Ripleigh Go Bragh

Ripleigh Go Bragh
Connemara stallion Ripleigh Go Bragh

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Write It Forward 2: The Voyage

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The Voyage

They say that when you see a horizon on a river you'd better paddle for shore.  But what if there is nothing but sheer granite walls squeezing you into a raging, foaming madness of water like a reluctant bull into a castrating chute?  That's when you paddle.  You paddle and you sing.  The song keeps your strokes strong and steady and reminds you to take a deep breath in and to let it out as the front of the boat drops seven feet down into a whirlpool of white. It's a way of daring God to make you cry.  But God likes a song and more often than not we bounce and flail through- and then it's ten more hours till we sleep like stones under our wet birch bark canoes.

We heard the roar before ever a horizon came into few. The rains had been hard and heavy over the mountains all the week before, speeding us along bearing our three tons of furs and supplies... and one white woman in silk and fancy shoes. Frances, "but call me Frank" had convinced her husband that life in peril with him would satisfy better than life in safety without him and so along she'd come.  With paint box and paper in tow.

Our first portage had been an eye-opener both for her and for us Metis Voyageurs.  She had...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Trusting the Ride

Sometimes you just got to chuck the reins and let the horse take care of you.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Write It Forward- Baba Yaga


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BABA YAGA:
Baby Yaga lay in her crib listening to the deep voices of men and the snufflings of dogs on her rooftop.  The one room cottage was dark with only one strong, dust-moted beam of light shining through the arched window in the door.  She was warm enough since her Muma Pădurii had wrapped her tightly in a red, white and yellow wool blanket shortly before she left to go to the market.  It scratched her chin and smelled of creosote and onions but it also smelled of Muma. 

Then again, Baba Yaga lay in her bed, two hundred years after the great snowstorm, wrapped tightly in a wool blanket that smelled of chicken soup and garlic.   Her bones ached and she wondered how it could be that this ancient body could be the same body that she had been born with.  She remembered the looseness of her limbs as they pushed against the swaddling blanket, the fullness of hair and lips, and the delight her eyes took in the shadows that outlined the room.  With a dry crackling sound, she shifted on her cot, scaring the mice that lived in the old bed straw.  One hundred years ago today...

Friday, May 17, 2013

Opinions

The world is full of them.

It makes me tired.

I think I will sit in ignorance for awhile.

Or at least until I get my head out of my opinion.

What beliefs are you willing to be wrong about?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

NPR submission: In the Bag

Here's the story I submited to NPR's Three Minute story contest. The prompt was: Write about a character who finds something they have no intention of returning in 600 words or less. It's called IN THE BAG

 



Bonnie found the diaper bag full of silver dollars while kayaking up river from her farm.  She’d just been joking about her ability to find useful things when she most needed them- like the time she found a sled in the woods after she shot a deer.  She’d hurt her ankle and was thinking about ditching the meat and limping home when she saw the bright orange sled stuffed in a laurel bush.  Hunter and prey slid home in style.
“Why can’t I find money?” She’d laughingly told Maria.
Minutes later they saw the mud-covered bag tucked into a downed tree.  It must have washed downstream after the big rains.
“There’s gotta be hundreds of dollars in there- the thing weighs a ton!”
The bag was tossed into the kayak along with the duck decoy they’d found.  They split the findings when they got home and went on with their lives.
A few weeks later, Bonnie was sitting at the local juice joint when she overheard someone at the next table. 
“I still haven’t found that bag!  I can’t believe I lost my grandfather’s silver dollar collection!”
The voice was familiar.  Looking over her shoulder Bonnie saw it was a girl who was in her niece’s Waldorf class.  
“Oh, baby-girl, it’ll be found.  You’ve told everyone in town and I’m sure some good soul will return it.”  The girl’s mother reached across the table to hold her daughter’s hand. “The world is a good place- you’ll see.”
Bonnie sipped her banana smoothie and pretended that it tasted as good as it had before she’d eavesdropped.  She still had her half of the find and last she knew so did Maria; it’d be simple enough- drop by the police station, walk away, and the world would be a good place.   She’d be a “nice person” and presumably sleep well for the rest of her life.  But if it were a silver dollar collection, it might be worth big money and big money would enable her to pay her taxes before the auction next month.
Big money would pay for sleeping pills if it came to that.
But what if she were to see the girl whenever she went to visit her niece?  She knew they were good friends.   And her niece was supposed to spend the summer at the farm while her parents went to Europe.  Not good.
“I could spend it and then say, ‘Hey little girl. I found your bag and I spent it.  Thanks!’
Or, ‘Hey little girl, you know that bag you lost? Well how do you like the farm it paid for?’”
She looked at the little girl again.  The girl didn’t look like that great of a kid.  Nice clothes, picking at a $15 burger- most of which would get tossed after ‘precious’ had her nibble, and besides- Waldorf cost a fortune.   Kids these days get whatever they wanted.  If losing a little bag were going to ruin her life then maybe this experience would teach the girl a little compassion for those less fortunate than her.
And Maria needed money as badly as Bonnie did.  
The more Bonnie thought about it, the clearer it became.  She’d prayed for help when she needed the sled and she got one.  She’d prayed for money, as had Maria, and there was the diaper bag.  It was a no brainer spiritual gift.  Returning it would be like spitting in God’s face. No way was she going to return a bag of manna to a spoiled, little rich brat.
The smoothie started to taste better.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Chicken

While watering the cows today, I noticed one of my black and white pin striped bard rocks peck around the water tanks.  A few seconds later she snatched up a frog and started bashing it about on the ground until it was a bit of a pulp.  She then flipped it around, snatched it up by the leg and swallowed it.

I'm thinking.... I'm really, really glad that I am bigger than a chicken.