Howdy from Alvin, Texas, located halfway between Houston, aka H Town, and Galveston (yes. like the song!). My Little Free Library, located in my side yard (LOL)…

…is an ideal spot for good books to show up. And, as manager/owner of such, I get “first dibs. ” Here is a 2004 publication, a tiny book, signed by the author, that I have been reading on since the first of the year. I read it slowly, ingesting its wisdom, hoping to acquire some of the “smarts” promised in the title.

Who wouldn’t want a “kick-ass” life?

Ellen Reid Smith, the author is a smart woman. Listen to her opening of the book:

“I find that most women, especially cowgirls, are smarter and more clever than they think. Most women don’t give themselves credit for half of what they’re capable. Cowgirls, on the other hand, believe they can do anything. Self-doubt will cripple your confidence quicker than your circumstances.” That last sentence alone is worth reading the book for.

Smith goes on to describe cow women, ranchers and rodeo riders, to be specific, and their philosophy:

“Never stop believing in yourself. At times, people and you will stop believing in you. It happens to every cowgirl sooner or later. Don’t let others’ judgments come true by internalizing them. Reject their opinions and prove them wrong. Become the person you know you can be.”

At the end of each chapter (every chapter features a famous (and sometimes infamous) cow woman) there is an excellent summary titled “Lessons Learned” where the author gives applications and take-aways from each cowgirl’s life and circumstances. These cowgirls taught this reader everything from how to look at life to how to “Dress for Success”; a whole chapter is dedicated to this. From the inspirational to the mundane, this is a little book every Powerful Woman Reader should read.


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


  1. This might be a regional book as I can not find it at either the city or county library systems here. I love you Little Free Library. We had one pop up in the subdivision behind my house, so I have a few books I am going to pop into it.

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    1. My LFL is also in a subdivision, and a sidewalk runs parallel to where it stands. We are between a primary school and an elementary school, plus on the way home from the high school and junior high bus stop.As the relators say, “Location, location, location.” LOL

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      1. What a great location. I wanted to put one up, but I am on one of the busiest streets in my town and it wouldn’t be safe for people to be stopping. As well, there are very few people who walk by my house.


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