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Some Resources for Living The Good Life

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I came across some resources for building and maintaining a good life. I don’t have time today to review any of these in depth, but thought I’d pass these titles along to you. To me, they are worth spending time on.

  1. I just finished reading Crash The Chatterbox by Steven Furtick. The subtitle is “Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others”. The chatterbox Pastor Furtick refers to specializes in “trash talk” of fear, insecurity, condemnation, and discouragement in our minds. The author shows (in a conversational tone) how to fight back and gain the upper hand in the battle. We don’t have to remain a victim!
  2. The Armor of God Bible study series from Priscilla Shirer. I became familiar with this through a small-group study at a local church. We watched the DVD and read and discussed the workbook. Priscilla is an excellent communicator. This study deals with similar material to Crash The Chatterbox. 
  3. Letting God Meet Your Emotional Needs by Cindi McMenamin aims specifically at women, urging them to give their emotional needs to God, the only One Who can really meet them entirely, rather than their husbands. When a wife does this, the husband doesn’t feel the burden to do so, and the marriage goes smoother.

Each of these resources is worthy of a careful read. I plan to reread all of them; they are that valuable.

P. Booher

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Country Horses–Haflingers

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Friends of mine breed, raise and train Haflinger horses. They take the horses to fairs and the local farm show. The Haflinger breed originated in the mountains of Austria and Italy. People wanted a horse with the muscular strength necessary to pull carts, yet with the smaller size more suited for mountainous terrain and smaller pastures than the Belgian.

I interviewed my friends about the Haflingers. Here’s what I found out about these beautiful, intelligent and strong horses.

Question: What are they used for?

Answer: Haflingers are an all-around breed—for driving or riding. 

Question: What’s their general temperament?

Answer: Docile for the most part, but horses used in a hitch (for shows) are performance horses and can be high-strung.

Question: How much do they weigh, in general?

Answer: Generally they run around 800-1,000 pounds (approx. 363-454 kilograms), but some can go 1,200-1,400 pounds (approx. 544-635 kilograms).

Question: How are they for riding?

Answer: Many people ride the horses Western style; some ride English style. The horses are stocky-built, and because of that, riding a Haflinger can take a bit of getting used to.

Question: How about driving?

Answer: Haflingers are used either in a one-horse cart, a team, a four-horse hitch, a six-horse hitch, or an eight-horse hitch. Tandem driving means one horse in front of another. When the horses are driven “unicorn” style, it means one horse in front with a team of horses in the back.

Thanks to my friends for this info. (and the cart ride!)

P. Booher

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Georgie Girl Reports: I Share My Fur

Georgie Girl, catching a catnap

I noticed the people I hang out with don’t have much fur. To make up for this, I am generous with my fur. I make sure they have fur on their clothes. I share my fur with them when I jump up on their laps for chin and tummy rubs. I roll around and distribute my fur over a wide area on their clothes. It’s important to make sure they look their best, don’t you think?

Georgie Girl

P. Booher, secretary

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