2011
Jan 
4

Tena’s Take

Filed under: TenasTake,Uncategorized — Missy @ 10:21 am  

Today instead of a weekly post from the inspirational with a touch of humor, Tena, we are here to announce that 2011 has presented new ventures to this lovely Couture Cowgirl.  Tena Bastian will no longer be writing a weekly column here, but she just might stop around for an occasional guest post!

We wish Tena the best of luck in all her ventures!  Everyone take a minute to tell Tena Thank You for all times she has touched your heart in one of her weekly columns.  Take a few minutes to read through them if you were not blessed to this past year.  We would love for you all to share what your most beloved Tena’s Take post was.  Or Favorite will always be GREEN BOOTS , but THE HOUSE THAT BUILT ME was a one in a million too!

If you have enjoyed these weekly post as much as we have, be sure to visit Tena’s website at www.tenabastian.com and order one of her books!

Thanks again for dedicating your time and heart to this column this past year!  You will be missed!

Meredith & Missy

2010
Dec 
14

Country Christmas

Filed under: TenasTake — Tags: , , , , , — Missy @ 8:37 am  

By Tena Bastian 

The other day, my daughter sent me a link to a contest being held in association to the new movie, Country Strong. It begged the question, what makes you country strong and your answer was limited to a specific number of characters. My take on it is that being country strong cannot be limited to a few words but rather lived every day in the things we do, the life we live, our faith in God and in ourselves and each other. The ability to take whatever challenges life throws our way and deal with them, to work hard for everything we love and when the sun rises, to wake with enthusiasm and gratitude for that next day and get out of bed and do what we do all over again.

We have all seen our fair share of misfortune through the years, we have been on top of the world and at the bottom of the heap and as the years go by, it seems that one day marks the passing of time more significantly than any other… Christmas. For some, it is filled with time honored tradition that has been carried on through generations. Traditions such as finding the perfect tree, the perfect gift, cookie baking, family bonding, etc. For others, it is a day that measures our success or failures for the entire year. It measures opportunities missed, the people we have lost, the crops that didn’t do as well as they have in other years, etc.  In the average life span, there will be less than 100 Christmases, which makes that day even more special. An entire lifetime of Christmases is approximately as long as one summer.

Christmas time is magical if you really think about it. It holds our most vivid memories of the ones we have loved and lost, It is the time of year when there really feels as though there is hope for better days ahead, the time of year when all differences should be set aside for us to come together and just love each other. Above all else, it marks the day when Jesus was born and it is an excellent time to renew your faith.

I know, I know, the holidays in general can be extremely difficult. The kids are on an extended winter break, the stores are filled with people who aren’t always as nice as you would expect them to be. Money is tight and yet the list of things to spend it on is endless. Christmas cards need to be addressed, presents need to be purchased and wrapped, the weather becomes more challenging as we struggle to accomplish all these tasks. I have one word for you…breathe. Draw on that country strength that you have and just breathe. Look at your list with a new perspective and new appreciation that this Christmas is one of very few in your lifetime and remember what is important. With Christmas less than two weeks away, I wanted to give you some tips that might make it less stressful and more enjoyable.

Begin by looking at your list and marking off anything that you really do not enjoy doing. Either draw a line through it and forget about it or delegate it to your spouse or children. Use that time instead to saddle up your horse and take a ride through the new fallen snow and just breathe. I promise that when you return, the list will seem even more manageable. Shop on line after the kids have gone to bed and do it with a warm fire, soft music and a glass of wine. The first thing to buy is something for yourself that defines comfort; bubble bath, a soft robe, new slippers, whatever defines comfort in your mind. Then, no matter what chaos the weeks ahead may bring, you have that one thing to look forward to, that Fed Ex man pulling in the driveway with YOUR present to yourself.

Take one hour a day when the kids aren’t fighting, the dogs aren’t barking and no one is calling your name and sit down at your desk and hand write some notes to those people who have made a difference in your life during the course of that year. Not one million Christmas cards but a few select personal notes from the heart to tell these people that they made an impact on your life. It not only gives you a chance to really reflect on who made your year better but cuts down the endless list of Christmas cards. If you have a blog, post a summary page of your year and send invitations via email to everyone else inviting them to read it and wish them a Merry Christmas. Post a Merry Christmas on your Facebook page or through Twitter but save those special notes for the special people and really thank them.

Bake one kind of cookie and make a lot of them!  Buy one large roll of wrapping paper , one roll of ribbon and one roll of tape. Then invite a few friends over with their one  kind of cookie, wrapping paper and ribbon and you have accomplished so much. It is time well spent in the company of people you enjoy, presents get wrapped while you visit and at the end of the evening, everyone has a tin full of various cookies because you’ve exchanged their cookies with yours. Even better, have everyone bring the recipe for their cookies and share them with everyone else. Ten years pass and you have a collection of recipes for every Christmas cookie under the sun with memories of each of those people to go with it.

If you have small children, barter for some time to yourself to accomplish the things that you can’t do when they are home. Get four or five friends with children to each pick a day where they have ALL the kids, everyone’s children. Then you pick a day when you have all of them. That one day is going to be long but the good news is that each of you will have four or five days to yourself!

Remember the reason for the season and that your faith is important to you and put it first on your list. Go to church, read your kids the story of the first Christmas, set up a nativity scene with them and explain to them what part each played in that holy night. Sit under the stars with some hot chocolate and tell them about the star that lit up the sky on that glorious night so many years ago. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you don’t get lost in the commercialism of the day and you take time to renew your connection to God and celebrate his son.

I’ve talked before about the existence of a universal subconscious and how we are all tied together in mind and spirit. Find a way to send a positive message into the entire world by smiling at everyone you meet. Wish them a Merry Christmas and mean it. It starts a wave of kindness that ripples through everyone’s lives and it will eventually come back to you tenfold. Give something to someone less fortunate,  lend an ear to someone who needs to be heard, be considerate to those who are going through a rough time in their life. Be kind to yourself. You have to be kind to yourself before you have anything to give to someone else.

We are fortunate enough to live the life that most people only dream of living. We are closer to nature and to God out here in the country and we should never take that for granted. This time of year, especially, we need to count our blessings and be grateful for all we have in our lives. We are country strong in ways that most people can’t even imagine and I for one am grateful for that and for my connection to all of you. So as we come closer to Christmas, regardless of how busy we are, take a few moments to reflect on what we have and who we are and listen to the needs of others and really hear them. Fulfill dreams whenever possible, lift a spirit when a heart is broken, start a ripple effect of joy and watch what happens as a result.

To end this week’s column on a humorous note, I have compiled a list of how to spot a Christmas Cowgirl. Let us know if you fit into this category…

You are a true Christmas Cowgirl if…

1. Your barn is decorated in lights and evergreen.

2. You get excited if the wrapped presents smell like new leather.

3. You know the true reason for the season and never refer to Christmas as X-Mas regardless of how politically correct it may be.

4. Your tree is fresh cut with your chain saw and is hauled home in your pickup truck. Not artificial and not prelit. (Allergies are the only exception)

5. The stockings are hung with care but are hanging on the front of your stalls.

6. The horses and cattle are fed before the presents are opened.

7. You shop at Couture Cowgirl, Tractor Supply, Drysdales, Rod’s Western or Sheplars instead of the mall.

8. Instead of watching the Christmas parade, you deck out your horse and ride in it at least once in your life.

9. You know you will be  sleeping in the new boots for a week in an effort to break them in.

10. Your horse knows ALL the lyrics to ALL the Christmas carols because you sing them at the top of your lungs as you clean the stalls or ride through the woods.

Last but certainly not least…

You know that the American flag is an essential part of your Christmas decorations and it is NOT made in China.

It’s time for Bear and I to get our own tree up and presents wrapped so until next year, from our house to yours, may you have a blessed and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Be present in each moment, remember that the gift is in the giving and be grateful for a starry night, new fallen snow and the horse that meets you at the gate.

Tena Bastian at www.tenabastian.com

2010
Nov 
30

God’s Gifts

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By Tena Bastian 

Try though I may, when I open my mouth and sing, I do not sound like Celine Dion. In my head, I think I will because it sounds so easy for her when she belts out that beautiful song from Titanic but instead, I sink like the ship, not soar like the voice of an angel. That voice, hers, not mine, is nothing less than a gift from God. It draws millions of people to come and want to hear her sing and yet in my house, they offer to pay me to stop singing. (more…)

2010
Nov 
23

Holiday Expectations

By Tena Bastian

So it begins… the holiday season. That time of year when families come together, express their love for one another, share all that we are thankful for and look forward to in the year to come. It is the time of the year when we set all disagreements aside, set the table and come together in the name of tradition. It is when miracles happen, it’s when we venture out in search of the perfect gift because we know that the look on their faces will far outweigh the cost of time and money that we spent to make their dreams come true. It is the fire in the fireplace, the smell of roast turkey in the oven, the perfect dress for the party that we have been looking forward to all year. The tree, the lights, the music, the snow! Good friends, good  food, good times!  Let the festivities begin. Oh but wait one minute here… (more…)

2010
Nov 
16

Forgive and Forget

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By Tena Bastian

What a fun birthday weekend I’ve had! Thank you to those of you that took a moment to consider me and wish me a happy birthday. It made my day. Thank you to my daughter Dusty who left the baby with her daddy for the night and played bingo with me. I had a great time. Thanks also to my wonderful husband who put all his chores aside and focused on me. He made me delicious dinners and we went for long drives and stopped when we felt like it and ignored  all schedules and commitments for a day. (more…)

2010
Nov 
9

Letting Go

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By Tena Bastian

This week marks the one year anniversary of the loss of our stallion, Beau so I thought it appropriate to give you my take on letting go of the horses and even the people that we have come to know and love. Those who are near and dear to us are like silver threads that are woven into the fabric of our lives. Their presence adds depth to all of the experiences that make our lives complete and their absence creates a hole in that fabric that leaves our hearts with a void that nothing seems to fill. When the silver thread unravels and is removed, the fabric is never as bright as it once was. (more…)

2010
Nov 
2

Tonight’s The Night

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By Tena Bastian

“Tonight’s the night when dead leaves fly like witches on switches across the sky.” I can still recall that line from a Halloween poem that my teacher read when I was in third grade.  (more…)

2010
Oct 
26

The Art of Negotiation

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By Tena Bastian 

Ooooo, what a week it has been! According to her husband, a neighbor woman went for a walk Thursday and she has yet to return. The F.B.I. and the our law enforcement have been searching the ponds, the woods, calling friends and family and yet there is no sign of her. Everyone in the county has been on alert to call if they know anything. It has made national news and is likely the biggest story in Swantucky (Swanton). (more…)

2010
Oct 
19

Wild Dogs, Country Living and Sucking It Up

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By Tena Bastian

What an awesome week! No, I didn’t hit the lottery but I might as well have given all my blessings this week.  Oh, let’s start with the wild dogs, shall we? In a five mile stretch of my country road, there are 14 farms that have gone into foreclosure and have been abandoned by their owner. Just like everyone else in the country, Swantucky (Swanton) is feeling the economic impact that seems to never end. So when the good folks move out and move on, near as I can count by the continuous howling and barking, at least 10 of them left their dogs behind. Either they have joined forces and formed a gang , (picturing the dogs wearing red bandanas on their heads and lots of bling) OR they are starting a singing group. (more…)

2010
Oct 
12

Pete and Repeat

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By  Tena Bastian

I had so much fun last week with our little project, What is your barn name. We had to laugh because amazingly enough, most of the names you generated for yourselves from the list we came up with were so well suited to your personalities. Those that weren’t, were still entertaining because they couldn’t be further from your true identity. What was really fun for me was actually coming up with the names for you to generate. Names such as “Hot flash Hannah” and “Menopause Meg” kept coming into my head but in an effort not to offend anyone, we skipped over them.  The best part was that if you didn’t like the one you were given, you could just go in and pick another one. Everyone had a great sense of humor about the project and Missy tells me we had quite a few hits on that page. Judy Earp made a good point when she said that it would be even more fun to have the guys go in and generate a name for themselves. Since the names were Cowgirl names, I have to agree that any man brave enough to admit they are now called Firefly or American Beauty is a man with a sense of humor and a lot of confidence. So guys, please, for our entertainment, go generate a name and let us know what it is.

Moving on. (more…)

2010
Oct 
5

What’s In A Name?

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By Tena Bastian

It’s October? WHAT? So where did September go? The days seem to be going by so quickly in my life lately between caring for the puppies and celebrating the new granddaughter and getting the place ready for winter. I know, you’re probably thinking that I am rushing Fall even mentioning winter at all but I know that if I don’t get things picked up and put away before the Ohio snow starts piling up, I am bound to hit them with the snow blower. Last year, I had to call my son in law to come help me untangle the garden hose from the blades before my hubby came home and saw the twisted metal and mangled rubber. There’s a name for that here; it’s called Murphy’s Law. (more…)

2010
Sep 
28

Old Boots and New

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By Tena Bastian

Meredith and Missy have been  at the Cody Wyoming fashion week and in honor of Stetson providing the boots for the show, I thought I would use boots as an analogy for old friends verses new. A pair of boots is more than just leather and beautiful craftsmanship. Each pair of boots that we own hold memories of various times in our lives. They tell a story of who we are.  All of our friends are like boots in that every pair is special to us in some way. The new ones are exciting to buy and slip on for the first time and it’s always interesting to get a feel for them but they can’t beat the old friends. These are those one or two pair of boots that no matter how many pairs you have in your closet, you still prefer them. Old friends are the boots that hold the memories of your past and it’s always nice to “revisit” the days gone by. They are those comfortable pairs that are all broke in and fit you perfectly every time. (more…)

2010
Sep 
21

The Housewives of the Horse World

By Tena Bastian 

I read an article the other day in Woman’s Day magazine that said (more…)

2010
Sep 
14

True Colors

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By Tena Bastian 

I find it ironic that human nature allows us so many shades of who we are at any given point. Regardless of how wide the spectrum, at some point, our true colors are going to shine through. Whether they are bright and sunny colors or dark and dismal hues, who we are is who we are and try as we may, our true colors are going to shine through eventually. There are times when we amaze ourselves at our strength and perseverance and commitment to others and achieve levels of brilliant colors that we didn’t even know we were aware of having. Then there are those people we meet that for no obvious reason just give us a sense of fear or sorrow or pain. Even the colors with which we choose to surround ourselves is based on our inner colors and the light we give off in our presence.  As Meredith and Missy prepare for their big show in Cody, they can tell you that every person has a “signature color”. (more…)

2010
Sep 
7

The Winds of Change

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By Tena Bastian

This past week has been a really tough one for some people I know. A mother lost a son, a young man lost his brother, a friend moved back home after losing her house to the bank and as we leave summer and head into Fall, life always changes a bit for everyone. Some of the changes are more heartbreaking and drastic than others and my heart goes out to all of those who are dealing with really difficult times. (more…)

2010
Aug 
31

My Virtual Vacation

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By Tena Bastian

My friend Gina, who is single and loves to travel suggested that we just get in the car and drive to Miami and take a vacation. As tempting as it may be, I had to pass. I’ve never really taken a successful vacation. Oh sure, we have visited friends in Nashville or caught a night or two at the family cottage on the lake which has now been sold. I have flown to my friend Holly’s ranch in Oklahoma where we drank Firefly vodka and played with the cow babies and caught up on each other’s lives. I adore Holly and Chad and they make you feel like you are right at home but Oklahoma in July can be challenging.   I’ve spent time with my buddy Kelly at their ranch in Texas working cattle and mohair goats but the problem with that is that after a day or two, you’re too tired to move and tend to smell like the goats.  I’ve seen over half the country through promoting my books and presenting seminars however, I will let you in on a little secret about that… it is not quite as glamorous as it may seem. The problem with seeing the country via Equine Expos is that all you really see is the airport, the hotel and the convention center that, believe it or not, looks identical to the last airport, hotel and convention center. You get up early, spend your day being shuffled around to seminars and book signing sessions and although I have felt incredibly blessed to do what I do for a living, it is work and when you get home, you feel like you need to sleep for a week. (more…)

2010
Aug 
24

School Daze

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By Tena Bastian

I know it is difficult to believe and yet here we are sending the kids back to school. Yes, here we are saying goodbye to the carefree days of summer and rounding up the barefoot wild renegades that we call our children and setting the alarm clock for some ungodly hour so we can get up and fight them every step of the way while they hate us because they have to go back to school. We have spent the second half of the summer wasting our days in Wal-Mart or Target or the mall buying them school clothes that they will eventually refuse to wear, school supplies that they don’t really want, lunch boxes just so they can insist on buying their lunches, and counting down the days until the dreaded “first day” of school.  Have I worn you out yet? Let’s move on… (more…)

2010
Aug 
17

Walk A Mile

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By Tena Bastian

It was the Fall of 1990 when we built this house. Everything was brand new and with the paint barely dry, we built the barn. We broke ground on Halloween and moved in on Valentine’s Day.  We hung siding in freezing rain, was stranded at my parents house the morning we woke to 6 inches of fresh snow, spent Christmas huddled together in front of a small kerosene heater on the deck that would eventually be our floors and we built walls and roof trusses by moonlight so we could finish on time. By spring, we had moved the old mare into her new barn and we planted our entire 5 acres with Kentucky bluegrass and cried when it flooded and killed all of our beautiful new grass. We started again and by summer, our small farm was green as green could be. (more…)

2010
Aug 
10

The Warranty

By Tena Bastian

It would seem that nothing in our lives ever goes as planned. There are always unforeseen events that change our course and rattle our otherwise secure existence. The worst  part about it is that we rarely see it coming until we are faced with life altering events of cataclysmic proportion. One moment things are going smoothly and in a second, life can change and your world is shattered. The most difficult part of this alternate universe is that our nature is to grasp what we know; to try and hang on to the life we had instead of allowing the natural tide of the event to sweep us into waters unknown. By doing this, we tend to fight the current and we often times drown. (more…)

2010
Jun 
22

The Horses We Love, The Lessons We Learn / Between The Pages

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By Tena Bastian

A couple of years ago, I sat down and decided to share some stories about the horses that have touched our lives and all that they taught my family and I about love, loss, friendship, competition, learning from our mistakes, etc. The Horses We Love, The Lessons We Learn would be stories that anyone who has ever known the joy of loving a horse, any horse could relate to regardless of whether they knew me or not. They would be stories that would remind the seasoned professional of a lesson they once learned from a horse and teach the reader that never had the privilege of knowing a horse why we dedicate our lives to them. While writing the stories, the book was purchased by Wiley publishing and together, we would begin the process of choosing twenty two chapters that we all felt would strike a familiar chord with anyone who cared to pick up the book and read it. (more…)

2010
Jun 
8

The House That Built Me

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By Tena Bastian

I heard a song by Miranda Lambert a few weeks back that really hit home for me then but yesterday, as we drove through our neighborhood and saw firsthand, the damage caused by the tornadoes that went through, I felt  a stronger connection to that song. One of these tornadoes hit a mile or so from my own house. Not only was our State Forest damaged with hundreds of trees snapped off as though they were toothpicks but folks were standing near leveled houses looking toward the sky with fear of another storm. NW Ohio was hit hard and what was left behind was worst than anything I had ever experienced. I was sad for the loss of all their hard work but also I felt blessed that our own home went completely undamaged. Phone calls and emails started pouring in from all over the country who had seen the devastation and wanted to know if we were all right. Three of the calls came from friends in tornado alley who know how damaging these storms can be. A house, our home tells the story of who we are and what we have worked for and when it is destroyed, it takes a piece of us with it. (more…)

2010
Jun 
1

The Top Five Things

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By Tena Bastian

Today marks the end of Memorial Day weekend and I hope it was a memorable one for all of you. For me, it was a time for reflection of what is important and sorting through all the endless things in my head that tend to weigh me down and to leave some behind as I move forward to a summer filled with possibilities. My goal this summer is to spend more time with the people I love, to find more time for the things I enjoy, to turn my Blackberry off more often so I can play harder than I work and to rediscover  all of the elements that make summer enjoyable. I remember as a kid, piling into our old station wagon and going to the drive in to see a movie or going for ice cream and back then, summers seemed to be endless. As an adult, the days seem to fly by so quickly and they are filled with work and worry about things that don’t really matter in the overall scheme of things that are really important. (more…)

2010
May 
25

Destiny and What Could Have Been

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By: Tena Bastian

Destiny is an interesting turn of events that leads you where you’re supposed to be in life. It’s sort of like a recipe that consists of all the ingredients that are added along the way whether by your own hand or by the hand of fate. The recipe has a cup of free will, a cup of luck, a dash of what you learn as you go and a pinch of preparation; and as with any recipe, a little salt and a little sugar for flavor. Destiny is what it is and although there are choices to make along the way that may sway our destiny one way or another, the one thing that shall remain true is that at one point in our life, we will come face to face with our destiny. (more…)

2010
May 
18

Reaping What We Sow

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By Tena Bastian

I love strawberries. Last year, I planted three strawberry plants and was disappointed that although I spent hours weeding, fertilizing, watering and tending to those three plants, my harvest was 15 strawberries the size of a dime. I still had to go to the produce stand and the grocery store to buy myself strawberries when I wanted them.  The harvest that I was supposed to reap for all my hard work was barely worth the effort.  (more…)

2010
May 
11

If A Tree Falls

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By: Tena Bastian

“If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it fall, does it make a sound?”

The answer to this age old question is a resounding YES. It has occurred to me that we are all here to do whatever it is that is important to us. Our passion for all things is like that tree. Even if we think that our passion, our life’s calling matters to no one, it does. Although it may not seem like it at the time, everything we do in this world, every effort we make affects someone in some way. My take on it is that we can’t control the outcome of our actions and we have no control on how it will change the lives of others but if we believe in what we do for the pure sake of doing it and doing it well, it will change the world in some way. Let me give you an a couple of examples. (more…)

2010
May 
4

Life’s Own Rhythm

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By

 Tena Bastian

I wish I had known then what I know now.

 It is amazing how many times we say that in the course of one lifetime and we all know that hindsight is 20 /20. Experience is something that can’t be bought, sold, inherited, traded or even given as a gift and yet the knowledge we gain from experience is priceless. I recently attempted to explain to someone who is younger, how the rhythm of life works and from the look on their face, I realized that it isn’t a lesson that we can share because each of us have to learn it in our own time.  There is a natural rhythm to life that allows us to learn what we need to know as we go along. Because of this, we will make mistakes and we will stumble but we are supposed to stumble along the way. That is what makes us remember the lesson the next time we need it. The unfortunate thing is that by the time we have learned our lessons and gained our experience, we are older. We are wiser yes, but still, that youth would have complimented the knowledge and experience so well! (more…)

2010
Apr 
27

The Cowgirl Posse

By Tena Bastian

Cowgirls are amazing women! We are strong and resourceful and hard working and when we get an idea in our heads, we run with it. When you put a bunch of Cowgirls together on a project, there is no telling what we can accomplish. Each of us has our own amazing talent and each of us has a circle of close friends with talents of their own. To harness those talents and to take all of those individual circles and bring them together in one place is like harnessing all of the elements in the universe to work together for a common cause. The good news is that we are about to do just that! (more…)

2010
Apr 
20

Dancing To Your Own Beat

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Dancing To Your Own Beat
By
Tena Bastian

Driving down our old country road, there is a house that sits up on a hill. The house is really nothing spectacular; however the show that you may be lucky enough to see if your timing is right is definitely worth the drive. There is a woman, middle aged, who stands out in her yard clad in her pajamas doing something that we have decided is a dance combined with martial arts. She has been doing this for years and there is something almost hypnotic about her movements. While others may laugh, I admire her carefree spirit because she is completely oblivious to anything around her.
Her life may be bogged down with worry, she may be battling cancer, she may be completely alone or she may be as crazy as crazy can be but she looks happy. Aside from anything else that might be going on in her life, while she is doing her routine, she is clearly at peace with the world. I live in a small town where most everybody knows most everybody else and I may have met this woman in passing at some point but from watching her dance, I am sure I don’t really “know” her at all. There have been times when I considered knocking on her door and introducing myself but when I work through the conversation in my head, it never plays out comfortably… it tends to go something like this; (more…)

2010
Apr 
13

The Key to Heaven

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The Key To Heaven
By Tena Bastian

Everyone has a favorite piece of jewelry. Maybe it is a pretty necklace, a watch, a bracelet, whatever it is, it’s important enough to you that you wear it every chance you get. We all love getting new jewelry because that one piece can make our same old outfits look fresh and new. Then there are those pieces of jewelry that we tend to hold on to for sentimental reasons. The high school ring, a necklace that belonged to your mother or grandmother, a gift from an old sweetheart, we treasure these pieces because they hold our memories like an old locket holds a photo and as long as we have the piece of jewelry, the memory remains with us. (more…)

2010
Apr 
6

Cowgirl for Congress

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Cowgirl For Congress
By Tena Bastian

It is obvious to me how the political climate in this country has moved into an extremely volatile state. The economy has sunk to such a low point with unemployment rising to near record numbers and the cost of everything is sky rocketing. Less money to spend and higher prices is enough to make any of us depressed. The equine industry is not immune to the negative changes in the economy. Not only is the average horse bringing less money and breeding programs are suffering but with the price of hay, feed and vet bills continuing to rise, it is becoming more difficult to feed the horses we keep while earning less of an income. (more…)

2010
Mar 
30

Beautiful Cowgirl

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Beautiful Cowgirl
By Tena Bastian

I sat down with a woman yesterday who taught me the meaning of true beauty and I really wanted to share what I learned  in our conversation with her permission of course. Valerie was a really pretty woman by society’s standards.  She was married to a wonderful husband and to Rod, she was the world; the love of his life. Valerie was tall and thin and when she moved, it was like a dance because she was so incredibly graceful. She had long blonde hair and the prettiest, deepest blue eyes anyone had ever seen.  For her entire life, she was handed everything, never had to work for a single thing she owned. She knew she was beautiful and she knew how to work it to her advantage. Rod was a working cowboy and would spend many long days out with the cattle and the horses while Valerie never really had an interest in the ranch work. By her own admittance, she preferred to travel with her friends, attend parties and shopping was how she spent most days. (more…)

2010
Mar 
23

When Lightening Strikes

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By

Tena Bastian

 

We talk a lot about the cowgirl spirit and sisterhood and who in your life really has your back when the going gets tough. We talk about promises and the importance of keeping them and we sometimes make vows as husband and wife and when we do, it should be for a lifetime, not just until the going gets tough and the vows are broken. (more…)