Blog Post #24 Newness!

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Happy New Year, Friends. As the calendar drifts into the deepest part of winter, for me, the urge to find stuff to look forward to grows strong. I’m grateful to be able to say it’s not that hard. My oldest daughter and son-in-law will soon welcome their little boy. I have a front row seat […]

Post #23 Lasting Magic!

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Hey Everyone. This morning I said to my husband, “No good can come from watching the news.” I’m sure many of you are feeling the same way, stressed about global events that seem out of our control. I hope you’re okay and finding ways to take care of yourselves during these precarious times. For those […]

Post #22 Positive Reinforcement!

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A couple of weeks ago, a black bear moseyed into my backyard and bent the pole of one of my bird feeders to access the seeds inside. I ran outside like a lunatic, clanging a pot and its lid, yelling “Get away, get away, get away!” I was conflicted. While I knew I was following […]

Blog Post #21 Legacy!

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Friends! Please bear with me while I share some exciting family news. This summer, my husband Craig and I became grandparents AND found out that Grandbaby #2 is on the way. (Luckily, these two pieces of news come from separate households.) We’re ecstatic that our granddaughter will have a little cousin to play with and […]

Blog Post #20 Asking for Consent!

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Hello Friends. I hope you’re doing well and enjoying your time with family, friends, and all of your companions—equine, canine, feline, and other! Before I begin with what’s been on my mind, I want to take a moment to thank Marylou, Founder and Executive Director of 13 Hands, as well as the staff members who […]

Blog Post #19 A Horse and a Kid!

Blog Post #19 A Horse and a Kid

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter Stephanie surprised me by sharing the news that one of her essays had been accepted for publication in Promethean, the literary magazine of City College, where she teaches. She instructed me to get some tissues; I would need them when I read her piece. I was glad for […]

Blog Post #18 In Celebration of Seniors!

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Stiff joints. Achy muscles. Slow, intentional movements. The savoring of a meal or of time to bask in the sun. A dash of contempt for the overly playful. Appreciation of stillness. Of clean air. Of a safe, cushiony bed. I could be talking about me. But today, it’s senior rescues who are on my mind. […]

Post #17 No Saddle Needed!

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Hey Everyone, Because the start of spring is here, I’ve been thinking a lot about my riding days (which might or might not be over). I gave up riding my horse Ray about eighteen months before I had to say goodbye to him, which brings it to almost three years since I’ve been in my […]

Post #16 Donkey Love!

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Hi Everyone. I hope you’re doing well and enjoying this mild weather. I know the herd is. What a sight to see them all romping in the warm breeze, tossing hay, kicking up mud. This is such a good reminder for us all: Farm life is a lot of fun. I grew up in an […]

Post #15 Popcorn!

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I have exciting news. You might think I’m a little crazy, but bear with me. Yesterday, Popcorn got feisty with one of his paddock mates. The mule snuck up on him when he was looking for leftover morsels of food under his bucket, and Popcorn pinned his ears and whooshed her away. I almost cried. […]