February 8, 2013
Alpha Study Club met Tuesday, January 22, at the home of Emma Moeller. President Deb Wentzien opened with a reading “Taste of Winter” by Dorothy Bizer. Fifteen members answered roll call by telling their favorite winter comfort food. The secretary’s report and treasurer’s report were read and approved,. Martha Gamble thanked everyone that brought her cards for the 2013 Kids Shopping Day gifts. She now has her quota. The Library Committee reported that they will be getting the Gladbrook Librarians gifts. Ranae Fagen introduced Shirley Young who presented “Horses Never Lie About Love” by Jana Harris. Jana Harris had always dreamed of having a horse farm, and she knew the horse on whom she could build her dreams the moment she saw her on a ranch in the Eastern Mountains of Washington State. She was beautiful, deep, dark-red colored mare standing about sixteen hands, with a white star on her pretty head. The mare was named True Colors. When True Colors arrived at the Harris’s Ranch three months later, however, she was unrecognizable: head-shy from the infected sores on her face, and lungs damaged by pneumonia, she sensed demons hiding everywhere. This injured, traumatized horse existed between two worlds-wild and domesticated-and belongs to neither. Remarkably, the other horses fell in love with her on sight. And true to her name, True Colors would never pretend to be something she was not. This is the story of True Colors and how her quiet wisdom, she became the heart of the range and farm. Deb closed the meeting with a reading by Vita Sackville-West. Emma served a delicious lemon cake, nuts, candy, tea and coffee. The next meeting with be February 12, 2013, at the home of Pauline Flamme.
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