During today’s unpredictable, chaotic times, we crave a true hero.
Western fiction has always given us the quintessential heroes who live lives of self-sufficiency. The landscapes may be stark but beautiful, but the lines between good and bad in such heroes are never gray or politically correct.
Loren Cruden who reviews books for the North Columbia Monthly recently had this to say about Western fiction:”The Western novel encodes unresolved tensions between romance and reality in the American psyche.
“There’s American pride in being a resourceful, stand-up individualist — and also a tendency to chuck it away for consumerism’s herd comforts and security.”
The Old West isn’t much in fashion now, but the public may turn its interest in books and movies from Vampires back to Westerns.
If so, it will point out the vigor and vitality of the folks who face the hardships and challenges of maintaining a self-efficient life on their small ranches.
One such hero is John Smith, our neighbor down the Deep Lake Boundary Rd., who lives such a lifestyle. He has just been named our new Washington State senator. He temporarily fills the position from which Bob Morton resigned.
John Smith will undoubtedly be a vital force in the Washington Senate.