A Long Walk Home

The reception received by “Dear Emma” left me feeling intoxicated.  I had done it.  I had written a book and even though I did it myself, the work was published.  Many looked down their noses at self-published authors, but the sense of accomplishment I received when a reader would...

Dear Emma

I’ve heard it said each of us has a book in them.  I hope that is true because writing has become truly my passion.  Hemingway warned us that if writing becomes our addiction, only death itself can save us.  Since I plan to live for several more years, I hope to have many...

Girls and Horses

Check this out:  There is a saying about a boy and his dog.  I don’t know where it came from nor do know the first person to say it.  Maybe it started as recently as the movie Old Yeller.  You saw Old Yeller, didn’t you?  The story of a...

Hell In The Miller’s Cornfield

This time of the year, this week, in fact, I can’t stop myself from thinking back and remembering the hell that we found in Miller’s cornfield. We were just boys, or I guess most of us were boys. Even those that were full grown was innocent. Innocent of what they made us do in...

Louva

CW, Here’s a view of the world from the Captain’s chair on the top of a horse.  Many, myself included, will tell you it is by far the best seat in the house.  This is a photo of Louva’s first trail ride, and let me tell you, she did...

The Porch is Always Open

Hey, good morning. Years ago, I told my friend Pickles this porch was a good place to watch the world go by.  At the time I said it, I was thinking of the days I’d set here with Laura and watch our children in the yard, the horses in...

Elmira

Coffee’s on if you want a cup. You know I was born in Elmira, don’t you? Yeah, Elmira New York. Course, I’ve never been back since I left for the Army. I think about that place some. Well, that’s a bit of a lie, I think about that place...

Pickles Knudson

Good morning.  Welcome back.  I got my boots off but let me get up and get you a cup of coffee.  You know the way?  Well, that being the case, I’ll sit here, and you can grab your own. Like that idea better anyway.  I get to be polite,...

Wolf Teeth

Hey CW, Got some great news to tell you.  Louva, the little filly I told you about, well by this time tomorrow she will be in college.  That’s right; she’s on her way to school.  You may remember I told you she fell and cut herself while trying to...

My Name is Samuel Moses Cardiff

My name is Samuel Moses Cardiff; mostly I go by Sam.  Some years ago, almost forty, in fact, I stood upon this porch that overlooks the barn, the corrals, and Old Woman Creek and told my friend Pickles this was an excellent place to watch the world go by....