Winkle, Winkle, You're a Star

He's big. He's brown. His name is Bullwinkle (or, "Winkle" for short). And, as with all horses, he has a personality all his own. As though his status as a Hanoverian horse wasn't enough to grasp people's attention (Hanoverians are one of the biggest breeds in the horse world), Bullwinkle likes to employ numerous tactics in hopes of attracting attention. Some of these include "cribbing," or gnawing on his wooden stall, and also being very photogenic, as I found him this past Saturday when I last visited him at my riding instructor's barn. Don't you just want to reach out and pet him?

So, what were you doing from 7-9 tonight? If you are like me, you were probably watching Ken Burns' new PBS documentary series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." I was awestruck by the cinematography, immersed in every historical account, and in agreement with every argument made. For those of you who might have missed it, or would like to learn more about the series, or about the National Parks, here is the link: http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/. Just like the parks themselves, this documentary is something well worth seeing! Have a great week, ~April~


Sunset After the Storm

For the past couple of days, the hills out here in Lago have been blessed with some very-much-needed rain. It is such a relief to see cloudy skies and precipitation again! I dare say this means Fall is officially here. Here are a couple pictures I took of tonight's sunset. There was just enough open sky for the sun to peek through before descending behind the hills and leaving gorgeous hues of orange, pink and purple in its wake. Enjoy! ~April~


I Am a Dreamer!

Hey everyone, I thought I would share one of my new favorite songs with y'all! Click here to watch the music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pym1N2Tmps. The artist's name is Bethany Dillon, and her song is called "Dreamer." I hope that y'all enjoy it as much as I do, and that it brings joy to your day! ~April~


Mary and Me

It's official. The Fall school semester has begun, and with that so have all the homework, presentation, and research paper assignments . You know, all those sheets of paper that, upon getting passed out in class, are met with a sound of silent despair (or, if you're not as quiet as me, audible despair). Yep, all that has begun! It's not that all class assignments are doomed or anything. To the contrary, sometimes they can be interesting, and just as I did today, you might end up making an interesting discovery about your subject that you might not have made if it weren't for that sheet of paper with the ominous due date marked in bold.

So today, I was doing some research on Mary of Bethany (not Mary, mother of Jesus) for my New Testament class. We all have to give a speech/presentation on the biblical character of our choosing (from the NT, of course), and I chose her. So when I stumbled upon this drawing of her (although, nobody knows for sure what she looked like, seeing as she lived around 2,000 years ago), I was reminded of a photo of myself taken not that long ago. I guess this assignment was just meant to be! Mary and Me, that is.