Confessions of a Cowgirl IV

June 19th, 2013
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I’m used to seeing animals like deer or bald eagles whenever I drive to the grocery store. Wild animals are a part of everyday life around here, and sometimes I forget that my everyday experience isn’t everyone’s.

A huge part of living among wildlife is living among people with a passion for hunting these animals for meat and sport. Big hunters like to mount their largest catches and display them like trophies. They hang animal heads in their bedrooms and living rooms. It’s more effective, however, to display your trophies where more people can see them. Good locations always include the business that you run: your car dealership, your plumbing store, your sports shop, or…

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Confessions of a Cowgirl III

June 12th, 2013
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The sun is shining today. The snow in the mountains is melting; the rivers are getting high.

And I have the world’s worst cabin fever. I need to taste the fresh air and stretch my legs.

I think that we’ve established that I know nothing about horses, cowboy hats, or true cowgirl life… other than what the cowgirls themselves teach me.

This time of year is always a little tricky for me to run my own business. Real cowgirls are all outside, working their cows and planting their crops. They’re already tan and tough. I don’t think a journal shop can operate outside. I could never tell a customer: Sorry your journal got wet and wrinkly. It started to hail. And that smudge is grizzly bear scat because we were building books in the mountains by a berry bush.

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Confessions of a Cowgirl II

May 22nd, 2013
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I have a good friend who adores horses and rides them almost daily. She cannot grasp my love for hiking in Montana. “Why not just take a horse?” she asks. “It’s faster.”

I do not tell her about the last time I rode a horse (above). It was a cold, beautiful day; my horse was fantastic.

But afterward? I was motion sick. I curled up on the floor, embracing the lack of bumpity bump of a horse’s back.

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