Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What Makes Cowboys Sing The Blues?

A cowboy takes his lonely computer in hand
And tries to find the Shades Out West on broadband
But it's not there & slightly overdue
And that's what makes cowboys sing the blues

The Christmas Card Contained In The
Shades Out West Issue

Yet again, an issue of Shades is overdue. There is no one to blame but its editor, what's her name, and for that I sincerely apologize. 2010 is not a year I shall look back on with undiluted pleasure. In the words of Queen Elizabeth II, it has turned out to be an 'annus horribilis.'

There have been some personal events that have interrupted the flow of the magazine. For now, and being truthful, I am exhausted. I am going to take this time to spend Christmas with my family and maybe even sleep for an entire day.

The Out West issue will be published January 1, 2011; the Good Lord willing and the creeks don't rise. In the new year Shades will be published February 1, April 1, June 1, August 1, October 1, and December 1. Six issues per year. This will be a more manageable schedule for the editor and all our contributors.

We will be adding new columns, new columnist and contributors. We have some amazing people and articles scheduled.

The Shades Editorial Staff, our Columnists, and Contributors would like to wish our readers A Very Merry Christmas and an on-time New Year!


Blogger Greta Koehl said...

I hope I'm not horrible for saying a delayed Shades will work out exactly perfectly for me. So much is going on right now that I really couldn't afford to get absorbed, er, distracted for four or five hours. Take care of yourself and have a good Christmas!

December 22, 2010 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

December 22, 2010 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Janice said...


Wishing you wonderful holidays, and leaving you a little Christmas Box:

"The minstrels played their Christmas tunes
To-night beneath my cottage eaves;
While smitten by a lofty moon,
Th' encircling laurels, thick with leaves,
Gave back and rich and dazzling sheen
That overspread their natural green.
from "Pictures of Christmas Eve" by William Wordsworth

December 24, 2010 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Greta - That was the best answer possible. I can't thank you enough.

Merry Christmas Andrea, and I wish you good health in the New Year!

Janice, thank you, my Christmas box is overflowing. You have no idea what it means to find a comment from you. A Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year.

Now that you're back, we're going to have to step up our game.


December 24, 2010 at 9:58 AM  

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