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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Blog Glitch

I just checked my Comments page and saw that 15 were in the Trash–not trashed by me.  I’m not sure what happened there, but while I was having a nice exchange with a fellow horse advocate, my server was sending messages that there was no connection.  I apologize to anyone who commented on a given blog post, and didn’t see their comment appear.  I did not delete it.

In fact, as long as a comment is relevant to the subject (and civilized), I will be happy to read it.

 

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Justify Your Existence

This is a new game in which you gain or lose points depending on what kind of earth citizen you’ve been.  The questions are very like the ones you’re asked when you sign up with the Quebec government’s eco-agency–you know, questions like:  “do you recycle? do you compost? do you car-pool? do you wash your clothes in cold water?”…that sort of thing.  The more points you accumulate, the better, and you’re on your way to winning, to having “your existence justified”; the winner becomes the owner of our planet until a challenger knocks him off his pedestal.  It reminds me of that bio-clock craze a few years back.  The bio-clock measured your lifespan in nano-seconds and kept ticking away as you were going about your business.  Its purpose was to remind you that human life is finite (really?) and one should be as productive as possible.  No daydreaming for you, Einstein.

What I like about this new game Justify Your Existence is how it crystallizes virtually the entire cultural shift that we’ve witnessed in the past two or three decades.  And for those of you who snort “pshaw, nonsense”, let me quote Jonathan Safran Foer:  “if nothing matters, then there’s nothing to save.”

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from the Stupid to the Sublime

It’s not often I encounter someone whose IQ is so low that I consider their existence to be a waste of space.  My definition of stupidity is:  “Stupidity is the unwillingness to learn” because I didn’t believe in “stupidity” per se.  In this particular case, I’d also add one of my favourite quotes by the poet John Donne:  “No man is an island…ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”  I’ll explain shortly why that last quote is so relevant to this rant by a livestock owner who is only at the top of the food chain by accident of birth or, um species, and certainly not for any other saving grace.  Note that the emotional, almost hysterical, tone adopted by this, um, writer is exactly what the pro slaughterers claim is what horse advocates indulge in…reminiscent of Anita Bryant or Pa Kettle (well, to be fair, Pa was thick but kind-hearted).  Hmm…read on and decide for yourself.  Then go on to read two responses, one from another farmer, and one from Animal Advocates of Michigan.

In answer to a politely written Letter to the Editor of farmanddairy.com located in Salem, Ohio, he writes:

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Facing Up to Facebook

Okay…fine.  I joined.  There’ll even be a little “thumbs-up” icon on this blog shortly.  It’s a new year and time to try new things.  I don’t know how it works, but just like this blog which I launched just about a year ago, I’ll get the hang of it.  Once again, thanks to my brilliant colleague, Tyler, who explains everything to me as if I were four years old–successfully–I am moving into a Brave New World.

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High School Confidential

If I hear this comment just one more time, I’m going to spit:  “why are you spending your energy on horses when women and children need your support?”  As I recall, the first time I was reproached in writing about this was in a response from Senator Celine Hervieux-Payette; that was about eight or ten years ago.

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