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
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
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…)