October 30


A First Blog Post

By BarbaraEllinFox

October 30, 2017

Barbara Ellin Fox, coffee, God, horses, love, Romance, writing

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 never met. It feels a little bit like writing to the wind, but I’m determined we’ll become friends.

So, about me—hmm. The first thing that comes to my mind is that I love the Lord. We have a personal relationship that I’d never want to live without.

I grew up on Long Island, New York (if you’re from L.I.- South Shore, Suffolk County). Early-on I developed the love for a good cup of coffee. Sweet and light was my mixture, until I started low carb eating, and now it’s light or black. Two things I count on every day before I even speak with another person are my coffee and time with God, preferably about five A.M. I jealously guard at least an hour, and sometimes more, to be ready to tackle my day.

Here’s another thing. I have loved horses since I was a little girl and can’t remember not loving them. And this is the weird part, my family didn’t like horses. In fact I remember when my father told me I wasn’t aloud to talk about horses at the dinner table.  I researched the family genealogy to before the 1600s and didn’t find another horse lover. Not a single one. There were no cavalrymen, no horse breeders, no horse dealers or trainers, nothing except one old farm horse that my grandfather owned. I never saw the animal because my grandfather died before I was born. I took my older brother’s word it even existed.

How does a kid growing up in a suburb of New York City, in a family that has no interest in horses, become a horse lover? I have no doubt God put the passion for horses in my heart because not only did I love them, I had unique opportunities and education that brought me through a long life of training, competing horses, and teaching riding to all kinds of people. Even retired from teaching I enjoy feeding and spending time with the horses every day.

I love to write and have always worked on something, whether it was equestrian curriculum, newsletters, articles for small horse publications, children’s horse stories, or blogging for The Riding Instructor. Today I adore writing equestrian based inspirational romance.

So there you have it. I love God, coffee, horses, and writing… and reading, but I’ll save that for another day.

What about you? What do you love?



P.S. Oh, before I forget.

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