Magazine September 11, 2017, Issue

Home on the Ranch

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Years ago, as enthusiastic new Texans, my husband and I moseyed into the Lone Star State with a vague and dusty dream: We wanted a ranch.

Here’s where things get tricky, for in Texas, “ranch” can mean a lot of different things. The term is rather fast and loose, a verbal grab bag used to describe everything from small hobby farms to 50-acre “gentlemen’s parcels” to mind-blowing sprawls of land and cattle and oil.

Furthering the confusion, it is widely considered ill-mannered to ask a casual acquaintance how large his ranch might be. This is unfortunate, given that said acquaintance might own

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Heather Wilhelm is a columnist for National Review. Her work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, RealClearPolitics, the Washington Examiner, Commentary magazine, the Dallas Morning News, the Miami Herald, and the Kansas City Star

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