Can I introduce you to a friend of mine? He's a fun inspirational writer who blogs regularly on Bustles And Spurs.
Terry is both an honest to goodness real cowboy and an Irishman. How can it get any better than that?
Since it's St Patrick's Day and a lot of people know that I'm a 5th generation Irish storyteller and a 4th generation Texas Bull Shipper (you notice how carefully I said that word) that it might be appropriate to say a few words.
My Irish heritage goes back further than 5 generations, that's just as far as I can document the storytellers in the line, although I suspect they all are. My great-grandmother was an O'Green from Cork County, although they dropped the O on the boat on the way over and it just became Green. I know her daddy could spin a wee tale, so that makes five for sure.
On St Pats day everyone wants to be Irish. I was at a conference in San Antonio when it rolled around a couple of years ago and everyone in the place was trying to be Irish to the core. When they found out I was the real deal I became something of a celebrity. Given my size they speculated that I might actually be a leprechaun disguised in a ten gallon hat. Someone pointed out that leprechauns were very little men but someone else quickly pointed out “not in Texas.”
I neither confirmed nor denied it and still stand by that position. If you look up the definition of leprechaun it says "they usually take the form of old men who enjoy partaking in mischief." Ask my wife if that isn't true.
Should any of you be superstitious, or if you just don't want to take chances, the famous "Luck of the Irish" is only transferable on this day by receiving an Irish blessing, preferably from a real leprechaun. For that reason I will now pronounce upon you the most famous of all the Irish blessings:
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Oh, yes, it's also said that you can capture a leprechaun and find the location of their pot of gold, but that's back in the old country and you'd have to catch one over there to accomplish that.
The first book in The Sagebrush Collection, On the Road Home contains short stories and poems about life and love from renowned inspirational western writer and literary agent Terry Burns.
Now for a little fun...visit Terry's site (you'll want to bookmark it, I've spent a good deal of time there!) and find the answer to the following question.
Come back here and post the answer in your comment for a chance to win a copy of this book. I'll announce the winner and send the book on March 27th.
What award did one of Terry's books win recently? And what was the name of that book?