Wednesday, October 17, 2018

My Life at Sweetbrier Book Event 11 4 18





Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Milliron Monday: Coyote Pete 10 15 18



Abbott "Pete" Smith, D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010

Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography (Monday Creek Publishing 2017). A graduate of Colorado State University and a well-known veterinarian in southeast, Ohio, Dr. Smith continues to motivate and inspire. Follow along every Milliron Monday to revisit Dr. Smith's biography. 

Besides his love of animals, Pete was a gifted writer. During high school, he wrote essays about his life as a teen cowboy and life in general. He also penned poems, giving us insight into his life on the range, horses, and more. A year before the launch of Milliron, Jody, Pete's widow, found a notebook of Pete's high school essays, including this poem...


Coyote Pete

Behind the chutes the boys was crouched
Their whole attention spent
On drawin’ straws and hopin’ for
A hoss as was hell-bent.

Jick drawed a hoss named Coyote Pete
Like in the comic strip
And stretched his legs and waited for
His turn to make the trip.

The doggin’ came, the barebacks went
(The ropin’ was plumb through.)
And then at last came saddle broncs and
One last swig ‘o ‘dew.

The saddle – she was cinched up tight
The flank strap was drawed down
Jick eased onto that bronc’s back
And gave a look aroun’!

He tucked his hat and stuck his spurs
Into “Coyote’s” shoulder blades
Then he whispered “Let ‘im out,”
And things began to blaze.

That hoss went ten feet in the air
An’ crashed into the fences
He whirled and bucked and kicked and ran
Like ‘s if he’d lost ‘is senses!

But ol’ Jick hung to like a burr
An’ never give an inch
For since the very first he had
Been hangin’ to the fence.

More next week about the hidden essays and Pete's adventures, including more horses. Speaking of horses... every horse person in the State of Ohio is probably at the All American Quarter Horse Congress right now. The Congress is the event of the year (oh, yeah, Equine Affaire is up there, too) for Ohio horse people and the USA in general. It is the largest one-breed horse show in the world, and it's in my own backyard (an hour away). If you're at Congress and purchase a souvenir program, check out our advertisement for Milliron. We appreciate connecting with you. Enjoy Congress (while I am home cleaning stalls today and enjoying my own Quarter Horses). Maybe I'll see you there next week. Thanks, Pete, for loving horses as much as I do.

If you have a story photo, or other memory to share about Dr. Smith, please send it to mondaycreekpublishing@gmail.com to be included in Tails of a Country Vet Volume II.

Connect with Gina


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 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 veterinarian.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Poetry of Place Poetry Workshop


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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Shavonda Robinson, Poet and Author



Shavonda Robinson

Uncovered Scars

Burned bridges are unhealed wounds
Underneath the surface that no one wants
To bother until it is realized.



Author Bio
Shavonda Robinson is an author of…
Thy Paintbrush Of Abstracting Images
Hidden Voices Of Abuse For Women All Around The World
Your Worst Nightmare
I am A Free Woman Poems For A Little Girl
Moving Phrases Into Inspiration
Wear Your Purpose Like It's A Fashion Statement
Poems Cries Out Beautiful Songs
Saving Our Youth
Love Scenes
Love Memories In The Rain
She is an award winning, published songwriter and poet.
She has published in many anthologies and magazines.
She has a degree in Creative Writing.
She is the founder of "Creative Something For The Future" an online poetry magazine for upcoming poets and writers.
She has two beautiful children.
She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.




Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018

Milliron Monday: Remembering Arvin 10 8 18


Abbott "Pete" Smith, D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010

Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography (Monday Creek Publishing 2017). A graduate of Colorado State University and a well-known veterinarian in southeast, Ohio, Dr. Smith continues to motivate and inspire. Follow along every Milliron Monday to revisit Dr. Smith's biography. 

As a veterinarian for many years in southeast Ohio, Dr. Smith had many clients who became friends; friends who became clients. On October 6, 2018, a favorite Milliron Clinic client, Arvin Wells, passed away at the age of 91. Mr. Wells contributed to Dr. Smith's Tails of a Country Vet - a collection of stories and poems. Here is Mr. Wells' submission...

  Death of a Dog: for Sandy

(c) Arvin Wells

We know that her death
Was only a minute subtraction
From the sum of things
We have almost everything left
That counts in a human way ~
Wife, husband, son and daughter
Soon we grow accustomed
To her absence
She will no longer haunt our halls
With the click of her tags
She will take her allotted place
In the larger perspective
Of our lives ~ a happy moment
And so we can well afford the
Little interval of grief we owe a creature
Who always did her best to respond
To the mystery of our human needs
Who was tender and vulnerable and
Idiotically in love with us all.

Our sincere condolences to the family of Arvin Wells. Thank you, Arvin, for your beautiful poem of animal love. Thank you for putting your feelings into words to be read by future generations. 

ATHENS - A memorial service for Arvin Robert Wells, 91, of Athens will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Good Shepherd, 64 University Terrace, Athens with Rev. Deborah Woolsey officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Church of the Good Shepherd, The Dairy Barn, Ohio University or The Friends of Sengekontacket Pond on Martha's Vineyard.
Arvin died Aug. 15, 
2018 at The Lindley Inn. Arrangements were with Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens. Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at www.jagersfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Athens Messenger on Oct. 3, 2018

If you have a story photo, or other memory to share about Dr. Smith, please send it to mondaycreekpublishing@gmail.com to be included in Tails of a Country Vet Volume II.

Connect with Gina


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 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 veterinarian.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Pat Ritter, Author



About Author Pat Ritter

Pat Ritter: Australian author. Written and published twenty-two books to date.

Served as a police officer for twenty years in Queensland Police Service. Fifteen years as a detective. Established Crimestoppers for Queensland Police.

After retirement from police, worked as an alcohol and drug counsellor for Queensland Health.

Retired when his wife of thirty-one years passed away from cancer in 2003.

He is an alcoholic. The last time alcohol passed his lips was on 13th January 1977.

His life goal to write, publish and sell more books.

If you want to know more about Pat Ritter click onto his website www.patritter.com.au

https://toofulltowrite.com/2016/11/08/author-interview-pat-ritter/. Click here to read an interesting interview.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvOeAc42JAM to watch my journey as an author.

Friday, October 5, 2018

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Creating Custom Tack: An Interview with Kira Karpinski by Gina McKnight


Creating Custom Tack:
An Interview with Kira Karpinski
Archived from the September 2018 issue of Florida Equine Athlete
No duplication without permission.

A tack room needs to be colorful, filled of quality tack that fits your horse and your equestrian lifestyle. Adding custom tack is fun and worthwhile! From Pennsylvania, USA, custom tack designer, Kira Karpinski, is the proprietor of Double K Leather Works! Kira is up to the challenge of placing your ideas on leather! From halters to chaps, Kira is a pro at her profession.

Welcome, Kira!

GM: Double K for Kira Karpinski! Are you a self-taught leatherwork designer, or did you have a mentor who introduced you to the craft?

KK: I am completely self-taught. I did have a few people in the trade give me pointers, and send me some goodies to help me, but I figured out methods and techniques on my own. I would look at existing work, pick it apart, and dissect it, try to figure out how it was done, and then how I would want to do it. I actually started out and found a few groups of makers, there to guide and show work. I did learn some things in those, but quickly left the group. I was consistently told my work was wrong, not standard, and sometimes downright ugly. Since I was just learning, I felt it was detrimental; to figure it out for myself. The words of another tack maker whom I’ve always looked up to often play through my mind. She told me there were no “borders” to hold my work in. I took that and ran with it. 

GM: No borders! So true. As an artist friend of my says, “Art has no rules!” How do you begin from start to finish to create beautiful leatherwork?

KK: All of my pieces begin with a sketch.  Once I have my plans laid out, I can cut out my pieces. The process of putting my art on the leather varies from piece to piece, but always starts with design transfer, cutting in and tooling, then color and sealant. After that is the job of putting it all together with my vintage Singer (my favorite machine which I refuse to upgrade... call me quirky), and then finishing edges.  

GM: When did you begin creating and designing your own leatherwork?

KK: I guess it all began about six and a half years ago, I was pregnant with my fourth child, and looking for something to pass the time as a hobby. A friend told me I should paint on existing leather, because my sketches were so nice. So I started playing with that, and people were actually interested in my work, which was amazing to me! I started asking the Amish folks nearby to cut pieces for me to paint on, and when I outgrew that, I figured I would try to learn myself. 

GM: As an artist and designer, you have created stunning leatherwork for celebrity and everyday cowgirls around the world! Do you have a favorite piece that you have created?

KK: Oh my goodness!  To pick a favorite would be very difficult! I have been so fortunate to work for amazing men and women all around the world, and the vast amount of awesome things they’ve ordered has been so fun. I have made everything from tack to chaps, bags, belts, wallets, even horse armor and a leather bra and corset!

GM: Owning custom tack is a dream. I would love to have your handiwork on my horse! When you are designing a custom piece, do you require a specific sketch or just an idea for a design?

KK: Most of my customers come with an idea, or a theme in mind. Occasionally I will have someone give me their own sketch. If requested I will lay their ideas out in a quick sketch to show layout. Very rarely, I will have someone throw me a theme, or an idea, and say, “I trust your judgment, run with it!” THESE are my very favorite people to work for! I always say that my best work happens when I’ve been left unsupervised.  It is rather difficult sometimes to align my creativity with someone else’s vision, but at the end of the day, I will always work it out until the customer is happy, even if that means making something over.  

There are multiple options for ordering, options are usually limitless!  For something like a halter, you could order only the noseband, or choose from rope, nylon or leather and I would provide it.  Of course the leather halter would all be done by myself, but for the other two options, I order them from a supplier so you get a nice new, quality piece. Waiting times vary, and I usually have a 2-3 month wait time.  Sometimes, when my lead time gets fairly long, I will put a hold on custom orders, until I catch up a little bit.  I am a one woman show, so I am not as fast as some places that have employees, and since my designs are one of a kind, they do tend to take a little longer.  I would love to eventually offer mostly stock inventory, and take very select few custom orders.  I find that most of my customers love the unique art I come up with, and will scoop up stock right away, but it is a slow process switching over to that.  It’s something I’m working on.  

Ahhh the color process, sometimes it is my friend, sometimes it is my enemy lol!  It took me a long time to find products that I personally enjoy using and have success with, and also a method that works for me.  I feel like each maker has their own way and favorites. It was really trial and error finding premium leather products that I could manipulate to work the way I needed them to.  Although I don’t like to give away all of my secrets, Feibings is my favorite brand of dye and leather care products.  As far as finding a perfect palette, I feel like each piece is a work of art.  I have always been influenced by great artists of the past, but also the many brilliant tattoo artists out there today!  (I know, weird huh?). I find color schemes and palettes that are pleasing to my eye and replicate them.  However, with much of my work being custom, I usually have to base my color scheme off the preferences of my clients, most of the time it works great, and sometimes it can be very frustrating when my own vision contradicts theirs.  

GM: Are you a cowgirl, too? Tell us about your horses...

KK: I am a cowgirl!  I have been riding horses since I was old enough to walk, or maybe even before that!  I grew up on a Western Pennsylvania farm, riding trails and taking English lessons.  As a teenager I attended my first rodeo as a spectator and was hooked!  It took me a long time to actually get into barrel racing, and even now it’s a hobby I enjoy, though I'm not seriously competitive, but I would love to be someday.  Currently I have one horse of my own, he is my heart horse.  I rescued Cinch from a kill buyer’s trailer four years ago.  He is an 18 year old Grade QH gelding, A beautiful grey who is a stout 15hh.  I trained him for barrels myself and we usually hit 3D times, and have placed 2D a few times too.  We also enjoy all types of events such as parades and judged trail rides.   We also have my daughter’s horse Atari, who is a 5 year old Arabian mare.  

GM: What does horsemanship mean to you?

KK: I feel like there are so many cliché ways to describe horsemanship, but in essence, it’s truly just your ability to communicate thoughtfully with these animals.  It’s an art, just like making tack.  If you push it, rush it, or throw it together, it’s gonna turn up a hot mess.  But if you nurture it, and cherish it, and truly do it from the heart, it’s a beautiful thing.  There is no greater feeling than being able to handle these amazing animals, and seeing them work with you, through trust.


Gina McKnight is a freelance writer from Ohio, USA. www.gmcknight.com




Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

Milliron Monday: South High School Yearbook 10 1 18

 
Abbott "Pete" Smith, D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010

Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography (Monday Creek Publishing 2017). A graduate of Colorado State University and a well-known veterinarian in southeast, Ohio, Dr. Smith continues to motivate and inspire. Follow along every Milliron Monday to revisit Dr. Smith's biography. 

This week we take a journey back to Pete's high school days. While actively working after school to support himself, he found inspiration and motivation from those who took an interest in his endeavors. His yearbooks are filled with handwritten well-wishes from his classmates and teachers. Here's an excerpt from Pete's biography...

...Despite his financial adversities and lack of immediate family close by, Pete was active in high school extracurricular events and excelled in his studies. He was the Senate Club President and participated in Sophomore Track, Prom Club, French Club, Writer’s Bureau, International Club Council, as well as the Annual Staff Sports Editor. The yearbook picture of the International Club Council shows Pete in the back row in a dark shirt, not smiling. His dark eyes look far away as if he is contemplating his next move. Restless, a dreamer, he doesn’t look concerned about his demeanor, or the fact that he is not smiling.
Pete was the sports editor for his high school newspaper, but he really didn’t have time for recreational main-stream sports and didn’t make it to any of the games. He had very little interest in sports. He kept a long list of verbs that fit sporting event articles, reviewed the game statistics, wrote the article, and submitted it to his editor.
        Pete was well-liked in high school and the inscriptions in his senior yearbook confirm his fame. Here are a few:

Dear Pete,
Oh, there is a lot I could tell you and I’ll try to just a little. You mean so very much to me with your quick easy-going personality. I probably would have lost my mind completely several times if you hadn’t been around to tell my problems to. You probably didn’t realize it, but you have really helped calm me down. Thanks. I know that I have sometimes treated you kind of cold, but I didn’t mean to and I’m terribly sorry. I hope I can make it up to you. I know you’ll be a great success as a rancher and I hope you’ll allow me to share your sheep-wagon with you. Have fun at Aggies and don’t forget me for those farm girls.
Love always,
Joanne (Junior Princess)

I’m going to write a book! Pete, I can’t begin to tell you what a wonderful guy you are and how I feel about you. We’ve had some of the greatest times together and some good poker games. I surely hope our friendship won’t end on the 8th of June as most friendships do. May I wish you the very, very best of everything always, Pete. You’re a fabulous guy.
Much love and luck,
Glenda

Pete, Good luck and best wishes always to a real great guy. I hope that our friendship, which has developed in the past three years, will continue to prosper.
Good luck always,
Jim Morgan
Sr. Class President

This year has truly been a ‘senior year’. I’ve met so many new kids what that will be friends forever. Pete, I consider you one of those friends. We’ve had so many fun times at I.R.C. and Inter-Club, etc. Best of luck and happiness be with you always.
Mary Dee

‘Cowboy Pete’ I’ll always remember you. You have a fine personality, Pete; happy memories of your life at South.
Harold Keables, Instructor, A.B., English

Visit Milliron Monday to read past posts about Dr. Smith. Read more about Pete in his biography. I enjoy reading your great reviews! Milliron is available locally at Little Professor Book Center, Court Street, Athens, Ohio, and online from AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks do not have to be purchased online to write a review.

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If you have a story photo, or other memory  to share about Dr. Smith, please send it to mondaycreekpublishing@gmail.com to be included in Tails of a Country Vet Volume II !

Connect with Gina


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 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 veterinarian.