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Morning Star Adds Trail Riding Program

By at July 18, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Morning Star Adds Trail Riding Program

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Tucked away on three quiet acres in Little Ranches, Morning Star Ranch offers a variety of hippotherapy and therapeutic horsemanship classes. Turning Point Therapy is the brainchild and special mission of owner Trisha Coates. The ranch’s mission is to support equestrian programs that promote physical, emotional, cognitive, psychological and more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

My Pot Has An Amazing Story To Tell (Or Not)

By at July 18, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

My Pot Has An Amazing Story To Tell (Or Not)

THE SONIC BOOMER At an estate sale last weekend, my husband Mark wanted to spend $125 to buy a plain copper pot with two handles and a lid. He claimed it was a pressure cooker, hand-hammered in England. I wasn’t so sure. “I think it might be a tourist item made in India,” I said. “No way,” he countered. “Look at this house. Everything in here is an more...

Deborah Welky

‘Planet Of The Apes’ Sequel Worth Watching

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‘Planet Of The Apes’ Sequel Worth Watching

‘I’ ON CULTURE If you think that the new movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is simply a sequel, you are in for a surprise. Just as another superior sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, struck new ground in the Star Wars series by turning from a simple story of heroism into a darker family political drama, the new movie breaks new ground in the series. Unlike the more...

Leonard Wechsler

Annoyed With Politics? Enjoy Political Humor!

By at July 18, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Annoyed With Politics? Enjoy Political Humor!

FOOTLOOSE AND... It’s time for a different look at politics... Politics to the left of us… politics to the right of us… We might as well relax and smile at these political aphorisms from both sides of the aisle: The problem with political jokes is they get elected... We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office... Politicians more...

Jules Rabin

Natalia Elina Praises Reining Expert Jon Ingram

By at July 11, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Natalia Elina Praises Reining Expert Jon Ingram

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Growing up in Russia, Natalia Elina was 5 when she saw her first horse. “Like many Russians, my family spent the summer in the country at a dacha, a kind of summer house,” she recalled. “We visited with friends who lived next to a park, and someone rode by on a huge gray draft horse. That was it. As soon as I saw that horse, I knew that more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Schools Must Do A Better Job Educating Boys

By at July 11, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Schools Must Do A Better Job Educating Boys

‘I’ ON CULTURE At a time when media reports describe the downfall of public school systems, some of the real issues get at least somewhat overlooked. Time recently had an article from Christina Hoff Sommers pointing out that in most schools, boys are no more than targets. Her main theme is that boys are treated like defective girls. Unfortunately, that leads to far more...

Leonard Wechsler

My Husband Is Perfect… Except When He’s Not

By at July 11, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

My Husband Is Perfect… Except When He’s Not

THE SONIC BOOMER Let me begin by saying, I love my husband. He is kind, gentle and smart. He loves children and animals. He has the manners of a southern gentleman. But... Oh, yes, there’s a “but.” Because the nature of any long-term relationship, especially marriage, is that the very things that once attracted you to this person now drive you crazy. Aesop more...

Deborah Welky

We Owe Visionary Rollin King Debt Of Gratitude

By at July 4, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

We Owe Visionary Rollin King Debt Of Gratitude

FOOTLOOSE AND... Rollin King died at age 83 recently and virtually no one in particular cared. I asked the first 18 people I met, after reading the King obituary, and there was nary a recognition. King was the key idea man and innovator who, along with Herbert Kelleher, came up with the concept that developed into Southwest Airlines, the first airline to pioneer more...

Jules Rabin

July Fourth: Informal Holiday Ends With A Bang!

By at July 4, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

July Fourth: Informal Holiday Ends With A Bang!

THE SONIC BOOMER Hurrah for the Fourth of July — a day that’s easy to love from dawn’s early light to twilight’s last gleaming. Why? It is the “under”-dog of holidays — under-planned and under-anticipated. In short, it’s great. I mean, let’s compare: • Thanksgiving — A meal whose components are often prepared days, weeks or (in the case of more...

Deborah Welky

How Bureaucrats Sap The Fourth Of July Spirit

By at July 4, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

How Bureaucrats Sap The Fourth Of July Spirit

‘I’ ON CULTURE Nearly a century ago, writer Ring Lardner used the expression “‘Shut up,’ he explained” as a joke about a pushy guy. Today we have civil masters, who once were civil servants, in place to tell us we do not understand the world in front of us. Instead of quoting real authorities, too many people use the authority of position to avoid annoying more...

Leonard Wechsler