|A cowboy employs the English language like nobody else. Inventive and subtle as a Shakespeare, he can sure "turn a phrase" to make his story rich and lively. Author DORIS MCCLELLAN, from her vantage point of 31 years of making the venerable Ellwood Spade headquarters house her home, has found herself the keeper of a trove of such oral artifacts. In Cowboys Cowgirls Cowchips she records what she has gathered around the chuck wagon, across the tailgate of a pickup, and around her kitchen table, and all these reports on cowboy life are gospel truth. The collection of snippets, reports and anecdotes re-creates the world of the ranch and range of the latter half of the 20th century – and are the stories of today's old-time cowboys. They testify to the hard realities that fill the everyday lives of cowboys and cowgirls -- and to the tough practicality, the common-sense resourcefulness, the intelligence and brilliant good humor with which they stare down a challenge. They have the gritty essence of experience and truth.