riding BarbaraEllinFox.com

In 1969, before there were certifications for riding instructors, I graduated from a riding program in Maryland, certified to teach riding and train horses. The program was tough, backed by the Maryland Department of Education and the British Horse Society. In my class were students taking their final exam for fifth and sixth times. People didn’t pass on the first try. Fully Unprepared The program, Potomac Horse Center, was my first time away from home alone. And in my ignorance I signed on for a program based on eventing. Eventing is a riding sport that involves three different activities including galloping and jumping cross country.Read More →

organic BarbaraEllinFox.com

Organic Writing Organic writing is described as ‘seat of the pants’ writing where story falls out of the pen possibly leading down the dark halls of no return.  Adversaries claim the writer dives in and searches for story structure as they go. This opposes advocates of story structure, or architecture, for which the writer develops a story outline, then fills in with the words. Proponents believe this method provides a crisp clean story and wastes less time. They may be right but it has absolutely nothing to do with an organic writing life. The Definition Organic- happening or developing in a natural and continuous processRead More →

Time BarbaraEllinFox.com

Have you ever considered how addicting the hunger for time is? We cannot influence how much time we’re given, yet it’s one of our most precious gifts. The wealthiest person in the world cannot buy more of time, in terms of amount, than you or I can. How we use our time is up to the individual. Choice Choice is another gift. Each day we make hundreds, maybe thousands of choices. There’s a choice to make in every situation, whether it’s, ‘should I put cream in my coffee?’ or ‘should I take this job?’ Anyone who tells you they have no choice has bought intoRead More →

morning BarbaraEllinFox.com

Morning in the barn is a favorite time for me. I love the sounds and the interaction with the animals. Hoping to find a way to share my blessings with you, I took photos and recorded sound this morning. If you’d like to listen to the birds while you read this post, just click on the sound bite. Where do they Sleep? Most of the horses spend their time outside unless the weather’s bad. Two usually come in at night—Reno my mustang, and Lewis. Reno has his own room for two reasons, and we’re alike in both cases. Reno is always dieting. He loves food,Read More →

love horses BarbaraEllinFox.com

 When did I first love horses? Not exactly a burning question for anyone other than myself, but every now and then, when I survey the Missouri farm and multiple horses in the pasture, I wonder—How did this happen? My Home I grew up on Long Island. That’s the skinny island that sort of looks like a fish with Montauk Point at one end and New York City at the other. Montauk Point is home to a lighthouse that was authorized by President George Washington in 1792. Long Island, or L.I., Is about 118 miles long and 23 miles wide and is currently home to more than 7,800,000Read More →

But is a big fat three letter word. BarbaraEllinFox.com

Time is suspended between Christmas and the New Year. It’s intended for dreaming, reorganization, evaluation.  Since it’s part of the holiday season, pressure is off, most deadlines are met—until January 1 when it begins again. New, but… Shirley E. Gould’s interesting ACFW blog What Hindered You? got my mind on a roll. Paul wrote about the race. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 he talks about winning the perishable wreath and only one runner winning the prize. In His generous love God has made certain the best prize is within the reach of everyone in a race we can all finish. Shirley’s point was Galatians 5:7 “You wereRead More →

coffee and a note pad

This web site and I have been at a stand-off while I consider how to start the first blog post. And then I thought, why not? I’ll go first and tell you a little about me. Then maybe you’ll tell me about yourself. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m no stranger to blogging.  I’ve blogged at TheRidingInstructor.net for more than ten years. But this is different. This is the first blog post for my new author’s site where I’ll tell you about myself, writing, and other things I think will interest you. Writing this first blog post is like writing to someone you’ve neverRead More →