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Horses & hooves

So my daughter will be the first one to tell you that I don’t know much about horses. So tonight I am posting an article I read on horses to learn a little more. The article is entitled “How Horses Got Their Hooves” by Steph Yin over at the New York Times. While I will no doubt never know as much as her, I will know a little bit, maybe just enough to surprise her.



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With my daughter signing up for her first official horse competition today, coming up in October, this article seemed appropriate. It also has a little bit for me as I’ve always loved history and in fact, I once took a class on Icelandic History which looking back now, was the best history class I ever had.

The article is entitled “How the Vikings started the worldwide distribution of gaited horses” from over at Science Daily. I’m so proud of my daughter.



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Horse girl

For most of this summer, my daughter has been around horses. She’s volunteering at a local horse therapy place once a week and also attended horse camp earlier this month. So when I came upon this story over at High Country News, a resource I sort of lost track of for a while, I knew I had to post it.

The article is entitled “Ranch Diaries: Turning a mustang into a willing partner” by Laura Jean Schneider. It’s a story about a horse and it’s new owner. How sometimes horses (just like humans) deserve a second chance. Good stuff.



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Belated Earth Day

Well, needless to say my Earth Day was a little busy. Filled with work and kids but none the less I did come across this article over at the New York Times entitled “Over Ever Green World” by Natalie Angier. I guess for me it pretty much sums it up.

I do plan however to get my kids out this weekend as there is our local Earth Day celebration over at Forest Park, my youngest son mentioned wanting to go to Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park, there’s an Arbor Day celebration at Longview Farm Park where my daughter wants to go volunteer to help with the horses on Sunday and my oldest son wants to go to Jefferson Barracks (yet another St. Louis park) so we’ll no doubt be busy.

Oh yea, I almost forgot, hopefully (rain permitting) we’ll be going on our annual trek to Amphibian Night at the Jay Henge Shooting Range (I know, what irony). So happy belated Earth Day!



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The last of the 3 R’s

For the last couple of Wednesdays now, I’ve been trying to get my recycling bin out to the curb but since I have my kids that night, I’ve found it a task impossible to accomplish. Today however, I finally did it and so in honor of that, I’m posting a couple of articles on interesting recycling projects that I hope you’ll enjoy.

First up one up is for my daughter and is entitled “Amazing Modern Day Trojan Horse Made From Over 18,000 Salvaged Computer Keys” by Morgana Matus over at Inhabitat. You know, as I’m sitting here typing on a very sticky keyboard, I’m finding some of my own inspiration to do the same thing. Hmmm…

This other one is for my boys and actually sounds very cool, except for the fact that we already have an aquarium. It’s entitled “Old Phone Booths Transformed into Goldfish Tanks on the Streets of Osaka” by Lori Zimmer and is also over at Inhabitat. Talk about cool!



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Pieces of summer

These are just a few articles that I’ve been meaning to post since last week but just haven’t found the time, until now.

The first one is yet another article on family trees entitled “What People Owe Fish: A Lot” by Natalie Angier at the New York Times. I’m gonna have to check out Your Inner FIsh by Neil Shubin.

The next one is on my daughter’s favorite topic, horses. The article is “Herd’s Fate Lies in Preservation Clash” byLaura Beil, again at the New York Times. I think I know where my daughter stands on this.

This last article relates to a tradition that the kids I have, looking for frogs. We usually do it in the spring (with the Missouri Department of Conservation) but this sounds like fun too! The article is entitled “Mud, Fun and Frogs” by Matt Seek at Xplor Magazine.



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Horsing around

With my daughter excited about her latest attempt to draw a horse and rider, I thought I would post a couple of nice articles that have come out lately here regarding relationships between people and horses.

The first one is the story “Man and His Horse: Story of Mutual Caregivers by Susan Weich at my local paper the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This is about a man who is a stroke survivor and a blind horse. What a great story!

The other one is entitled “Horsepower: Social Services Group Touts Plans to Convert Farm in Hillsboro into a Therapy Center” by Leah Throsen, also at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wow!

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Kids stuff

These are just a couple of articles I’ve been hanging to about some  of the things my kids like.

First up, for the boys Evan & Julian we have “Old Railroad Trestle in St. Louis May Become a Park” by Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The other article is for my daughter Gwen and it’s entitled “A Country Gone to the Wolves” by Patrick McGroarty at the Wall Street Journal.

Play on!

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