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.  (=


To be or not..

m and m 6a‘I’d rather be a could-be

if I cannot be an are.

Because a could-be, is a maybe

who is reaching for a star.

I’d rather be a has-been

than a-might-have-been, by far.

For a might-have-been, has never been.

But a has, was once, an are.’  Milton Berle

Short film I was in, hosted by Sonny Bono, bad but funny

In 1968 I was in this cheesy short film riding my horse (see 27:43)< I start here.   They used to show this film to the guys just before sending them over to Vietnam.  I guess after watching this they didn’t mind as much. (= Marijuana (1968) is a short film that is hosted by Sonny Bono. They wouldn’t let me wear any makeup and they had me take off my moccasins. So funny!

Looks like Diablo 1a

They did some filming in our house and backyard (pool with guy sitting on the diving board).   They also showed our high school football team, and I have friends and my sister in it.  I had never seen it before late 2012, it was on TV and I saw the pool shot and told my husband it was my parent’s house (he didn’t believe me, hehe).  So I found it online and we were both surprised.  The past has a way of following us!

What’s going on, could we be fueling these youth shootings?!?

Children are like sponges and generally absorb more information in a shorter time than adults.  So it has always been up to adults to make sure that they are educated and protected from extremely negative information.  I think at this point we should be reevaluating what is feeding this increase in youth violence. It actually wouldn’t hurt to tone down some of the violence in games, movies and TV either.  Desensitizing is not new, it has been used for centuries to ready troops for fighting.  Unfortunately it seems that some are acting out some of the violence they see.  If you think I’m just a right wing conservative, your very wrong.  I have always been a moderate and I have no agenda, other than to speak out when I think it can help.  To have this many reoccurring shootings and violence coming from our youth is not normal!  I actually think it’s a pretty strong warning.  The hormonal imbalance going on as a child matures is pretty erratic, one moment laughing the next crying and so on. A happy well balanced child may not have an issue with all of the violence, but obviously there are some that are.   All I’m saying is to check out what is on the games, movies and TV and come to your own conclusion.  Those of you out there directing, producing and so on, would it kill you to take it down a notch.   Hansi Riley