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Wise As An Owl

March 23, 2020

In the West, owls are seen as creatures of wisdom, but by no means is this view universal among the world’s population.

“And the Best You Can Hope For Is to Die in Your Sleep”, Kenny Rogers

March 22, 2020

In the late sixties, Kenny Rogers underwent a remarkable musical odyssey, from a popular psychedelic-rock band to a profound Nashville storytelling sage.

President Trump and Coronavirus

March 15, 2020

Self-quarantine does not necessarily always mean staying indoors.

The Spanish Influenza: The Epidemic That Shook the World

March 3, 2020

The Spanish Influenza of 1918 and 1918 is the largest pandemic ever.

George Washington Revisited

February 22, 2020

It is quite possible that George Washington was our most enigmatic president.

Writing About Volcanoes

January 31, 2020

Volcanoes and other natural disasters generate the most interest when they are most destructive.

Family

December 29, 2019

They’re cute as can be, but don’t get too close.

Gimme Some of That Old Time Religion (but not too much)

December 21, 2019

As WWII was drawing to a close, Louis Jordan released two musical numbers skillfully satirizing rural, black religion.

Christmas Spiders

December 21, 2019

In places like Germany and Poland the spider web is seen as a harbinger of prosperity and good luck.

“Ride ‘Em Cowboy”

November 26, 2019

Ride ‘Em Cowboy, the 1941 Western spoof, helped introduce black singers and performers to mainstream American audiences.

Space Brain

November 25, 2019

What if the universe had a brain?

Is This the First Rock and Roll Song?

November 16, 2019

“You can have my money, you can have my honey, but let me rock and roll”

Every Picture Tells a Story

November 14, 2019

The life of Hercules Posey, George Washington’s cook, tells us a lot about slavery during and after the Revolutionary War

Veterans Day: This Bud’s For You

November 11, 2019

Veterans of the Armed Forces deserve a salute and day of honoring.

Brains

November 8, 2019

Losing one’s mind is not necessarily the end of the world.

History

October 17, 2019

Today’s current events will be history tomorrow.

“Tryin’ To Reason With Hurricane Season”

August 31, 2019

There’s not much we can do about hurricanes except get out of their way, take shelter and perhaps write a song or two about Nature’s awesome power.

Electricity

July 17, 2019

The Great Electricity Machine generated bundles of high voltage electricity

Dr. John Gone

June 8, 2019

Dr. John the flamboyant New Orleans musician has passed away at age 77.

Man and Horse

May 20, 2019

A riderless horse is a rare event in track racing.

The Passing of a Literary Giant; Herman Wouk Dies

May 17, 2019

Herman Wouk was privileged to a very special and colorful life before passing away at age 103.

The White Cowboys

April 28, 2019

Old Westerns still have something to tell us.

The Black Cowboys

April 27, 2019

Black cowboys were a vital part of the Old West.

Even Cowgirls Have a Notion To Sing

April 26, 2019

Even Cowgirls get a yearning for going onstage and telling a good story.

Cowboy Poets and Storytellers On Stage

April 25, 2019

                Gatherings Cowboy poetry readings are usually called gatherings and may occur at any time of the year. For example, The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is held every winter (late January or early February) in Elko, Nevada at the Western Folklife Center. The get-together lasts for a long […]

A Cowboy Ghost Story from West Texas

April 24, 2019

The hit song,Ghost Riders in the Sky, is reportedly based on a real ghost story.

Cowboy Poetry Week: Searching the Arroyos and Mesas

April 23, 2019

Music has always been a good medium for Western storytelling.

Earth Day, Cowgirl Poetry, the EPA and Richard Nixon

April 21, 2019

Though they often overlap on the calendar, Earth Day and Cowboy poetry do not share a lot of common ground.

Cowboy Poetry Week

April 20, 2019

If Jesus was a cowboy, would he attend the National Cowboy Poetry Festival.

Will Bernie’s Book Sales Put Him in the White House?

April 13, 2019

The next president of the United States will most likely also be a bestselling author.