A Rainy Day Reader: 100 Poems for Your Enjoyment

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A RAINY DAY READER contains 100 poems by Stan Paregien. The poems range from the serious to the hillariously funny, from those with an academic bent to those with little redeeming social value (except for a smile or two). Great for that rainy day read. Poems include "N. Scott Momaday: A Literary Legend," "Had Any Lately?," "My Banker Ain't No Friend of Mine," "Cat Heaven," & "Smart Pills."

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About Stan Paregien, Sr

Stan Paregien Sr was born in Oklahoma to Harold and Evelyn (Cauthen) Paregien. The family moved west the year after his birth and he grew up on ranches and farms where his father worked in southern California.

One of those places where Harold Paregien worked was the Newhall Ranch, a corporate ranching and farming operation that stretched for miles either side of the highway from the towns of Newhall to Piru.

Stan was already in love with anything cowboy, mostly by watching those great B-Westerns at the local movie theaters. And then on the Newhall Ranch (officially known as the Newhall Land & Farming Company) he and his sister Roberta acquired horses and rode happy trails all over the ranch.

Paregien graduated from high school at Fillmore, Calif. He married Peggy Ruth Allen from nearby Ventura, Calif., in May of 1962. And they immediately moved to Nashville, Tennessee where in 1965 he graduated from Lipscomb University. He received his master’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. And he completed all 60-hours of the classwork toward a Ph.D. in Speech Communication at the University of Oklahoma but not complete his other requirements.

He is a former full-time minister, a newspaper reporter and editor, a radio talk show host, a director of mental health facilities in both Texas and Oklahoma, and a salesman of various products. Through it all, he has been a freelance writer and author.

Stan and Peggy have two adult children, Stan Paregien Jr who lives with his family in the St. Louis area; and Stacy Magness who lives with her family south central Texas. They also have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The Paregiens lived in Edmond, Oklahoma for some 20 years before moving to Bradenton, Florida in June of 2013.

Be sure to take a look at his other e-books which are also available online, including:

The Cajun Cowdog: 15 Cowboy Stories for Adults*
*Just that people under age 13 probably can't appreciate it.

A Rainy Day Reader: 100 Poems for Your Enjoyment

Woody Guthrie: His Life, Music & Myth

Oklahoma Almanac of Facts & Humor, (Parts 1& 2)

The Austin Chronicles, Book 1: Boggy Depot Shootout (a Western novel with adult themes)

The Austin Chronicles, Book 2: The Abilene Trail (a Western novel with adult themes)

The Day Jesus Died

Rootin’ Tootin’ Cowboy Poetry

Guy Logsdon: Award-winning Folklorist

Jim Shoulders: King of the Rodeo Cowboys

Quotations for Writers & Speakers

Clara Luper: Civil Rights Pioneer

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Review by: Rachelle Carter on May 1, 2014 :
I cannot believe you haven't put a price on this!!! It's amazing poetry, and you deserve something for all your hard work. This book is amazing! I want to know all your secrets! Please tell me how to do this!
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