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Launching GoFundme Campaign


I have launched a Gofundme Campaign to raise funds needed to publish my Laramie Taylor Saga, beginning with Laramie’s Thunder. while I am well under way at finishing the rough draft. I am in need of funding to travel to conferences, and author events to find the right publishers to take on my project. I am asking you to my readers, supporters, fellow Western authors, and western enthusiasts abroad to Fund Laramie’s Thunder. visit to give for this wonderful trilogy that I have pioneered from the beginning, and help me in my journey to becoming a successful author.

Thank you to all of my readers, and PALS.

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The Code of the Wolf: Spirit of the Wolf Native American Festival

  You usually hear me talking about the Code of the West something I live by everyday, however my Native American Heritage is also something very dear to me, and I participate in several Native American festivals and powwows throughout the summer months. I belong to the Wolf Clan an inter-tribal ban of Native American’s in upstate New York, and this weekend marks our 3rd Annual Native American festival/powwow. As head male dancer I share the responsibility with my wife and take charge of the Native circle as we dance in celebration, and celebrate our heritage to the mother earths heartbeat, the sacred drum.

There will be many festivities all weekend long including dancing, drumming, crafts, demonstrations, flute playing and a feast to follow for vendors, dancers, and volunteers that help us as we celebrate our heritage.

The wolf clan is celebrating the spirit of the wolf, as we host our Annual Native American Festival on August 25th and 26th in Broadalbin, NY. The Wolf Clan teaches a timely message for all Beings. Respect the Elders, Teach the Young, Cooperate with the Pack. Play when you can, Hunt when you must, Rest in between. Share your Affection, Voice your Feelings, and Leave your Mark.

The Public may join the Wolf Clan in celebrating the Native American heritage, Native lore, dancing, drumming, and crafts, on Aug. 25th and 26th at 29 Pine St. EXT, Broadabin, NY 12025. They will be featuring The Aztec Fire Dancers, Flute Player Robert Kunnaway, as well as Native craft vendors, drumming, storytellers, demonstrators, and children’s candy dances all weekend long.

The Spirit of the Wolf Native American Festival is open to the public and fun for all ages. Adults are $5.00 each and Children under 12 are free. The gates open Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm; and Grand Entry to begin at noon both days.

All Proceeds will Benefit Local Charities, and to Honor all of our Veterans and Emergency Responders, you are invited to join us in dancing in your honor and to thank you for your service to our country, during grand entry.

For more info: Call Betty Overrocker 518-842-6672 or visit our website at
All Drums and Dancers are welcome to attend. Our Host Drum is Mother Earth; Vendors, Dancers and drummers wanted. Saturday evening there will be a Potluck and Trade Blanket for vendors, dancers, and volunteers.

The fact that we are the Wolf Clan is the reason we chose such a name as Spirit of the Wolf for our powwow, as we want to celebrate the spirit of the wolf, in doing so we follow that code, the Code of the Wolf, which in many ways can be filtered into, and around the code of the west. A lot of people make the mistake of a Wolf, in its symbolic meaning as to think it is fierce and brings terror to the Native People as well as associating the wolf as being a loner, hence the words “lone wolf”. On the contrary, the Wolf is an incredible communicator. By using touch, body movements, eye contact as well as many complex vocal expressions – the wolf makes his point understood. Those with totem wolf symbols are of the same inclination – they are expressive both vocally and physically. Those who have the wolf as their totem animal are naturally eloquent in speech, and also have knack for creative writing. The Wolf is a creature with a high sense of loyalty and strength, and a very social creature, friendly, and gregarious with its counterparts. Further, the Wolf possess a high intellect, and have been observed using strategies about hunting, habitat and migration. to learn more about the Wolf and its Totems refer to  Whats-your-sign.

The Code of the Wolf is simple and can be followed just like the code of the west, and can be followed by everyone, that code is;

Code of the Wolf
1.Be loyal to your friends
2.Honor all elders
3.Always leave your Mark
4. Play when you can
5. Protect your family
6. Stand your Ground
7. Take charge when others show weakness
8. Teach your young right from wrong
9. Work when you must
10. Voice your Opinion.

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What Is A Cowboy? By D.B. Jackson

After wrangling in eight western authors, I had one ask if I would like another western author to guest post on my blog. I was in awe others wanted to get involved with what I was doing. Very grateful I emailed D.B. Jackson, and the response was awesome.  Here Dale expresses what a cowboy is, and what he does.From the Old West to the modern day cowboy. Welcome Dale, and I want to personally thank you for a great post, and a wonderful look into what a cowboy is.

Dale Jackson

You already have some idea, in your own mind, what you define as a cowboy. Most of us do. Regardless of that definition, the important thing is that we recognize the cowboy as an important and enduring part of our American heritage.

The truth is, the American cowboy started off as, and largely still is, essentially a day laborer with a very specific set of skills that does not have much purpose in other jobs. Their days are long, the pay is short, and most cowboys invest a lot of money in the tools of their trade: a good using saddle, a dependable horse, a decent bridle, spurs to their own liking, and a hat that becomes an individualized trademark unique to each man.

His knowledge includes horsemanship, but he does not engage in talk of how to post a canter, or which new supplement produces the greatest equine performance. He knows cattle and is his own veterinarian. He understands the market and knows about futures, but can’t tell you anything about a mutual fund or a bond offering. He can look at a bale of hay and give you a detailed dissertation on the merits of its feed value.

His hands are calloused, he carries a pocketknife, he’s short, tall, thin, and heavy. He can handle a rope, flank a calf, and tell you a funny story. His politics are built around the realities of working for a living and making do with what he earns. He’s not impressed with your high-paying job, Ivy League education or expensive car, but you will get his nod of approval for a good heel catch or for being where you should be when a herd-quitter breaks and threatens to set your day back several hours.

Most cowboys I know are good to their word and their handshake. They do not feel compelled to tell you something to take the heat off a problem or to redirect your disapproval. They fix problems and move on. They spend no time judging those who profess to be cowboys or present themselves as real cowboys. You either are or you are not—everyone on the crew will know where you fit within an hour of you being there.

Is the guy who shows up with a new rope, new chaps, a lot of fancy gear, and wearing gloves a real cowboy? Probably not—but, he did show up and that’s worth something. I never met a cowboy who brags, draws attention to himself or makes an issue of him being a cowboy. There is an understated, self-assuredness about a cowboy that does not require him to do so. And, for most, it’s not in their nature anyway.

So, is there any such thing as the “cowboy spirit”? I’m not sure. There definitely are “cowboy values”, but they are not exclusive to the cowboy. The cowboy image certainly exists, and there are lots of people who identify with it, and many who look to be identified with it.

They Rode Good Horses.

Most cowboys do not view themselves as special. They consider themselves lucky to be in a position to lead a lifestyle that many would like to lead. They do not look down upon the guy in the big hat adorned with feathers and wearing boots that would never hold up in the branding pen. They do not feel threatened by or insulted by those who profess to be cowboys, but have never worked cattle or drug calves to the fire.
In the end, we are all part of a special culture unique to America and admired by people all across the world. That micro-culture should be preserved and celebrated—the American cowboy may well be our last handhold on a set of values that helped make this the great country it is. A National Day Of The Cowboy is one small way to help insure we do not lose those values.

D.B. Jackson, author of the 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award winning book, They Rode Good Horses, Goldminds Publishing, and long time cattle rancher, resides with his wife, Mary, near Oakdale, CA. His latest novel, Unbroke Horses, Goldminds Publishing, is being released July 2012, to excellent critical acclaim. A short story, Last Of The Cowboys appears this month in a ReadWest anthology. Stories Of The American West, with the legendary Elmer Kelton, the bestselling author, Steven Law, and others. Another short story, A Blood Red Moon, appears in October in the La Frontera Publishing anthology, Outlaws And Lawmen.

To Read D.B. Jackson’s books, visit his website
Or visit his Amazon Author Central.
You can find him on facebook via: Dale Jackson

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The Code of the West: A Cowboy’s Law

Larry Payne

We are nearing the end of the National Day of the Cowboy blogathon,  and I thought I it was fitting to include the Code of the West.  Joining us today sharing that Code is, Larry Payne, A new found western author of the Ride The Savage Lands. Welcome Larry and thank you for stopping by for this weeks blogathon.

The Code Of The West

John Wayne once said, “A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.”

Back in the day, when men were working on settling the west, a lack of written law made it necessary to make some of their own, rules of behavior, if you will. This “Code Of The West” was a gentleman’s agreement, of sorts, as rules to live by. They were never written, but always respected. They might break every written law of the territory or government, but took pride in upholding their code.

The Code

* Don’t inquire into a person’s past. Take the measure of a man for what he is today.
• Never steal another man’s horse. A horse thief pays with his life.
• Defend yourself whenever necessary.
• Look out for your own.
• Remove your guns before sitting at the dining table.
• Never order anything weaker than whiskey.
• Don’t make a threat without expecting the consequences.
• Never pass anyone on the trail without saying “Howdy”.
• When approaching someone from behind, give a loud greeting before you get into shooting range.
• Don’t wave at a man on a horse, as it might spook the horse. A nod is the proper greeting.
• After you pass someone on the trail, don’t look back at him. It implies you don’t trust him.
• Riding another man’s horse without permission is nearly as bas as making love to his wife. Never even bother another man’s horse.
• Always fill your whiskey glass to the brim.
• A cowboy doesn’t talk much, he saves his breath for breathing.
• No matter how weary and hungry you are after a long day in the saddle, always tend to your horse’s needs before your own and get your horse some feed before you eat.
• Cuss all you want, but only around men, horses and cows.
• Complain about the cooking and you become the cook.
• Always drink your whiskey with your gun hand to show your friendly intentions.
• Do not practice ingratitude.
• A cowboy is pleasant even when out of sorts. Complaining is what quitters do. Cowboys hate quitters.
• Always be courageous. Cowards aren’t tolerated in any outfit worth its salt.
• A cowboy always helps someone in need, even a stranger or an enemy.
• Never try on another man’s hat.
• Be hospitable to strangers. Anyone who wanders in, including an enemy, is welcome at the dinner table. Same was true for anyone who joined the cowboys on the range.
• Give your enemy a fighting chance.
• Never wake another man by shaking or touching him. He might wake suddenly and shoot you.
• Real cowboys are modest. A braggert is not tolerated.
• Be there fro a friend when he needs you.
• Drinking on duty is grounds for instant dismissal and blacklisting.
• A cowboy is loyal to his brand, to his friends and those he rides with.
• Never shoot an unarmed or unwarned enemy. This was also known as “the rattlesnake code”. Always warn before you strike. But, it could be ignored if you were being stalked.
• Never shoot a woman no matter what.
• Consideration for others is central to the code.
• Respect the land and the environment by not smoking in hazardous fire areas, disfiguring rocks, trees, or other natural areas.
• Honesty is absolute. Your word is your bond. A handshake is more binding than a contract.
• Live by the Golden Rule.

The National Day Of The Cowboy is long overdue.  Men that helped a scarred nation recover from a war that pitted brother against brother and father against son. From moving thousands of cattle along the trails from The Chisholm to the Oregon, to exploring unknown ranges for the railroads, they opened up a new land from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. And through my stories I salute the men, and sometimes women, who braved a harsh and brutal environment in their quest for a better life for themselves and those who would follow.

   The National Day Of The Cowboy, a fitting way to say…”Thanks fer getting’ ‘er done, boys.”

Ride the Savage Land

Bio: Larry Payne grew up in East Chicago, IN and now resides in Apache Junction, AZ with his wife, Susan, and their two cats, Molly and Emily.
He is a US Navy veteran where he served as a Hospital Corpsman and is employed at Banner Heart Hospital, in Mesa, AZ, as a Cardiac Monitor Technician.
His novella, Ride The Savage Land, will be published as an e-book by Wild Child Publishing. The release date is yet to be determined.

You can find out more about Larry’s short stories on his Amazon author page: Author Central

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The Cowboy’s Code, America’s Chance

“A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.” — John Wayne

   There was a time when the vast open lands of the west were yet to be tame, the mustang ran free from fences, and the cattle to graze free from barb wire. In those times there was no written law across these vast open lands, only a code, which led to a way of thinking, a way of survival, and a list of guidelines to live by. Until Zane Grey wrote his 1934 novel The Code of the West, there was no written code, just a set of rules that were set for a man to carry, and to live by.

Somewhere along the line, we forgot what that meant, and the power of greed, technology, money, and resources has taken us over. Wall street gets richer, and the government backs them up, and the heritage of the west is pushed further away. Once you seem to forget what our country was built on then we have come to an end. How many wrong’s can we do before our maker turns his back on us. in our society today it is OK to cheat, our elected government officials are attempting to change the laws our four fathers set for us, because they are afraid that we the people may just take over and fix things, however they stop us from even our basic rights.

Our nation has lost the way, and I feel that instead of forget our history, the real rich history of the western frontier, that we grasp it, and put it forth, much like Montana when they adopted  the cowboy’s code as the Montana Code. America needs to adopt this code, and we need leadership that lives by this code to the core. Only if The Duke were alive today we could elect him to office, maybe if we had a true cowboy as our leader that lives by this code we would once again stand tall, as a nation, a country, and as one. Remember 9/11/01, WWJWD What Would John Wayne Do, and what would he have done, not only would he have stomped the right people, but taught them a lesson in doing so, instead we create war over greed, oil, drugs, and religion, for one thing only sole power.
America we have lost our way, and it is time we made a stand, The cowboy code is simple, and easy to live by. What would it be like if our children were taught to live by the cowboy code, instead of garbage reality shows. In my opinion there should be twenty western channels playing John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tom Mix and Clint Eastwood on teaching us the cowboy code, and teaching us to live by it strong, and firm. The loyalty, trustworthiness, and integrity of the American cowboy is a legacy that still does endure today we have just began to lose sight of it and, regardless of your profession, you can be considered a cowboy, and I’ll tell you why. The Cowboy isn’t just the guy you remember with chaps, handkerchief, and a ten gallon hat. A cowboy is an iconic hero, a man or woman that stands strong in what he/she believes in. A person that digs down to his/her heart and soul to give everything  they got in whatever job is is they do. Like John Wayne said, “no matter his job.” A cowboy stands for something and lives by these simple values, which makes him/her the iconic hero we all know and love.

The man with no name told us it’s halftime America, at this years Superbowl, and it is time to come back and make a difference.

It’s Halftime America

It’s Halftime America, Chrysler, Clint Eastwood

America it is time to be the hero’s our children need us to be, show them that it is OK to live by a set core of values, and we as a country of the land of the free and the home of the brave will one day again be something worth fighting for.

The Cowboy’s Code is as follows, if you can find a way to add these ten core values in everything you do, you will be living the cowboys code.

Live each day with courage.

Take pride in your work.

Always finish what you start.

Do what has to be done.

Be tough, but fair.

When you make a promise, keep it.

Ride for the brand.

Talk less and say more.

Remember that some things aren’t for sale.

Know where to draw the line.

-James P. Owen

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