Stan Paregien, Sr

Biography

Stan Paregien Sr was born in Wapanucka (Johnston County), 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 (now Santa Clarita) 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 in 1959 at Fillmore, Calif. He married Peggy Ruth Allen from nearby Ventura, Calif., in 1962. They immediately moved to Nashville, Tennessee for Stan to study Speech Communication (and history and Bible) at Lipscomb University. He graduated in 1965. In 1968, he received his master’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Then he completed all 60-hours of the classwork toward a Ph.D. in Speech Communication at the University of Oklahoma (but did not complete his other requirements). He has taken and is still taking continuing education courses in Life Skills through the University of Hard Knocks.

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. His hobby since 1990 has been writing and performing cowboy poetry and stories. He performed at the annual National Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock, Texas for a total of some 25 years. Through it all, he has been and is a freelance writer and author.

He prefers just calling himself a "storyteller" in the tradition of Mark Twain, Louis L'Amour, Elmer Kelton, Garrison Keillor, Ansel Adams, Norman Rockwell, J. Frank Dobie, Agatha Christie and others. Sometimes he tells stories through narration, sometimes through poetry and often through photography.

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 near College Station, Texas. They also have four grandchildren (going on five, with an adoption in progress) 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:

S. Omar Barker: Las Vegas New Mexico's Legendary Cowboy Poet
His biography and 50 of his poems.

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

Cowboy Earmuffs: 15 Cowboy Stories for Adults

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 (Stan's original poems)

Guy Logsdon: Award-winning Folklorist

Jim Shoulders: King of the Rodeo Cowboys

Clara Luper: Civil Rights Pioneer

Thoughts on Unity

He also recently published two paperback books through Amazon.com's KDP "Print-on-demand" process. Those two books are:

S. Omar Barker: Las Vegas New Mexico's Legendary Cowboy Poet

The Day Jesus Died: Revised Version

Or just Google "books by Stan Paregien."

Where to find Stan Paregien, Sr online

Where to buy in print

Books

Partners in Rhyme
You set the price! Words: 36,620. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2020. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
Even the cover of this book shouts out, “This ain’t your Grandma’s poetry book.” No, it is not. Not by a long shot. The authors -- Stan Paregien and Don Betts -- are two certified common guys writing poetry for other common folks. The poems deal with the issues, stresses and pleasures of daily living. There are such themes as patriotism, religion, cowboy poetry, and just plain fun.
Big Book of Cowboy Poetry
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,410. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2020. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Poetry » Spiritual
Stan Paregien’s newest book is titled, “Big Book of Cowboy Poetry.” It is a carefully selected collection of a whopping 203 of his cowboy poems spread over 300 or so pages. In this eBook version, almost all photos are in full color. There is also an 8 X 10” paperback version through Amazon, where the photos are all black-and-white due to print costs.
Big Book of Cowboy Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,270. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Western
This eBook features 40 of Stan’s stories that he wrote and performed over a period of 30 years. These are stories about ranch life and the cowboy way. He spent his early years growing up on the Newhall Ranch in southern CA., where he often rode his horse for hours into the mountains. So, he began to love the cowboy life from an early age. The same material in this
The Gospel of Jesus in Simple English
Price: Free! Words: 24,910. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / General
The Gospel of Jesus in Simple English tells how the message of Jesus is the power of God to change the lives of those who become Believers in him. The author uses common English words to tell this story. And that is why he chose the Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) of the Bible for all quotes. The author shows exactly how sinners in the first century responded to the Gospel story and were saved.
Manatee County, Florida: Facts, Folks & Photos
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 158,720. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Reference
This eBook has four main parts: (1) It is a travelguide for the beaches and other attractions in Manatee County; (2) It is a who's who of today's leaders and yesterday's heroes; (3) It is an "extended family" photo album; and (4) It is a fun history book with 450 photos and 470 profiles of folks.
Cowboy Earmuffs: 15 Cowboy Stories for Adults
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,330. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Essay » Literature
COWBOY EARMUFFS: 15 COWBOY STORIES FOR ADULTS is a collection of 15 of Stan Paregien's best cowboy stories. Best for ages 13 and up. They are just a few of the stories he has written, starting in 1991. This eBook contains such storytelling jewels as "The Cajun Submarine," "My Cowdog Named 'Sex'," "The Grey Ghost," "The Christmas Spirit" and Stan's signature storie, "Cowboy Earmuffs."
The Cajun Cowdog: 15 Cowboy Stories for Adults
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,080. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
THE CAJUN COWDOG is a collection of 15 of Stan Paregien's best cowboy stories. They are just a few of the stories which he has written and performed, starting in 1991. This eBook contains such storytelling jewels as "What Dead Cowboys Do," "My Most Unforgettable Christmas," "The Story of Juan Cordova," "The Angel & the Bad Man," and the laugh generating story about "The Cajun Cowdog."
A Rainy Day Reader: 100 Poems for Your Enjoyment
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,920. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Categories: Poetry » African Poetry, Essay » Literature
(5.00 from 1 review)
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."
The Austin Chronicles, Book 2: The Abilene Trail
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,880. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
The Austin Chronicles, Book 2: The Abilene Trail (185 pages and 73,880 words) is the second in a series of novels about the Austin family and how they coped with the unique challenges of living in the West. Here in Book 2, Daniel Austin, his younger brother David and their uncle Frank Austin start an adventure traveling from Arkansas northwest to wild and beautiful Oregon. Challenges abound.
The Austin Chronicles, Book 1: Boggy Depot Shootout
You set the price! Words: 71,280. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
The Austin Chronicles, Book 1: Boggy Depot Shootout (187 pages and 71,340 words) is the first in a series of novels about the Austin family and how they coped with the unique challenges of living in the West just after the end of America's Civil War in 1865. The main character in this book is young Daniel Austin, a Confederate veteran. Their trials climax with a shootout at Boggy Depot, I.T.
Oklahoma Almanac of Facts & Humor: Part 2 - Okarche to Zafra
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,700. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
This EBook is Part 2 containing facts about the state of Oklahoma. Part 2 covers Okarche to Zafra. It is not your grandpa's boring history book. Part 2 continues telling the unique stories of 148 towns, including those which are a county seat in one of Oklahoma's 77 counties. He includes photos, prominent people and humorous stories. Be sure to download both Part 1 & Part 2.
Oklahoma Almanac of Facts & Humor: Part 1 - Achille to Nowata
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,460. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
This EBook is Part 1 of 2 containing facts about the state of Oklahoma. Part 1 covers Achille to Nowata. It is not your grandpa's boring history book. The author starts by telling the unique stories of 148 towns, including those which are a county seat in one of Oklahoma's 77 counties. He includes photos,prominent people and humorous stories. Be sure to download both Part 1 & Part 2.
Guy Logsdon: Award-winning Folklorist
You set the price! Words: 17,390. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Editors, journalists, & publishers, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Music
Guy Logsdon graduated from Ada (Okla.) High School, rom East Central State Univ., and worked in two of the family businesses in Ada before becoming the owner of the former Stall Photography Studio. He went on to earn a doctorate, to become a folklore professor at the University of Tulsa, and to become a leading authority on Woody Guthrie's life and music, Western Swing and cowboy music.
Clara Luper: Civil Rights Pioneer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,260. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » People of color, Nonfiction » History » Social history
Though a school teacher by profession and proud of it, Clara Luper courageously began early in her career a life-long battle against racism. She made local and national news in 1958 when she organized a small group of teenagers (including her own children) and led them in a sit-in a drugstore diner which did not serve Black people. They persisted, day after day, and were successful.
Jim Shoulders: King of the Rodeo Cowboys
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,920. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Sports biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography
This Ebook tells about the life and rodeo career of the legendary Oklahoma cowboy Jim Shoulders. He was born in Tulsa but lived most of his adult life in tiny Henryetta, Oklahoma. Shouders was tough as a boot, mentally and physically, until the day he died. That is how he won an astounding 16 world championships in rodeo competition. And he still continues to inspire youngsters today.
The Day Jesus Died
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,350. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / General
This Ebook is Version 2.0 of a book of Stan Paregien's which was originally published in hardback in 1970. It grew out of his research, writing, sermons and life's experiences during his years as the preaching minister of the University Church of Christ in Las Cruces, NM. It deals with such still-current topics as the importance of truth, atheism, racism and the meaning of the gospel.
Rootin' Tootin' Cowboy Poetry
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,350. Language: American English. Published: October 3, 2012. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » Native American, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Stan Paregien Sr has been writing and performing his original cowboy poetry all over the West for some twenty years. This Ebook has 100 of his best poems, plus 30 photos of friends he's met along the trail.
Woody Guthrie: His Life, Music & Life
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 110,670. Language: American English. Published: September 29, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography, Nonfiction » History » American
This ebook is a carefully researched study of the life, music and myth of famed singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie.

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