The same wet weather that makes trail races around Grapevine Lake too soft and too muddy makes running the grasslands just right. Sand for horses packs nicely after a good rain. Some horses don’t like the sound of your approaching footsteps, no matter how much you slow down. Trail runners are a smart bunch and share good advice with each other, and that’s how I knew to fuel up at the last stop. But they also sometimes forget to follow directions instead of the runner in front of them. Follow the blue flags is especially important when the trail comes with a bypass that makes the race longer than advertised. Missing birdsong makes the grasslands eerie quiet and plays mind games and makes you think

there’s a cougar watching. Having more than one goal for finishing grasslands is good. Recently, I decided that not falling down is a good goal. Mission accomplished.

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Overheard in the Wolfe House #316

by Peggy on March 11, 2019

Sam: What’s an ‘old-timer’?

Peggy: I think different people might use that label to describe different things. What do you think it means, Sam?

Sam: Someone who doesn’t use new technology.

Peggy: Oh yeah?

Sam: And someone who talks about the old days.

Peggy: Then I guess I’m not an old timer.

Sam: Really?

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Overheard in the Wolfe House #315

March 11, 2019

Peggy: Do you have yellow lenses for your bike glasses? Sam: What are those? Peggy: Try mine and see. Sam (squinting out the window at the overcast sky): It’s sunny.

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Book report

March 11, 2019

Over the past ten days, I went back to read a book that had been recommended many times but I hadn’t until now: Clara Parks’ The Siege. Her book is a parent memoir, but in a class by itself. If I had read her book when Sam was first diagnosed, many pages would have been […]

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The Grand Tour

February 17, 2019

I missed the big day when the WinCo warehouse had its open house almost two years ago. Michael and Paige went with Sam, and got to see where Sam had trained as well as the spot where he works inside that massive building. Sam will celebrate his second anniversary with the company in March. A […]

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The Power of Parmesan Cheese

February 12, 2019

  Sam was very young when he discovered that Parmesan cheese made almost anything taste better, and it became a thing in our family. We would tell the wait staff at Olive Garden, for example, to please leave the twirling grater at our table, because they had other tables to tend to and they didn’t […]

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Horsemanship as culture

January 26, 2019

When we first moved to Texas from California, I was struck by the fact that Fort Worth’s cultural district put world class arenas and art museums side by side. At the time, I thought we would be more frequent visitors of the latter. That was upside down. Watching Sam’s ride in “working trail” events, you […]

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Making some dust

January 22, 2019

There aren’t many horseback riding events at Chisholm Challenge where the riders go as fast as they can. Sam hasn’t been barrel racing long, but he’s got the hang of it. There were several other riders in other classes that raced before Sam’s class. (Riders completed the course at a walk, a jog or a […]

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Internet commerce is a wild web

January 14, 2019

If Sam wrote up his tips for how to avoid getting scammed, it would read something like this. Don’t read email Don’t respond to texts Don’t answer the phone Open snail mail only after your mom nags you for a week that it’s important And still things happen to him. I try not to hover. […]

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Overheard in the Wolfe House #314

January 7, 2019

Peggy: That box on the front seat of your car is all your old ribbons to take to Mary’s office next time you ride at Born2Be. They can reuse them. Sam: Yeah, Mom, it takes more than a ribbon to prove your success. #RealMillennial

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