It's good to be a Foot (or related to one).

I made a fan page for the American West!

What makes the western USA so great? To me, it's the spirit of individuality and creativity of the people, both native and non. It's the redwoods, the Rocky Mountains, glaciers (albeit disappearing), geysers, canyons, red rocks and desert. It's the rivers, lakes, creeks, streams and the mighty Pacific Ocean.   It's a wide variety of ecosystems and wildlife with life abounding. It's the emotional western skies, both day and night. So, American West, I salute you!
 Western Music
Let's have some tunes, shall we?

OK, that was actually a lot of fun to put together. Remember when country music was called country and western music, and it was oh, so much better?

Old joke bonus: I like both kinds of music, country and western!

Western Art
Hmmm...I kind of had to research some of those.  I have not been able to go to many art galleries/museums, but have enjoyed the ones I have visited, including  Los Angeles County Museum of Art Museum of Latin American Art,  Craft and Folk Art Museum,  The Getty, and  Museum of Contemporary Art. Yes, I used to live in LA County. I also recommend the  Charlie Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana. I recently visited the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum near the Space Needle in Seattle, and it was amazing. I never thought much about glass as art. I hope to make a trip to New Mexico this year and visit the Georgia O'Keefe Museum,  Taos, and other museums of the area.

Western Writers
How 'bout a few quotes from my favorite western writers?
  •  John Steinbeck:"Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass."
  • Norman MacLean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories: “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.”
  • Ivan Doig: "The nature of love is that it catches you off-guard, subjects you to rules you have never faced, some of them contradictory."This is not the quote I was looking for, but it'll do.
  • Sue Grafton (author of Kinsey Milhone Mysteries): "Books are like movies of the mind, and it's better to leave Kinsey where she is." Yep, I don't think we will see Kinsey Milhone on the big screen any time soon, although it is fun to speculate on who would be the best actress to play Kinsey.
  • James Welch: "I think ethnic and regional labels are insulting to writers and really puts restrictions on them. People don't think your work is quite as universal."
  • Richard Hugo: “In the world of imagination, all things belong."