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Cowboys Don’t Cry: Westerns & the Ideal Man

“He ain’t much of a man, is he?”

I remember well the words of Buck Hannassey in Big County. His guttural insults were just one among many to blare through my grandparent’s walnut encased TV. Sitting there, on that avocado armchair, I first learned to distinguish between “real” men and their inferiors–those city slickers who couldn’t handle a gun or their liquor.

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On June Cleaver & Surviving Domestic Depression

I’m no marriage expert, but I can offer this one observation: if your spouse instructs you to “act more like June Cleaver,” your relationship is probably doomed.

At least, that was my experience.

Eight years ago, and looking more like a frightened schoolgirl than a midcentury housewife, I watched as my husband slipped through a pair of sliding glass doors and into a poorly lit parking lot.

I never saw him again.