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Blog, Children's illustrated photo book, Iceland, puffins

Practically Practical Dad’s World

In March 2020, a blog from a dad’s perspective called Practically Practical Dad’s World wrote a wonderful review about my Iceland: The Puffin Explorers series books 1, 2, and 3. It was one of my favorite reviews of these three books but not because he “liked” my books. In his writing, I could tell he… Continue reading Practically Practical Dad’s World

Blog, Cody the Cockatrice

How Cody Comes to Life – Part One

“One, two, three, gray, cracked cobblestones pass beneath these little rooster feet; Four, five, six, my dragon wings and tail casting shadows on the bricks; Seven, eight, nine, with each small stride I’m counting the steps along the Rhine,” groused Cody the Cockatrice. Well, what do you do when you are stressed, lost in a… Continue reading How Cody Comes to Life – Part One

Blog, Cody the Cockatrice, Inspiration

Inspiration for Once Upon the Rhine

A very special Fairy TripMother (ftmtravel.com) used her unique powers to send my husband and I away on a magical Disney riverboat cruise down the Rhine River. My second Young Adult novel The Last Crabtree Girl was about to be launched and this was the perfect time to do something new and adventurous. It was… Continue reading Inspiration for Once Upon the Rhine

horses, ponies, riding, riding lessons, Saddlebred

Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 104

Safety and Security Equals Accomplishment Before cantering, you would want to have the walk, trot, posting, and guiding down solid! Do you feel safe and secure with your riding? You will want to feel very centered, balanced, before asking for the canter. A whole lot can go wrong when cantering a horse. This is when… Continue reading Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 104

Blog, Inspiration

When Eeyore Is Your Spirit Animal

When Eeyore is your spirit animal, it’s not to say you’re sad, nor do you feel alone or depressed. Eeyore’s traits have been labeled as clinically depressed, pessimistic, and they say he suffers from anhedonia. But take a closer look. Eeyore is actually the most empathetic of any character, stuffed with fluff or not. "I… Continue reading When Eeyore Is Your Spirit Animal

horses, ponies, riding, riding lessons, Saddlebred

Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 103

“Fame is a handsome palomino quarter horse of a creamy color with a white mane and tail, and he belongs to my mom. When I entered his corral this morning, his big head—with the big white blaze running down his face—was lowered down to my height. His lips almost touched the ground as he stared… Continue reading Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 103

horses, riding, riding lessons, Saddlebred

Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 102

Now that you are learning to be aware of your horse, this next checklist is crucial! The issue at hand is how do I correct myself in order to help my horse perform better? I think I mentioned in my book that Chablis Premier and I would typically get second in the qualifying class at… Continue reading Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 102

horses, ponies, riding, riding lessons, Saddlebred

Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 101

When I arrived at Crabtree Farms as a new student, Mrs. Crabtree started teaching me the basics. Yes, the basics. I was frustrated because I thought I already knew the basics by then, but after time, I realized how invaluable these lessons were. With this in mind, I decided to share my ‘checklists’ with you. I used these tools every day, with every lesson, and even when riding on my own. I feel they were important and key to my riding success.