Sunday, July 03, 2022

Renaming A horse In The Middle of A Stream

 July 3, 2022

   Oh, boy, here we go again.

   Meet some of the crazy ladies who made this country what it is today.

Another collage executed by Jordan Benjamin

Renaming A Horse In The Middle of A Stream

   I was noodling a possible name for my art show this coming November and came up with "Trailblazers & Hellraisers: The Real Women of The Wild West" and when I ran it by my curator, Kristi Jacobs, she said, "Why isn't that the name of your book?" A damn good question. So I ran it by my co-author, our publisher, our art director, our production manager, our editor and various members of my family who are visiting from Japan and they all said the same thing: "Agreed. It's a much better title." So, we'll reattack the cover after the Fourth.

   I am still wrestling with the Sharlot Hall pulling a gun on Grover Cleveland opus which features a flash flood in a deep wash, mules, not horses, but the metaphor—don't changes horses in the middle of a stream—is still apropos of everything.

Monthly Whip Out:

"When Sharlot Hall Pulled A Gun

On Grover Cleveland"

   An alternative title might be, "When Red Means Stop And A Gun Means Go."

   Meanwhile, in a world far, far away, a Kingman kid caught a wave.

Everybody's Gone Surfin', Even BBB

   Not quite: the board's rented, the surf lessons didn't quite pay off, but you get the picture. Mission Beach, San Diego, 1986.

"You can't judge a book by its previous cover."

—Old Vaquero Saying


  1. Thank you for sharing your brilliant work and life. You always make me feel lucky. btw Who writes your old vaquero sayings? I wonder if they would make a book?

  2. Anonymous11:16 AM

    Kowabunga, Dude!


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