LISA SCHMIDT. Prairie Ponderings: Adventures in Raising Your Food. Dog Ear Publishing. 256 pages; paperback, $19.95, Amazon.com.

Life on a ranch can be funny, frustrating, exhilarating and distressing, but never boring. Ride along during each moment of raising cattle and sheep near Montana’s Rocky Mountains. Bring a lamb into this world. Feel the elation of teaching a premature calf to nurse. Survive the perils of coyotes, wolves and grizzlies. Endure the unintended effects of policies on the people who feed the world. Best of all, hang on tight for the ride!