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Cowboy Culture with Clay Reid – Being a Man

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By Clay Reid

Being a man.

Being a man is so hard to be
The pain and the hardship of responsibility
You work and you slave to make it all right
Sometimes it isn’t with all of your might

It’s easier it seems to sometimes go rogue
No cares in your life, just walk away go
A woman once told me never she’d be
The “man” of the family, the one that they need

The pressures of life she just could not bear
Content with her life that burden to share
It gets to a man sometimes too much
But a man must go on they depend on us too much

So I do what I do and I smile as I do it
Hoping one day that I just won’t blow it.

Clay Reid
Archer City, Texas

I wrote this and made it as a finalist in a poetry contest a few years back and it was published in a collection of poems called “In my lifetime.” The woman that I spoke of in this poem had a great conversation with me over a few beers on a curb one night.To read more pick up a copy of the April 2016 NTFR issue.

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Lacey’s Pantry: Lemon Lover’s Trifle

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By Lacey Vilhauer

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lemon Lovers Pound Cake cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 2.7 oz box Dream Whip
  • 3 cup very cold whole milk divided
  • 2 3.4 oz boxes instant lemon pudding mix
  • 16 oz frozen whipped topping OR 4 cups fresh sweetened whipped cream
  • 2 Tbsp grated white chocolate
  • Lemon slices and sprigs of fresh mint for garnishing
  • Directions:
  • In a small saucepan over medium-high heat the granulated sugar and lemon juice together. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved then set aside to cool.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer whip together the Dream Whip (the box contains 2 envelopes – use both) and 2 cups of cold whole milk. Whip for 5 minutes or until soft peaks form.
  • To read more, pick up a copy of the July issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.
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Jesses Jewelz

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By Jesse Kader

Summer time is here and though it may be hot, we can still get a Western summer style without lots of layers. These striped shorts are so cute and comfy and actually also have a matching shirt that pair up to make a cute set. You also can wear it with basic blouses as shown here and throw on your favorite turquoise. There are so many options to mix and match. See all of this and more at
www.jessesjewelz.com.

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10 Interesting Facts About the Fourth of July

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Independence Day is celebrated this month as the nation commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The founding fathers declared the 13 colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain but were now free, independent states.

Today, that independence is often celebrated with fireworks, picnics, parades, fairs, and a variety of other public and private events. As the nation prepares to once again honor its heritage, it is fun to review these interesting facts about Fourth of July.

To read more, pick up a copy of the July issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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