Editor's Postcard

Changing Seasons

Changing Seasons
Catherine Madera

Let Go to Embrace

by Catherine Madera


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Eli and Me. Courtesy of Catherine Madera

A fond childhood memory includes my parents’ old record player. Dad loved musicians like Anne Murray and Pete Seeger and had a modest collection of records. I vividly remember pulling out the large vinyl discs, setting them on the turntable and lying on the yellow shag carpet of our home as they played. One song, originally recorded by Pete Seeger, still runs in my mind. Taken almost verbatim from Ecclesiastes and Solomon’s musings on life, the song Turn, Turn, Turn was later recorded by The Byrds and became an international bestseller. Even as a kid I remember feeling the depth and truth in that song. There is truly a “time for every purpose under heaven.” Sometimes we ride, sometimes we walk; there is a time to lead and a time to follow; a time to laugh, a time to cry. To experience a full and satisfying life we must lean into all of those times, engaging our whole being in each particular season.

Why is this on my mind this month? Well, after a wonderful season of editing this magazine I am handing the reins to another capable and passionate equestrian with a gift for words. It’s been grand contributing to the publication, but it’s time to embrace a new season in my life. Unfortunately, we must let go of what we have in order to embrace something else and that process is usually bittersweet. However, I’ll still be around and will likely show up in these pages from time to time. Thank you all for the encouraging emails you’ve written over the years and the ways you’ve shared your life with me when we met on the trail or at an event. Horse people are definitely some of the best people on earth!

Enjoy the magazine this month and get to know your new editor Kim Roe. Send her story ideas and thoughts to editor@nwhorsesource.com. And don’t forget to embrace this season; hopefully it includes lots of time with your horse.

Ride on!


Published in June 2016 Issue

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Editor's Postcard
Catherine Madera

Catherine Madera attended Walla Walla University in Eastern Washington where she majored in communications/journalism. After winning a national competition for Guideposts Magazine in 2004, Catherine concentrated on non-fiction inspirational stories. Since then, she has published numerous personal and ghosted stories for Guideposts and their affiliate publications. Catherine has published in many regional and national magazines/newspapers and her work is included in several anthologies. She specializes in equine-related topics and profiles and serves as editor of The Northwest Horse Source. In 2010 Catherine’s non-fiction story, A Hero’s Work, received the Merial Human-Animal Bond award given by American Horse Publications. She has also authored three works of fiction and provides editing/writing assistance through Word Horse Writing Services.

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