Saturday, October 25, 2008

Book Tag...or how to avoid doing chores

I brought home a load of firewood this afternoon and wasn't very motivated to stack it, so I decided to take a little online break first. Carolyn over at A Glowing Ember had posted a book tag that helped me procrastinate a little longer.

Here are the rules:
Grab the nearest book.
Open the book to page 56.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the text of the next two to five sentences.
Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book or the intellectual one:
Pick the Closest.
Tag five people to do the same.

As did Carolyn, I'm going to leave the tag open to anyone who'd like to play along.

So here's the book that was sitting closest to the computer - I had been reading it to Lyle at bedtime.

From page 56...
He consistently displayed the same quiet behavior with every horse (and person, for that matter) that he came in contact with. If a horse like Pete came at him in an effort to ruin his day, he would basically shrug it off, using the least amount of energy necessary to defuse the situation. It never seemed like a big deal to him, so he never made it a big deal or allowed it to turn into one. While Buck consistently used the least amount of energy to accomplish the most, Pete used the most energy and accomplished the least!

I can't begin to explain how much I've learned about horses from reading Mark Rashid's books. There are four others on my shelf: "Considering the Horse," "Horses Never Lie," "A Good Horse is Never a Bad Color," and "Big Horses, Good Dogs & Straight Fences." There's not a single how-to lesson in any of them - they are just collections of well-told stories about the horses Mark has met or trained, the mistakes he has made with them, and the lessons he has learned. I've read each of them over and over and learn something new every time. Attending one of Mark's weeklong clinics is on my bucket list.

So of course when I picked up the book to see what was on page 56, I had to stop and read the whole chapter...and the next one...and the next one, thanking Carolyn the entire time that she'd given me the perfect excuse to leave that firewood right where it was.

Alas, it will not unload itself and break time is over. At least I will be toasty warm when I curl up in my chair beside the wood stove tonight to keep reading this book.


  1. I have read all of Mark Rashid's books and really like them. You're right though they are hard to put down. Glad you had a relaxing read. As for the wood, maybe it's time to train those donkey's and horses to start pulling their weight around there.
    Oh by the way, I love the tour of your house. What a great place to live and the leather work was a great idea.

  2. I can always re-read my Mark Rashid books and find something new to give me insight. Have you read "Horsmanship Through Life"? It's probably my favorite of his books. We just bought a cord of wood, but your wood pile makes ours look tiny. Is there pinon in there? I love the smell of pinon so much that I've thought about ordering a box from New Mexico and having it shipped here.

  3. I also love Mark Rashid and have read all of his books. I did notice another favorite author on you computer screen. I have also read all of Nelson DeMilles books. His newest, a sequel to The Gold Coast, is being published Oct. 28.


  4. Arlene, you're absolutely right - it is time to train the boys to pull their weight around here. But I'm having visions of George and Alan picking up the logs and running off with them.

    Victoria, "Horsemanship Through Life" is the only one of his books I don't have...yet. Guess I'd better order it. Most the wood in the pile this year is cedar, with a sprinkling of piñon, but it all smells pretty good to me.

  5. I've never heard of this author, but I like him already! Thanks for the sneak peak inside his book and for the really wonderful 'mention'. Maybe if you think of the pile of firewood as a contemporary art installation, you'll feel better about leaving it right where it is.

  6. I haven't read any of his books yet but I sure wouldlike to.

  7. What a fun tag! Too bad I am surrounded by boring, old!!!

  8. Cool new header, Linda!
    Now I want to add a book by Mark Rashid on my to-read list!
    Cool idea, the book tag. I'll play sometime this week.
    Say, I read that book "Plum Island" over a decade ago! Fun mystery.

  9. Mark Rashid made more of a difference in my horsemanship than anybody else. I love the whole process of letting the horse decide what you are trying to say.
    Lovely load of wood!

  10. I might just do this one...tags are much more fun to do when you elect to do them yourself, rather than being told to do them!