The Paregien Journal — Issue 330 — April 20, 2016 — Stan Paregien, Sr.
Well, well, well. It finally happened. Our youngest child has turned, . . . gulp, . . . 45 years of age. Where, oh where, did all the years go? Peggy and I sometimes look back to when we were dating, 1961-1962, and recall how we thought both sets of our parents were pretty ancient people. They were not much older than 45. Now our own daughter is 45 . . . and Peggy and I are . . . , well, just a wee bit older than that ourselves.
It is time to wish our dear daughter, Stacy Evelyn Paregien Magness, a very happy birthday. We love you very much, sweetie.
And now, . . . a few “blasts from the past.”
Peggy & Stan Paregien with children Stacy and Gene (ak Stan Jr.) at the Harold & Evelyn Paregien home on the Edwards Ranch, just 1 mile west of Piru, Calif., in 1983.
The Stan Paregien family in 1975 in Council Bluffs, Iowa
Stacy and her horse “Shag” in Stroud, Oklahoma
Oh, hey, did I mention that the aggressively spreading Red Cedar tree is not only a great nuisance to farmers and ranchers . . . but it is a major cause of allergy problems in Oklahoma. But there we were with that doggone big tree in the middle of our living room for at least two weeks prior to Christmas. It also dried out very fast, despite a watering hole under the base, so it became a ball of fire just waiting to happen. Guess we were just dumb, ignorant . . . and happy way back then.
Ain’t she just plum cute?
That is their cousin, Connie King (now Williams), at the far right. Daughter of Bill and Paula King.
Oops. That label, above, should have read “1986.”
Since then, good ol’ John has added some 60 books to his “Hank the Cowdog” series and countless CDs of “Hank the Cowdog’s Favorite Songs” (most of which feature John’s singing voice and musical expertise, plus his songwriting skills). Quite a home-grown success. He lives on his ranch outside of Perryton, Texas.
Stacy Paregien with DeWayne Clinkenbeard in about 1988 in Snyder, TX
Stacy Paregien with movie actor Iron Eyes Cody at the Western Writers of America conference in the summer of 1988 in San Diego, Calif.
Here is what a group of female, Oklahoma domestic engineers can accomplish:
Stacy & John Magness with their growing family: Dylan and little sister Christal. Kilgore, Texas – 1995
We are so proud of you, Stacy. You will always have a special place in our hearts.
— Love, Mom and Dad
NEXT TIME: “Music: Merle Haggard & More.” That issue on April 25th will contain my personal essay on the life and career of country music star Merle Haggard (who died just recently). Lots of photos and probably lots of tidbits of information about him that you never knew. Also, some information about the resurgence of “house concerts” across the country. And a handful of songs with guitar chords for your use or to pass along to others. It is a good ‘un.