Magic of Reading

sail away

Stay with me Oma

read to me some more.

For my mind is full of wonder

and your words

they open doors.

To travel and to ponder

over lands so far away.

Read to me Oma

and let us sail today.   Hansi Riley




The creation of ‘Just an Old Cowboy.’ and ‘A Friend From Long Ago’

One night I awoke, to my mind spinning with memories and stories of long ago.  I tried going back to sleep, but sleep wouldn’t be possible until this was down on paper.  This night opened the door to the past and my old cowboy was reborn.  

So let’s go back a some years… I’ve always been a bit of a loner, home for me was a lonely place, my horse and dog were my best friends. My dog was one of the sons of ‘Lassie’, our neighbors won him in a Campbell Soup dog naming contest.  They had no fence and couldn’t keep him cause he kept running away.  They gave him to us, because we loved him and he’d always come to our house first when he got out.  He was unreal, he was trained by Bob Wetherwax, Lassie’s trainer and was smart as be and a better student than me.   When not at school,  I was out riding my horse, his name was Diablo.  He was an adopted wild mustang, who was supposed to be trained, but was only green broke and proud cut to boot.  We grew up together and spent many years exploring the mountains, hills and valleys near my house.  Looking back I you see how special it all really was, like being inspired by the raw beauty of the land, and sitting by a stream taking it all in while getting lost in the music of the water playing over rocks, lots of special moments.  Although spending so much time in the mountains along did put us in more than a few dangerous situations, and I was aware how alone and far from help my horse and I were if something went wrong.  (and no we couldn’t just call someone, cell phones hadn’t been invented yet).  Anyways, I think all those experiences along with loneliness helped fuel my *Walter Mitty-ish imagination and was the genesis of my imaginary cowboy friend, and he became my protector and riding companion of sorts. Not much protection in a real situation, but tell that to the imagination… ‘Just an Old Cowboy” is in poem form and the first of my stories about our time and adventures.  

I hope you enjoy them and I hope you also have great and wonderous adventures! 

                                                                                                                                                   Hansi Riley

I don’t have many pictures of my horse and I together, so I posted this movie I rode my horse in, it’s taken at the bottom of the hills, below the mountains we would ride in.    To see the film ‘Marijuana 1968’ go to and scroll to reel 27:43

 I wouldn’t be surprised it it’s #1 on ”Rotten Tomatoes’, Sony Bono narrated and I think he was stoned, hehe 

* The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber Walter Mitty had his own secret world, created by am extreme imagination.  I guess mine wasn’t that bad, compared to his.  (=

Ants and crawly things

Let us venture through the trees

heading out to hill and glen.

To feel the warming sun and breeze

on our skin and through our hair.

There we could go exploring

or merely run and play.

Until we both get winded

then head back to the forest again.

There we might just settle in

where we’ll rest on grass and leaves.

That’s if the ants and crawly things

will give us, a reprieve.

Perhaps they could go visiting

until we go away,

I don’t mean leaving permanently,

just maybe for today.      Hansi Riley


How to give a pill to a Cat or Dog, Oh, and the Author’s still in rehab!

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HOW TO GIVE A CAT A PILLGinger domestic kitten (Felis catus) rolling on back playing

1   Pick cat up, cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger & thumb on either side of cat’s mouth, gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens its mouth, pop pill in.  Allow cat to close mouth & swallow.

2   Retrieve pill from floor, get cat from behind sofa.  Cradle cat in left arm, repeat process.

3   Retrieve cat from bedroom, throw soggy pill away.

4   Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

5   Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe, call spouse from garden.

6   Kneel on floor with cat…

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