On Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™, but on this Sunday horses are on our mind, on account of yesterday’s Kentucky Derby. A horse named Mingo plays a role in Heart of Barkness (a Mother’s Day digital deal, $2.99!), perhaps larger and less tractable than the speedy Medina Spirit, the Derby winner.

There was a long pause in which nothing happened except for Mingo rolling his crazy eyes. Then without a word, the wrangler handed Bernie the bridle. He took it in one hand, sort of wrapped his other arm around the Mingo’s head, made a soft grunt I’d never heard from him before, and the next thing I knew he had the bridle in place and that metal bar – never between my teeth, amigo, no matter who was doing it – in Mingo’s mouth. After that came the saddle pad – which Bernie let Mingo sniff at, why I didn’t know, since it reeked of horse and nothing but, of no interest to anybody – and then the saddle. In a flash Bernie got the under strap thing all tied up, muttering, “Seven, four, one,” as he did so, a complete puzzlement to me, and in one easy motion he swung himself up top. For a moment Mingo went out of his mind. It happened just like that. I could feel it, and also feel his tremendous strength. He was going to rear up and toss Bernie to the ground. And that rearing up actually started, but it turned immediately into a sort of circling trot that ended with Mingo snorting and coming to a halt. Bernie patted Mingo’s neck, not for a long time you might say, and maybe not putting a whole lot of feeling into it, but still: this day was off to a terrible start.


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  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:50 am on May 2nd, 2021

    Funny how Chet doesn’t care much for horses and birds, but is great with an elephant.
    Super Sunday to all.

  2. B. Stover
    11:17 am on May 2nd, 2021

    Sorry Chet.

    Good day to all.

  3. Hobbit
    5:51 pm on May 2nd, 2021

    Chet is nothing if not opinionated.

    Good day all. I was in a 3-hour zoom meeting while the sun was shining. Now I am free to do stuff and the clouds have moved in. Such is life.

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:01 pm on May 2nd, 2021

    Horses!…sniff!…I don’t care for them either. When my friend used to take me out to her friends acreage in the country. The first thing I would do was go to the barn where the horse was and nip at his back heels….grrrrrr!…I was much younger then but I still want to nip at horses heels….snort!

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:05 pm on May 2nd, 2021

    Beau!…Now he has a fondness for the ponies because he makes ALOT of money off of them. He has a “knack” for picking winners…sniff!…These days the money comes to me because of course he can no longer touch it…heh!…This is a constant source of aggravation to him up there in Heaven…chuffle!…Meanwhile I’m saving up for a Big Ole Vat to set-up permanently in my back yard…snort!

  6. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:44 pm on May 2nd, 2021


    RIO! Your post about the country made me think of your Pepper…

    Good evening to all!

  7. Hobbit
    7:24 pm on May 2nd, 2021

    Rio: does Friend keep in touch with people where you used to live? I’ve lived in Anchorage 7.5 years and am beginning to lose touch with my friends up north. I used to go up 2-3 times a year but, of course haven’t done so in over a year-and-a-half.

    P.S. I want to know if Friend knows what the “hot one” is doing from her old busy place.

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:04 pm on May 2nd, 2021

    Hobbit!…Sadly, my friend has lost touch with the Hotshot firefighter she used to spend 8 plus hours a day with back in the day of misery….sniff!…She only had his work phone number and now someone else has that phone…bah!

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:08 pm on May 2nd, 2021

    Oldies!…My friend does keep in touch with a friend she has known since 4th grade…snorkel!…This friend of my friend’s got to meet The Charming Mr. Abrahams back in 2014 when he came to Littleton where my friend and I used to live….chuffle!

  10. Thieves!
    5:36 pm on May 3rd, 2021


  11. Thieves!
    8:30 pm on May 3rd, 2021

    We’re not saying we were riffling through Beau’s desk, but we are saying we found this in his scrapbook.

  12. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on May 3rd, 2021

    Chet!…What happened to May 3rd?…grunt!…Actually my friend would want May 3rd to never exist but still…snort!…The Blog must go on!…yeeep!

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