Happy New Year everybody. It is now 2020. This means we all need to FOCUS with a 2020 clear vision of our dreams and plans. Instead of making New Year's resolutions that you have neither the abilty nor the desire to keep, make a list of things you would like to accomplish this year and tape it to your bathroom mirror where you can view it every morning; kind of like a "Bucket List" for the upcoming year.
Let us all be better than we were last year.
On a sadder note, we lost one of our Real Cowboys the other day. Erwin Jackson passed away on December 27th, 2019. We do not know as of yet what the cause of his passing were; when we do, we will let you know.
Cowboy Actors Ride Herd On a Passel of Fond Memories ~ by Jeff Wilson
Saddle up, pardner, it's Saturday morning with the breakfast buckaroos.
Wearing Stetsons, pearl-buttoned shirts, horseshoe-size belt buckles and spurs that jingle, jangle, jingle, cowboy actors of yesteryear mosey on over to Big Jim's Restaurant each week to shoot the breeze and reminisce about the golden age of TV and movie westerns.
They are known as the Reel Cowboys breakfast club.
Several dozen usually show up for the two-hour gathering in the banquet room of the San Fernando Valley restaurant, a bargain-priced meat-and-potatoes place where a portrait of John Wayne hangs over the cash register.
CHRONICLE OF THE OLD WEST
Zebulon Pike ~ by Dakota Livesay
Zebulon Montgomery Pike was a successful explorer. But, it seems he was successful in spite of miscalculations.
He started his exploration at the age of 26 when, as a soldier, he led 20 men on an expedition up the Mississippi River. They left in August, expecting to get back before the winter freeze. Unfortunately, he miscalculated and the waterways froze. They had to spend the winter in Minnesota.
Jaw-dropping images of Cowboys and Landscapes in the Wild West
~ by Sarah Holt
Hollywood has always portrayed America’s Wild West as a lawless land.
But an incredible new fine art photo book, West: The American Cowboy, by renowned photographer Anouk Krantz, reveals that there’s more good and less of the bad and the ugly to be found in cowboy country.
There are no gunfights or bar brawl images in this book. Instead, the 120-plus real-life photos showcase the camaraderie, community connections, family life, pioneering spirit, hard work, and beauty in cowboy life. The book also features a number of awe-inspiring landscape images of the plains and canyons where the cowboys live and roam.
Historian 'Cowboy Mike' Searles
~ by Candy Moulton
Beneath his black hat and behind his boisterous laugh beats the heart of a diligent historian. Michael N. “Cowboy Mike” Searles spent a career as a teacher, engaging students from elementary school through college age before retiring as a professor emeritus from Augusta State University in Georgia. The focus of his classes was the American West, specifically the experience of black cowboys and buffalo soldiers. As a writer and editor Cowboy Mike continues to tackle both subjects. He wrote a chapter of Black Cowboys of Texas (2000) and with Bruce A. Glasrud edited Buffalo Soldiers in the West: A Black Soldiers Anthology (2007). The two also collaborated on Black Cowboys in the American West: On the Range, on the Stage...
It was a beautiful day in May 1991 when an unknown, nondescript cowboy walked into the American Federal Bank in Irving, Texas. Tellers would later describe him as a white man in his mid-forties who stood 178 centimeters (5’10”). A bit on the heavy side, he had a noticeable paunch. He wore all black, save for the backwards white cowboy hat. Under that, his face was covered by a bushy, gray beard and massive sunglasses.
The man didn’t speak a word and left with a hefty stack of stolen cash. Cowboy Bob, as the robber came...
Wild West Meets Southern Border
~ by Valeria Luisello
Shakespeare is in New Mexico. Tombstone, in Arizona. Both are old mining towns near the U.S.-Mexico border. They came into existence in the eighteen-seventies, during the silver strike, but soon suffered the same fate as most of the other mining towns in the region: boom, depression, abandonment, and then a strange kind of afterlife.
Some years ago, I spent a summer in the Southwest with my then husband, our daughter, and my two stepsons, and we visited both places. It was 2014, the immigration crisis was very much in the news...
Cowboy Hats on Pigeons?
~ by Charlotte Puckering
A mystery person is running around Las Vegas sticking miniature cowboy hats onto unsuspecting pigeons, and we just don't know what to make of it.
Is it art? A protest of some sort? Or is it simply a comedic stunt?
No one knows, but there is one thing that's certain - There are several pigeons flying about the city wearing tiny cowboy hats and nobody can catch them. A video of the stylish birds was posted to Twitter and, of course, it didn't take long to go viral...