Conversations with the Silent by Katie Cerminara

Katie and Sassy

Katie and Sassy

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 showed up that first day to meet Biscuit wearing jodhpurs to go trail walking, I pretty much fell in love with her on sight. And, Biscuit, did, too. Though not because of Katie’s outfit and passion for horses, but because she has a true heart for animals. Continue reading

Cross Country

My daughter and I recently returned from a 2,515 mile drive from Phoenix to our home in Richmond, Virginia. There’s a lot to write about the trip: the reasons for it, the urgency around the timing, the fun of driving 2,515 miles with a year old dog [I mean it. That was fun!]…seeing our family in Mesa, absorbing all the colors of Sedona into our spirits, learning about the windmills in Oklahoma, not spying Kevin Durant or Eric Maynor in OKC [JK sorta], not spotting a live Armadillo anywhere, singing Dixie Chicks mile after gorgeous mile. Working out that harmony.

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In five short days, we saw a real ghost town, we learned that the Coconino National Forest includes almost two million acres, and learned that one windmill in those gorgeous Oklahoma windmill fields powers 1,000 homes. We realized when we reached Arkansas how calm we both feel in a landscape lush with trees, when we reached Tennessee how deeply we love the deep, dark green of cedars, and, when we reached Virginia, we remembered once again how the heart and the senses rejoice together upon recognizing home. So much to see and share! It was the trip of a lifetime and maybe, one day, I’ll write all about those five days. For now, I’ll just share these favorite images.