It was wonderful to hear my friends sticking up for my family on Marfa Public Radio too. (to listen click this link) Marfa Public Radio Interview 11/16/2011 They really did a great job, and then that evening at the Granada Theatre, I felt the love! Little Liberty stood outside the theatre and got pictures taken of her all night. It was like a strobe light outside!! The good will of the people flowed everywhere! Meanwhile inside the theatre people spoke up and made it clear they want their cultural history protected, and that absolutely includes the burro. In fact, one kind lady said she was very angry that they were taking away her livelihood, as an artist. And, native Americans have a say in this too. The burros played a part in their history as well, and the area, including the Rio Grande has achieved Historical Preservation status.
Chey is the most amazing child advocate I have ever met. And boy did she give my friend Hannah a workout; my good friend Hannah complained about it all the way home. Chey rode her back and forth in the crowd during the parade, and threw out candy. It was really fun to watch her, even though she stepped on my toes a few times. And those butterfly wings on those bicycles took me a little while to figure out. Yes, humans can be silly too. Complicated creatures, humans.
Later, poor Hannah gave rides to kids all day
because Chey wanted to earn money for our cousins. This little girl really has it together. Poor Hannah! Even our new friend TMR Master Alpine, a one-eyed white mule saved by Rachael Waller Rondeaux's awesome vet, Dr. "B", thought Hannah whined too much, and told her she should be happy she had not gone through what he had. He is going to live forever at TMR Rescue, so I better get to know the big white half-ass. I think he has a troubled past, he is afraid of every human he sees with his one eye now. But, I am a donkey, and donkeys heal. I will help him, I know I can. Soon he will understand he is safe, and that no one hurts long ears at TMR Rescue. Lucky guy, he'll be surrounded by donkeys!
I have found people who know a thing or two about land stewardship, why is it so hard to convince people it is the right thing to do? Holistic land stewardship (click link) These techniques of land management are inclusive of all species as they exist, and a careful use of land by a variety of species is healthy rather than trying to keep everybody off of it. That is not natural, and it does not work. Recently, Marjorie and I were able to discuss land stewardship with Christopher Gill who owns Circle Ranch in Southwest TX. In fact, its boundary is 1000 feet from Big Bend Ranch State Park. There he has all kinds of animals sharing the land and thriving. Circle Ranch (click link). Mr. Gill believes the burros have a place too. And says so on his blog.