Activity? You Deserve Ice Cream

This week's Tuesday Photo Challenge theme is treat (a natural follow up to last week's theme of heat and Mowgli's Defeat) and instinctively my mind jumped to ice cream. Why ice cream? Anytime Michelle and I do any activity we celebrate its completion with a trip to Cookout for milkshakes, or a stop at the [...]

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Seven on the Line

This poem was written before traveling to my first tournament with Rampage Ultimate. Rampage is a new mixed team in the triangle. Ultimate has three divisions of play, Open, Mixed, or Women's. Open is generally all men playing, mixed contains a ratio of 4:3 or 3:4 men-to-women, while women is clearly a women's only division. [...]

Lessons From Bob Series

Michelle and I recently started volunteering for CORRAL Riding Academy. CORRAL uses horses to help middle and high school girls overcome the trauma in their lives using a technique known as equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAPT). During EAPT a girl will work with a horse using techniques derived from Natural Horsemanship and an equine specialist (i.e. a [...]

The Bark Beneath My Palm

Life has been feeling a little hectic lately and, Michelle and I have not had much time for camping, hiking, or our other typical adventure activities. This disconnection from nature has made Jan. - Feb. a challenging time for me, but luckily I have writing as an emotional escape. This poem was born on a [...]

Snow Day, Not on the Farm

North Carolina was brought to a screeching halt this week as 12 inches of snow blanketed some regions of the state (yes, 12 inches!). Surprisingly, this snowfall didn't even come close to reaching NC's largest snowstorm that dumped 20 inches on Raleigh in 2000. But, as any North Carolinian will tell you, any amount of [...]

A Dog’s Inspiration

The photo challenge themes this week are pets (from Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge) and 2017 Favorites (Daily Post). These themes are a perfect pairing. Athena is a four-year old American bulldog, pitbull mix. Michelle and I first met Athena on a cold, frigid January night in 2014. We had been talking about [...]