Category Archives: Kenny Loggins

These Boots. . .

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Of course, this is one example of how just the beginning words of a song

can send you back in time, evoke memories or irritate you, depending on

the particular words! “These boots are made for walking…” sung by Nancy

Sinatra, came out in February, 1966. The lyrics and melody were written

by Lee Hazelwood.

Of course, these boots were an example of figurative speech and they were

usually viewed during this era to be, “go go boots!” I would like to switch over

to pre-Civil War days, when good ole’ cowboy boots were more prevalent.

Some interesting facts are they came about due to necessity, ability to handle

all sorts of inclement weather and using leather to hold up, for the long haul.

I had not realized that the heels were made to be tall, to be able to latch onto

the stirrups on the side of the horse, attached to the saddle.

Many of you out West and South know the purpose to cowboy boots, I always

viewed them as ‘cute’ boots that my brothers wore with their leather vests

and chaps, along with the accompaniment of a “Sheriff” badge, made out of

stamped tin silver.

My oldest daughter was quite fond of the ability to slide her tights-encased

feet into her Daddy’s little boy cowboy boots. They were made of  rugged dark

brown leather with tan stitching, that looked like ropes lassoing and winding

around. She had discovered that the more you wear the leather boots, the more

they ‘fit’ and conform to your feet.

I loved the way she was my ‘frilly’ girl, wearing dresses into her grade school

years. Those cowboy boots were easy to slip on, then clomp around in, making

quite a racket on hardwood floors! The third year she saw Santa Claus in her life,

with her wearing a pretty Christmas dress and white tights on, is my favorite

pose of hers wearing boots! No ‘go go boots,’ for her! I have a picture of her

wearing a pair of high heeled black dress boots on the day of her best friend,

Jennifer’s 21st birthday that nearly meets the high emotions I get when I see her

on that Christmas, 1983!

When I saw Willie Nelson’s photograph, in a beautiful pair of smooth and

shiny black leather cowboy boots,  inside of my recent “AARP Magazine” and

gracing the cover of my daughter’s “Rolling Stones” magazine, too. Later after

getting my mail seeing the still ‘mighty fine’ man, Jeff Bridges on the outside

cover. Then inside he is talking about his days in western movies, like “Crazy

Heart”  and “True Grit,” (remade) where he wore cowboy boots. . .

I just had to learn more about cowboy boots!

There is an author, Jennifer June, whose recent book, “Art and Sole,” came

out with all kinds of modern pieces of artwork in decorating cowboy boots

that is well worth skimming and like I did, looking at the fantastic art on

current boots. Isn’t that the cleverest title?

Side tracking,  I enjoyed years ago (1993) a great movie, called, “Heart and

Souls.” If you wish to think of what is happening in the hearafter, with a

big dose of humor and fun,  check out this one! I am so pleased that the

members of this movie, are all still with us, gracing the ‘silver screen.’

With Robert Downey, Jr., Alfre Woodard, Charles Grodin, Elisabeth Shue

and Kyra Sedgwick, this is a four star movie cast!

The subject of cowboy boots, with its incredible industry with various

successful companies really could fill  several books! Country western stars,

some who may have never ridden a horse grace the musical scene. The show,

“Nashville,” made it through two seasons, I believe.

“Red Wings,” is a big name in cowboy boots and work boots, too. The artists

who are part of the company, “Rocket Busters,” stitch and design, paint and

create flair using boot leather as their “canvas.” Looking at many of the lovely

patterns, I decided if I ever lived near horses, were going out to enjoy a date

with a cowboy, I would choose their “Chandelier” design. Another company to

check out, its roots in Texas, is Justin Brand Boots, or simply “Justin’s boots.”

In honor of Willie Nelson I will share a few of his passions:

He loves the woman he married in 1991, Annie. He loves his sons and thinks that

when them, Micah, Lucas and he play their guitars and sing, they are ‘as good as

it gets.’ For 50 years or more, his sister, Bobbie, has been part of his bus touring

group. His two daughters, Amy and Lana, also like to travel on the road with

him.

He is a big supporter of migrant workers, enjoys seeking home grown vegetables

and fruits, in a fair market value system. He is supportive of farmers all across

the world. Willie is 81 and just passed this fifth degree black belt in Korean

martial arts!

Willie’s song on his album, “Band of Brothers,” I recommend to you. It is

called, “I’ve Got a Lot of Traveling to Do.” Willie passé on this final thought in

his recent article,  he admits it is not original but worth repeating!

“Don’t slow down – – –

They might be gaining on you!”

Cowboy Boots:

Roy Rogers wore them.

 

Roy made the boots quite popular!

I cannot help myself, I wanted you to know Roy’s ‘real’ name was Leonard

Franklin Slye, he lived from 1911 – 1998, with his second wife and he making

it to 51 years together! Known as the “King of Cowboys,” he seemed to deserve

this legendary title.

 

Dale Evans wore them.

Elvis wore them.

Governor Rick Perry wears them.

Both Presidents Bush, Senior and Junior wore them.

 

Do you wear them?

 

I had a babysitter who lived out on a farm, her children and I liked to feed the

baby lambs baby bottles of milk. This was in her farmhouse kitchen in the

winter time. I loved being out in the country but have never owned a pair of

cowboy boots! I guess living in a town,(Sandusky, Ohio) then close to a big city,

(Cleveland) I considered myself a ‘city’ girl!

 

If I decide to go out and buy some cowboy boots, do you have a favorite brand

to recommend I try?

 

 

 

The Man of My Dreams

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Tossed and turned last night, once I went to sleep I

felt I was in a very deep and cozy place. Eventually

I heard the alarm, it seemed like minutes later. My

daughter had to get up before 5 and her alarm was

making a lilting musical block tones. It sounded

like the “chimes”the cherub choir learn to play in

our church!

Which made me have a light dozing sleep dream. It

was filled with the man of my dreams! He was not

tall nor short, he was not light nor dark-haired. I

came to know him quickly, he was not rich and didn’t

live in a mansion. He was not poor and live in squalor.

He had the easiest laugh that made me feel warm inside.

I saw him smiling and laughing with children around

him.

Once we became friends in my dream, he made the most

fun out of the simplest things. He tended to be overgenerous

and would offer strangers his jacket if they were cold. He

often would somehow sense my feelings, like when we were

in the movie theatre, I barely shivered. He offered to go get

my sweater I had forgotten in the car. He exuded such

warmth, I shook my head and just snuggled in under his

arm. It was enough to not need anything else.

When we were apart, he contacted me through his cell

phone, emails and also, leaving messages in varied

places. When he saw me from afar, his steps would

quicken, his face breaking into the broadest of smiles!

His face was the beaconing light sometimes on a hard

day.

He started to be more physically friendly (frisky even.)

He seemed to have a hard time not greeting me with

a bunch of kisses. They were light and yet, very sweet.

Months passed by and I had met his siblings, friends

and coworkers. He shared all of these with enthusiastic

introductions. His description of me indicated he was

so proud to be with me! He made me feel like a Queen.

I was so glad to be able to introduce him to my three

children and two of the older ones’ partners. The six

grandchildren mistook him for a jungle gym, he

gave off such an open and teasing air. I was sighing

in relief, due to the fact that some of my exes had not

been so considerate of my children’s choices in their

lives, so far. I believe they have not met their destinies

yet. Wondrous things will happen once they raise their

children and pursue their dreams.

With this relief, I started to trust the man in my dreams

completely. I began to even believe this man did not see

my flat-chested, skinny behind body to be anything but

beautiful! I felt “sexy” and more alive than any other time

in my life. He really seemed to “only have eyes for me.”

One fine day, he asked me to be the pretty head on the

pillow next to him for the rest of our lives. He had done

what Richard Gere had done, he had rescued me. And

in turn, I had done for him what Julia Roberts had done,

I had rescued him “back.” (“Pretty Woman” movie).

As I heard my alarm go off, the sound of a special and

sweet song written by Kenny Loggins, “Danny’s Song”

came over the radio with these words…

“Even though we ain’t got money,

I’m so in love with ya, honey.

Every thing will bring a chain of love

And in the morning, when I rise

You bring a tear of joy to my eyes

And tell me ‘everything is gonna be alright.'”