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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Three Kings, Day, St. Lucia Day, St. Nichols Day, Kwanza, Mardi Gras, and any other holiday I have forgotten to mention. Maybe I should have just said "Happy Holidays One and All". No matter what you celebrate or believe, we are finally at the last month of the year and there is much to be thankful for. Try to remember all the things you spoke of on Thanksgiving Day. Let's celebrate December together united in friendship and the hope of peace on earth.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to all who read this month's Nooseletter.

~The Editor

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2019 Silver Spur Award Show Review
~ by Jeremy Joe Larson
It was a Huge blessing and true Honor to attend the Reel Cowboys 2019 Silver Spur Awards for my first year as our Ambassador. Please celebrate with us through the following pictures and videos as we graciously welcome and introduce our 2019 Honorees along with their Presenters. First we opened in unity with our Pledge of...
 
CHRONICLE OF THE OLD WEST
The Buck Gang
This month's story is about a gang that lasted only thirteen days. But during those thirteen days, they cut a swath of carnage that no other gang could match.

Rufus Buck was a Ute Indian living in the Indian Territory. His gang comprised of four Creek Indians and a combination Creek and black. All of them had served time in jail...

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  UPCOMING EVENTS
  December 1
Hollywood Christmas Parade
   
  December 7
Reel Cowboys Meeting
(at Lulu's Restaurant on Roscoe in Van Nuys)
   
  December 7
Santa Clarita's 14th Annual Military Honor
Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting
   
  December 15
California Cowboy Pop Up
   
  December 21
Reel Cowboys Meeting
(at Lulu's Restaurant on Roscoe in Van Nuys)
   
  December 22
A Cowboy Christmas Carol
   
  November 29 - December 29
Holiday Train Ride
Best in the West: Top 10 Western Movies of the 2010s Ranked
~ by Mark Birrell

Some people call Westerns a dead genre, or one that has its best days behind it at the very least. Nothing could be further from the truth, though. A variety of film-makers from across the world still explore the traditions and emotions of the genre to this day.

The genre has lived on not just because of its classic status, but also because of its versatility. It can be revised and combined (to great effect) with a number of other distinct genres to form something new. Here are our picks for ten of the best Westerns released in the 2010s.

47 Colorized Old West Photos
~ by All Thats Interesting Staff

From the streets and saloons of mining towns to the ranches and cowboys out on the plains, these Old West photos capture the frontier as it truly was.

The development of photography starting in the middle of the 19th century marked a momentous turning point for the study of history.

In this new age of photography, history itself was able to be preserved for posterity as it actually happened and in real time. Now, artists' interpretations and people's faulty memories were quickly becoming largely obsolete.

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Who Was Buffalo Bill Cody?
~ by Marco Margaritoff

The "Wild West" that America fell in love with didn't exist. It was invented by Buffalo Bill — who himself was a character invented by the eccentric William F. Cody.

Buffalo Bill Cody has been revered as a hardened hero of the West — a true cowboy. But it was his ability to spin a yarn that was truly his claim to fame, as it would be his depictions of the Wild West displayed in his traveling roadshows that would influence how we see the frontier to this day. Indeed, even his name was just the fabrication of an eccentric...

7 of the Gutsiest Women on the American Frontier
~ by Brynn Holland

History and lore of the American frontier have long been dominated by an iconic figure: the grizzled, gunslinging man, going it alone, leaving behind his home and family to brave the rugged, undiscovered wilderness.

But as scholars of the American West continue to explore the complex realities of the frontier, two facts become increasingly...

The Science Behind Cowboy Hats
~ by Jim Arndt

A good cowboy hat is a must for the western at heart. But what’s the real science behind that iconic and timeless hat worn across the American west by buckaroos, bandits and ranchers, since before 1865?

The cowboy hat, as we know it, evolved from the original Vaqueros, or Mexican Cowboys, who wore wide brimmed, high crowned sombreros while herding cattle. The cowboy hat was designed to protect working cattlemen as they toiled...

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Black Cowboys Reflect the History Hollywood Left Out

Since long before Lil Nas X there has been a real group of black cowboys in
Chicago who steal away to saddle up every chance they get.

Cowboy Christmas
~ by Sam Eifling
Scarcely had their names finished echoing off the aluminum bleachers and arena dirt and Monster Fry Brick food stand at the Molalla Buckaroo Rodeo than a quartet of saddle bronc riders unshowered, unshaven, sleep-starved, with spurs scraping the sidewalk shimmied under the chutes, past the chain-link fence and into their still-warm conversion van.

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POETRY CORNER
The Christmas Story
~ by Linda Kirkpatrick

The kerosene lamp burned brightly all night in the window that faced to the south.

A blue norther blew through the cracks in the door; the rain would soon end the drought.

He left her early that morning to search for that black baldy cow. That cow always had trouble calving; he must sell her someday, somehow.

His wife, she would not worry until sunset as the wind still blew up the draw.

It would not warm the entire day and the water in the trough wouldn't thaw.

She'd be up all night waiting for him while the lamp flickered and the wind blew cold.

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