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July 20, 2004

Essential Reading

KristieJorgensen.jpgToday I thought I would check out the "Magazines" section of our Longears Mall.

I am continually amazed at the richness and diversity of entries we have here! The worldwide "longears" community is well represented.



19 entries just for magazines alone. That's pretty impressive. I think I'll take a closer look. You see, my sister Karen keyed in most of these entries, and I have been so busy with the computer programming aspect of the Longears Mall I haven't taken much time to sit back and just enjoy all of what's here.

As I scan down the list I recognize a number of very familiar names. As "longears" lovers, we can never have enough magazines, can we?

One that I'm sure that most of us have is Mules and More, the Official Publication of the North American Saddle Mule Association.

Adding it to our list of "essential reading" is kind of like an initiation rite, isn't it. And for good reason. They have really worked hard to provide a good lineup of articles essential for every "longears" lover.

As a donkey owner, I especially notice when donkeys are welcomed and included in the mule community. To me, they are like the "salt". They add humor and variety.

At one end of the spectrum we have horses. At the other end we have donkeys, with mules in the middle -- intelligent, quick and responsive!

We have a neighbor that has a beautiful Arabian mare. I brought home a new light colored donkey named Dusty. I put him in a separate pasture from my other donkeys, and he immediately started relaxing and enjoying the nice green grass. The mare just totally freaked out. Sweat was pouring off of her. Her nostrils were pulsing like she was suffering from oxygen starvation. She raced from one end of her pasture through an open gate where a fence divides the middle to the other end of the pasture. Even though she is completely at ease with our dark colored donkeys, at one point she was so agitated by this strange light-colored animal in our pasture that she leaped right over the 4' high dividing fence across the middle of the neighbor's pasture and tore off the top strand of fencing! Maybe she though Dusty was a super-large coyote! The neighbor soon came out to try and reassure her that Dusty wasn't going to eat her.

On the other hand, it is so hilarious watch the donkeys at Bishop Mule Days. I'm sure you have noticed how they have to think everything through first. And that is what I really like about being a member of the "longears" community. It is very accepting of diversity.

Back to today's topic, I couldn't wait to read chapter 5 of the continuing story, "A Journey", by Bonnie Shields on page 56 in July's issue of Mules and More. I'm addicted!

As many of you know, Bonnie is an incredible artist. I was also very fortunate to be able to have her design the Longears Mall Logo in the upper left. It takes someone with her skill to draw a really good caricature of a donkey. And did you know that Bonnie is also a really good storyteller?

This month's continuing story begins with:

"Three hours on top of a pack on top of a mule were not doing the gambler a whole lot of good, but he was glad to be rescued and on the move to somewhere. He tried to think of this as a little detour on the way to the next town, and the resumption of his life."

You've got to see her drawings to go with the stories. She is good!

Until tomorrow,

Kristie Jorgensen

Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at July 20, 2004 06:38 PM