- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 4, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451536283
- ISBN-13: 978-1451536287
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,843,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wild Burro Tales Paperback – August 4, 2010
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About the Author
Hal Walter is a magazine columnist, world champion pack-burro racer, and ranch manager. He lives with his family in Colorado's Wet Mountains.
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This book was a very pleasant surprise!
Wild Burro Tales is a great selection of short stories, full of nostalgia and heart touching reflection. The first part of the book made me want to race burros. The second made me want to work with children.
I have been meditating on a new aphorism I read a week ago: "life is about execution, not purpose." This quote had me puzzled, we are told daily that life needs purpose to be meaningful. In fact I have suffered anxiety for the past few years because I have been drifting from job to job without a rudder. I did not expect to find enlightenment reading "Wild Burro Tales" but that aphorism became clear to me after reading the book.
Hal Walter runs and races burros, a seemingly awkward hobby. From an American-societal standpoint burro racing does not add purpose, it does not make sense, and it is not safe. The methodological logic of western civilization is being completely ignored by burro racers.
But as I read the short essays, I kept reading about a man that was dedicated to executing daily on something he loved, something that taught him lessons so impactful he wrote them down to share, and in the process of becoming great at his sport, he found purpose in life that went far deeper than racing. This is not a typical work, and that makes it truly wonderful.
The book has given me pause, and I am thankful for it.