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Below are the two final essays to be posted on Allegiance and Duty Betrayed. The first one is written by a friend -- screen name 'Euro-American Scum' -- who, over the past four years, has been the most faithful essayist here. He has written about everything from his pilgrimage to Normandy in 2004 to take part in the 60th–year commemoration of the invasion, to his memories of his tour in Vietnam. His dedication to America’s founding principles ... and those who have sacrificed to preserve them over the past 200+ years ... is unequaled. Thank you, E-A-S. It has been a privilege to include your writing here, and it is a privilege to call you my friend.

The second essay is my own farewell. And with it I thank all of the many regular visitors, and those who may have only dropped in occasionally, for coming here. I hope you learned something. I hope a seed or two was planted. But, even if not, I thank you for stopping by ... 25 March, 2010


A Sign of Spring in Lancaster County

Photos of a broodmare and her two-week-old foal taken early this evening at the horse farm at the end of our road. Just watching them exercising wore me out. The foal tried desperatelty to keep up with its mother, and, whenever possible, was never more than five feet from her side.


~ joanie


lori_gmeiner said...

Beautiful new life!

daveburkett said...

They're beautiful. Are they Arabians?

marcus aurelius said...

You seem to live in a very beautiful part of the country. I am somewhat envious.

3timesalady said...

So sweet! Thank you for posting this Joanie.

mel stauffer said...

Baby horses are so awkward looking. And their mothers really try to get them to be independent right from the start. I'll wager that mother was not coddling her kid.

trustbutverify said...

Thanks, Joanie. What a pleasant diversion from the election nonsense. ;)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful mare and cute little foal. Did the foal come up that close to you or did you use a telephoto lens?

Brad Zimmerman said...

Thank you, Joanie. Very nice.

PatriciaEnglert said...

The legs on that foal just prove how delicate a horse's legs are- that breaking one is so easy and the end of the line. Let's hope this little one lives to a ripe old age!

fascismisyourwosrtenemy said...

That mare is a beautiful animal. Is this an Arabian farm? Race horse breeding?