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There Was This One

Mike Beck

I first learned of Mike a few years ago when my pals and I traveled to Elko, Nevada, to attend the Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering.  Mike was one of the performers at the gathering.  I found him to be an inspiring singer/songwriter and a captivating storyteller.  Learn more about Mike here.  We have since stayed in touch through social media.  A few days ago, Mike shared a story about an experience he had with a horse during one of the Horse Clinics he has conducted over the years.  This one took place in Norway.  I asked Mike if I could share this on my website.  He generously agreed.  Here is the story in his words.  Read this to the end and then, read it again.  There is a lot to ponder in Mike’s words.  Here you go.

There Was This One…

It seems like there’s got to be some way to be able to forget about some horses, to be able to let go, and to stay somewhat sane in this crazy horse thing I got myself involved in. I’ve done pretty good, well, kinda…. But, there was this one horse. One horse that I can’t seem to forget, that I can’t let go of.

It happened at a place that I worked several times in Norway. This lady had a facility that wasn’t too bad. She had hosted a couple of clinics for me there before. She had a pretty good arena and a round corral that her

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A Thousand Splendid Suns Versus A Splendid American Life

This past week I finished reading Khaled Hosseini’s beautiful novel titled A Thousand Splendid Suns. In this stunning book, Hosseini brilliantly describes the history of Afghanistan dating back to the Soviet invasion, the rule of the Taliban, as well as a post-Taliban era.

What was most striking to me about the story was the deeply evocative account of the lives of the Afghan people — particularly those of young girls and women.   There were a handful of instances when I had to simply put the book down and give myself time to absorb the jarring contrast between being a woman in Afghanistan compared to being a woman born and raised in the United States of America.

The following are some stark facts about what it has been like to be a woman in Afghanistan — a nation consistently rated as one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be born a woman:

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