Archive for October, 2008

The Cover Girls Of Smart Pak Equine.
October 30, 2008

009.jpg picture by DogOnAHorse

Dear Smart Pak Equine,

I’m writing to thank you for using normal-weight, healthy-looking (therefore, beautiful!) women on the cover of your Smart Pak catalogue.

As a woman in recovery from a life-threatening eating disorder, I know I speak for many women when I say that we’re tired of being fed unnatural, stick-thin images of women.

Horses and everything about them are fun and joyous. The two women on your cover personify exactly that. Not only will I include your link on my blogs, but I plan to use your company for all my horse needs.


Emily Murdoch

18 Rules For Living.
October 27, 2008

For as long as space endures
And for as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I too abide
To dispel the misery of the world.


I’ve always been fascinated by the Dalai Lama, Tibet, Tibetan monks and the buddhist philosophy. Reading Merlin’s Keep by Madeleine Brent (I still have to try tsampa) and seeing the movie Kundun sealed my fate.

My heart also breaks for the Dalai Lama and for the trials of his country, the monks and its denizens.

Click here: Dalai Lama birth, biography and bibliography

I’m not buddhist, but I’ve long respected its principles and teachings. Buddhist thought has always reminded me of the best poetry, the kind that illuminates both the human condition and the glimmer of greatness within us all.  

But, I digress. I came across the Dalai Lama’s list, today, while searching for news on how His Holiness was recuperating from exhaustion in July, followed by gallbladder surgery in October. Issued at the start of the new millenium, his list once again reminded me of why I admire this man. 

18 Rules for Living:

 1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs:

— Respect for self

— Respect for others

— Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

And, if I may be so pretentious, I would add three more:

19. Find evidence of something greater than yourself in nature and its creations.

20. Be beautiful for what you do, not for how you look.

21. Never underestimate the power of a good nap.


Photo by Emily Murdoch

Click here: Tsampa – the National Food of Tibet

What Made Today, Today.
October 22, 2008



the clouds pulled long and lean,

feathered like angel wings.

a one-legged dove

counting fifty hops from fence to fence

but flying most gracefully, 

in thanks. 

dust devils fleshing out the air,

a fly arriving on a horse’s ear,

children playing in a yard somewhere.

someone looking for their dog.

butterflies waltzing with the wind

and songbirds on tour.

clever rabbits grasping straws

that fall like leaves from towers of hay.

the sky the bluest eye you’ve ever seen,

twinkling with the joy of unborn stars.


(Poem and photos by Emily Murdoch)

The I Love Your Blog Award!
October 21, 2008


I’m excited to announce that Lefty In My Write Mind has won the I Love Your Blog Award for horse rescue work and the anti-slaughter advocacy in my post:

Click here: All The Pretty Rescue Horses.

I’m just so thrilled!

I was nominated by fellow horsewoman, I Love Your Blog Award winner and Lefty reader Cheryl Ann. You can read more about it on her wonderful blog, Desert Horses, in her post Blog award! 

Cheryl Ann has three rescue horses and two BLM mustangs. Her blog is a feast for the eyes and heart.

Click here: Desert Horses and get a wonderful peek into Cheryl Ann’s life with horses.

Through women like Cheryl sharing their horse knowledge on online groups and blogs, my own humble rescue efforts have been made possible.

Thank you for all you do for horses, Cheryl Ann!   

I, in turn, would like to nominate these five blogs for the I Love Your Blog Award:

1)  Click here: From Hell to Heaven: Saving Argus 

I have been following Argus’ journey and Katie’s blog for almost a year now, and it’s an incredible account that not only lifts the spirits, but oftentimes leads to a search for tissues to blot happy tears. Katie’s writing is wonderful; if you’re looking for evidence of a kinder world, you’ll find it at Katie’s farm. 

Katie, your blog never fails to do the heart good. Thank you for your big heart, hard work, and service in the name of horses.

2) Click here: Gypsyscarlett’s Weblog

Another wonderful writer, Tasha and her Victorian blog take you away to another era that is not only interesting and entertaining, but important to our history as human beings. I love to learn new things, and especially the history of our technology and inventions. Cast off the present and slip through the door of a former world. You’ll love every minute of it.

And, if you are a writer, too, you’ll be amongst friends.

3) Click here: In Other Words

Steph is on a hopeful journey through life and her blogwriting makes it so that you, too, can come along. Reading her blog is like hanging out with a dear friend, reminiscing. Both a wonderful editor and writer herself, her take on the world makes it a warmer place.

Pull up a chair and a cup of something, and you’ll wonder how you got through the day without her blog!

4) Click here: Curry Pan

Aarabi amazes me with her old soul, her observant eye, her awesome writing and her depictions of life in far away lands I can only dream of visiting. I always look forward to learning about different cultures and catching up on her adventures.

5) Click here: Art Calling

I find this highly creative blog both soothing and smart. Not only is Sarah a gifted painter, she shares her awareness of how art connects us all — art heals — from her art-filled life in Holland.

Congratulations, ladies! To accept your award, please right click on the award badge above, save it to your computer, post it on your blog and link it back in thanks to Lefty In My Write Mind.

Next, please choose five blogs you believe deserve this award, post them on your blog, notify the winners, have them link the badge back to your blog, and the cycle continues! 

Please email me at with any questions.

(I myself need to figure out how to post the badge on my blog, so I’ll be no help there!)  

A big thank you to all of you who share your lives and loves through your blogs!

Blame It On The Honey Hill Bunch.
October 17, 2008

From as far back as I can remember, I’ve been a writer. Writing was a natural progression for me, from abc’s and learning to read. I never chose to be a writer, or thought about it consciously; it just was. It was like, I am, therefore I write.

By age six, I was making up stories and writing them down or acting them out with dolls such as the ones below.

The Honey Hill Bunch

I can’t believe I’ve kept these dolls all these years. I just turned 43 (on the birthday that I happen to share with Ernest Hemingway) and I started collecting these dolls at ages nine and ten. Many winter saucer and sledding afternoons were forsaken to shovel the neighbors’ driveways and walkways, saving up for the next doll.

When I found them this morning in an old wicker trunk filled with some of my (unedited) writing and poetry, I was transported back in time. Plus, they made me laugh. What a long, strange trip it’s been, from then to now. I would have to say they are one of my most prized possessions.

The hairstyles are a little smushed and the clothing is missing, having become hand-me-downs to other dolls over the years, like kids in a real family. However, overall, the dolls remain in good shape.


Now that I think about it, I gave the littlest doll a haircut.

There are things that have remained constant throughout my life: I love to write, I love to read, and I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The Honey Hill Bunch is another. I’m so glad that, through all the life changes and moves in between, the dolls are still with me.

I tell myself, so what if you’re a writer on Query Road, plying your trade for free, unable to hook an agent to date but enjoying every word? Now I know who to blame — it was the dolls, I tell you! Blame it on the Honey Hill Bunch! Blame it on the adventures they took me upon!

I just found the time capsule — oops, I mean, site — below, and it gave me goosebumps!  

Click here: Mattel’s Honey Hill Bunch 

Much like Steph’s goosebumps from similar time travel episodes:

Click here: BEST. FIND. EVER. « In Other Words 

And, I just realized that there are three Honey Hill Bunch dolls I didn’t have! I better start my list for Santa ASAP.

Oh, the stories these dolls could tell …

“We’re all neighborhood friends,

so we really stick together. See.

We can even hold hands! We meet in

our Clubhouse to plan fun things to

do … C’mon, there’s room for you!”

(From the back of the Honey Hill Bunch box. What’s not to love?)