Born to Be Hurt

Born to Be Hurt

It’s a line from the 1950s movie,  Imitation of Life, starring glorious Lana Turner.  Annie says this of her daughter, Sara Jean, who cannot accept that she is of mixed race, denies her Afro-American mother (Annie), and follows a self-destructive path until Annie, her mother, dies…much too soon and much too young.  “How,” Annie asks Lana, who plays a celebrated actress in the movie, “…how do you tell your own child that she was born to be hurt?”  

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Hope for Horses

Hope for Horses

I love the name–I just love it.  HopeForHorses is a relatively new group of concerned, committed horse lovers, advocates, owners, breeders, and horse health practitioners who have become aware of situations in which horses are in distress, neglected and/or abandoned, sometimes by loving owners whose fortunes have changed, sometimes by others who either don’t know any better or who have not planned for the horse’s future when a personal armageddon occurs.  Hope for Horses concentrates its energy on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.  I don’t know exact numbers, but I do know that Western Canada has a great number of equines–matching and probably exceeding the number of equines we have here in Quebec.  The vast expanses of land in BC and Alberta lend themselves to owning livestock and horses which may have carried on for generations or been inaugurated by urbanites seeking to “return to the land”–something not unknown to those of us who experienced the “back-to-the-land” movement of the 60s.

What’s so wonderful about Hope for Horses is that responsible, loving owners who have fallen on hard times can appeal to them to help care for their beloved pets.  This is how the group’s Policy statement puts it:

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Jesus Rode a Burro

Jesus Rode a Burro

There’s a massacre of sorts going on in Texas.  While at the Virginia conference, I met Marjorie Farabee, founder of the Wild Burro Protection League, among her many other titles.  I spotted Marjorie just as she arrived at the Equine Conference; she was easy to spot.  She was wearing a magnificent, hand-made sort of pauncho-vest, the kind you’d only see in Texas, or maybe New Mexico.  When I complimented her on it, she replied:  “Well, I’m from Texas, after all….”  Right on.  Texas is an almost iconic state among the many in the States.  (How many Westerns did you watch as a child celebrating the mystique of the West, the cowboy, and a love of the land and all its indigenous critters that made the Lone Star state into what it is today?)  That’s why I was horrified to learn

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Babes in Toyland

I thought I’d already added these pix of my nephew’s newborns but I can’t find them here (and if I can’t find them, you sure can’t!).  Let me introduce the “D’Errico Twins”, Marie Erica and Jean Vincent D’Errico, born August 30, 2011, to Mathieu and Anie D’Errico, joining their sister, Carina, and stepsister, Alexandra.  (Luca, their cousin, was born on June 26, 2011 (a day before my own birthday), but I haven’t a digital pic available yet.  He is the first for proud parents, Philippe and Sharon D’Errico.)

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Sky, Welsh Stallion, featured at MANE Event

Sky, Welsh Stallion, featured at MANE Event

The charming stallion who appears in my Welcome post is Sky, an award-winning Welsh Pony stallion, owned by Deb Harper.  Sky will be appearing at the Mane Event in Chilliwack, BC, as part of the breeds demonstration segment of this horse trade show.  According to what I’ve read on the CHHAPS list (which will have a booth there), and from what Deb tells me, the Mane Event is attended by thousands and is a much-anticipated annual event by all horse owners and lovers.  

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