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"Old One Eye"

Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 6:16 PM

Growing up we had a horse that my dad called "Old One Eye".

"One Eye" was a pretty nice horse most of the time. I can't say for sure, but I think that her blind eye was on the right. This made it difficult to do some things with her if you happened to forget to always be on her left. Mostly, Dad used her as a brood mare, but there were some occasions that he took her hunting as a pack horse used her as a riding horse..

One Eye's change in personality with her blind side became evident when a friend who was leading her into our barn changed sides. She ended up kicking a huge hole in the door of the barn.

We had another horse that we called the "Crazy Mare" She was a great brood mare, but you couldn't ride her. If I remember right, they were doctoring her leg and had her tied down when she panicked and began beating her head on a fence post. For the next several days, she was near death. Our dad treated her head injuries; sewed up her leg and wrapped it in a gunny sack. She was a beautiful horse and all of her colts were gentle and wonderful.

We are discovering that our lives have the same unpredictability as these two horses. Getting on the blind side of an opposing view today, usually means that someone will get hurt.

One solid rule in life is that we cannot coax the wagon team out of the mud until everyone begins to start pulling in the same direction. And by pulling, I don't mean that we have to agree on everything, but recognize that we are Americans and pride in our country should mean more than it does today.

The Crazy Mare represents the good that can come out of adversity. She was never the same after injuring her head, but she went on to produce a new generation of colts each one more beautiful than the last.

You cannot throw away two hundred plus years of sacrifice made by our forefathers to fit a square peg into a round hole. History repeats itself when no one chooses to learn their lesson the first time around. Our lesson today is that we are all AMERICANS; no hyphens, no cuts to the front of the line or excuses.

We cannot destroy the broken and the unborn simply because we judge that they will not contribute to society in the same manner as the majority will.

The crux of the problem is that when we tried to fix "social poverty" with a hand-out nearly 50 years ago. It started out as a good idea, but began to grow into a huge monstrosity as the rest of the social mores went by the wayside in the late 60's and 70's.

You cannot expect a home to remain intact when you systematically begin to pull out all of the materials that support the structure. Now in 2011, we are finding that only a token few are trying to keep the house intact.

The foundations went first and then the siding that protected us from the outside forces. The windows of truth have been broken and finally, we are inspecting the roof and proclaiming panic that our abode is no longer sustainable or safe.

Bit by Bit, we have been robbed of the good things in life. Peace, Prosperity and Happiness. But the individuals who have been robbed the most are the poor girls and women who have believed the lie that an unborn baby is not real if you don't want them. We enter into relationships without a thought of tomorrow and cry when the result of that interlude produces a baby or disease. They believed the lie that you have a choice concerning your body and and were surprised to find out that having an abortion does affect your mind and body, no matter how "safe" it is..

Throughout history, when man wanted to destroy a life, they would convince themselves that they were not human. This is evidenced in slavery and the WWII. The end result of those decisions cost more lives than we can imagine. Families were separated in both eras. Wars were fought to defend the rights of the oppressed.

What would have been different,if my dad had chosen to put either the Crazy Mare or One Eye down? There would have been over a dozen colts that that wouldn't have come into being.

What would have been different in the 60's if the plan to aid those who were impoverished was to provide a hand-up instead of a hand-out? We have traded our children's futures for a "free" lifestyle complete with the lie that you are not hurting anyone but yourselves for the choices that you make in the world.

Arguing about the social issues of the day need to be put into perspective. OUR HOME HAS BEEN RANSACKED FROM WITHIN!!! The termites of choice have eaten away the supporting walls. The significance of a mere two by four being removed from our home has taken on an entirely different meaning as we watch our homes begin to collapse. Each and every one of us matter!!! But a nail is no more important than a board and a window is no less important than a roof.

But we can rebuild, it is not too late. The materials to make a solid home are available, we are AMERICANS!, Pride in our country will make our home a better, stronger place again, if we all work together.

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Another well done writing. It brought to mind something that I read today in the "Letters to the Editor"

The letter had this quote:

"E Pluribus Unum" means "Out of many states, one nation," not the popular thought that it means of many nationalities, religions, ideologies.

Let all of us Americans get back to our Christian upbringing and get our country back.

-- John Garner

The Editor of the paper added this:

Editor's note: E pluribus unum directly translates as: "Out of many, one."

Either one supports what you are saying. We each have a responsibility, and though we may not all agree on some of the smaller issues, we all agree we want to be a strong nation, Under God.


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Wed, Apr 20, 2011, at 9:51 AM

Thank you

-- Posted by KH Gal on Wed, Apr 20, 2011, at 11:11 AM

This could be translated a couple different ways. One being:

Providence favors our undertakings

Or referring to "Him" our Lord

He favors our undertakings


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Wed, Apr 20, 2011, at 12:44 PM

Prosper. Or something to that affect?

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Wed, Apr 20, 2011, at 9:07 PM

A.... Jefferson was in his way (my simple words) saying that this was a new generation..... and new plan

A New Order


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 8:20 AM

Here's a very interesting link about that motto and within the page are some more interesting links


-- Posted by MsMarylin on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 8:37 AM

The book "The Davinci Code" and the next one after that and "Saints and Angels" Kind of refers to the masons, among others.

I read the books and went to see the movies. Very interesting.

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 9:26 AM
Brenda Fincher, Bus. Mgr., MHNews
Jessi, don't miss the last one if you liked the first two. DaVanci Code, Angels and Demons and the Lost Symbol, all by Dan Brown.

I have the Davinci Code paper back if any one wants it .... Free to good home lol !

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 9:54 AM

I don't think I 've seen or read the Lost Symbol. I will remedy that situation! Thanks, Brenda!


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 10:09 AM
Brenda Fincher, Bus. Mgr., MHNews
Larry and I have just this last year gotten into audio books and love them. Took me almost a year to talk him into trying one. On one of ours trips to his moms which is 9-10 hours one way he gave in and was hooked. The Lost Symbol was his first and now half the time he has plugs in his ears listening to something. We are currently reliving the Clan of the Cave Bears series. We had both read many years ago and #6 just came out. Can't get him to pick up a book and read now but he loves the being read to that audio books provides. The library has a pretty decent collection. Enjoy the Lost Symbol. For us it was great.

Audio books are probably a good thing for me too. I drive quite a bit, and that could make the drives go faster. I used to read alot, but I just don't seem to have time. I fall asleep with a book in my hand any more!

Thanks for your tips, I'll be looking into that!

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 12:18 PM

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Fixing fence is the one of the hardest jobs on a ranch. I no longer live on a ranch, but I do know what hard work is. Fences are everyone's concern, but nowadays,the "hole" is always your neighbor's side not your own. It used to be that you would respect your neighbor and mend the fence together. If their cows got in your field, a simple phone call resolved the problem. You might even saddle up your own horse and help them gather them up. We need more people who are willing to roll their sleeves up and fix the fence regardless of who your neighbor is. There are people in this country who need to be reminded that a fence is like the way you should conduct your life. Your posts should be straight and neat. The wire needs to be stretched tight and your gate might be closed, but can still be easily opened. And most of all, we can all saddle up together and ride the range, it won't matter if you have an Appaloosa, Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred. The cows still have to be gathered, fences have to be fixed, and the range is a wide open space of opportunity for us all.
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