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Origin "Meanwhile back at the ranch"

Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting
August 11,  2008

I'm an avid reader, and I noted this passage from 1912 which is likely the origin of the phrase "meanwhile, back at the ranch" extracted from Zane Grey's bestseller, 'Riders of the Purple Sage (1912, chapter 6).   BTW, after nearly 100 years, this remains a timeless tale and a great read:

"Meantime, at the ranch, . . . "

Fanny Crosby

I also believe that Zane Grey popularized the phrase "onwards and upwards", from an original 19th century hymn  titled "onward upward" by Fanny Crosby, 1876:

"Onward! upward! Christian soldier, Turn not back nor sheath thy sword,"

However, the phrase "onward and upward" appears to have entered the popular vernacular by Zane Gray from this book "The Rainbow trail (1915) we see:

"The great colored reaches and steps had led endlessly onward and upward through dim and deceiving distance . . . "





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