Ground Manners’ First Anniversary

Ground Manners’ First Anniversary

GGround Manners. A Novel was published 13 months ago.  One of the traditional publishers I’d sent it to wrote back saying that it was too political.  At least half a dozen advocacy organizations said they would publicize it on their sites; the only Canadian organizations that did were the CHDC and CHHAPS.  Since then, Carol M. Upton of Dreams Aloud Promotions  (see blog) has had reviews published in six horse magazines for which I am very grateful.

But Evelyne Villers was the very first journalist courageous enough to publish her Book Review on a novel written in English about the Québec horse industry.  And today, she re-published her Review with a few changes and also publicized my upcoming booth at the Salon du Livre in Rigaud this Sunday, March 25th.  I can’t thank her enough for this heart-warming surprise.  Please go here to read Evelyne’s review (en français).

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Wild for Life Fact Sheet

This is an excellent fact sheet produced by Wild for Life Foundation Equine Protection Program, Katia Louise, filmmaker, Saving Our Nation’s Horses and the Animal Law Coalition, Laura Allen.  Facts that Refute the 7 Most Common Myths about Horse Slaughter.  It’s already made the internet and social media rounds but I thought I’d post it here for good measure.http://savingamericashorses.blogspot.com/2012/02/facts-that-refute-7-most-common-myths.html

 

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War Horse & PETA

Contrary to the excesses (on- and off-set) of the new TV show, Luck, the producers of War Horse (the movie, not the play) ensured the safety of the horses on-set. According to PETA, Spielberg and co-producer Kennedy, did everything to accommodate the horses, using computer-generated graphics in many cases.  In contrast, PETA’s appeal to the producers of Luck (one of whom is Dustin Hoffman), went for naught, and at least one horse had to be euthanized on-set after the filming of a dangerous scene.  We have the technology, people, why don’t you use it?

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Serenity N o w

REVISION: This post is outdated but I wanted to clarify PETA’s position on horse slaughter: they are against, not for it. I was duped by the pro-slaughter manipulation of certain media stories. Here, I stand corrected.

I picked up my new dental guard today.  It’s a plastic appliance I put on my teeth at night because I grind my teeth in my sleep.  My dentist suggested that one of the causes may be stress.  “Stress?” I echoed.  “No, I don’t think I’m any more stressed out than anyone else,” I replied.  But there are a few things that stress me out….   For example:  that some blonde nitwit is now worth $70 million just because she divorced someone (and there are billions of children starving);

that the Egyptian military is still controlling Egypt despite last year’s promise to yield power to the people;

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The Future’s So Bright: Wear Shades

Les informations ci-bas seront répétés en français sous peu.  Voice for the Horse is hosting an International Writing Competition for Young People, up to age 18, on the subject of wild horses.  VFTH is a great advocate of mustangs, burros, and all those timeless equines Wild Horse Annie (Velma Johnston) fought so hard to preserve for future generations.  I’ll be talking more about VFTH, and (beware), writing to select horse advocacy and horse-loving groups to promote this Competition to their memberships.  The young ones need little encouragement to share their love of horses, but what we need is to hear it, read it, and understand how crucial it is to the continuing care of all equines everywhere.  The combination of writing and writing about what we are passionate about (and I do know a little bit about that particular combination) is priceless, and all young horse-lovers will revel in the process, the journey which gives voice to their love and admiration of the equine, and gives a voice to the horse as well.  More later.  In the meantime, please visit the links above and encourage your young ones to submit their thoughts (hey, they’re all writing poetry and short stories, hidden somewhere you have no idea where, and they’re all about their angst, passion, devotion, to friends, dogs, cats…and horses.  I know I did).  Submissions can be in Français or English.  I’ll keep you posted.

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An Empire of One

I don’t mind getting spam on this blog; my readers will never see it because I have an excellent spam-catcher selected by my excellent webmaster, Tyler.  Just lately, however, there have been comments sent by really rude, and clearly, ill-informed people who think expletives make their message stronger.  They don’t.  Let me respond to you all such now:  this blog is an Empire of One; I’m the Empress, animator, chief cook and bottle-washer, which basically means that all comments go to me for moderation (‘sober, second thought’) and I decide whether the comment appears on this blog.  Hey, one has so little power in this universe, it gratifies me to have even that little pocket of power over my own blog.

As such, any of you who are pro- horse slaughter and wish to intelligently, thoughtfully, and politely respond to my Primer with a civil tongue in your head, you are more than welcome to comment here, and I will be happy to cross swords with you.  Those of you who have the IQ of a gnat, the verbal skills of a three-year-old, and the anger management of a serial killer, are not welcome to comment.  I trust my description helps you identify yourselves. Got it?  Good.  Now let’s get on with the final few questions of our Primer.

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