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A Cowboy’s Faith: No place like home

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“The ranch home is a cowboy’s castle.”

While there are various sayings about homes being castles, nothing is more important than a good, safe, secure home.

The home is even referred to as a mansion, but it’s not of size and elaborateness to fit such definition. Even when a home isn’t that fancy, it still feels like a mansion because everything of personal importance is there.

People enjoy being rulers in their own homes, and others have no right to enter without the householder’s permission.

“A man’s home is his castle” was referenced in a 1500s’ proverb as well as the Bill of Rights. “The right of the people to be secure in their houses against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated.”

Disagreement over the extent of personal privacy and over interpretation of unreasonable has brought many cases before the Supreme Court.

Some people live in one home their entire lives, where they were born and where they die. They have no desire to live anyplace else.

Contrastingly, other people have lived in dozens of different homes as their professions call them to various locales forcing relocation.

Changes in life and philosophy also find people having home diversity whether location or structure quality. Even a tent or a pickup camper can become home.

From a personal viewpoint, there is fortunate feeling for only having had a few different homes in a lifetime. A brick house was first, until parents built a new home just a few feet away. Within several years, they decided to construct another one just across the street.

College life brought living in three different dormitories in a two-year period. Upon marriage, an old farmhouse became home until the present ranch home was constructed, becoming a personal mansion. Eight different residences have been home in seven plus decades.

“Home is a shelter from all sorts of storms.”

“No matter who you are or where you are, instinct tells you to go home.”

“Home is not a place, it’s a feeling.”

“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave and grow old wanting to get back to.”

“There’s no place like home.”

Reminded of Proverbs 24:3-4: “By wisdom, a home is built and by understanding it is established; by knowledge, the rooms are filled with precious and pleasant riches.”


Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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