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Gwen in Her New Home November 18, 2015

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The time came for Gwen to find her permanent home. Several different people looked at her, but there was one person Debra and I both agreed upon that Gwen liked the best. But the timing wasn’t right. A year later (maybe more – time goes so fast) the situation changed. Gwen still needed a good home and her person was now able to take her. And as fate, or destiny, or whatever you want to call it, would have it, Gwen was available.

On Saturday, November 14, Debra hauled Gwen to her new home in Virginia. There she has other horsey friends and will live her life as a riding horse and spoiled diva princess – which is how it should be. Debra, especially, was sad to see Gwen go. After all, she had spent every day with her since Gwen came into our lives. I just floated in and out as needed. But we feel good in the home that she now has. We both knew it was the right situation. We just had to wait for the right time. Gwen will be loved and cared for and that’s all we can ask for in the end. It was our goal from the very beginning…to take this injured, slaughter-bound majestic creature and give her a chance at another life. I’m very proud to say that we did that. Many thanks to Debra for taking such good care of her the last few years. She deserves the vast majority of the credit. Job well done.


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Gwen checking out her new surroundings…and making sure there is enough grass to eat.


Remember Gwen? July 29, 2014

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It’s been some time since I’ve talked about Gwen. Debra and I got her from Camelot a little over a year ago. If you need a reminder, this is what she looked like at the time.

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And here is Gwen today.


She has put on weight. Eating is one of her favorite things to do in life. The only remnant of her cut up legs is a small scar on her left front, which was the most injured of the four. She is sound, sassy, happy and very spoiled. We’ve always been curious of her parentage. A number of us thought she was an Anglo-Arab (Arabian/Thoroughbred cross) so Debra sent mane hairs off to Texas A&M for a DNA analysis. They can’t tell you exactly what a horse is, but they can tell you what the horse most likely is. We were surprised with the results. Number 1 and 2 on the list were Morgan and Saddlebred. Number 3 was Arabian. Now that she’s put on more weight, we can see Morgan in her but none of us can really see Saddlebred. So, we’ve decided she is a Morgan/Arabian cross. It doesn’t really make any difference. Gwen is Gwen and we love her regardless, but it was fun to find out.

Debra wanted me to include this quote for Gwen the next time I talked about her. I don’t know the author so I can’t give credit, but it works for Gwen and probably all rescued animals.

“I have nothing to fear, and here my story ends. My troubles are over, and I am home.”


Please allow me a moment of self-promotion December 5, 2013

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It is the holiday season and I want to take a moment to let everyone know I have two wonderful illustrated children’s books that make great gifts! “Goats with Coats” is my first, and suitable for children up to around age 9. “Antics in the Attic” is my second book and it is good for younger kids – say up to about 7. Both stories read really well aloud and for the month of December I’m waiving all shipping charges on them. These make great gifts for children, grandchildren, elementary school teachers, preschool or day care people, anyone who encounters children on a regular basis!


And if you are associated with a non-profit I do utilize my books as fundraisers. You sell the books (or have me in during an event to do a book signing) and I will donate a portion of the proceeds to your charity. It’s an easy way to raise money! I’m also available to any group or class for book readings and signings. Please contact me for more information.


I’m happy to do personally signed copies that can be ordered by emailing, calling, or ordering directly through my website, Through me “Goats with Coats” is $9 and “Antics in the Attic” is $14. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you for the opportunity to spread the word.

And stay tuned for a special Christmas message about Gwen.


Even more ideas April 12, 2012

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Obviously from these posts, you can tell I’ve been spending more and more time generating ideas for myself and at the request of magazine editors. Every week I need to come up with a fresh list of ideas. An exercise I learned to help determine what “job” you could pursue is also a good one for generating ideas. Try listing out everything that comes to mind that interests you. Don’t worry about being broad. You can start with one large topic and then think about what specifically can come from that. Then make a list of the major tasks you have done in your current and previous jobs or tasks you would like to pursue. Look at those lists and see where you can generate ideas. Consider combining the lists to come up with even more options. Here’s just a random sampling from me.

Topics of interest: horses, horse racing, dressage, chocolate, music, Impressionist art, European travel, hiking, skiing, reading, designer fashion, wine, cheese, Mexican food, French food, volunteer work.

Job responsibilities: writing magazine articles, producing newsletters, presenting to writing groups, reading to children, grant writing, data entry, customer service, fundraising

Multiple ideas can come from every one of those topics. Then you can even combine them. For example, you can pitch grant writing tips to nonprofit equine organizations, write about volunteering for children’s groups, the best places to ski in Europe and pairing wines with cheese. Hmmm…there are some good ideas here that I’ll have to add to my own ongoing list. What would be on your list?