The Paregien Journal – Issue 339 – July 25, 2016 – Stan Paregien, Editor
Don Betts and I and our much better halves– Judy and Peggy — spent a delightful week together in Sedona, Arizona last year. But the point of this current issue of THE PAREGIEN JOURNAL is to put down persistent rumors and to established beyond a reasonable doubt . . . that Don and I can do something other than sit around and look pretty.
Well, we’re going to try, anyway.
Secondarily, we have had thousands of people begging on bended knees for poetry based on puns.
Mostly not. However, I kinda like ’em. Most of my are short and on the funny side. Anyway, kind of like indigestion, I sure feel better getting them out of my system. So I am including several here.
However, we begin with a poem by my dear friend Don Betts. The man is a remarkable writer and poet, especially considering the fact he never tried his hand at it until he was 82. So we lead off with his extremely appropriate poem titled “Conventional Confusion.” It is just in time for the beginning of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and that is what it is all about. And, as with many of Don’s poems, the last few lines jump up and bite you on the butt. You’ll enjoy it.
But mostly you’ll enjoy it, I think.
Friends, the pilot has turned the warning light signifying that we are about to take off. It may be a bumpy ride, so please buckle up.
And then things kinda go down hill from there.
Some of you know that Peggy and I recently spent ten delightful days in bonnie ol’ Scotland. The photo below shows us standing in front of our hotel in Ayr, Scotland.
Right, it ain’t our hotel. But we did visit there. And in the near future I hope to have many of our Scotland photos posted online. More about that another time.
Thanks for stopping by the ol’ bunkhouse to visit a spell. Y’all come back soon, ya hear?
— Stan Paregien Sr. (aka, “Cowboy Stan”)