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  • A Real Christmas Pony Tale

    A Real Christmas Pony Tale

    It is fun to make Christmas magic happen. Like the old saying goes–it is better to give than to receive. In the case of the Christmas pony, this certainly rings true. Especially if it’s a very naughty pony. When my daughter, Tory, was about five years old, I wanted to fulfill her dream (or, maybe…

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  • Why Can’t I Write the Eulogy? Finding Words to Honor a Life

    Why Can’t I Write the Eulogy? Finding Words to Honor a Life

    Patrick Murphy (1999-2021) I’ve wanted to but have not been able to write this post for more than three months now. I think it is because of several things. It is sad, to be sure, dredging up memories and trotting them out to stir emotions I’d rather keep in check. More than that, however, I…

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  • Why ‘Never Quit’ Is the Worst Advice Ever

    Why ‘Never Quit’ Is the Worst Advice Ever

    Failing and Quitting When I was in the third grade, a band director came to my school and gave a demonstration of various instruments and encouraged students to learn to play one. I fell in love with the sound of the clarinet and began what became an almost year-long campaign for lessons. My parents’ response…

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  • It’s Easy Being Green: Solar on Your Farm

    It’s Easy Being Green: Solar on Your Farm

    My guest blogger today is none other than my husband, Whit Trovillion, who is ┬ápassionate about renewable energy such a solar. He was an “early adopter” for a solar system installed on our farm and purchased an electric car. We have not only lowered or eliminated energy bills, but he also was able to commute…

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  • My Horse Has Lyme Disease: Now What?

    My Horse Has Lyme Disease: Now What?

    A Diagnosis is a Curse and a Blessing Anyone following the saga of my mare Lucida’s health issues will sympathize with my sinking hopes when I got the call from my vet telling me her blood test came back indicating she indeed has Lyme Disease. I had her tested because I’d found several ticks attached…

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  • It’s Not Fair! Do We Get What We Deserve?

    It’s Not Fair! Do We Get What We Deserve?

    It’s Not Fair! How often did you shout those words as a kid? How often do you still think those words as an adult? I’ll confess, a bit too often, especially lately when I’ve gotten more and more bad news related to my horse’s health. In addition to kissing spine, we are now looking at…

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  • Perfectionism or High Standards? Five Symptoms and How to Overcome Them

    Perfectionism or High Standards? Five Symptoms and How to Overcome Them

    Dressage Horse Training, Reward, and Perfectionism: A Revelation In a recent riding lesson when I was attempting to guide my mare into a turn on the forehand, I heard my trainer say something that came back to haunt me. For the uninitiated, a turn of the forehand is an exercise wherein the rider asks the…

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  • Hope Springs Eternal

    Hope Springs Eternal

    The First Day of Spring, the First Ray of Hope The first day of spring often brings renewed hope for a better future. People get a mood lift when they get outside, especially these days after a winter of pandemic-induced isolation. Hope is a powerful emotion. It keeps us lifted up, expecting something good even…

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  • The Luckiest Pony Ever: A Memorial

    The Luckiest Pony Ever: A Memorial

    Just a Broken Down Pony by the Side of the Road I have tried to write this on several occasions and put it aside. It was too soon or too raw or the words simply would not come to me. How do you prepare a fitting good-bye for an animal who has been a member…

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