Life with Rufus: On Being a Seeing Eye-Human

Meet my newest companion, Rufus. Rufus is a six-year-old purebred Basset Hound who weighs just a little over 60 pounds, and is about 3 feet long from the top of his head to the base of his tail. Rufus is also blind, having lost his sight to glaucoma a couple of years ago. I adopted … Continue reading Life with Rufus: On Being a Seeing Eye-Human

Migratory Patterns: Following the Horses, Following the Sun

All traffic this way . . . out of town, that is. It's not just the birds that travel south, it's the horses. And with the horses go the trainers, and with the trainers go the barns and all their trappings. Here at Saratoga, the migration south (mainly to Florida) begins just after Labor Day, … Continue reading Migratory Patterns: Following the Horses, Following the Sun

Dinner in Barcelona

Dinner at eight is lovely. It's also been tradition in my family; sometime between 8:00 and 8:30 pm is when we have gathered at the table for dinner for as long as I can remember. I guess it's a carryover from our Italian culture. Inevitably we would take our time eating and talking around the … Continue reading Dinner in Barcelona

The Proust Questionnaire, Racing Edition: H. Allen Jerkens – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation

The Proust Questionnaire, Racing Edition: H. Allen Jerkens - Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps - Horse Racing Nation. He's known as the Chief. Sometimes, he's called the Giant Killer (which he does not like, by the way). Otherwise, it's just Mr. Jerkens. Whatever you call him, he is a Thoroughbred racing legend--2011 marks his … Continue reading The Proust Questionnaire, Racing Edition: H. Allen Jerkens – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation

Foundation Sire, Foundation Story: The Godolphin Arabian by Eugene Sue – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation

Foundation Sire, Foundation Story: The Godolphin Arabian by Eugene Sue - Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps - Horse Racing Nation. One of the foundation sires of the Thoroughbred breed, the Godolphin Arabian was not an “overnight success.” The path to glory was long, and adventurous, and came complete with a curious cast of characters. … Continue reading Foundation Sire, Foundation Story: The Godolphin Arabian by Eugene Sue – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation