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December 9, 2009
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(Special Event Page Graphics) CowboyPoetry_girlridinghorse.jpgNo matter where we grew up, way back east, the midwest, the south, city or country, we read about cowboys and cowgirls, sang classic cowboy songs (My Darling Clementine, Red River Valley, Home on the Range... remember?) and wished we too could live on a ranch, wear cowboy boots and hats, ride horses and have adventures out on the range.


"Our heroes were cowboys and cowgirls -men like the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry and women like Dale Evans and Annie Oakley." (Monterey Cowboy) It's 2009 and children are still fascinated with cowboys. We may work in an office or be at home with children, but if that dream is still in a corner of our mind, we can dust off our boots and hats and re-kindle the magic when we go to the Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival in Monterey and rub shoulders with today's cowboys and cowgirls.

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The culture of cowboy poetry goes way back to early cowboy days. "Cowboy poetry is a "folk art" that dates back to the early cattle drives. It is classic story-telling in rhyme and meter created by those first "cowboys" while on those drives. Their music was ballads from their native countries with the lyrics changed to reflect their new vocation." 

It's poignant, direct, rough, poetic, humorous and often as profound as our most famous and erudite poets. As we read and listen to cowboy poetry (scroll to the end for some samples) we begin to appreciate the values cowboys had, values we call "the cowboy way," values still worth imparting to our children.

So "Cowgirl Up" and and go listen to some heartfelt poetry and music!


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Yesterday I posted a critique of what's going on in the Soquel School District, as described in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. I suggested that perhaps people quoted in the Sentinel were wrong in blaming overt racism for the fact that parents are clamoring to get their kids into Main Street School, which is only blocks from more racially diverse Soquel Elementary, and which gets worse test scores than Santa Cruz Gardens. Read more >>>>>

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Although I love unit blocks, there is another block set that I think children who love to build should have- a good set of plank style blocks. Sold under the name...

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About Hands On Learning
I always like to tell people that from my first day of kindergarten, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I played "school" with my siblings well beyond the age that one usually do that sort of thing, and I suspect that I'm the only kid in the world who had a textbook collection.  Read more>>>>>

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I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy Fresh Prep and how your business has changed the way we eat and cook.

It took me months to finally sign up--I'm not sure why I waited so long! I have recently gone back to school and I don't have time to shop and I don't have time to even think about what to fix for dinner. With Fresh Prep, I have meals that last us a week or a month. The meals are delicious.

My grocery bill has dropped to half of what it was prior to Fresh Prep.

 

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11th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, December 11-12-13, Monterey Conference Center


Time to saddle up and ride to Old Monterey, where the West really began, for the 11th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival!   Seven great shows over three days, first rate Western Art & Gear Sale, Cowboy Church, and super Silent Auction.

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The Cowboy's Soliloquy

All day over the prairies alone I ride,
Not even a dog to run by my side;
My fire I kindle with chips gathered round
And boil my coffee without being ground.

Bread lacking leaven, I bake in a pot,
And sleep on the ground for want of a cot.
I wash in a puddle and wipe on a sack,
And carry my wardrobe all on my back.

My ceiling the sky, my carpet the grass,
My music the lowing herds as they pass.
My books are the brooks, my sermon the stones,
My parson a wolf on a pulpit of bones.

But then if my cooking ain't very complete,
Hygienists can't blame me for living to eat,
And where is the man who sleeps more profound,
Than the cowboy who stretches himself on the ground.

My books teach me constancy ever to prize,
My sermons that small things I should not despise,
And my parson remarks from his pulpit of bone,
That 'the Lord favors them who look out for their own."

Between love and me lies a gulf very wide,
And a luckier fellow may call her his bride,
But cupid is always a friend to the bold,
And the best of his arrows are pointed with gold.

Friends gently hint I am going to grief,
But men must make money and women have beef.
Society bans me, a savage and dodge,
And Masons would ball me out of their lodge.

If I'd hair on my chin, I might pass for the goat
That bore all sin in ages remote.
But why this is thusly I don't understand,
For each of the Patriarchs owned a big brand.

Abraham emigrated in search of a range,
When water got scarce he wanted a change.
Isaac had cattle in charge of Esau,
And Jacob "run cows" for his father-in-law;

He started in business clear down at bed rock,
And made quite a fortune by watering stock.
David went from night herding and using a sling,
To winning a battle and being a king.

And the shepherds when watching their flocks on the hill,
Heard the message from heaven, of peace and good will.

by Allen McCandless, 1885

The Cattleman's Prayer

Now, O Lord, please lend Thine ear,
The prayer of the cattle man to hear;
No doubt many prayers to Thee seem strange,
But won't you bless our cattle range?

Bless the round-up year by year
And don't forget the growing steer;
Water the land with brooks and rills
For my cattle that roam on a thousand hills.

Now, O Lord, won't you be good
And give our stock plenty of food;
And to avert a winter's woe
Give Italian skies and little snow.

Prairie fires won't you please stop?
Let thunder roll and water drop;
It frightens me to see the smoke-
Unless it's stopped, I'll go dead broke.

As you, O Lord, my herds behold-
Which represents a sack of gold-
I think at least five cents per pound
Should be the price of beef th' year 'round.

One more thing and then I'm through-
Instead of one calf, give my cows two.
I may pray different than other men,
Still I've had my say, and now, Amen!

New Mexico's Socorro Bullion, October 30, 1886A Prayer

A Prayer

It is my joy in life to find
At every turn of the road,
The strong arm of comrades kind
To help me on with my load.

And since I have no gold to give,
And love alone must make amends,
My only prayer is while I live,
God make me worthy of my friends.

Frank Dempster Sherman (1860-1916)

 

 

 

 

 

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