This weekend was the Open House at Bedlam Farm, hosted by Jon Katz and Maria Wulf. Jon and Maria have become my dear friends and I had the joy of helping out with the Open House. Hundreds of people from … Continue reading
This weekend we spent our first Memorial Day in Cambridge, NY. Our friends, Jon Katz and Maria Wulf invited us to watch the Memorial Day parade with George Forss outside his Ginofor Gallery on Main Street. Memorial Day is conflicting … Continue reading
We recently bought a home upstate in Shushan. I first came to Washington County to attend a Bedlam Farm Open House hosted by Jon Katz and Maria Wulf. Jon is a bestselling author and Maria is a gifted fiber artist. … Continue reading
Yesterday, I attended a rally at City Hall for the Carriage Horse Industry. Hundred of drivers, workers and their families were joined by Teamsters, other union members, New Yorkers and animal lovers to protest the Mayor’s introduction of a bill in the City Council to ban the horses by 2016. It was a day of rallies at City Hall, rallies for and against the Carriage Horses, a “die-in” calling for a further inquiry into the death of Eric Garner. It is an important moment for the Mayor and Council to get their priorities straight.
I was at the rally standing for the horses in my Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood who bring beauty and majesty with their calm and peaceful spirits to the neighborhood and to thousands who visit them in Central Park every day. And to stand with the carriage owners, drivers and workers and their families who have broken no laws, and care for their horses with deep love, respect and pride.
It was the biggest rally to date in support of keeping the horses in NYC. The Teamsters were out in full force, joined by 10 plus other unions including 32 BJ SEIU.
A highlight of the rally was getting to connect with Jon Katz and Maria Wulf, who came down from Bedlam Farm upstate to participate. Jon has been an eloquent and important voice writing and speaking out on behalf of the drivers and horses and the importance of having working animals in our midst! Maria, a fiber artist created a beautiful quilt depicting the bond between horses and humans, which appeared in a sign brought to the rally by Pamela Rickenbach of Blue Star Equiculture.
Here are some photographs from the rally. It was a hugely positive day and we have a long way to go. The majority of Councilmembers remain undecided. It will be about a six month process before the bill comes up for a vote. I am cautiously optimistic. I hope you will take a moment to write your Councilmember and ask them to vote against the bill.
In June, we traveled to the Bedlam Farm open house in Cambridge, NY at the home of Jon Katz and Maria Wulf. Jon is a New York Times bestselling writer/blogger and Maria is an artist. Jon is an author, photographer and has written several books about living with dogs and animals. I have a been a fan of Jon’s work for many years and a regular reader of his blog, Bedlam Farm Journal. Jon and Maria have created a growing creative community on line and a place of encouragement for many writers and artists. Twice a year they host an open house at Bedlam Farm. I will be sharing several posts about the day we spent there.
A highlight of the afternoon was meeting Mary Kellogg. Mary lives on a farm in North Hebron, NY. And lives there alone.
She is a wonderful poet and gave a reading of some of her latest poems. I have shared a couple of poems here from her book, My Place on Earth. The book includes Jon Katz’s beautiful photos and was published by Bedlam Farm Books. Mary has been writing poetry since she was 11 years old, but never showed her poems to anyone until recently. Many thanks to Jon and Maria for encouraging Mary and publishing her work.
paths can stray through endless days
with a whistle and a song
or travel by the river
Where life is lax and long
they can lead a wedding march
on a path known by heart
or close a path in funeral arch
when life finds peace at last
a stone and cobble path worn smooth
by endless wandering feet
can find the soft and tender touch
where sand and seashore meet
the orb of day and silver footed queen
take infinite paths thru cosmic light
some of these can not be seen
but by the minds of those who dream
wind can find a path within a pile of leaves
spin them recklessly on angels wings
where in the winter ice will form
skating paths for hooves and things
paths can lead us high or low
sadness laughter joy and love
paths of life can be fast or slow
count your paths and you will know
April 24, 2002
at dawn light
magic of song
garlands of joy.
a stone wall
for a lyrical evening show
announcing summer dusk
while night waits in the wings
May 5, 2007
Hearing Mary read was joyous. It was a pleasure to meet her, she has much to share about life with a earthy luminosity.