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The Brain’s Inner Workings

With thanks to the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine for sharing and developing, this excellent and helpful infographic of the brain is a terrific tool for everyone with a brain!

Books · Pat Asch Fellowship

Elderhood in Children’s Books

My earliest memories of comfort and solace and courage, of overcoming fear, learning something new, and connecting to creation involve my grandparents. Each of my books revolves around multiple generations and depicts a kid overcoming adversity with the help and safe companionship of an old person ("person" being loosely defined as human or horse). As… Continue reading Elderhood in Children’s Books

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If the Washington Post Says It…

  Earlier this week, the Washington Post ran the story,  Girls suffer childhood trauma more. New research shows how yoga can help heal them.  This headline speaks volumes to me. As a female, a mom to a daughter, a certified yoga teacher, a researcher, and a community advocate, much of what I believe and aim to… Continue reading If the Washington Post Says It…

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Countdown to Girls of Summer 2017: Rita Williams-Garcia is Coming to #RVA!

Beyond thrilled to share that our special guest author for Girls of Summer 2017 is the amazing Rita Williams-Garcia! Join us at the Richmond Public Library on 6/21/17 at 7 pm. Please share far and wide!

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Growth Through Change

Earlier this spring, my friend Free Egunfemi of Untold RVA and I met up for lunch at Cava Grille near VCU. In name and in presence, Free speaks of imagination, possibility, and awareness of ancestors, an unbroken line of people who have gone on ahead, but who are not gone from our reach. It's good… Continue reading Growth Through Change

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Chat With the Author: Writing for Young People Stirs Her

Thank you, Stacy Hawkins Adams for hosting me on your blog! Stacy, you inspire me constantly!

Life Untapped

Meet award-winning author Gigi Amateau.

Gigi has penned seven books for children and young adults and has a heart for telling stories that help youths feel connected and valued. Her most recent novel, Two for Joy, is a three-generational story about family caregiving and about how a child and an elder accept each other wholly.  Enjoy her Q&A with LifeUntapped, in which she details her author journey and shares about her books and characters.

What is your primary goal as an author?                                                        I hope that my readers will connect with something in their own lives that makes them curious, inspired, or willing to keep going. The themes that I return to tend to be: access, belonging, overcoming trauma, resilience, intergenerational connections…

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Grace · RVA

Taking a Stand for Girls

It’s MLK Day in our nation, during a time when our country is heartbreakingly fractured. On Saturday, January 14, 2017, the two of us took a stand and walked in the March on Monument, a peaceful coming together of the various social justice groups that serve the Richmond community.  Two thousand or so of our neighbors stood… Continue reading Taking a Stand for Girls

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Firm Roots

Angel the pony and me.
Angel the pony and me.

Sharing this beautiful post by Bruce Black. One way my yoga practice is rooted is with my pony. She’s been battling a neurological disorder for about a year, so our time together is no longer about trotting or cantering or getting out in the woods.
These days we walk beside each other in the covered ring. I sing Train & Ray LaMontagne songs to keep time. Angel steps carefully and with intent, not fully aware of where her hind end is in space.
We walk for about 20 minutes, then end always with a short yoga practice, one where she keeps me rooted and grounded. Warrior I, Warrior II, Exalted Warrior, Reverse Triangle, King Dancer. Change sides; repeat.
Big sigh from pony; big sigh from me. Namaste.

Writing Yoga with Bruce Black

“The practice of yoga will be firmly rooted when it is maintained consistently and with dedication over a long period.” – from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

I love the image of a tree that Patanjali paints with a single word: rooted.

And I love how he suggests our practice is like a tree, rooted deeply into the earth, expanding toward the sky, bending with the wind, swaying, dancing, celebrating the miracle of our bodies, the joy of life, the mystery of the divine.

But what does it mean to be firmly rooted?

Perhaps it means feeling not just that our roots are planted in the earth, but that they are held in the earth’s embrace in such a way that they form a strong foundation for our practice and our life.

How would you describe the “roots” of your practice?

What might you “plant” into the earth to gain…

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Guest Author: Christine Meunier

Author Christine Meunier has just released Free Reign, Book 3 of her Free Rein Series, a Christian-based, horse series for kids. She lives in Australia, and is also the author of Horse Country, a day-to-day look inside the Thoroughbred industry. Nature and animals bring me closer to God, too, so I invited Christine to share… Continue reading Guest Author: Christine Meunier

Birds, Dogs, Trees, the River · Grace · Poetry

Morning meditation

My poor, neglected blog! One sure thing about a personal blog: it only gets updated if you update it. I have a backlog of pictures, guest posts, and wonderful horse books to share. But time remains finite, and I guess I always find ways to spend my time other than here. Back in February, I… Continue reading Morning meditation

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♥♥ Smart Apps for Kids Likes Chancey App ♥♥

Thanks Smart Apps for Kids for a great review of the Chancey app! “Bottom line: Friendship, sparkling hooves, a Viking helmet and gobs of information about popular horse breeds will make any little reading filly (or colt) happy while playing this app.” Read the full review: http://www.smartappsforkids.com/2013/10/chancey-of-the-maury-river-review.html The Chancey of the Maury River app from… Continue reading ♥♥ Smart Apps for Kids Likes Chancey App ♥♥

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1867: A Nod to Horses

Brotherhood by A.B. Westrick Middle grade fiction, Ages 10 and up Viking, 2013 978-0-670-01439-2 It's been my pleasure to know A.B. Westrick for several years. We've worked together in school-based and community settings on many projects related to reading and writing. She is a stickler for details and likes to get things right. Her middle-grade… Continue reading 1867: A Nod to Horses

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Conversations with the Silent by Katie Cerminara

I met Katie Cerminara through her work with Canine Adventure. We needed someone to care for Biscuit over a string of upcoming out-of-town engagements. And, Bub and I were both working so much that we thought Biscuit might like to get out of the house and onto the trail for some adventure walks. When Katie… Continue reading Conversations with the Silent by Katie Cerminara

Books · Macadoo of the Maury River

See Ya on the Trail!

This week, I'm hitting the trail to share with readers my love of horses and a new horse story, Macadoo of the Maury River, the second in the Horses of the Maury River series from Candlewick Press, set in my beautiful home state of Virginia. The series features six horses: Chancey, an Appaloosa (see his… Continue reading See Ya on the Trail!

Angel · Grace

Never Give Up

Sometimes I lay off blogging because I feel like I don't have enough time to get my words right. The thought of doing what I'm doing now...just going commando in the post window freaks me out. Even just this second, I almost backed up to take out those ... because I read a post elsewhere… Continue reading Never Give Up

Albert · Equine Geriatric Care · Grace

A Place of Knowing Within

When our horse, Albert, passed away in May, my sister, Leigh, offered words and images that helped me move into, with, and through my grief. In her health care practice, hospice volunteer work, and honoring ministry for people and pets, there’s a common thread of accompanying people through transitions. In particular, she's devoted to nurturing… Continue reading A Place of Knowing Within

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Angel, Sent from Above

I like looking at this pretty girl's face - both sides! Even if just in photos on my phone's camera roll. She's the pony I wrote about in Wonderponies, earlier this year. In that post, I was still shaking in my chaps from a freaky trail ride where she was so awesome. In that post,… Continue reading Angel, Sent from Above

Agriculture · Books · Horse People

Pony Power

Rarely, when reading about sustainable farming, does the discussion explore the use of horses on the 21st Century farm. This week, Nicola Smith, staff writer for the Valley News in New Hampshire featured author-farmer Stephen Leslie, who uses draft ponies instead of tractors on his farm. In her article, Horse Power Returns, Smith describes how… Continue reading Pony Power