Sunday, September 28, 2014

Safety First

A modern equine ambulance on hand in case a horse is injured or gets sick; tiny dog felt right at home; The Noble Pair-young horse and steady handler.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I've Visited Family and Familiar Places in Lexington KY. Lucky Me!

If you have roots in the Bluegrass, it seems that's about all you need. Anyway, that's how I feel. Horses are a wonderful attraction; but my Mother's family came there before it was known for the horse racing, so there is lots to connect with.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Months Ago I finished this Book: Or My Favorite Founding Father....

Though controversy still surrounds the topic, I like Benjamin Franklin; by far the oldest of the most familiar founders, Franklin was a robust, successful businessman of 26 by the time George Washington was born. Franklin was a modern thinker, except for the tools and technology he had at his disposal, much more like a modern mover-and-shaker than we might suppose: he had his own media empire, he networked like crazy, he used what we call a "spreadsheet" to organize data, he was curious about everything in his world, he traveled more than many do even now, he loved to travel-even in his old age in uncomfortable conditions. He is the only founder to have signed all four of the major documents of our founding as a nation. He wasn't the best family man, but had lots of friends, mostly women. He was appropriate to the morals and customs of his time, not ours, however. And he underestimated the viciousness and blood shed of the French Revolution. These things and more, I learned from "Benjamin Franklin - An American Life" by Walter Isaacson. Readable, enjoyable if it's your first book about Franklin or you are adding to your knowledge.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

World's Most Serious Baby Grow Up...

One of my neighbors' most illustrious little granddaughters is a child I refer to as "World's Most Serious Baby". As an infant, she never cracked a smile--at least not away from home, it seemed. As a toddler, she had a fiercely independent attitude which was always landing her in trouble. Phrases like "reading the riot act to Mary" and "her mother is about to kill Mary" were jokingly said. Now, at age four and a bit, she is a beguiling little pre-schooler who can't wait to go to school and be part of the scene.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Among My Favorites....

On a bike trip to the KT Trail in Missouri a couple of years ago, I found is golden scene taken near Hermann, Missouri, looking west to the setting sun. Would Lewis and Clark have enjoyed such visions on their journey so long ago?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Five Years of Blogging

I'm re-running some of my favorite older photos. I still love the action-photo of the tiny Asian toddler caught in 2010 at the Grove shopping Center in CA. The textures and shadows of the Mt. Carroll, IL backyard in late afternoon is so placid. The Farmyard Madonna, taken near home at our town's "model farm", might have been staged but it was entirely random, lovely and lucky for me.

The Butterfly Hotel is open for business--and packed!

We started, several years ago, to assist the butterfly population by nurturing the young specimens indoors. It was slow going. But this...