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Calf on the ground!

Posted by on May 12, 2017

“Nobody ever drowned himself in sweat.”   Finally – it is spring! Birds singing, flower and garden planting, evening walks and vacation planning. If your livelihood has anything to do with a cattle ranch though, you best hold up because spring is when the real work begins. Cowmen spend all year turning pasture grasses into steaks to feed the public, and that beef has to be transported to where the meat processors and people are. The new additions to the herd have to be identified and this is done at the Spring branding. In the early days of the great cattle drives, few fences blocked the route from Texas ranches to the rail heads north. Cowboys drove herds to central locations and the trail drives consisted of thousands of head from multiple outfits. Livestock branding was the only way...

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Hey Mom, You Should Know…

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017

…I Kept the Bedspread. Remember the one that matched that wacky green carpet and odd gold walls in the new house on Cleveland Street? You laid it across your bed one day: mauve and pale pink flowers on a leafy background of green and gold along with a plaid pattern in muted shades of maroon. It matched the flooring and walls perfectly, as if the room had been decorated around that spread. After we admired it for most of one morning, I helped you roll it up and stuff it into the plastic sack. We shoved it back in the top of your closet. “I don’t want to get it dirty,” you told me. “I’ll use it someday.” That someday never came. It seems impossible that over ten years have passed without you. I still have boxes and boxes...

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Trouble in Texas: Horse Thieves

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017

A wild west adventure story, which all begins because of a missing horse. Click Here: Buy it now! Click on the BOOKS Tab at the top of the page for more details about the book. I’m releasing the first two chapters of my new book exclusively to my Email Newsletter subscribers. For most writers, creating a book can be an intensive, lengthy process and that’s just the writing part. The next step is the submission process which can be just as grueling. This is true about my book set in frontier Texas, a story that first formed in my mind in 2009. The main character came to me in a dream, in part because of a question from my then elementary aged son. He was studying westward expansion and had read a brief statement about lawmen and hanging criminals in...

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Another Cowboy Rides Away

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017

“A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.” ~JOHN WAYNE We sat through a well-attended memorial service this week for one of our ranching neighbors who  passed away suddenly in a tragic accident. The service was delayed for several minutes because of a wreck that blocked one of the main roads into this small Texas Panhandle town. The Minister had heard that several people were stuck on the road behind the turned over tanker, so we waited; home town courtesy at its best. Whines of a fiddle and the strums of a guitar pulsed through a typically silent Church sanctuary. On this afternoon, we were treated to toe-tapping, old-time country music before the celebration of life began. While my husband and I hadn’t known Jim that many years, I have since...

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Lorenzo De Zavala & His Fight against Opression

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017

Remembering a leader and freedom fighter for the Texas Republic in March 1836, 181 years ago a free Texas declared independence from Mexico. The kids and I took a tour of the Texas Capitol building in Austin last summer. This impressive domed structure is made of sunset red granite from a local quarry. Sitting on 2.25 acres, it contains 360,000 square feet (33,000 m2) and has nearly four hundred rooms. The central rotunda features portraits of every person who has served as president of the Republic of Texas or as governor of the State of Texas. On the second floor, we were allowed into one of the legislative chambers because lawmakers were not in session at the time of our visit. The room oozed history, tradition, and power. I really love old, historical buildings. I think about the many souls that walked...

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