Speaking Your Mind

Just before the 19th Century dropped out of favor, and folks got all high and mighty about everything in the shiny new 20th Century, things changed. Speaking your mind caught on, even out west. But it never worked for Angus. Everyone wanted him to speak his mind—at home around the dinner table, in school from […]

Don’t Shoot First

Angus lived in the 1880s. He’s been six-feet under for more ‘n a century now, but he still has something to say, once in a while.

2014 would have flabbergasted him. We call ourselves civilized? Take all the 2014 shootings—well, not all of them, just the ones where one man kills another by blowing one or […]

Don’t Be In No Damn Hurry, Man!

Angus and every other cowboy in 1880 knew the importance of patience.

A man in a hurry was often a man headed for a wreck. And if the wreck put you afoot, then you’ll remember why you can’t be in no damn hurry, man.

Checking your rigging’ takes time. If there’s a burr under your saddle, a […]

Mind Your Own Business—Hide Your Misery—Stay Out of Sight

GorgeAngus rode the high ridges along the New Mexico-Colorado border when was 19. He had his reasons and back then, in the early 1880s, a man needed a creed. He began with what almost everyone in the west believed—Stay True To Nature. The rest of it […]