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  • Cowgirl Up! Guest Post from Author Heidi M. Thomas

    We're happy to welcome back one of our favorite cowgirls and authors, Heidi M. Thomas. Heidi wrote an article last year when her first book, Cowgirl Dreams, came out. She has a sequel to that book called Follow the Dream, which celebrates the cowgirl spirit. Speaking of that spirit, let me turn it over to Heidi as she riffs about that cowgirl state of mind.

    Cowgirl is a State of Mind

    By Heidi M. Thomas

    Dale Evans Rogers defined it well: "Cowgirl is an attitude, really. A pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage. The cowgirl faces life head on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses. Cowgirls take stands. They speak up. They defend the things they hold dear. A cowgirl might be a rancher, or a barrel racer, or a bull rider, or an actress. But she's just as likely to be a checker at the local Winn Dixie, a full-time mother, a banker, an attorney, or an astronaut." Continue reading

  • Meet Soapy Smith - Old West Confidence Trickster

    Hey, all! Ol' Clementine here is back from a long holiday weekend. Hope your Independence Day celebrations were fun. I spent lots of time at family BBQs, and one of the things I love most about these get-togethers is the storytelling that takes place. Stories about ancestors, stories about crazy townspeople, stories about Clementine when she was a blushing girl of twenty and met a cowboy, and…

    Never you mind. That story is staying with me.

    Some other stories I like are the ones about characters from the Old West. God knows there were plenty of 'em, right? So today's post is brought to you by Brian McGovern, the "Brooklyn Magician" who is known for his "Hijinx Magic and Fun Show." Even though Brian hails from The Big Apple, he knows quite a bit about old-time tricksters. I asked him to share some stories, and he's gone and done just that below. Enjoy!  Continue reading

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