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Behold! The King Sequoia

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What is it about a riderless horse with its master’s boots placed backwards in the stirrups that’s so uniquely moving?

My husband, Mark, and I attended a memorial service today for a man–a horseman–well loved by his family, friends and community. The man’s horse, saddled with the man’s cowboy boots backwards in the stirrups, stood quietly at the front of the room throughout the entire service.

The pastor read this poem, written while watching JFK’s funeral procession.

The Riderless Horse

Oh, where is my rider today?
I miss his weight upon my back.
Reversed and empty, his boots are there,
But the reins have fallen slack.
Where is my rider today.

Where is my rider today?
Which way am I to go?
The hands that firmly led my course,
Signal naught, neither to nor fro.
Where is my rider today?

The Master taught me my jaunty step,
And to hold my head up high.
He kept my wayward thoughts in line,
And kept my courage nigh.
Where is my rider today?

Surely the journey’s not ended,
We’d merely selected a road.
How can I go undirected,
When my back yearns for the load?
Where is my rider today?

The procession I’m in wends slowly along,
And I with my saddle bare,
Trot crooked and jerky, and out of line,
For want of a rider there.
Where is my Master today?

A caisson precedes me with escort afoot,
And bannered casket astride.
The fear that has plagued now settles as fact.
It’s my Master that rides inside.
Oh there is my Master today.

I’m strong and stately and young of life,
And there’s many a road ahead.
But where can I go with no one to lead me?
Now that my Master is dead.
His life has been taken away.

Tomorrow I’ll stand for another to ride,
With boots again stirruped forward.
His hands will signal the course to travel.
And my pace will again be onward.
But I miss my rider today.

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Here’s a first look at “Murder Off the Beaten Path,” the next book in this Search and Rescue mystery series featuring Gracie Kinkaid.

As a member of a mountain search and rescue team, Gracie routinely puts her life on the line to save others. But it’s at her new job a year-round residential camp in the mountains of southern California where she discovers someone is actively trying to kill her.

As a volunteer for Timber Creek Search and Rescue, Gracie responds to a call-out for a vehicle “over the side” of a treacherous mountain road. The crash, which Gracie quickly suspects is no accident, proves to be one in an escalating and deadly series of events which leads her right back to Camp Ponderosa, a church-owned camp where she works as the Youth Program Director. As Gracie probes more deeply into the dark secrets at the camp, she unearths a hidden world of illegal activities, including murder…and finds herself going head- to-head with desperate perpetrators who will do anything to silence her forever.”

“Murder Off the Beaten Path” releases October 7, 2014, and is available now for pre-sale at Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.

 

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“All the windows of my heart I open to the day.” 

–John Greenleaf Whittier

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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

“…There’s some good in this world (Mr. Frodo), and it’s worth fighting for.”

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New Beginnings?

New Beginnings?

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