Engraved Silver: Portraits of Ranching Life 2 is the sequel to Debbie Raney’s first book, Hair On Barbed Wire: Portraits of Ranching Life. Through her words and photographs, Raney once again transports the reader into a ranchwife’s world—offering a glimpse at the people, the places and the experiences that have made their mark on her life.Buy Now
Title: Engraved Silver
Subtitle: Portraits of Ranching Life 2
Author: Debbie Raney
Publisher: Inkwater Press Pages: 104
Trim Size: 11″ × 8.5″
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The life of a rancher is a life full of laughter, love and beauty. It can also be a life full of challenges, tears and a lot of dust. Debbie Raney has lived this life for over 50 years in Eastern Oregon’s high desert, with 30-plus of those years as a ranchwife.
Engraved Silver is her second collection of poetry, stories and photographs that celebrate the commitment ranchers and their families have to the land and their livelihood. Raney once again transports the reader into a ranchwife's world, offering a glimpse at the people, the places and the experiences that have made their mark on her life.
The life of a rancher is a life full of laughter, love and beauty. It can also be a life full of challenges, tears and a lot of dust. Debbie Raney has lived this life for over 50 years in Eastern Oregon’s high desert, with 30-plus of those years as a ranchwife. Hair on Barbed Wire is a collection of her poetry, stories and photographs that celebrates the commitment ranchers and their families have to the land and their livelihood. Beginning with an insight into the scars and callouses on a ranchwife’s hands, and ending with a tribute to those who share her love for ranching, Debbie gives a unique perspective into the experiences only those who have “been there, done that” could know.
For more information, visit Hair on Barbed Wire.
Just a plain piece of silver,
Not a blemish or a scratch.
She was born 50 years ago
On her family’s cattle ranch.
As she grew up, markings developed
With each experience, good and bad.
Her silver became imprinted
Whenever her life turned happy or sad.
Every dance, party and giggle
Gave the silver another mark.
But so did her fears and heartaches,
And every night she cried in the dark.
Then a cowboy took the lead
In the engraving of her life.
The design became more beautiful
When he asked her to be his wife.
Together they perfected the engraving
Hand in hand and heart to heart.
As they built a life together
Her silver became a work of art.
The prettiest etching on her silver
Came with the birth of their two girls.
But four grandkids were a close second
Creating intricate lines and swirls.
Though the mosaic seems complete now
The beauty is more than she can measure.
There will be many more years of engraving
To intensify her silver life treasure.
Debbie Raney and her husband, Hoot, raise beef cattle on their ranch in Eastern Oregon. She has been involved in the agriculture industry throughout her entire life, beginning on her family's ranches in Frenchglen and Diamond. Debbie spends her "spare" time hunting, gardening and trying to golf, as well as enjoying her two daughters and their families.