Pay a Compliment Today!

Today is Pay a Compliment Day! I love obscure "holidays". Any reason to stir up a good time is ok in my book. And, today is just as good a reason as any to be festive. I gave a few suggestions today on The Civilized Minute about how you might pay a someone a compliment, but … [Read more...]

Getting Civilized with Clinton


So, I went into the Clinton Anderson weekend show expecting to learn a bunch of stuff about working with horses. And I did! But, I got waaay more than I bargained for. His presentation style, his personality, his's making my heart beat fast just to remember it. … [Read more...]

Cool as a Cowboy

In our little town, a big PRCA rodeo comes to town each February. Soon, we will begin to see signs start to pop up saying things like "Welcome Cowboys" and there will be an influx of trucks and horse trailers. The first year we took our children, a bull jumped up into the … [Read more...]

Careful Little Mouth


This may come as a shock to some, but honesty is not always what people want or need to hear. In other words, you don't have to verbalize every thought that comes to mind. It’s not your plight in life to make sure people know your innermost thoughts. It’s not your place to … [Read more...]

Talking Tips

Sometimes, a man has to talk to a horse. About important business. Most people tend to shy away from topics that make us uncomfortable or avoid people who seem intimidating. But, life doesn’t stop moving and shaking even though a situation may crop up we’d … [Read more...]

Mind the Flowers


Recently, over breakfast, I asked Emma (13) and Ben (10) what I should blog about. They both said I should use spring weather and blooming flowers. Does that mean they are tired of winter? Guess so. hmmm…. “But, what’s the point?” I asked them. “What do you … [Read more...]

Hope and Wasps


Do you ever feel like your Hope has a wasp nest on it? It isn't always noticeable. Sometimes you have to look really hard to find it. And when you look really hard and DO find it attached like a noose around your neck...guess what? It's ok. It's normal. Nobody is … [Read more...]

To Post or Not to Post

I do love to hang out on Twitter and Facebook. Don't even ask how many hours per week I spend there. That'd be akin to asking me how much I weigh and I'd probably lie about both, anyway. Yesterday and today, I've been watching the buzz build about NewYear's Eve. People are … [Read more...]