Mention the term "horse whisperer" and many people will remember the Robert Redford movie of the same name; some may have read the Nicholas Evans book upon which it was based. It conjures up the vision of a cowboy who has an uncanny ability to understand horses and communicate with them in some magical way. My local horse whisperer, Bill Robertson, tells me that is not exactly how it works.

Westerly Notes meanders down a slightly different path today; not a walk down a dusty country road, but a trek with The Writing Path Blog Tour that was begun recently by I C Publishing. My friend and fellow author (and Queens' alum) April L. Ford invited me to participate (gracias, senorita). You can read April's blog response via this link – and my thoughts are below.

AMC's western, Hell on Wheels, started a new season on August 2, and that prompted Cowboys & Indians Magazine to do a story on the handsome, rugged star, Anson Mount, in its Aug/Sep issue. The 10-page spread covers some of the basics of the show, about the construction of the first transcontinental railroad following the Civil War – as well as Anson Mount's view of the new style of TV and movie western.