They’re our eccentrics so we let them be

Essay by Penelope Reedy

Rural life – September 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine

Eccentrics. Every community has them, but out West they seem to take on a unique aura.

Take the Babbington twins, two nearly identical men who lived on a farm on the west end of Camas Prairie, Camas County, Idaho, in the early to mid-part of the 20th century. They did everything together, including dying together in a house fire.

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Does anybody remember the Cowboy Code

Essay by Penelope Reedy

Western Life – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine

Does Anyone Remember the Cowboy Code?

by Penelope Reedy

“In the moonlight he could see Harley’s body hanging from the fence, where they had tangled it upright between strands of barbed wire. Harley’s brown skin had gone as pale as the cloudy sandstone in the moonlight, and Tayo could see blood shining on his thighs and his fingertips.”

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