Editor's Postcard

Savor Summer

Savor Summer
Catherine Madera

Inspiration Abounds in the Beautiful Pacific Northwest

by Catherine Madera


Laura 1Like so many Americans, I spend far too much time in front of a screen. I love my life as a writer and editor, but it requires long hours sitting at a desk. Rather than getting lost on a sun soaked trail, I’m too often lost in my own mind and the endless sorting of words. According to a Washington Post article by Richard A. Lovett, this isn’t a good thing. Long hours sitting down is not just unhealthy, it can result in premature death.

As deadline approached for this issue, I found myself tired and stale, no fresh ideas in sight (or, rather, in mind). Fortunately, columnist Laura Schonberg had contacted me about riding up into the Mount Baker wilderness. Feeling the pinch of time, I almost cancelled out on her so I could spend more time in front of the computer. The day was beautiful though and I figured time outside would refill my creative tank. I was right! As my young horse Mateo navigated some tricky terrain under a spectacular mountain backdrop (shout out for the hardy and handy American Mustang!) my spirit soared. I hope you all are making time to enjoy your horse and savor summer in the Pacific Northwest. It is a piece of heaven, good for the body, mind and spirit.

This month is our educational opportunities issue and we highlight a great one coming up in October: The Mane Event. Not your average expo, this event has been inspiring horse lovers for over 10 years. And make sure to check out Laura Schonberg’s regular online column, Over 40 and Horse Crazy, at nwhorsesource.com. It’s full of useful training tidbits to keep you learning and growing with your horse.


Ride on and learn!


Published in August 2015 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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