July-August 2019 PKA PRESENTS LIFE IS GOOD

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Volume 1 Number 2

July-August 2019

ISSN 2643-8283

Published By PKA Publications

G o o d R e a d i n g F o r A G o o d D a y !

“The Irish Amateur Sunday Race Long Ago”

Mona Snell, artist

This artwork is based on a photograph taken in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s in Ireland,

and was provided by the artist’s client to the artist. The photograph is of the client’s

great-uncle riding in an amateur race over fences on a typical Sunday afternoon.

Mona Snell can be contacted at https://www.facebook.com/mona.snell


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July-August 2019

Table Of Contents

The Irish Amateur Sunday Race Long Ago

Artwork By Mona Snell....cover page

Four Photographs

Photography By Elaine Warfield....3

I SHOULD HAVE

Essay By Rebecca L. Monroe....5

A DAY TO REMEMBER

Artwork By Debi Fitzgerald....5

CAROLYN’S GODCHILD

Artwork By Debi Fitzgerald....6

A MOMENT TO LIVE FOR

Poem By Charles Portolano....6

THE TEAL UMBRELLA

Artwork By Steve Henderson....7

ALL IN THE STARDUST

Poetry By Charles Portolano....8

CLYESDALE TIMBER TEAM

Artwork By Trudi Simmonds....8

THE UNKOWN HORSE

Poetry By P.L. Grimaldi....9

THE UNKOWN HORSE

Photgraphy By Loretta Grimaldi....9

Bella Milano, Bazar Du Panier,

And The Early Birds

Photography And Descriptions By Terri Price....10

SPAGHETTI POMODORO SAUCE

Recipe And Photograph By Terri Price....11

The Duality of Love, Life Close Up, Supernova,

Word Art, And Our Multiparous Moon

Poetry By Curtiss Plaskon....12

SOCIAL STUDIES

Essay By Roland Keller....14

FRIEND OR FOE

Artwork By Patricia Keller....15

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF A SMILE

Poetry By Charles Portolano....15

SWIFT THIS RIVER RUNS

Poetry By Charles Portolano....17

CATSKILL MOUNTAINS AND WHITEWATER TUBING

Essay And Photographs

By Harry G. Jameson III....17

Baltimore Oriole Digital Painting

Artwork By Dawn Sicard Gemme....18

Evening Meditations And

Eagle Mountain Lake Sunset

Poetry By Sheryl L. Nelms....18

Mind mouse

Poetry By Eric Chiles....18

Evensong

Poetry By Alby Blazo....19

Lessons Kami Taught Me

Essay By Jackie Decker....20

SARATOGA 546

Artwork by Kathi Peters....19

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

Poetry By Sandy Clawson....23

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Patricia Keller’s Original Artworks....7

Roland Keller’s Easy Taylor Mysteries....14

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Maple Lovers Cookbook....15

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Below: Photographer Elaine Warfield captured this image of Illana

Nicole Shimmel galloping her horse Uno on St. Augustine Beach

just after sunrise in February of 2019.

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Above: This striking sunset at Sunset Rock/Bear Pen in the North-

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Below: “Girl with Flag, Greer Farm,” is photographer Elaine

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Above: The lively miniature horse Chanal and her rider Maelyn

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I Should Have

July-August 2019

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By Rebecca L. Monroe

“I should have…”

My father’s words to us, heard many times over the

years.

I wish I could have made him understand what he did

instead.

He did what mattered.

The foundation I stand on was built by him. It includes

honesty, integrity, and keeping the value of the dollar where it

belongs. Thanks to what he taught me, I have enough money

based on hard work and the knowledge to handle it. Thanks to

him, it’s never been a tool to be used against me. Money doesn’t

own me. Raises can’t drive me. When a raise would mean the

sacrifice of Life, I’m not interested. He taught me Life matters.

Life. I’ve shared some of what Dad taught me. Others

come to our home, and then go back to their own to recreate. Life

is a campfire on a cool summer evening, surrounded by silence,

covered by stars. It’s the faces laughing, illuminated in the light of

flames, which will be remembered. Life is a squirrel inching down

a tree to the feeder, trust grown over time; such trust he might

attempt to nudge the hand filling the feeder out of the way. Such

trust that, for amusement, Dad once gently tugged on the tail

hanging down below the edge of the feeder. I, too, have tugged.

Life is Christmas, not the glitter, but the caring to take the time to

make it glitter. Life is hot popcorn with lots of butter and a good

movie with family.

The trend these days is To Do. There are articles and

advertisements on where to go, how to be active. People return

exhausted. A bit of rest and restlessness begins again– To Do.

To Go. To See. And so there are also articles on how to stop and

enjoy the sunset, hear the birds, how to find a slower pace. Dad

raised me to see and hear, no matter where or what I’m doing,

be amazed at sunsets, awed at fireworks, pause incredulous at

a wild rabbit found when we parked by a highway for lunch. He

taught me fulfilment is not something you do. It’s something you

live. It’s every day.

Dad taught me I can do anything. Woven in was the strength

to step forward when others hesitated. He taught strength by

living it. He taught the need to have and honor dreams.

I am a writer, obviously. I read of others who list parents

so fearful for their children’s future they nibbled and sometimes

chomped the dream to pieces before it ever had a chance. I

didn’t even know, until I was old enough to read larger, it was

an issue. Dad not only left my dream to me, he stood beside me

and supported the corners when they sagged. He did more than

just say “you can.” He gave me the tools of observation, an open

mind, and the freedom to be me even when it worried him. I found

out about the worry later. Much later. Who wants to see a teenage

daughter in her room alone, scribbling? Where are the friends?

The parties? The hanging on the phone? Did I know? No. Not

until he was sure I was safely on my way.

When he said, “I should have,” I remember what he did.

Instant support when he thought my ‘news’ would be a father’s

worst fear. His gentle “Are you going to be a mother…?” would

have made all the difference had it been true. I laughed. Well, no.

Marriage was more what I had in mind first. But he was ready and

had no idea what that would have meant if it HAD been the news

because he’d already opened the door to acceptance.

I remember rainy days camping in a trailer for the weekend

playing cards after he had worked all week. I remember the

freedom of running through the woods and how he went to see

the cave I found. I remember the hiss of the propane lamps in

the evening, the way the moisture curled up on the windows. I

remember a father who seemed to have nothing better to do than

spend the weekend with his children.

When he said, “I should have,” I remember the sympathy

others tried to give me because my mother died. They meant

well, I know, but I didn’t feel deprived. Ever. I had a dad who was

so strong he let me grieve yet helped me move on. I cannot, now,

imagine how he did it. I can only hope my soul absorbed it.

When I think back, there is not one thing I would trade in

place of what I had for the ‘I should haves.’

Was he perfect? He said he wasn’t as soon as I was

old enough to understand and helped me accept the cracks

in his foundation. I’ve stood on that knowledge my whole life.

Imperfection, you see, is being human, being open, being

accessible and loving. He lived that, too. The perfect father isn’t

perfect.

Except for mine, of course. He was.

°°°°°

Debi Fitzgerald, artist

"A Day To Remember"

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A moment to live for

BY CHARLES PORTOLANO

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pulling her owner

to the end of her leash.

I learn never to extend my hand,

never to feel the need to look

her directly in those hidden eyes.

Talking in low whispers

every time we pass on the street,

yet she never allows me

the freedom to touch her,

yet I still whisper to her,

“Oh, Opal, you are so pretty,

a true beauty!”

Still she shies away.

But today on this chilly

desert morning

with dew on the cacti and the sun

just coming over the mountains,

rather than pull away,

she listens to my whispers. Suddenly

she jumps around like a pup,

bounding about her owner, wrapping

her leash around her waist,

bounding back around again.

She settles down,

then leans her long, lean nose in

for me to reach out and touch her.

Tears fill my disbelieving eyes,

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THE UNKNOWN HORSE

BY P. L. GRIMALDI

PHOTOGRAPHY BY

LORETTA GRIMALDI

I pause during day's work to stretch my legs

Using the luxury of wandering down a road,

Stopping at the unknown neighbor's farm.

I see the horse, also unknown by name. I halt and say hello.

It shakes its head. This is not Mister Ed.

So I wonder in my wandering how many times

My unknown ancestors and neighbors harnessed these fine

animals

During bitter battles and perfumed peace,

For racing kings and plowing peasants,

With cinematic cowboys and with headless horsemen,

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Below “Bazar Du Panier” - Photograph Description

The Bazar Du Panier is one of the most colorful and

photographed buildings in Marseille, France. The picturesque

souvenir and papeterie is located at 62 Rue du Refuge, an

ancient, narrow street in the Panier (Basket) District of

Marseille. The Basket is Marseille’s oldest quarter and the site of

the original Greek settlement in 600 BC.

It is very like a village within the city, and is where the

French Resistance fighters hid from the Germans. It was rebuilt

after the destruction of WWII, but the mishmash of streets and

lanes remain and are filled with tiny boutiques and bars and

ateliers. The streets are so narrow that laundry lines are strung

back and forth across the streets.

It is so colorful and vibrant, and the people– young and

old– are friendly and helpful. Today, tourists visit this ancient city

from all over the world, and we are so proud to call this beautiful

port city our home.

Left “Bella Milano” - Photograph Description

A few years ago, my husband and I had the good fortune to

live in Milan for 3 months, and while neither of us speaks more than a

smattering of restaurant Italian, we had a magnificent experience. We

found that many young to middle age people proudly speak English

and they loved to practice our language with us.

We discovered this quiet street on a walk one morning. I was

struck by the authenticity of everything in this photo, from the color

of the buildings to the fenders on the bicycle delivery cart. It was so

serene that morning, and it conveyed the feeling of being in an old

Italian village. Milan is a beautiful, vibrant city where we learned how

to make authentic pomodoro sauce.

Pomodoro once meant apple in Italian. The reason for its name

is that the first tomatoes in Italy were a bit yellow in color, making

them resemble the local apples. Today, pomodoro means tomato.

Pomodoro sauce is a smooth and delicious tomato sauce intended to

be a light, quick dish using fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, red

pepper flakes, and garlic. It is topped with a very healthy helping of

shaved Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.

It is our emergency go-to supper because it is so simple to

make, and we have it with ice cold Chablis or Bordeaux. It is a simple

and fun dish because it is light, not heavy.

There is a recipe on the next page (page 11) for

Spaghetti Pomodoro Sauce-

RECIPE AND PHOTOGRAPH BY TERRI PRICE

Above “The Early Birds” - Photograph Description

This photograph of two elderly men, up early and going about their

business on a wildly colorful graffiti-filled street, perfectly describes “le

Quartier des Artistes,” Cours Julien, in Marseille, France.

Cours Julien is a huge square that is vibrant and bohemian, and

filled with bars and shops and restaurants. It is raucous and electric at

night and deserted by all but workers and people getting their shopping

out of the way before noon.

There is an outdoor organic market open every morning when

the square is quiet, and recently a small flea market has opened. The

street art, however, is the main attraction for young people and artists

who visit Marseille.


July-August 2019 -11

Spaghetti Pomodoro Sauce

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 lbs. fresh tomatoes (if not very sweet tomatoes,

add a dash of sugar or maple syrup)

1/2 cup high quality extra-virgin olive oil (Italian or

Spanish or Greek)

1/4 cup freshly diced white onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 tablespoons of chopped fresh herbs (basil, &/or

oregano, &/or parsley)

Parmesan cheese for garnish

Salt and pepper to taste

Italian spaghetti

4. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring

occasionally.

5. Season with salt and pepper.

6. Add a dash or more of sugar or maple syrup

depending on the sweetness of the tomatoes.

7. Serve over spaghetti that has been cooked al denté

8. Garnish with some of the fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese.

*****

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Quarter the tomatoes and squash/mash them in a bowl.

2. Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan or Dutch oven over

medium heat and add garlic and onion, sauté until soft.

Stir constantly so that the garlic doesn’t burn.

3. Add the tomatoes and herbs and bring to a boil. Spaghetti Pomodoro Sauce

RECIPE AND PHOTOGRAPH BY TERRI PRICE

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A Few Poems

by Curtiss Plaskon from his book,

Scribbling In The Margins.s

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The Duality of Love

Word Art

By CurtISS Plaskon

Somewhere, sweet, blue-white piñon pine

Smoke is curling out of a cabin chimney and a

Coyote is howling in the brittle night air spooked

By the sparkly smear of stars in the sky.

Lucky is the one who can see, smell, and hear art.

By CurtISS Plaskon

Let us fall at each other’s feet

At the same instant.

Neither we nor they will know

Who be the lover and who be

The beloved.

Only the state of love allows

For this duality within oneself.

Life Close Up

By CurtISS Plaskon

I would like to think that I have grabbed

Life by the lapels and pulled it tightly up

Against me to feel its heartbeat, smell

Its breath, and see my reflection in its eyes.

I should think that my arms would have

Grown weary of this constant intimacy. I

Have lived so many lives. I took them as

They came. Some brought luck– many did not.

Supernova

By CurtISS Plaskon

I watched a piece of glitter fall in your hair

Today.

Insignificant I thought– a bit of civilizations’

Dross, a benign speck of humanity’s detritus.

Not so. A billion years ago, a star exploded

And disappeared though it blew new life into

The stellar nurseries. Once again, our galaxy

Was refreshed.

All but that one errant piece of a dying star;

Falling, falling; a million years of falling to

Land in your hair today.

I wonder, did it seek you out?

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF

CURTISS PLASKON

Our Multiparous Moon

By CurtISS Plaskon

Last night, the bright crescent moon hung

low and close as it retreated from its recent

perigean visit.

So bright, she showed her growing fullness

like a late-term mother assuring us once

again, her eternal multiparous and the

presentation of future wonders.


July-August 2019

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14- July-August 2019

SOCIAL STUDIES

by Roland Keller

Most politicians know that it’s relatively easy to frighten

uninformed or misinformed voters by declaring that the opposition

party intends to diminish peoples’ choices or freedoms. During

President Obama’s term in office, his opponents said the administration

intended to take away citizens’ Second Amendment rights, despite the

simple fact that no president has that power, let alone the authority.

Didn’t matter. Uninformed and misinformed voters believed it, were

frightened by it, and voted accordingly.

These days that particular scare tactic isn’t in vogue. Instead,

it’s the notion that, if the opposition party gets into power, the nation

will be undone by socialism, that people will lose their freedom of

choice in most things to an overbearing, overreaching socialist

government. What that warning ignores is that the nation has a long

and beneficial history of socialism, and that in many ways socialism

has provided citizens with opportunities and safeguards that we all

have the freedom to take for granted if we choose.

In case anyone reading this isn’t sure, the Oxford American

Dictionary defines socialism as “a political and economic theory of

social organization that advocates that the means of production,

distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the

community as a whole.” In other words, it is a system that empowers

a community to run itself, which is, in fact, the very essence of

democracy.

A community, by the way, is a group of people either living

together in one place or sharing a common interest, especially a

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sawbuck.”

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Nowhere: a Novel

Since losing his job and its regular paycheck at an Albany

investigative firm, life for private investigator Edward Zachery

Taylor, known as Easy because of his initials, is going downhill.

In business for himself– just himself, by himself, with no boss, no

client, and no money– Easy’s car has been repossessed and he’s

behind in his rent. Getting a referral from his friend, veterinarian

Henrietta Van Voenderhueeks, Easy reluctantly accepts the

assignment of finding Diana Hunter’s missing pit bull dog which

may have been abducted for dog fighting.

With retainer in hand, Easy immediately places bets with his

local bookie who gives him a lead that takes him into the seamy

underworld of dog fighting. Then on an errand for the veterinarian

to a local testing lab, Easy encounters the bizarre genetic research

being conducted there by Dr. Phyllis Steen. The two worlds

converge in the lab’s secretive efforts at genetically altering

the nature of beasts by transforming passive creatures into

aggressive ones.

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group of people practicing common ownership. It could be a nation

or a state or a township in which everyone is entitled to have a stake

in its continuation and success, even if they simply sit back and let

others do the actual work. Nothing in that idea excludes individuals

from owning their own stuff or doing their own thing as long as the

community isn’t harmed, sort of like letting people own guns as long

as they don’t shoot up the place.

The most glaring example of useful, positive, and thoroughly

American socialism is our public school system. Who among us hasn’t

benefitted from having the right to get an education? And for most

of us, we didn’t have to pay any tuition for that education all the way

from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Of course, that education

isn’t exactly free. Taxpayers– all taxpayers– contribute in some form

to the public education systems that various communities control.

Regardless of which community– whether the school district,

the county, the state, or the nation– regulates a specific aspect of

the public education system, such as the length of the school year or

the qualifications of teachers or who actually gets hired, the system

itself is socialist, with a single payer, usually the school district itself,

footing the bill, even if some of that money comes from state or

federal taxes.

The alternative to socialistically maintained education systems

would be private schools, and they would need to charge tuition.

That could prevent anyone who didn’t have the money to pay the

tuition from getting any education. In some school districts in rural

upstate New York, for example, the annual school budget works

out to approximately $30,000 per student per year. A privatized K

through 12 education, in those cases, would cost parents $390,000,

and that doesn’t even take into account whatever profit the private

school’s owners might wish to make. It’s unlikely that most people

could afford that. But socialized education makes it affordable for

everyone. There are no long lines. Everyone gets in regardless of

ability to pay.

A less conspicuous example of socialism at work are

municipal fire departments. Fire department buildings, vehicles,

and other costs are tax supported. even if the valiant firefighters are

sometimes unpaid volunteers. Imagine what a colossal catastrophe

entirely privatized fire departments might be. A house catches fire,

the resident calls the fire department and is asked, “Do you have an

appointment?” or “Do you have a referral?” or “Will you be paying

by credit or debit card?” or as is the case with the medical industry,

“Do you have insurance?” Or just as devastating, the private fire

department arrives, puts out the fire, and hands the homeowner a

whopping big bill. Fortunately, socialized firefighting is a single payer

situation with the local taxpayers covering the costs. The firefighters

show up no matter the size of the fire. Everyone is safer for it.

State, county, and municipal highway departments, police

departments, and public hospitals are all examples of organizations

that are socialist in that they are owned or regulated by the

communities they serve. In each case, some level of government is

the single payer and pays the tab with tax money paid by people who

may or may not live along a public road or ever call the police for help

or need to go to a hospital.

Why then would socialized medicine be any less effective, less

efficient, or less American? So the next time you hear a politician rail

against socialized medicine, don’t be frightened. The doctor will be

there when needed, and a single payer– the community– will pay the

bill, just as the community does for our education, the police patrolling

our neighborhoods, and the highway department snowplows that

clear the roads in front of our houses so that the ambulances, fire

trucks, and school buses can all get where they need to go.

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BY CHARLES PORTOLANO

He promised her a horse

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with the round-up of 850 wild

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wanted to adopt one, to save one.

Having the wild horse families

split up during the round-up,

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his daughter went on and on

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Corrals were full of wild horses,

corralled for the first time

in their existence, penned up,

torn apart from their herds;

she walked ahead, head up.

He walked behind,

laughing to himself. How proud

he was of her, so like her mother,

with a walk so determined.

He walked behind.

She walked past them all

until she got to the farthest pen;

there two injured horses,

their bodies bonded together,

off in the corner of the corral.

One had an obvious limp,

so the other never left his side,

they moved to her warm voice

slowly across the corral as one

to let her pet their noses.

He knew when she turned to

look him in his eyes, he knew

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Swift this river runs

BY CHARLES PORTOLANO

Swift as time this river runs,

deeper than it appears,

as we walk along

the riverbank hand in hand,

balancing each other

from taking a fall.

No need to talk for

we have been here before

many times, to feel

the positive energy

only swift water can generate,

clean, without a snag,

its flow, its essence.

This river knows no obstacle

it can’t overcome with time.

This river knows its course,

but can change when need be.

This river knows in the end

it will be part of a whole

when it reaches the ocean,

but for now free to run.

When we reach the river bend,

you point again to the island

that will one day be gone,

but this river will continue

to run its course, and that is why

we always return each spring

to walk this riverbank

hand in hand, honoring

the positive energy

that few things on earth

can lay claim to.

We stop at the river bend,

I look you in your blue eyes

and feel our love flow

like this swift river.

I kiss you on your lips

in the spray of the river’s mist.

CATSKILL MOUNTAINS AND

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by Harry G. Jameson III

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make tubing on the Esopus Creek a fun time.

Tubing on the Esopus Creek in 1980, when it was just a

local activity, involved hauling the tubes in a pickup truck as

these folks did.

Growing up in the Catskills in 1960s was a daily outdoor adventure.

The wilds of the Catskill Park offered me and my friends endless opportunities

to hike, camp, fish, and swim in the many streams that flowed

from the mountains. But above and beyond all, one of our most favorite

activities was to spend our days tubing the rapids of the Esopus Creek.

With Class II Rapids and one to three foot waves, the creek gave us all

the excitement of the thrills and spills that we were looking for.

Fast forward to 1980 when I started The Town Tinker Tube Rental and

what was a local pastime was transformed into a major tourist attraction.

Thirty-nine years later, The Town Tinker has provided whitewater equipment

for hundreds of thousands of adrenaline seekers from around the

globe. People flock to the headquarters in Phoenicia, NY, to make their

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The Town Tinker is open daily from Memorial Day Weekend until Labor

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July-August 2019

“…Baltimore orioles forage in trees and

shrubs, also making short flights to catch

insects. They acrobatically clamber, hover,

and hang among foliage as they comb

high branches. They mainly eat insects,

berries, and nectar, and are often seen

sipping at hummingbird feeders. Their

favored prey is perhaps the forest tent

caterpillar which, typically, they eat in the

insect’s larval stage, and which can be a

nuisance species if not naturally regulated

by predation. The orioles beat the larvae

caterpillars against branches until the

caterpillars’ protective hairs are skinned off

before being eaten. Unlike American robins

and many other fruit-eating birds, Baltimore

orioles seem to prefer only ripe, dark

colored fruit. Orioles seek out the darkest

mulberries, the reddest cherries, and the

deepest purple grapes, and will ignore

green grapes and yellow cherries even if

they are ripe. Baltimore orioles sometimes

use their beaks in an unusual way, called

“gaping.” They stab their closed beaks into

soft fruits, then open their mouths to cut

a juicy swath from which they drink using

their tongues. During spring and fall, nectar,

fruit, and other sugary foods are readily

converted into fat, which supplies energy for

migration…”

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Evening Meditations

By SHERYL L. NELMS

an owl

swoops low

over the oak trees

undulates around the Clyde

Methodist Church steeple

two ducks

arrow

up

off of the grey pond

a hawk

circles downtown

checks the asphalt

below

for road kill

two blue herons

collect themselves

and flap

together

into

dark

Eagle Mountain Lake Sunset

By SHERYL L. NELMS

cattail stalks

rustle and sway

in the April breeze

a bullfrog's rubbery croak

sets his mudded boundary

silver carp flop

at their spawn in the shallows

a red-winged blackbird trills

then settles in

to incubate

the eggs

cottonwood leaves

ripple through

the thick puff

of white

fluffed

seeds

carried on the wind

as cumulus clouds

weave gold

strands

across

sun

down

Mind mouse

BY Eric Chiles

The cartoons lie.

Mice don't need a door

in the baseboard to hide.

Once in the garage

I spied one scurry up

the corner and squeeze

into a crack a quarter inch

wide where the mortar

had popped out, that little

gray sausage wisping

itself to phantom size

disappearing into not much.

It made me laugh.

It made me see I do

much the same whenever

you screech your fork

on your plate making

me shiver. You sense

my cringe, so I squeeze

out a smile, caught

by your blue eyes.


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My feet grip precariously,

Tail and head balance the natural horizon.

I rescind my wings and clutch my breast,

My beating, breathing breast.

My voice lowers

From a song, an anecdote,

To whispers, hoarse and dry,

To silence, dark and eternal.

I perch my soul upon a tree and wait for dawn.

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Below: Jackie Decker riding Kami.

Lessons Kami

Taught Me

BY JACKIE DECKER

For most of my

life, I was under the

impression that humans

trained horses. I took

in horses to start them

under saddle and to

“fix” problems they were

causing their owners.

What I discovered had

me backing away from

the idea of horse training

as it has been borne in

on me that horses have far more to teach me than I have to teach

them.

Think about it. Horses don’t need to be taught to stand, walk,

trot, canter, turn, stop, and back up. That all comes baked in from

birth. Getting a horse to do those things when you want the horse to

do them requires that you give the horse a reason to want to be with

you and to follow your ideas, and then to communicate those ideas

in a way that makes sense to the horse. That is more a function of

building a relationship and communicating clearly than training.

Those “problem” horses? Generally, they are horses that had

been struggling with humans who were terrible relationship builders

and had equally terrible communication skills.

So after I stopped “training” my horses, what lessons did they

start to teach me? Here are a couple that Kami taught me.

Meet Kami. Kami is a beautiful chestnut Paso Fino mare that

I have raised from birth. She was never a very confident filly, inclined

to let the other horses lead the way. Heck, her best friend, Maia, was

born a year after Kami and was the acknowledged decision maker

between the two as they played together. As long as she understood

what was desired, Kami was happy to comply.

I teach all my foals to stand, walk, turn, stop, and back up with

me at liberty to my body language before teaching them to lead in

a halter. Knowing what is being desired with body language allows

me to keep the line to the halter loose with just a feel in the desired

direction. So many foals are frightened by pressure they don’t

understand when people pull on their heads, resulting in the foals

rearing or pulling back.

With Kami, liberty first was a necessity. Her response to

perceived pressure (mental, emotional, or physical) was to freeze

and become convinced that whatever was being asked of her was

impossibly difficult. She would grow roots down to China through her

hooves. As long as the pressure was there, she just could not think.

Take time without pressure to think issues through.

The way to help Kami learn something new was for me to use

soft body language to show Kami what I wanted her to do, then calmly

wait for her to figure it out. The most effective approach was to do this

in a large space without a halter or line on her at all. At first, she was

still inclined to think that the new body language communication was

Jackie Decker sharing territory with Kami

PHOTOS COURTESEY OF JACKIE DECKER

impossible to understand, and she would often leave and walk away.

At first, I thought she hadn’t heard me and clearly didn’t understand

what I wanted. I knew that adding pressure didn’t help her figure

things out, so I let her go and, if another horse came up to play, I

would play with that horse.

I remember one winter night standing under cover and asking

Kami for the first time to “step up” onto a frisbee that was on the

ground. I put my foot on it and said, “Step up.” Then I asked her if

she could “step up.” She looked at me, reached out her nose, and

touched the frisbee. I told her, “Good touch. Can you step up?” She

looked worried. I put my foot on it and said, “Good step up.” She

turned and walked away from me, out from under the cover and into

the pouring rain, and walked around the barn. I waited under the cover

and played “touch” for a while with Mystic, another of my Paso Finos.

About ten minutes later, Kami’s head appeared around the corner

of the barn and she peered at me through the pouring rain. I said,

“Hi Kami, Love.” After a moment, she walked back under the cover,

looked at me and the frisbee, and put her hoof on it. I told her, “Good

step up,” praised and scratched her, and gave her multiple cookies.

We did “step up” a few more times, and she became increasingly

confident that she knew what that meant.

Since I watched Kami learning new skills, I realized that her

tendency to freeze and have trouble thinking when under pressure

was a common issue for me and others. Think about all the people

who study for exams yet freeze during the exam because of the

pressure. How many times have you been confronted by someone

being aggressive without being able to think of a good response

and then afterwards come up with a hundred ways you could have

brilliantly responded? Because of Kami, I have made a point of

taking pressure off of human or horse when asking them to learn

a new skill. Demonstrate, explain, step back and breath, and allow

students the time to think things through and make a try on their own

without further explanation or pressure unless a question is asked.

Why praise the answer you didn’t want?

Giving Kami time to think without pressure caused Kami’s selfconfidence

to blossom. Having mastered “touch” and “step up,” she

quickly figured out “pick up” and “give me,” then “smile” and “kiss.”

These became her new go-to responses when she was confused

or uncertain about something new, replacing her need to run away

from new challenges. She was definitely trying, and I rewarded her

try by telling her how brilliant she was when she offered these well

known tricks. Interestingly, she would do the old “safe” tricks a couple

of times, pause a moment, then tentatively offer the behavior she

thought I wanted.

Watching this process, I realized that when we lack selfconfidence

about trying something new, going back and doing things

we do know how to do well rebuilds our self-confidence. When others

praise us for that brilliance and try, rather than focusing on how we

are not doing the thing they wanted at that moment, we are freed to

take a stab at the new thing. The important thing is that the learner is

staying engaged with us and trying– because ultimately, that is all you

can ever ask of anyone. Your desired result may or may not follow

from that try depending on how hard the challenge is, but failure is

certain if the learner gives up trying. Kami taught me the importance

of never killing the try because the try is more important than the

results.

The more she learned, the more confident she became, and

she started to invent new tricks of her own. I had asked her to pick

up ropes, halters, lead lines, and cones (all small, soft, portable

objects). I was startled the day she reached out, grabbed the lip of

a 55-gallon barrel and picked it up in the air, holding it there for a

minute while I told her how brilliant she was. I was equally startled

when I was teaching her to back up, dragging a small barrel to which

I had attached a rope. She was not the least frightened by the barrel

being dragged in front of her nose while she backed up, but after a

few tries, she reached out to the rope, picked up it and the attached

barrel, and carried it backwards. I laughed and told her she was

brilliant. A few days later, she walked up to that rope attached to the

small barrel, grabbed it, and started swinging the barrel in a circle in

the air. I was on the ground at the time and had to jump backwards

to avoid being clocked by the spinning barrel. I laughed some more

and praised her brilliance.

Another important lesson: just because an effort might be

different from what was intended does not mean that we should

criticize that effort. Doing so will just destroy the self-confidence

we want to build. Generously praise all efforts made and you will

create a super learner who will offer you things you never knew were

possible.


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PARTS STORE

RED’S AUTO SUPPLY, INC.

Manufacturer’s Distributor

of Auto Parts & Equipment

Washington Street

Prattsville, NY 12468

518-299-3627

518-299-3250

Open Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm

Saturday 8 am - Noon

Carquest Auto Parts Store

Red’s Auto Supply, Inc.

518-299-3627

518-299-3250

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FOR SALE

HORSE LOVERS ESTATE

approx. 12 miles of trails on

this forever wild 112 acres in

Westerlo, Albany County, NY.

Private & secluded property

has specific deed restrictions to

preserve its must-see unique

natural habitat, with

1725+ sq.ft. 2-story complex

with below-grade

finished basement;

4-stall barn with 2nd floor

apartment, tackroom, &

washroom; private driveway

leading to pastures &

various garage/outbuildings;

plus pond & gardens.

Priced at $550,000.

ALSO AVAILABLE–

Unique “Round House”

currently under top-to-bottom

renovations, on 9 acres.

When Complete: $260,000.

ON 7.5 ACRES

1-bedroom home over 3-stall

garage; currently occupied, but

to be vacant within 2 months.

Priced at $112,000.

EACH PROPERTY MAY BE

PURCHASED SEPARATELY OR

AS A PACKAGE FOR

$860,000 on 130 acres.

EACH ADJACENT DWELLING

IS SEPARATELY DEEDED,

RECENTLY SUBDIVIDED.

All serious inquiries contact

ROBERT CREVATAS, CBR

Licensed Associate Real

Estate Broker

HUNT Real Estate ERA

1365 New Scotland Road

Slingerlands, NY 12159

518-461-5559

bob.crevatas@HuntRealEstate.com

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July-August 2019

-23

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

By SANDY CLAWSON

In leather boots, and western hat,

My happy little grandson sat.

He's here to spend the day with me,

And it's his favorite place to be.

I get a wave. I get a smile.

He rides a horse for quite a while.

He had his pick, but right away

He chose a handsome one today,

A mustang, looking young and strong.

Some music plays a pleasant song.

He circles, and keeps passing me,

Going 'round and 'round repeatedly.

The music stops. I think he's done,

But he moved to another one.

That mustang's been abandoned now.

Small "fickle" riders know somehow

There's never any shortage of

More horses kids can ride and love.

I do my best at keeping track.

He climbs up on a pinto's back.

It isn't difficult to tell

Why children love a carousel.

While taking photos, I'm aware

These simple Sundays that we share

Will way too quickly be "Our past."

This time will go, but memories last.

I thought "By now, I'm sure he's tired."

But, no, it seems that he's admired

A stallion which just took his eye.

Again "my cowboy" waved good-by!

FOR SALE

HORSE-DRAWN RACING SULKY

1880’s High-wheeled sulky, bentwood ash, oak

hubs, made in Syracuse, NY, by ‘Moyers,’

older restoration & roadworthy. Asking $975

Prattsville, NY • 518-299-3103

RANCH FOR SALE - In Southern Oregon

3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch house, with guest quarters in the barn on 14.9 irrigated acresranch

of beauty, peace, and harmony for horses and humans in Southern Oregon, is for

sale for $650,000. If you or someone you know dreams of owning a horse paradise,

check out this video and share it for others to enjoy. https://youtu.be/OIbaJKUvBIk-

The video provides in-depth views of the house, barn, horse facilities, garden, etc.

Contact-

Luke Scott Realtor

lukescott@johnlscott.com

541-324-9960


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July-August 2019

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Schoharie Valley Farms

Home of

THE CARROT BARN

A Farm for All Seasons

Route 30, Schoharie, NY

just 2 miles South of

1-88 Exit 23

518-295-7139

Summer is a great time

to come to the Valley,

the heart of New York's

finest farmland.

From quality produce &

greenhouse crops to floral

designs & gifts, to treats

from our bakery...

There's so much

waiting for you here.

So come visit all of us at

The Carrot Barn at

Schohorie, Valley Farms

Open 7 days a week, 9 - 6.

518-295-7139.

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MAPLE LOVERS COOKBOOK

Dessert Edition

A Quality Time Book by

PKA PUBLICATIONS

40 Pages with 40 Original

Maple Syrup Recipes

& Many Baking Tips as well as

Maple Tree & Sap Facts

Available by Mail for $10.95

(shipping cost included)

Send Payment to:

PKA PUBLICATIONS

1881 Route 2

Prattsville, NY 12468

or pay with PayPal/credit cards

Through PKA’s website:

https://www.PKAPresents.com

MAPLE LOVERS COOKBOOK

Dessert Edition

A Quality Time Book by

PKA PUBLICATIONS

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Elaine Warfield

Horse and Pet

Photography

Let Elaine Warfield capture your

special bond with your equine or

pet to create a lasting memory!

Photo sessions specializing in

formal, costume, fantasy, and

wedding portraits.

Check out Elaine Warfield’s website

to see some of her work.

•Digital files for social media.

•Prints and books dedicated to

you and your equine.

Please contact Elaine Warfield

for pricing dependent upon

your needs.

Email: elainewarf@yahoo.com

http://www.ElaineWarfield.com/

horses

http://www.ElaineWarfield.com/

pets

Mention this ad and receive

10% off your order. Coupon

code HP10.

(518) 965-8601

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MAPLE HILL FARMS

Greene County Route 2

Lexington, NY

(cross Mosquito Point Bridge

on NYS Rte. 23A)

518-299-3604

New Maple Syrup for Sale

Maple Candy & Cream

New Products-

•Maple Roasted Mixed Nuts

•Bourbon Barrel Aged

Maple Syrup

•Maple Fudge •Maple Granola

•Granulated Maple Sugar

•Maple Cream

•Local Honey

OPEN DAILY

MAPLE HILL FARMS

518-299-3604.

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CLAUDE W. LUTZ, INC.

INSURANCE

Since 1923

3 Locations:

Mountain Top Agency

Mains Street, Windham

518-734-3100

Route 23A, Tannersville

518-589-9800

Prattsville Plaza

14520 Main St, Suite #2

NYS Route 23

Main Street, Prattsville

518-299-3432

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ANN & COMPANY

Hair Studio

Prattsville Plaza

Main Street, Route 23

Prattsville, NY

518-734-5479

Men • Women • Children

Ann & Company

Hair Studio

518-734-5479.

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RANCH FOR SALE

in Southern Oregon

Luke Scott Realtor

lukescott@johnlscott.com

541-324-9960

3 bedrooms • 2 baths

•guest quarter in the barn•

14.9 irrigated acres

Beauty, Peace, & Harmony

for horses & humans

$650,000

Video with in-depth views of the

house, barn, horse facilities,

gardens, etc.:

https://youtu.be/OIbaJKUvBIk-

Ranch For Sale

in Southern Oregon

Luke Scott Realtor

lukescott@johnlscott.com

541-324-9960.

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HELMEDACH &

YOUNG, INC.

at

Shipping Galore

456 Main Street

Catskill, NY 12414

Mon to Fri,

9 am to 4 pm

518-943-2139

Tax Preparation

Electronic Filing

IRS Representation

Bank Products Available

Helmedach & Young, Inc.

at Shipping Galore

518-943-2000

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SHIPPING GALORE

at

Helmedach & Young, Inc.

456 Main Street

Catskill, NY 12414

518-943-2139

“Specializing in all your

small business needs.”

UPS Shipping

Packing • Copying • Faxing

Receiving Faxes & Packages

SHIPPING GALORE

518-943-2139

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In The Prattsville Plaza

CATSKILL MTN.

WINE & LIQUOR

Prattsville Plaza

NYS Rte 23, Main Street

Prattsville, NY

(Next to Jim’s Great American

Supermarket)

518-299-3300

Open 7 Days/Week

Mon-Thurs 10 - 8

Fri 10 - 9 • Sat 9 - 9

Sunday 12 - 7

LOTTO TICKETS

Catskill Mtn.

Wine & Liquor

518-299-3300.

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