Archive for July 2017

No One Wanted It

The smoke from a huge, black cigar lay heavy across the room, stirred only by the cigar itself as it leaped from mouth to hand, swirled and circled up from the chair, danced across the huge office, then paused to jab at the air like a driving piston.

Ed and I sat in stunned silence. There was a dank, black empty feeling oozing down over me. Cold and distant, yet agonizingly painful. The words spewing from the smoke of the fat man’s cigar, were going astray, some hitting, some missing. I was drifting in and out. Had all of this been for nothing? The question was directed at God. With attitude I’m afraid. The years of preparation? The experience? The planning? The dreams?

“Totally wrong for Paramount!’ barked the mouth behind the cigar. “It’s too damn sweet. And the music is… well… it’s… it’s too sticky… it’s all wrong. If you cut the Clairol sequence, we might try something with Saturday matinees, but beyond that… I mean, at night it doesn’t have a chance!”

The words fell out of his mouth like crystal shattering on a tile floor. We had tried Disney. And Fox, and MGM, and Warner Brothers. Everybody! This simply couldn’t be happening!

We couldn’t get a distributor. No one wanted it. Not one. Zero.

The following summer Variety reported that the movie Benji had the #3 box office gross in all the land. Most of it with adults. At night.

God’s hand at work. Up close and personal.

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High Desert Horses on Middle Tennessee Grasses

Our timing was perfect. The move from dry rocky southern California landed us right in the middle of record-setting rainfall in Tennessee. Seven inches the day the horses came in. And it rained for days prior to their arrival. Gail Murphy’s Personalized Equine Transportation Service has a reputation for never being late, but on this day they were. The rains slowed them to a crawl causing them to arrive after dark. Which is when we learned that the turn onto our road was too tight for their rig to make. Read More→

I had no idea how true these words would turn out to be

I was miserable. Benji Off the Leash was not doing well.

“But what’s the point?” I said.

“It’s been playing for nine days. How many people have seen it?” The speaker was famed Radio talk show host Hank Hanegraaf.

I thought about it for a moment, did the math.

“Maybe a million.”

“So a million people have already seen the movie. There’s one point. A million lives have been made better, have been changed, because of that movie. And God is not finished. You will look back some day and not even believe what all came out of this moment in time.”

“You mean I’ll look back and be able to see how much God had to slap me around to get me to listen?”

“That for sure,” he grinned. “And a whole lot more.”

I smiled. A little.

For the first time in nine days.

I had no idea how true Hank Hanegraaf’s words would turn out to be.

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I’ve Been Told My Standards Are Too High

JoeCashWalk2-4533Joe Camp, author of the National Bestseller The Soul of a Horse – Life Lessons
from the Herd; the horse’s #1 advocate for happier healthier lives

I’ve heard that a lot.

You set your standards too high.

Better than too low I’ve been known to whisper.

Usually I just shake my head and walk away.

Most recently I’ve been searching for a treat that is actually good for my horses. A treat that isn’t loaded with sugar or molasses, or grains which are mostly non-structural carbs which turn to sugar when metabolized, or soy, or hydrogenated vegetable fats or oils. We train with treats and use a lot of them. So I’ve been reading a lot of labels. Most of them are scary.

There is no such thing as a treat that is actually good for your horse. Get used to it.

That’s a quote from someone who’s supposed to know better.

But that’s not the way I believe. I’ve learned that when you dig deep enough, search long enough and question loudly enough, you’ll discover the most amazing things. Things that will make for happier, healthier horses. And find it I did! Read More→