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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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When A City Girl Goes Country

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By Annette Bridges

Everyone needs a room with a view that makes their heart happy. My honest favorite panorama would be either the mountains or the ocean. I have yet to convince my hubby to make permanent moves to either, although he does enjoy the visits as much as I do.

The location of our house on our ranch does not provide the expansive field of vision of our land that I would enjoy. So, I have created a room decorated and furnished in a way that gives me smiles, giggles, and a wonderful peace-filled feeling when I am hanging out in it. I am in that place right now writing this column. I am in a lounging position with my computer in my lap on the chaise that was once my sweet mama’s. I had it reupholstered this year to give it a fresh look.

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

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On the Road with Dave Alexander

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Local celebrity dancers of the greater Gainesville area brought the house down recently at the second annual “Dancing With Our Stars” contest in Lindsay. The event raised more than $200,000 as the sponsored dance teams did their best to take home the grand prize.

The money raised will go to the “Heart of NTMC” Campaign for the purchase of a cardiac capable CT machine for the Gainesville hospital. Rodolfo “Rudy” Martinez and Sherry Sherriden took home the Mirror Ball Trophy.

To read more, pick up a copy of the April 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

I’m super excited for this month’s article. I’m thrilled to share my first ever Jesses Jewelz exclusive piece with you. This blazer has been in the works and design for close to a year and I finally get to offer it to you. It is also available in two other colors. I hope you love it as much as I do. See them and the other colors at www.jessesjewelz.com

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