Echoes From the Campfire

All the snakes in the West don’t crawl around in the brush.  Lots of them wear fancy suits and talk real pretty.  And they’re as deadly as an eight-foot rattler.”              –Paul Bagdon  (Stallions at Burnt Rock)     “‘For behold, I will send serpents among you, Vipers which cannot be charmed, And they shall bite you,’ says the…

The Saga of Miles Forrest

Well, Mr. Newsome, what brings you out in this weather?” inquired Molly.  “I hope that Jewelene is not ailing.”    “No, no, I just need to talk with Marshal Forrest,” came a nervous reply.    “John, sit down, I get you some coffee,” I said as I stood to get a cup from the shelf.    “Uh, Marshal…”    “Sit down, John,” I…

Echoes From the Campfire

At dusk—shortly before sunset—the colors of the sky became more precise and clear for a few brief moments, and then a quiet peace took over.  The colors became muted and soft, and even the air somehow became more gentle as the sun eased down.”              –Paul Bagdon  (Stallions at Burnt Rock)     “When He gives quietness, who then…

Coffee Percs

The others nodded their heads in agreement, looking into their coffee as their eyes glazed with their thinking and wondering.”                –B.N. Rundell  (Escape to Exile) Come on in, Pard, I’ll get yur coffee.  I’ve been fightin’ a case of the gripe since Wednesday.  A fever?  No, not the grippe, the gripe!  No, it’s not the…