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Archive for November, 2006

Jack “Jiggs” Lael

My Uncle Jack passed away a couple of days ago, and he will be sorely missed.

I’ve written about my uncle before on this blog–he was a famous rodeo cowboy in his time, Elvis-handsome, and once won a contest for the best hard-luck story. This afforded him a trip to Dallas and much attention–especially from cowgirls. He rode at Madison Square Garden and on two different occasions, he won the privilege of kissing Miss America.

There are so many great stories about my uncle I couldn’t fit them all in here, but in his memory, I want to tell one

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Foggy Mountain

If I were naming this place today, I’d call it Foggy Mountain. Yesterday afternoon, I was delighted to look up from my writing and seeing snow coming down. Today, the draw is shrouded in fog, ghosting the great pines to specter trees.

It’s a day to have the fire going, and a pot of 15-bean soup bubbling on the stovetop. Bernice is curled up on my bed, and Sadie is downstairs somewhere, trying to cadge an extra breakfast from some upsuspecting soul. The kitties are performing clandestine missions, as usual, little furry spies with all manner of secret hiding places.

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“Keep your ear to the ground” referred to the practice of plainsmen listening to the ground to hear hoof beats. It became the westerner’s warning to stay alert.