BOOK REVIEW: Come Running When I Call by Kimberly Sue McGlaughlin

I met the author, Kim, when I first started going to the Community Market of the Kennebunks on Saturdays. I just finished reading her book, Come Running When I Call, a memoir about a girl and her horse. You know, the horse. But don't think you have to be a girl who loves horses to enjoy this book--although … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Come Running When I Call by Kimberly Sue McGlaughlin


I took my daughter to see this movie with a bit of trepidation. First of all, it is 2 hours and 3 minutes long, a very long time for a tween to sit still and remain engaged, especially in the uncomfy old theater seats. Second, although it is a Disney movie, it isn't a kids' movie per … Continue reading Secretariat

Girls’ Night

On the (rare) days when the male members of the family are off at work, but the females have the day off, we have a Girls' Night. Today, Girls' Nights started early, at 7:24AM. The men were out for the day so the females were left to  our own pursuits. This is what my daughter … Continue reading Girls’ Night

Rule #1

my daughter fell off her horse at her riding lesson last week. her instructor said something like, “is this your first time falling off a horse?” fortunately, her dad brought her to that lesson, not her mom, so there were no hysterics involved. when he asked her what happened, why she fell, she said, “I … Continue reading Rule #1

trust your instincts

well. my daughter has been riding at the new barn ( for a while now, and loves it here. she is learning things like "posting", "diagonals", and "emergency dismounts"...oh my! more importantly, i am not experiencing that vague feeling of uneasiness that never left me at the other barn...the "i can't put my finger on it, … Continue reading trust your instincts

when you don’t know what you don’t know

i signed my daughter up for horseback riding lessons at a local barn. i don't ride and am not very familiar with horses so although i was confused about a few things i saw happening there, i chalked it up to my own ignorance and just kept bringing her back... but i also kept a close eye on her while she rode. after a … Continue reading when you don’t know what you don’t know