|Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon|
Bright sunlight poked through the clouds as they strutted back inside. "Why didn't you tell them about Leon going over to the Day-Lyte Club?" I asked.
Granddaddy slipped his arm around my shoulder. "Little brother, a man don't jump into the stream until you see which way the water's flowin'."
from Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon
There it is. Solid cowboy advice. Talk slow. Think deep. It's part of the Code of the West.
Some scoff at the notion that there was an unwritten set of rules that honest men lived by. The Old West was packed with real characters. They were judged by those who lived by the Code and those who didn't.
Politically correct history books of our era deny the Code's existence. Those authors and professors obviously didn't grow up in the West.
I remember in the mid-1980s when I stood at my uncle's graveside. At the time, his ranch encompassed about 14,000 acres. As I looked down at the coffin of my Uncle Buster, an old timer slid up beside me. "He was a good man, son. He lived by the Code."
The Code of the West was there, alright. It still is among any man or woman of integrity.
Where did you first hear about the Code of the West? Have you ever applied it to your own life?
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|Stuart Brannon's Final Shot|
Stuart Brannon's Final Shot by Stephen Bly
with Janet, Russell, Michael & Aaron Bly
Finishing Dad's novel was a family affair. Can a committee create fiction? We had the passion and four months to find out.
It's 1905. Two orphans flee Oregon's Tillamook Head. One of them is branded a hero. Dare they tell the truth and risk the wrath of a dangerous man? Meanwhile, a retired lawman searches for his missing U.S. Marshal friend while he grapples with the game of golf on behalf of a celebrity tournament.