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April 28, 2015
You cain’t miss it

By Julie Carter, Cowgirl Sass & Savvy
Whether is dark or light, day or night, cowboys have an unerring sense of direction.
Seldom will you find them walking but their inner GPS serves them well as they navigate by horse or by pickup.

Not long ago, a cowboy was set to go to a roping in a town about 400 miles from home. He called a friend in that same town to get directions to the arena.

“No problem,” was the response, “You just take one of them roads just outside of town, go down couple miles, and it’s right there. You cain’t miss it.”

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March 25, 2015
No batteries required

By Julie Carter, Cowgirl Sass & Savvy

It can be argued over the hood of a pickup or while leaning on the gate waiting for the brand inspector, but the fact is, the world has become a complicated place to navigate from the ranch at the end of 40 miles of dirt road. Click here to continue.

March 18, 2015
Photography is a contact sport

By Julie Carter, Cowgirl Sass & Savvy

There haven’t been too many years in my life I didn’t have a camera in tow wherever I went. The difference in then and now is the cost of the film and developing which became a non-issue in 2002 when I bought my first digital camera. That turned up the “volume” on my love for taking pictures of life. Click here to continue.


February 11, 2015
Some days it’s feathers

By Julie Carter, Cowgirl Sass & Savvy
The commercialism of February has painted the world with red and pink hearts and accented it with chocolate. Dollar signs float through the air like the sugar plum fairies of Christmas. Click here to continue.

December 13, 2014
Killed with a pen – U.S. Forest Service order strikes with a signature
 
Sitting at the kitchen table in the log built ranch house tucked up against the Gallinas Mountains in central New Mexico, Mike Sanchez wore the look of a man who didn’t get a lot of sleep and didn’t know what it was not to worry. The weight of the world had become part of his posture now and forever. Click here to continue.


By Julie Carter,
Cowgirl Sass & Savvy


Frankie (son), Loretta (wife) and Mike Sanchez


Sanchez, 3 generations Mike, Eddie, Frankie


December 13, 2014
The son-in-law Christmas horse

By Julie Carter, Cowgirl Sass & Savvy

It’s that time of year when the cowboys are hanging out at the feed store shopping for their favorite cowgirl. The cowgirl is in the same store because that’s where the stuff that her cowboy likes is sold. Click here to continue.

September 12, 2014
Telling your story---the FULL story
By Julie Carter, Cowgirl Sass & Savvy
For whatever reason, this cooling off curing season always makes me nostalgic. I find my thoughts often wander to memories of fall in place far away and a time long ago on a high mountain ranch where summer ended abruptly, usually just after Labor Day. Click here to continue.

September 9, 2014
Back to school in the “olden days”
By Julie Carter, Cowgirl Sass & Savvy
The siren’s song of the West is not audible and yet it p

The yellow busses are rolling again and school yards are alive with color, movement and sounds of laughing children.

It is a decades old routine that brings with it a wave of nostalgia for many, me included. There are generations of America’s students that can recall how much different things were “back then.” Click here to continue.

August 25, 2014
Call of the West
By Julie Carter, Cowgirl Sass & Savvy
The siren’s song of the West is not audible and yet it pierces the heart of men in every walk of life.

The sirens of Greek mythology lived on a rocky island in the middle of the sea and sang melodies so beautiful that sailors passing by could not resist their lure to disaster on the rocks. Click here to continue.

August 20, 2014
Horse trading jargon
By Julie Carter, Cowgirl Sass & Savvy
There is an entire dictionary's worth of phrases, sayings and quotes you can pin to the horse trading business.

The best advice for the horse buyer is to carefully discern the words they hear and try to decipher what those terms and phrases may actually define. Hidden meaning is the trademark of a seasoned horse trader. Click here to continue.

August 13, 2014
Kindness paid with apples
By Julie Carter, Cowgirl Sass & Savvy

“Pay it forward” is an expression describing the beneficiary of a good deed, repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor. The concept is old but in 2000, Catherine Ryan Hyde’s novel “Pay it Forward” was published and adapted into a film of the same name. The premise of the plan was to make the world a better place by spreading these good deeds. Click here to continue.

August 3, 2014
Raising the bar on redneck
By Julie Carter, Cowgirl Sass & Savvy

uly 28, 2014
See you at the county fair
By Julie Carter, Cowgirl Sass & Savvy
All across America, it is county fair time. Spending a day at the fair is as much a lesson in history and anthropology as it is an excuse to eat homemade pie and see cute bunnies in their best fur coats. Click here to continue.

July 25, 2014
Writing our lives by Julie Carter


The West is dead, my friend
But writers hold the seed
And what they saw
Will live and grow
Again to those who read.

– C.M. Russell, 1917

Like C.M. Russell, I believe the West will continue to stay alive in the words of those who paint the pictures both with ink and paint. Click here to continue.

July 24, 2014
New twister initiation
Nothing smells better to a cowboy than a sweaty horse as long as it’s his favorite except maybe a pretty girl, as long as she’s his favorite.

A quality horse worthy of a cowboy’s love and respect doesn’t just happen – there are many hours and countless miles invested between a pretty little colt and a good finished horse. Click here to continue.

A different bucket list
Everybody, everywhere has owned a bucket, used a bucket or needed a bucket. Buckets through the ages have played a part in the very fiber of our lives, including “kicking the bucket.” Click here to continue.
By Julie Carter

     
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