How Weeding is Like Writing a Novel

While kneeling in the sand and weeding by hand my riding arena (yes, I do this because I am obsessive compulsive about weeds) it occurred to me that the task was a lot like writing a novel. How so? I looked at the overgrowth of weeds invading my ring and resolved to...

Judge the Book Cover

I have no idea why the old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” has stuck around so long. Clearly, that’s exactly what we all do initially. Okay, as a metaphor, you should not similarly judge a person by their outward appearance…but as...

Climate Change and Weather

The weather has been so capricious this year, especially here in the mid-Atlantic. The winter was extremely cold and more snowy than usual, followed by a cool and very rainy spring. At that time, I delighted in the lush green of the pastures and how I no longer was...

Kindness Goes a Long Way

I have a blacksmith who not only takes extra care in shoeing my horses, but goes the extra mile in all things. Lately, with a run of bad luck, my horses’ feet have provided a challenge in both special shoes and care to guard against infections. He has kept them...

Battle for Paddy Rages On

I’m feeling despair. Today Paddy came in with a shallow respiration rate of about 70 rpm. The day promised to be hot and humid, as it will be for the rest of the summer in Maryland. He wasn’t coping. He was panting like a dog, nostrils flared, and horses...