Houlihans and Horse Sense

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Xlibris Corporation, Mar 15, 2004 - Humor
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This collection of popular newspaper and magazine columns by Vernon Schmid is gleaned from hundreds of published pieces over the years in newspapers and magazines. His work regularly reaches tens of thousands readers. A prize-winning poet and newspaper editor, he is also a novelist and playwright. Filled with humor, wit and wisdom, these pieces offer insight into the always odd and illuminating activities of humanity, albeit from a unusual point of view. Whether a rancher, farmer, stable owner, racehorse aficionado, or casual reader, these columns will tickle your funny bone and sometimes bring a tear to your eye.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
11
Houlihan
15
Why?
19
Garthed
21
Brushing Up Against Fame
23
The Beginning of the End
25
Alternatives
27
Jack and Me
29
Prejudice
84
Just a Simple Handshake
86
God Dogs
88
Conversation with My Old Mare
90
Joe and Me and the Band
92
A Memorable Christmas
94
The Summer of Our Sorrow
96
A Singing Fool
99

Charlie
31
Cowboy Church
33
Good Old Days Revisited
35
The Best Christmas Ever
37
The Day Ol Rick Bucked Off a Hayloft
39
Who Benefits from Farm Policies
41
The Hat
43
Happy Anniversary Darlin
44
The Truth of the Matter
46
Waylon Willie George and Me
48
Wranglers
50
Getting Hitched
52
Dude Horses
54
Mothers Day Memories
55
A Found Poem
58
Good Guys and Bad Guys
61
Horse Mumbling
64
How Many Are There?
66
Language Lessons
68
My Old Mare
70
Nielson Family
72
Old Age and Treachery
74
Political Wisdom
76
Running is a Matter of Survival
78
The Brown Bomber
80
The Incredible Shrinking Cows and Horses
82
Cowboy Boots
101
Backyard Creation Story
103
Cowboy Cures
105
Cowboy Time
107
Cowboy Insults
109
Educashun
112
Excuses Excuses
116
Family Ties
118
Good Eatin
120
Good Old Days Revisited
122
The Black Mare and the Cowboy
124
The Red Mule
126
War Horses
128
The Most Important Meal of the Day
130
The Truth about Tools
132
The Sight
134
A Found Poem
136
BeefIts Whats for Dinner
138
Advance and Retreat
140
Geezers
142
The Rockefeller Center Incident
143
Summertime and the Living are Sweating
145
Ute Trail
147
The Poor Boy and the Mud Ponies
149
The Daddy of Em All
151
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