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YEVET TENNEY

Yevet Tenney has been writing for Progressive Dairyman for many years. Her heartfelt, inspirational articles are a favorite with readers.

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My last few articles have been about marriage and how it is important in the beginning to “burn the boats” as Hernán Cortés did in the early 1500s. He did not leave his men with any possible escape.

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This is the third article I have written comparing marriage to Hernán Cortés’ conquest of an impregnable Aztec city. His battle plan was unique: “burn the boats,” not giving himself or his army a path for retreat. It was a matter of win or die. They would conquer and return home in their enemies’ boats or they would be carrion for the buzzards.

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Ever since the Christmas carols began to play and the lights started to sparkle on the snow, I have been thinking about the new year and the changes I would make in the coming year. I have done that since I was old enough to know about resolutions. Tradition has held me bound from more years than I care to count.

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Christmas sparkle is in the air. Lights shimmer in the snow, and the stores are filled with the trappings of gifts and enticements to buy, buy, buy.

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Recently, I wrote an article where I cited Hernán Cortés’ conquest and success when he and 600 men conquered an Aztec city. His strategy was simple: “Burn the boats,” not giving himself or his army a path for retreat.

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Back in the ancient days of my youth, when I thought the answer to most of my problems would be a couple of million dollars, I heard a motivational speaker tell the story of Hernán Cortés.

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