Archive for ‘My Adventures’

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Pixie: The Pony Who Outran Annie Oakley

We lost our herd sire the day Pixie was hired for the Annie Oakley TV series.

Not that he left our lives, but he had to be gelded to work. He’d already sired most of the younger ponies, so Dad said it wasn’t a hard decision. Still, it made me sad.

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Nicker, the Gelding Who Became Mr. Ed’s Mother

Nicker in the photo shown on Mr. Ed's wall

Nicker in the photo shown on Mr. Ed’s wall

I watched in horror as my father’s friend stuck a knife into his leg — on purpose. He’d been whittling a wooden horse as he sat talking on our front porch. I always loved watching his artistry, whether with paper and pencil or that sharp, sharp knife. Stunned, I stared in silence, amazed that everyone else didn’t seem to notice and equally amazed his leg didn’t bleed. At last, he looked my way and laughed. “It’s wooden,” he said as he thumped right above the knife. The sound was hollow. Relief flooded through me and was quickly followed by embarrassment because I’d been caught staring.

But Norman didn’t mind. When he left that evening, he left behind the wooden horse and his aging palomino stallion.

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Fire All Around Us

August, 2009. The smoke was thick, choking the life from our lungs. It was hot and dry, typical for a Southern California summer. The Santa Anas — the devil winds — threatened to tear sheds apart and toppled trees. As we drove home, I was horrified to see the fire had jumped the freeway and was burning on the slopes that surrounded it. Sparks filled Foothill Blvd in front of us. The field on our right was beginning to smoke.

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