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It’s not a job, it’s her way of life. Heidi Redd is a true cowgirl, and that was officially confirmed when she was inducted  as a member of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, TX.  Gary Torres photo
A Real American Cowgirl – Heidi Redd I am on my way to interview Heidi Redd, so I am driving down Indian Creek to the Dugout Ranch listening to the John Denver song, I’d Rather be a Cowboy. Heidi is going to be inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, TX. If I am...
For 36 years, in our family it was forbidden to say the “S-word” during the summer, at least until August.  I can remember Nikki running in and telling on her older sister, “Dad!  Katie said the S-word.”  She waited, expecting me to do something.  I was a little confused because I was supposed to...
If life is like a journey…a road trip as it were; then I can look into my rear-view mirror and see more mileposts behind me than are left in front of me. My road is a bit curvy with lots of bumps and detours. I am not sure how the time passed so quickly; I feel like I was in a hurry and anxious to...
I can no longer exercise myself out of what I can eat myself into. That realization has been slapping me upside the head lately. It doesn’t help that Almond M&Ms and Pepsi have been the base of my food pyramid for the last 30 years. So here I am in a quandary, I could get healthy by eating...
Well, January really started out swell.  My 401K is down, my cholesterol is up, COVID is gone crazy, and my too kind and loving wife has me on a diet.  Any one of these could cause me grief and frustration but all of them together and I am not in the best of moods.  It has been six hours now...
Everyone needs some amount of acceptance and praise. For years I have tried to convince my too kind and loving wife and her sisters that I am funny, witty, maybe even insightful and have mastered at least the basics of grammar. I suppose I didn’t get enough attention as a child and now I go about...
I am sharing this excerpt from a 40-year-old journal; I was in college. On one hand, it is too personal and dredges up old unresolved anger and hurt. On the other hand, maybe there is another 11-year-old boy out there living with a parent that is an alcoholic or has an addiction of another sort....
It all comes down to communication. Good communication is the key to a happy marriage and getting the right Christmas present. To be sure, I don’t have the best track record when it comes to purchasing presents for my too-kind-and-loving wife. Two years ago, I got her a nice, monogrammed floor...
I have to tell you that I’ve been thinking about retiring. But to be fair, I’ve been thinking about retiring since I started delivering newspapers when I was eleven. Back then, I remember thinking that I was excited to get a job and have money to travel the world and buy nice things. Soon I...
Occasionally people have enough self-awareness that they understand when something they are witnessing is bigger than themselves – moments such as when man stepped on the moon for the first time and September 11, 2001. Abe Lincoln had clarity of purpose and place when he used a mere 272 words in...

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