Welcome…my name is Chad Beharriell and thanks for coming to WESTERNSREBOOT.
Why Westerns? I can’t answer that question for others but can share some of the path that has taken me here.
I grew up in the small rural village of Iron Bridge, Ontario (population 700) along the north shore of Lake Huron in the region of northern Ontario….Iron Bridge is located about an hour east of the Michigan state border at Sault Ste. Marie. My backyard was pine-covered rocky hills, a major river flowing into a Great Lake and local “traffic” that included moose, deer and the occasional black bear – I consider myself fortunate to have had all that growing up and to be able to return to that when I can.
Growing up in North America means that the Western genre has always been in the background both culturally and also personally within my own family – the Western comic books of my father, the fact that he grew up with horses, Marty Robbins gunfighter ballads on my grandmother’s records and Western movies in our family collections….they lingered whether I realized it or not.
This site – which launched in the Fall of 2011 – will explore the ideas of Westerns both past and emerging. Posts are made on at least a weekly basis and often more frequently.You will also note significant discussion of railroads, as this writer is an advocate for passenger rail travel. My residence is currently split between Northern Ontario and Colorado. Yes, I travel to each by rail. 😉 If you want to speed, take a train!
In addition to this blog, I teach three separate Western genre courses and do some work as a freelance writer. Two courses are offered online via Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and the other an online course offered by St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, on the Michigan border across from Detroit. These classes are usually offered each academic term – the current session is the Winter 2017 term and I have copied links below for those that are interested. Potential students can also visit the College Courses link for the most up-to-date listing of Western classes that I am currently teaching.
My email is also provided below for those that wish to correspond directly with me.
Finally, this blog welcomes all….no matter your own location or background – your reflections on the Western are valid because you speak from your own specific interpretation of the genre.
Thanks for your time in reading this and I hope that you ride this way often!
Chad Beharriell, MA
WESTERN GENRE COURSES OF INSTRUCTION
Sault College – Continuing & Distance Education – Winter 2017 Term – January 10th to April 18th – Click Sault College for Registration Info.
St. Clair College – Continuing & Distance Education – Winter 2017 Term – Contact St. Clair College.