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About stan

Author of eight novels featuring the adventures of Deputy U.S. Marshal Merlin Fanshaw, Stan Lynde is a fourth-generation native Montanan and the creator, author, and artist of two highly acclaimed syndicated cartoon strips, Rick O'Shay and Latigo. He lives in Cuenca, Ecuador, with his wife, Lynda.

Ecuador – “Just a little sunshine, just a little rain”

Perhaps the premier artist of the Old West was Montana’s own Charles M. “Charlie” Russell. Known as “The Cowboy Artist,” Russell created more than 2,000 paintings of cowboys, Indians, and landscapes of the American West. Most followers of all things … Continue reading

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The Red Ryder BB Gun

My dad was a hunter, and a good one. Growing up at our small home on Lodge Grass Creek, it was our milk cow, family garden, and Dad’s rifle that saw our family through the hard, dark days of the … Continue reading

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Happiness is Optional

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.                                                                                          –Unknown Members of the American Happiness League (my name for the folks who write self-help books telling us how to be happy) assures us we can all … Continue reading

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Heroes

My heroes have always been cowboys. And they still are, it seems. Sadly, in search of, but one step in back of, Themselves and their slow-movin’ dreams.                                                 — Sharon Vaughn Back in what my grandkids consider “the Olden Days,” … Continue reading

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Confessions of an Eternal Transient

Long, long ago–sixty years ago, to be precise–on a Pacific Island far, far away, a friend and shipmate offered an observation and a prediction. He said I had “the look of the eternal transient” about me, and that during my lifetime I was … Continue reading

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Sharing Our Passions

My pre-school granddaughter finishes her drawing and carefully prints a crayola signature. Eyes shining, she hands me her masterpiece–a bright yellow sun, a lumpy white cloud, two strange orange flowers, and an enormous purple rabbit. Drawn almost exactly the way … Continue reading

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Belonging To Our Stuff

I have too much stuff. Maybe you do, too. I have stuff I don’t need. I have clothes I don’t wear; I have watches that don’t work. I have shoes that don’t fit. I have keepsakes I’ve never liked that … Continue reading

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THE GOOD OLD DAYS

1989. The 17 Bar, Billings, Montana. A friend and I sit at a table with two old-time cowboys, one in his late eighties and the other past ninety. The conversation turns to the problems of the day, which we agree … Continue reading

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HOT NEWS

HOT NEWS: THIS BLOG HAS BEEN UNDER ATTACK BY PHISHING ATTEMPTS, AND HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN THREE TIMES TO DATE AND WE APPOLOGIZE FOR ANY INTERRUPTION OF SERVICE TO OUR FANS. IT HAS BEEN STRESSFUL FOR US, BUT WE HAVE … Continue reading

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Thank you to all new subscribers and welcome new fans!

  A note to Stan’s newest fans: Stan Lynde’s novel Summer Snow is about to make its debut on Kindle, and in celebration, Stan is offering a terrific gift, an email subscription to his fan club and email newsletter, The … Continue reading

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