- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Prairie Moon Press (June 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780996491204
- ISBN-13: 978-0996491204
- ASIN: 0996491201
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 218 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Anna Blake is a horse advocate, equine professional, and author of Stable Relation, a Memoir of One Woman's Spirited Journey Home, by Way of the Barn, (a Peoples' Choice Gold Medal Winner), Relaxed & Forward: Relationship Advice from Your Horse, and Barn Dance, Nickers, brays, bleats, howls, and quacks: Tales from the herd.
Traveling as an equine clinician, I train horses and riders communication skills and dressage, and I write parables about horses and life.
I'm a proud member of the herd at Infinity Farm, on the Colorado prairie, along with horses, llamas, goats, ducks, and Edgar Rice Burro, our moral compass. And a few dogs and cats. You can expect them to each creep into my writing from time to time.
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Stable Relation is that kind of memoir. A perfect blend of tongue-in-cheek humor, confessional and a heaping dash of salt-of-the-earth common sense. This book not only challenges how you think and feel, but encourages you to become more present and aware of your path in life. Yes, there were several Kleenex moments for me. Actually, I lost count, but I'm a woman of a certain age and I've earned the right to lean more toward the sentimental side now. And no, I'm not ashamed. You won't be either. It's OK.
This memoir is about Cattle Dogs, Dobies, mutts, ducks, horses, llamas and goats. There are blizzards, bad memories, blistering sun and batty first dates, as well as the occasional flashback about dysfunctional family, distant relatives and old friends. Anna makes it pretty clear from the start that her birthright was an early life chock full of crap and crisis. By the time she hit midlife she was at a crossroad. She wanted to exorcise the crazy and decided to use a career dilemma as her turning point. With little more than burning passion, determination and an abundance of elbow grease, Anna begins to carve out a place of her own on the prairie.
As the story unfolds, Anna talks about becoming temporarily attached to the various assortment of birds and critters that share the daily routine at her farm. I can relate. The first Spring on my farm we were visited nightly by a methodical, comedic female raccoon who not only stopped by to see what we might have to offer, but for several years thereafter brought her entire family along for the ride! (We called her Sport) And I still search the trees by the pond where I once photographed a one-eyed hawk. I have no reason to believe she might still be around, except that I'd like to think she is. Anna writes about her awe for the creatures and the unique environment she shares with them, in spite of life's ups, downs and (often times) harsh lessons. Anyone who grew up on a farm knows that as beautiful as farm life can be, an unforgiving and harsh reality is always lurking in the shadows. Survival depends on balancing what is perfect and good with the fear of what that can morph into in the blink of an eye. Mention the word colic around any horse person and you'll see what I mean.
Anna shares several experiences that helped her find the strength to push past a miserable start in life and mature into a woman who, above all, values and models grace, kindness and generosity of heart and spirit. What makes this book so special is the hilarious cast of characters who mentor Anna on this journey and help her build a new trust in the healing balm of love. If you're anything like me, you'll be humbled by the author's unfiltered adoration and devotion for her charges and impressed by her intuitive, gentle approach. These gifts seem especially unique given how little love or compassion she was shown as a child. How does one learn to use these tools if they've never been taught? Anna shows you how. And if she can do it, so can you.
I started out reading this memoir slowly. I wanted to savor every chapter. But as the story continued I no longer had to force myself to slow down rather, I NEEDED to read it slowly.
This book is not just good.
It's not just a winner.
And if Stable Relation is any indication of what we might be hearing from Anna in the future, I can't wait for more!
The writing was superb, mixing prose that brought the world alive with caustic self-depreciation in a wry style that I loved. There were moments where I was startled into laughter, moments I felt necessary to share with my wife because they were so poignant and true, and moments when Anna's experiences sparked recognition and redemption of my own life experiences. I was moved to laughter, to rejoice, to recognition and finally, to tears at the close of the book.
Some memoirs become so entangled in the pain-filled moments of the past that they lose the spark of wonder readers are really seeking. Anna mixes the moments of her painfully honest childhood remembrances with the communion and relationships that redeems her pain and effort in the comfort and wonder of the animals she shares her life with. It truly is a joy-filled journey, mixed with the bittersweet realities of life, and has the power to reawaken us to the wonder and joy that living with animals can bring.
Anna Blake's life in Stable Relations is worth trying on, worth experiencing her struggles.
I loved it. I loved living through Windy, and Spam, and making my throat tighten. But we're reminded that the joy of any form of love overshadows the pain. And how important it is to just breathe. Always breathing.
I'm from Washington State and reading her book felt like reading my parallel universe. What I think I want. She chose to slow her life down and this collection of gorgeous observations are just some of the fruit of that.
Even if I wasn't a horse owner and fellow finatic, this tale would ring true to me. Her descriptions are lovely and her struggles are universal.
Twice she kept me up after midnight on work nights. It was worth it, though. I couldn't put it down.
I devoured Blake's riveting memoir in one day (and frankly, i had a lot of other important things that I should have been doing). I began the first chapter as I was on a mountain highway waiting for a rock pile to be cleared off the road. I think it was the first time in history that I was disappointed when traffic began to move. Blake's often witty, sometimes wry and always poignantly honest voice became a friendly companion who I was sorry to see leave when I turned the last page of the book.
You could say that people who love animals will enjoy this book, but that's kind of like saying that people with taste buds will like chocolate ice cream. The reader base for this memoir extends much further than animal lovers or people who live in the country. This book is for anyone who has encountered a fork in their road of life and didn't know which way to go. It's for anyone who has felt that they have lost it all. It's for anyone who realized that they can be their own hero(ine). It's for anyone who has fallen in love and danced that back and forth sway of being the rock of support and accepting the strength when you're weak.
In short, to me, this book was a love letter to the Colorado plains, a hodge podge collection of personable farm animals, the unwavering love of a white knight soulmate, and the process of excavating your true strength and beauty beneath the rubble of a lifetime of experiences.