Miracle a Day Project
"The thing that I have always been convinced of, the running thread through my career, has been this notion that when ordinary people get engaged, pay attention, learn about the forces that affect their lives and are able to join up with others, good stuff happens.” ~President Barack Obama
Six years ago, Lorenzo and I stood in the barn and watched as Drifty delivered a blue roan filly, Jetblue. Back then, I was a person who owned horses and had some rudimentary skills.
Jetblue's arrival marked a shift that forever changed my trajectory. Together, Lorenzo and I tag-teamed Jetblue's ground training. When it came time to start Jetblue, my horse and I both benefited greatly from Lorenzo's deep knowledge of vaquero horsemanship.
When I look back on everything I've learned, every skill I've acquired, it is with an immense gratitude toward Lorenzo.
Lorenzo and Jetblue
Every so often, I read an essay that strikes a deep chord of truth. Such is the case with Liel Liebovitz's "What to Do About Trump? The Same Thing My Grandfather Did in 1930s Vienna." My take away? If someone tells you they are going to do something, listen. Too often, we spend time analyzing intent and in doing so, miss the message. I'm listening...
To read Liel's essay, click here.
"Gwen Ifill, a journalist to her core, who served as the PBS NewsHour's co-anchor and managing editor and, in her own words, sought to always "tell the stories that shed light and spur action," has died from complications of cancer. She was 61."
To read the beautiful PBS NewsHour tribute to Gwen, please click here.
Several months ago, one of our eleven year-old Indian Runner ducks became very ill. We took Coco to Dr. Marli Lintner at The Avian Medical Center. There, we learned that Coco had a fist-size cluster of ovarian cysts and that one of her eggs had gone sideways, puncturing into her abdomen. She also had a lot of fluid on her liver. Dr. Lintner skillfully straightened out Coco's inner workings and we took care of the post-surgery and recovery aftercare. Today, Coco is a thriving, happy gal and Blue and Es are elated to have her company (never, never, never let anyone tell you that ducks don't form strong bonds. The feeling I get when I watch this trio is priceless. Really. One of my favorite authors, Jon Katz, says it best: "There is something magical about saving the life of a living thing, if you can do it. It is an affirmation of life itself, a bow to humanity, connection in a time of fragmentation, an affirmation. We can't do much, but maybe we can do this, and that makes it a sweet little miracle."
Our "geriatric" Indian Runner ducks from left to right: Esmerelda (age 13), Blue (age 11), and Coco (age 11).