Snippets: Where Am I Edition

☆ April 21, 2020

I almost missed Charlie’s birthday (and my own) because I have no idea where I am in time and space. Who does these days? Charlie is 13!

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I haven’t posted here in ages because I gave everything I had to the book. I just got the typeset pages and the layout is so gorgeous, you will freak out when you see it. The publishing team has done an incredible job. I gave it to Mike and he read half of it in one sitting, stopping only because it was midnight, and finished it the next day. So, that’s a good sign. He’s biased, obviously, but a discerning reader.

I have no idea how this book will be received but my entire heart and soul is in this book, it’s like nothing I’ve ever done before. If you’ve been reading here for years, you’ll recognize some stories, but there is a ton that is new, that I’ve never shared. I have much more to tell you about the book as soon as I get my bearings.

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3M is a mama! She had her first calf at the end of March and all is well.

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I made a new website. Man, was it fun to play with colors and shapes after dealing with words for so long. I finally got all my scattered bits of internetness gathered in one place:

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I know everyone is struggling right now and finances feel unstable, but if you don’t feel like you’re falling off a cliff, I’d like to ask you to consider contributing to the Food Bank Cooperation Donation.

Food banks are serving more people than ever right now. I’m planning to donate two whole beef this year myself – one this spring and one this summer. It would be thrilling to be able to double that contribution with your help. The Food Bank Cooperation Donation is a crowd-sourced donation. Contribute any amount that feels right to you, and you’ll receive charitable contribution paperwork from The Food Bank of the Rockies to use as a tax write-off.

The money is pooled and essentially buys my grass-finished, humanely-raised beef directly from me at wholesale, and I deliver the packaged beef to the food bank for them to distribute. This arrangement supports the Food Bank of the Rockies, the people they serve, and me. And your donations go to high-quality meat from an indie rancher (me) rather than conventional beef from CAFOs.

You can join us HERE.

If anyone reading this is interested in coordinating a similar arrangement between your local food bank and your local farmers and ranchers, feel free to email me and I’ll happily share all the technical details of how this works between the Food Bank of the Rockies and myself. Every dollar donated supports individuals and stays within the community instead of traveling up a ladder in the corporate food system.

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I lost one of my favorite people to COVID19. He was my first friend in Wyoming. He moved away a few years ago and in early March (which feels like forever ago) I asked him if he was ever going to come back to Wyoming. He said probably never but I’ll love you forever and we’ll meet up on the road one of these days………


35 Responses to “Snippets: Where Am I Edition”

  1. Carole Leslie Groepl
    April 21st, 2020 @ 8:51 am

    Sorry for your loss Shreve. Looking forward to the new book. ♥

  2. Kay Bryan
    April 21st, 2020 @ 8:53 am

    The new website is visually stunning! And a literary pleasure to peruse. You done good!

    Sorry for the loss of your friend. Remember the happy times.

    It is hard to believe that Charlie is 13! What a marvelous life he has led. On behalf of everyone, thank you for sharing his life (and yours) with us.

    Take care.


  3. Belenda
    April 21st, 2020 @ 9:05 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss Shreve, life goes on but loss is hard. Happy birthday to you and Charlie. Looking forward to the release of your new book!

    April 21st, 2020 @ 9:16 am

    So sorry for your loss – love is always alive in our hearts forever.

    Love the website and my very favorite picture of you and Frisco on the top is AWESOME!!!

    CONGRATS on all the hard work you have done, the new book and being a source of inspiration and learning for the world.

    Happy Birthday to you and Charlie & big love from Texas to the entire farmily and Mike.

  5. Sheri Nugent
    April 21st, 2020 @ 10:24 am

    I am so excited for your book! Thanks for checking in with us.

  6. Erica
    April 21st, 2020 @ 10:25 am

    So sorry for your loss. Happy birthday to you and Charlie. Let us know when we can pre-order the book!

  7. Theresa
    April 21st, 2020 @ 11:50 am

    It is great news to learn of your new website and to hear the book is moving along.

    For the loss of your friend, I am so sorry. Can you say how old he was?

    Blessings to you and all you love.

  8. Carolyn
    April 21st, 2020 @ 11:58 am

    Great to hear about the new book. Look forward to that.
    Very sorry about your friend.

    Please all stay safe there.

    Best wishes

  9. shreve
    April 21st, 2020 @ 11:59 am

    T ~ 53, just ten years older than I. He was healthy and it took him quickly.

  10. Lindsay
    April 21st, 2020 @ 12:10 pm

    Very for the loss of your friend my friend. <3

  11. Janet M
    April 21st, 2020 @ 12:30 pm

    Happy birthday to you and Charlie! Your new website looks great and I can’t wait for the book.
    I am sorry to hear of your loss, this has been a cruel and capricious disease, in a strange and troubling time. Stay safe. Love and hugs.

  12. Karen
    April 21st, 2020 @ 12:38 pm


  13. Marg (Rambling Retiree)
    April 21st, 2020 @ 1:45 pm

    Happy birthday to you and C. May it be a long time before you meet your friend on the road he is on. Will you be selling your book directly or on Amazon or an internet version? Take care and stay healthy. Oh yes, I loved your food bank sharing suggestion. I am going to suggest that Canadians do that with some of the farmers here and even local restaurants etc. Help the needy and the economy !

  14. Laurie
    April 21st, 2020 @ 3:04 pm

    All you did was mention ‘the book’ and I’m already in tears! I am so looking forward to reading it.

    I’m sad to hear about your friend. So much loss…

  15. Marya
    April 21st, 2020 @ 4:10 pm

    Your new website is really gorgeous, Shreve. And the book cover looks great, too (love that typeface).

    And, more importantly, I am very sorry about your friend. Heavy sigh.

  16. Judith
    April 21st, 2020 @ 5:41 pm

    So very sad your friend left too soon.

  17. Laura
    April 22nd, 2020 @ 6:36 am

    Your website is fantastic! I have been following you since Charlie was a wee coyote. I’m looking forward to your book. I am so sorry about your friend. Too much loss.

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  19. Catherine Chandler
    April 22nd, 2020 @ 1:28 pm

    I’ve been thinking about you and the farm! I’m glad you’re doing well and being creative.

    So sorry about the loss of your friend.

  20. Nova Lockhart
    April 22nd, 2020 @ 2:32 pm

    Good to hear from you! You folks and the “Farmily” have been in my thoughts often.

    Happy belated Birthday, Shreve. Since I follow the Daily Coyote, I have already had the chance to send Charlie Birthday wishes.

    So sad that you have lost a friend to this terrible virus. Please be careful yourselves. Your new website is a winner.

    Hugs to all.

  21. Penni
    April 22nd, 2020 @ 2:49 pm

    Happy Birthday to you and Charlie! Been reading you for years, looking forward to the new book!

    Very sorry for the loss of your friend to Covid, what trying times we are going through. Take care….

  22. Theresa Szpila
    April 22nd, 2020 @ 3:55 pm

    You have been much on my mind. Happy birthday to both you and Charlie (13?!), and many more to you both.
    I could jump for joy, knowing the book is progressing nicely. I can’t wait to hold it in my hands!
    I haven’t had a chance to check out your new website yet; I’ll do that next.
    Last-but-not-least, I’m so sorry to hear your friend succumbed to Covid-19. The losses have been stunning, each one a much-loved part of others’ lives. May you one day be reunited, but may that day be far, far off.
    Hugs to you and Mike and all the Farmily!

  23. Laura
    April 22nd, 2020 @ 10:53 pm

    Very sorry about your friend, love to you.
    So much sadness today, we are living in a strange time now. You are right that much of life is a struggle, and contributing or donating is definitely the best thing to do. You help yourself so much more when you think of others.

    thank you for sharing the news of your website -it is amazing!! Happy Birthday to you and Charlie!! Wow can’t believe he is 13. I so loved all those baby pics when you first started posting on Daily Coyote.

  24. Mimi
    April 23rd, 2020 @ 5:20 pm

    I left your friend’s photo up on my computer since you posted your message. Several times a day I stop and just stare at it. It brings tears to my eyes. My heart hurts for him and for you. I’m sorry he left so suddenly and unexpectedly. I’m glad he didn’t suffer. I hope you two will meet up on the road one of these days in spirit or in another life… xoxo

  25. torre
    April 23rd, 2020 @ 8:34 pm

    oh Shreve – i am so sorry about your friend’s death. I hope you all do meet up on the road someday.

    Your website is stunning!!! and i can’t believe i have to wait until September for your new book LOL

    thank you for the link to the Food Bank – it is on my list of places to make a donation in this terrible financial crush.

  26. Michele Benson
    April 26th, 2020 @ 2:27 pm

    Hello from Oregon!!! I am so sorry for the loss of your friend and my heart goes out to you. This pandemic has taken a toll on all of us round the world. I just checked out your website and it is amazing!!! And the fact that Charlie is still with us just literally made my day!!! 13 years old?! WOW!!! Happy birthday to both you and Charlie!!!

  27. wright1
    April 26th, 2020 @ 6:38 pm

    So sorry for your loss; it’s a time of mourning for many. May you and yours stay well.

  28. mlaiuppa
    April 26th, 2020 @ 11:38 pm

    Shreve, I don’t know if you have HBO or watch Bill Maher but his closing monologue on Friday night was just up your alley. He talked about factory farming and he condemned the conditions of our food chain being as bad as the wet markets in China. Excellent monologue and very effective condemnation of cruelty to animals and our treatment of the planet.

    It might be on YouTube. I highly recommend looking it up.

    I’d say the timing of your book is spot on as I suspect it reflects a lot of what he says.

    That keeping animals in the close quarters, filth and stress of the factory farms produced bad food. That eating humanely raised food and reducing our intact of protein would be good for the health of the entire country. Less meat, more fruit, vegetables and grains. More exercise. It would not only cut down on the cross-over pandemics but also result in a healthier population to begin with.

    I’m sorry you can’t deliver your lovingly raised meat to your customers this year, but I rejoice that your local food banks will be the recipients of such a wonderful gift.

    Going to donate now so someone can benefit from some healthy and humanely raised beef.

    And please. A little Daisy fix?

    (BTW I e-mailed HBO to suggest Bill Maher interview you about your new book. So if by any wild chance you actually get contacted, that was me.)

  29. Leah in Indiana
    April 27th, 2020 @ 1:55 pm

    I still check your page when I can, that’s a lot of snippets in one post. So sorry for your loss, I hope you and Charlie we’re still able to find some joys for your birthdays.

    I can’t wait to read the new book.

  30. Leah in Indiana
    April 27th, 2020 @ 1:59 pm

    Ps. The website is gorgeous!

  31. Bonnie Reis
    April 30th, 2020 @ 8:59 pm

    i’m trying to get onto your site to receive daily pics. Hope I figure it out.I just by chance ran across your book about the time of Charlie’s birthday, and just finished reading it. I so wish I could have read something like it so many years ago, my life would have been different. Im one of those loners who has always felt I couldn’t fit in…or didn’t want to. So to your whole thing, I am so hooked on it. I feel sorry having lost all that time watching you and Charlie. I didn’t know youthus wasyou were ohhut kuthere but now I do. What a special person you are.

  32. Judy
    May 5th, 2020 @ 10:39 am

    Good to hear from you! I am in awe of all the good you are accomplishing for yourself and others. I need to take a lesson from you.
    So sorry about the loss of your friend. This is not easy.
    Thanks for lightening some of the load, and looking forward to your new book in September. xox j

  33. Jill Sackett
    May 12th, 2020 @ 6:59 pm

    You will meet up on the road…

    So looking forward to reading the new book. Thank you for putting it out there.

  34. Katie
    May 26th, 2020 @ 4:34 pm

    I am so sorry about your loss of a dear friend.

    Don’t check in much. the daily picture of Charlie has kept me sane since the beginning.

    Thank you for making my life easier on so many days.

  35. Nancy
    June 21st, 2020 @ 11:39 pm

    I lost one of my favourite people too. :( heartbroken.

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