At Pathfinder Farm we just celebrated one year as chicken keepers. I have come to know chickens more intimately over this period and I have learned their special secret. Chickens are workaholics!
Many people report that keeping chickens is a great way to teach kids respect and responsibility for animals. I would agree that they are an incredible way to show children where food comes from and help them learn about work. Chickens have simple needs that make great chores for kids. Beyond
How is your garden? Here at Pathfinder Farm the gardens this spring were universally being described as weird. What does that mean exactly? For one thing, the gardens were very late due to a cool dry April and May. For the longest time transplanted plants just sat there and never got any bigger. I actually began to wonder if there was something wrong with the soil, but everyone I talked to reported that their garden was the same. Next, many things planted from seeds, like beets and peas
Binge television is all the rage now days but what about binge reading. I have been on quite a binge read lately with the topic being Theodore Roosevelt. It all started when I got The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin as an audio book. It has 30 CDs. I listened to it over two long car journeys and all the time in between the trips when I was going back and forth to town. I truly entered that era of history and TR became part of my world. When it was over, I could not let him go. I ha
It has been so hot and humid here at Pathfinder Farm that I am turning the horses out at night. Of course as soon as I decided to do this, we have had lots of early am thunderstorms. Our best pasture does not have a shelter, so I have been up at midnight several times bringing the boys back in to the barn.
I have been awestruck by the pastures at night. It is another world. A bit of a breeze comes up even at the steamiest temps. There are lightening bugs everywhere making for a magica
Book Expo America was great this year. Good weather and traffic karma helped. One topic on everyone’s mind was the ongoing negotiations between Amazon and Hachette Book Group over the prices of electronic books. This was the lead story in the PW Daily the first two days of the show and I have been interested to follow some of the coverage in regular media and on Facebook this weekend.
I notice that there is a wide range of opinions on the situation and deep feelings on all sides. I de
I am happy to say that Quincy and Buck has won a Mom’s Choice Gold Award! I love all the Quincy the Horse stories but this one holds a special place in my heart. I am excited that it has been recognized by the Mom’s Choice Award. What great news to receive as I am making the final preparations for attending BEA in New York City.
For me, Quincy and Buck brings back many memories of our trail rides in the desert of New Mexico. Of course the ride on that day was more complicated th
For most people in the book and publishing world May is a countdown to Book Expo America in New York on May 29th. I am getting excited about seeing my friends at MOM’s Choice where I will be an ambassador for the third year. But right now I cannot stop thinking about California Chrome, the amazing winner of the Kentucky Derby and hoping against hope that he will bring a Triple Crown winner after all these years. It seems insurmountable given how many have failed but I have a f
I will always be first and foremost a horse person. That being said, I have come to appreciate chickens in a special way. Last year I was worried about how I would take care of the chickens but now I know the great secret of chicken keeping. Chickens take care of you!
I could go on and on about all that chickens do. They are definitely birds for all seasons. As the winter with the cold and snow languished on and on, they just kept laying. It was a great motivation for making the frigi
I wanted to pass on this review of Quincy and Buck from blogger and writer, Writing Blind. She is blind and has her children tell her about the pictures when she is reviewing a picture book. I was especially touched by her love of horses and story of neighbor horses, Applesauce and Apricot from her childhood. It reminded me of our neighbors in New Mexico, Sam (Samantha) and Emily, who would stop by after school to help out with mucking and grooming and ride Quincy and Pathfinder. They are gro
As the author of the Quincy the Horse children’s books, I often sit and talk to kids about creative writing. I had the pleasure of meeting Julie Bogart, the founder of the Brave Writer Program at the Homeschoolers Association of Virginia Conference last week. I was excited to hear about Julie’s approach to helping children and their parents because it focuses on releasing creativity. While it is tailored to parents involved in homeschooling children, it is a great resource for any parent of a