Monday, June 18, 2018

Milliron: The Wallet Gun 6 18 18

Milliron Farm barn at the top of the hill.
Original art from the Smith family home.

It’s Milliron Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start and you are following along as the legacy of Dr. Abbott “Pete” Smith continues. I am revisiting Dr. Smith’s Biography (Milliron: Dr. Abbott “Pete” Smith The Biography, June 2018, Monday Creek Publishing) every Monday and posting original interviews/anecdotes that did not make the final edits.

Reviewing the story of Pete’s tumbling ride through the Milliron woods, I revisited my first draft of Ibrahim Schubert, the young man who was riding Jody’s (Pete’s widow) New Forest Pony, Junco (Junie), alongside Pete. Junie was carrying saws, machetes, etc. in his pack, as well as Ibrahim. Pete and Ibrahim were on their way to clear the Milliron horseback riding trails.

Here is a section of the first draft, which, like the remainder of Dr. Smith’s biography, was continually edited for consistency and word length (it’s the industry standard that a biography contains no more than 100,000 words). Pete’s brother, Jim, was disappointed that I removed the wallet gun scenario from the final draft…

Pete was always building, reconstructing, dreaming, and… working. He enlisted the help of whoever was available and willing to work. This day, Ibrahim Schubert was helping Pete pour concrete. Looking at Ibrahim pouring and smoothing cement in a deep hole, Pete said that Ibrahim looked like a giant dung beetle on a cow patty of cement.
Pete really liked Ibrahim; his work ethics, love of horses, and youthful energy. They were standing in the clinic parking lot that morning when Pete told Ibrahim that he wanted to show him something. Ibrahim and another farmhand were intrigued when Pete began digging in his pants pocket. He unexpectedly pulled out his wallet. “I bought this at the vet meeting in Chicago last week,” Pete grinned. It was a two-shot 22 wallet gun. He pointed his wallet to the sky and fired two shots. The farmhands were startled by the shots. Pete grimaced and enjoyed their reaction. Pete returned the wallet gun to his pocket, which later would take a tumble through the Milliron woods.
“Let’s go cut some brush,” Pete murmured, as they made the uphill trek to the barn.
Ibrahim was in charge of Junie, the Smith family’s beautiful white New Forest Pony. He strapped three chainsaws to Junie’s pack saddle and followed Pete and Bud through the barnyard.

The story is history. A wild ride through the Milliron woods that left Pete bruised for a long time. You can read the complete story of “Bud” in Dr. Smith’s biography Milliron, available locally at Little Professor Book Center, Court Street, Athens, Ohio, and all online bookstores. Next week, I will look for Ibrahim's interview in the archives and repost it (time got away from me this week!). 

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Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave to us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled and pioneer veterinarian.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Myra and Elmyra: A Tale of Two Sisters by Tonya L. Davis


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Milliron: The Monte Foreman Saddle 6 11 18

Pete on the trail.

Traveling throughout Ohio and West Virginia, I collected hundreds of anecdotes from Pete’s clients, friends, and family. I had to choose one story that would entice the reader – the story that would connect Pete to the reader. Originally, the first draft of Dr. Pete Smith’s biography, Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography, the first chapter was “Bud” – the thrilling story of Pete’s death-defying ride through the woods of Milliron Farm, dangling precariously from the Monte Foreman saddle with one logging boot stuck in the stirrup.

When I connected with the eyewitness to this event, Ibrahim Schubert, it was a thrilling conversation. I remember my sister was moving at the time. It was in the evening and we had just finished packing the last box of kitchen items. I was sitting in my sister’s kitchen, talking to Ibrahim about Pete’s Monte Foreman saddle; the noisy raincoat, Bud’s quick reaction, and Pete’s nightmare as Bud crashed through the woods. Ibrahim remembered every detail.

Monte Foreman was a famous horseman in the 1950s, writing about horses - training, riding, ethics and care. He created performance tack that enabled the horse and rider to stay in balance. Pete was proud of his Monte Foreman saddle and treasured the comfortable ride. However, and as I stated in Pete's biography, never mount up wearing logging boots. 

The funny thing about writing a biography is that the writer must listen to so many points of view. Weeding out fact from fiction can be difficult, especially if the storytellers are adamant about their story (!). Many people told the same story about Pete and his wild ride on Bud, but none of the stories matched; bits and pieces were the same, but none were exactly the same. As a biographer, I have to write the facts. Writing Ibrahim’s eyewitness account overshadowed the other stories, even though people said, “Well, that’s not the way Pete told it to me.” Even Pete exaggerated the story as time went on. 

After much deliberation and harried discussions with my editor, the story of Bud became the Prologue. Next week, I’ll post Ibrahim’s original conversation and the story about Pete’s pocket gun, that I originally wrote, but took it out at the last minute.

Pete's birthday is June 16. It was a year ago Friday, June 16, that Milliron was launched at Milliron Clinic, Athens, Ohio. As a writer, it was a lifetime event. I appreciate all of the kind remarks about the book and enjoy reading reviews! If you have an AmazonBarnes & Noble, or GoodReads account, write a review! Books do not have to be purchased online to write a review, you just have to have an account with the online bookstore.

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Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave to us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled and pioneer veterinarian.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Fergus and the Greener Grass by Jean Abernethy

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Fergus and the Greener Grass
“Everyone loves Fergus!” say reviewers, and now the opinionated cartoon horse and bona fide social media star is back in an all new comic adventure. In his third book, Fergus catches a glimpse of what could be, and leaving his life of comfort behind, sets off on a hilarious journey. His exploits lead him over, under, and through all manner of obstacles as he strives to reach the bigger, better prize that beckons, always just a little farther away…and on the other side. Featuring the talented Jean Abernethy’s hysterical illustrations and scenes replete with supporting characters as amusing as their endearingly awkward hero, Fergus and the Greener Grass promises to entertain any reader with big dreams and an insatiable appetite for life’s little surprises―whether age 5 or 95!


About the Author
Jean Abernethy grew up on a small family farm, where as a child, she learned explore her world on horseback. She pursued a college education in Equine studies, then earned her art degree at Ocad University in Toronto. Her comical horse cartoons have graced equine print publications for over 30 years, while her passion for horses has led her through work with saddle making, and employment as a barn hand, carriage driver, and trail guide. Most notably, her star character, Fergus, has brought laughter to over 300,000 Facebook fans around the world. Jean has written and illustrated three books: The Essential Fergus the Horse; Fergus: A Horse to Be Reckoned With; and Fergus and the Greener Grass.

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