In my early days of working with racehorse trainers, I was a timid young man who knew nothing about the world of horse racing, and I was even afraid to get on a horse. The animals were so big and looked intimidating to me that I would run behind the trainers. The teeth were always in plain sight, and made me think that the horse would bite me whenever I got the chance. Also the placement of its eyes was a little disorienting to me. I learned to like the horses and even began to love them. They’re so gentle that they wouldn’t even hurt a fly if it was buzzing around their tails. Of course, this doesn’t mean that anyone should let their gentle nature fool them, because the horse are packing enough power in their bodies to move at amazing speeds.
When I became close enough with the horses to race on them, I realized how much power they had first hand. Riding on the horse felt like I was clinging on the back of a rocket. You can feel the wind blowing past your face as the horse gallops with all of the strength in its legs. It’s like the horse is trying to run fast enough to travel back through time, or at least break the sound barrier.
I got used to the speed of the horse and became ready to race against the other trainers. Sitting in the gate waiting for the race to start is one of the most tense moments that any person will even feel. You’re waiting for the time when you have to go a blazing speeds, and the adrenaline is just building up. Your heart pumps while you wait for the gait, and when it opens, everything happens in a blur.
I grew up in Connecticut and my daughter told me that she wanted to go to college out of state. I was not sure what to think when she told me that she wanted to go down south for school. I told her that I was happy for her and I would help her get out as much as I could. There was a great person at the admissions office at the university that told us to live off campus to save money. We called ADT in Knoxville to go to her new apartment off campus when she enrolled in school there to make sure that she would be in the safest place available to her. I know that a lot of students chose to live on campus, but because she is an out of state student, it is much cheaper for her to live off of the campus of the university.
There are a lot of students living in her apartment building, but it is so inexpensive that they all have a one bedroom all to themselves. I could not believe how nice and furnished her new apartment was, for half the price of a dorm room. Since there are so many people from the university living in the same building as she does, they usually can be seen walking to and from the campus together. I knew that there was not going to be an adviser at the apartment building like at the dorm, but that was something that I was going to have to live with. She was going to turn 19 shortly after moving to the south and I had to have the confidence in her to know that she was going to be okay in her new home all by herself with the new security system.
When my mother-in-law started getting up in years, and began experiencing more than her fair share of health issues, my husband and the rest of his siblings started a campaign to get their mother to move a whole lot closer to all of us in Georgia. Being the only one of the group with a job that I could work from home, I was tasked with checking out apartments in McDonough, that would be close to the best medical facilities available in Atlanta and close to all of her children in the surrounding suburbs as well.
My mother-in-law is a sweet woman and not the least bit picky, but we wanted her to have the very best place to call her home with all of the amenities and nicest appliances and luxuries to make the transition from the house she had lived in since marriage to my father-in-law, 48 years prior, an easy one. We wanted plenty of outdoor space that she could enjoy as even though she was well-past wanting to mow a lawn or tend a garden, she still enjoyed just sitting outside and enjoying a cup of coffee.
Security was also important as my mother-in-law was already a bit unsure about moving from her small, safe community to a much larger city and we didn’t want her having to worry about a thing.
When my mother-in-law saw the high ceilings in some of the apartments we looked at, I had to remind her that not only were those places far more energy efficient than her old home, but that she wouldn’t need to worry about heating the place for nine months out of the year as she was accustomed to in Michigan. I drove her from the apartments we looked at to the home of each of her children and I think seeing how close we all would be nailed it for her as she signed a lease and started making moving arrangements the very first day we went out looking for place for her to live.
I was told for many years that I should not sit with my leg underneath me every day at work. I would often forget and do it anyway. This is how I found myself in the office of a Santa Barbara chiropractor several times over the past month. I did try going to a doctor a couple of times first, but all he did was tell me that there is nothing he could do for me outside of trying to control the pain or go through scary surgery. Neither of those things was what I was looking for, and it was disappointing. I wanted to get to the root of the problem.
I have had a bad habit of tucking one of my legs underneath me for a long time. I had many people tell me that I should not do that. I am not even sure when it started. Continue reading I Really Began to Worry After Chronic Pain Started in My Knee
If you ask a lot of young girls what their favorite thing is, some would say fashion and makeup while others would say boys and music. If you ask my daughter, her only answer would be horses. She does enjoy the other things, but she has such a passion for horses. She started riding competitively in the last year, and that just elevated her desire of horses even more. We found a great site that sells horse riding clothes for those young ladies who do competition riding, and I decided to look there not that long ago to see if I could find another birthday gift for her.
We had already gotten her a few things, but I wanted something to do with horses for her too. She already had everything she needed, but I knew I would be able to find something on that site that she would not only love but be able to use as well. When I saw the riding socks, I knew I had hit the jackpot. Continue reading Horse Riding Socks As a Birthday Gift
When we moved to where we live now, my husband and I decided to start looking around to see if we could find something fun to do in our new neighborhood. One of the first hings we found was Lady’s Wood, which is a shooting school. It is located on acres upon acres of beautiful land, and we both wanted to find out a lot more about it. When my husband told me that we could go there and learn clay pigeon shooting, I had no idea what that even meant.
I knew that I did not want to learn how to shoot birds, which gave him a good chuckle. Even though he had never been at shooting events like that, he still knew what they were about. He assured me that shooting live pigeons is never an option as that was made illegal nearly a century ago. Continue reading Learning About Clay Pigeon Shooting
There are so many places we could travel to in the world for our once in a lifetime trip abroad. However, we were looking into Jerusalem tours for our trip. We discovered that you do not have to take one of those trips where you are crowded onto a big bus and hauled around to a few tourist sites. You can actually get a private or semi-private tour of Israel conducted by experienced guides. The company we were looking into has a 100 percent satisfaction rate. Do you know any company of any sort that has that level of customer satisfaction? Me neither!
Israel is only about as big as New Jersey, but that is big enough that you cannot get to all the interesting spots in one day. Continue reading Taking a Less Formal More Open Private Tour of Israel
My mom and dad always made sure that we had a pet or two in the house at any given time, so I was looking forward to one of my own when I moved into my first place. But as luck would have it, the only place that I could afford to rent doesn’t allow dogs or cats. It made me sad, but I needed to focus on living where my monthly costs were affordable. A visiting friend was reading colorful fish facts out loud to me from a site that she was reading online one night when she came over. Continue reading I Got a Little Creative with the Type of Pets I Have Now
I lost my job a year ago due to having continued medical troubles. This affected so many things in my life, especially with paying my bills on time. Eventually, I found myself many months behind, and different services that I had no trouble paying for in the past were suddenly being turned off for non-payment. I also feared that I was going to lose my house to foreclosure, so I contacted an agent who deals with short sales in Brooklyn NY to see if she could assist me.
I live in a neighborhood that is not known for homes selling very quickly in. Continue reading You Need Help when It Comes to a Short Sale
Recently, there was a home invasion in my neighborhood, and the owner of the home, was shot by the intruders. The intruders turned out to be some punk kids from a nearby neighborhood, and I guess they shot the guy because they were shocked to find him at home. Regardless, this makes it clear that I need to look into home security systems in the near future, because it would be a great idea to have one installed soon.
If it can happen in my neighborhood, just a few houses down from where I live, then it could happen to my house. Continue reading Best Reputations Among Home Security Providers
For as long as people have been alive on the Earth, the dream of world peace has captivated many people’s hearts. A world without war or hatred may seem like an unattainable utopia, but even if we can never realize this ambition within our own lives, we must still keep working toward this goal. Too many people are still threatened by ills such as war, prejudice, violence and other problems. To combat these problems, we all need to rededicate ourselves to pursuing the goal of world peace. Only then can we hope to truly progress as a species and achieve our full potential as human beings.
Too often, people are ready to simply accept brutality and violence as natural parts of the human condition about which we can do nothing. Continue reading Why We Must Keep Working for World Peace
The Arab Spring has been a watershed moment for the establishment of democracy in the Middle East. Certainly, it has had and will continue to have, bumps along the way to stability. America, as an example, did not establish a stable national government for some time after the Revolutionary War. Patience and support is key to the growth of Arab democracy.
However, despite the encouraging signs of progress throughout the region, there remains the Syrian question. Syria remains locked in a brutal civil war between entrenched interests supporting the current regime and a popular uprising growing in military strength. A bloodbath seems inevitable to outside observers.
Outside military intervention to stop the fighting seems unlikely. Continue reading Can Peace Be Won in War Torn Syria?