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Monday, July 4, 2011

John Wayne and the ultimate hero!

I know many of you out there absolutely loved the old westerns. John Wayne, Matt Dillion and so many more gave us hours and hours of entertainment. Shoot 'em up type westerns, the hero saves the heroine, saves the ranch, saves the town--you know what I mean. I loved watching the old westerns on Sunday afternoon with my dad. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. The Durango Kid. Gene Autry. Those were the real men. They loved the ladies, their horse and their piece of land and not necessarily in that order. Crafting the perfect cowboy hero is my goal.

One of my favorite places to visit when I lived in Colorado many years ago, was an old ghost town they transported building by building to a new location. It was so cool to be able to look at the small shack and imagine myself as the heroine and a sexy, rugged, cowboy would ride in and save me from my life of dispair because my parents had died and left me alone. (Yes, I have a good imagination. It's important since I write romance and mostly cowboy romance.) Or being a dance hall girl so misunderstood. I might have had to work in the saloon for one reason or another, but always dreamed of being taken from that life by a handsome cowboy.

Our modern day lives leave us very little time to drift away into the land of day dreams so we must grasp onto those small times when we can lose ourselves in a story crafted by an author with a special gift. The special gift is being able to weave a story so involved and so good, we have to keep reading and keep reading until the book is finished no matter what time of the night it is.

A wonderful hero has to be sexy, good-hearted, loyal, can only love the one special woman in his life and a great lover. The heroine must be gorgeous (at least in the eyes of the hero), kind, loving, understanding and loves the hero unconditionally. With divorce rates at all time highs, we need to find a little bit of our hero or heroine in the person we've chosen to live our lives with. Take the time to explore new things together whether it be a new television show, a new landmark you've found or even a new way to stroke or touch your special person.

Take a moment to drift into a daydream whether it be your lunch break, right after dinner or right before bed. We all need to dream.

Until Next Month

~ Sandy


Tina Donahue said...

I love the old spaghetti westerns Clint Eastwood made that catapulted him to stardom. Just saw "A Fistful of Dollars" the other day on AMC. Damn, Clint was a good looking man. The music and cinematography were great. I've never been a fan of westerns, but I do love Clint Eastwood.

Sandy said...


I watched all those cowboy shows, and there's one you left out. Cisco Kid! lol It doesn't matter. They were all wonderful. It was an innocent time in our lives and good (white hats) always won.

I loved your blog, Sandy.

jean hart stewart said...

gotta agree, the old westerns were great. Wonder if there's a way to make some of today's mixed up kids watch them? Some of them sadly need heros...Jean

susan said...

I grew up watching these movies and felt sure I would find me a real life cowboy some day. Well guess I did some hubby had a horse but she wasn't like on tv. The horse was just a pet and was rode once in awhile. My hubby wore no cowboy hat and no boots. He didn't charge after me on a white stallion but had a car I adored and the car caught my eye first. Long after the car has been gone we are still together as we just celebrated 48 years on the 29th of June. I watch every western I come across and John Wayne topped that list. As for my hubby..I settled for a country boy but not a western/country boy.susan Leech

Fiona McGier said...

I haven't liked John Wayne since he beat up Maureen O'Hara in McClintock, while the whole town watched and laughed. I understand it was supposed to be amusing that he was "putting her in her place", but really, spanking a grown woman? And not in a BDSM way, but just because you can?
I realize I'm in the minority, but I have never thought of cowboys as sexy...just hot, dirty, and most probably smelly. And I'm happy now that the world is no longer black and white, but reflects the infinite shades of grey that actually exist.

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