevices.

Mention the term "horse whisperer" and many people will remember the Robert Redford movie of the same name; some may have read the Nicholas Evans book upon which it was based. It conjures up the vision of a cowboy who has an uncanny ability to understand horses and communicate with them in some magical way. My local horse whisperer, Bill Robertson, tells me that is not exactly how it works.