"He is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him: he is indeed a horse: and all other jades you may call beasts."
- William Shakespeare. King Henry V.

"And God took a handful of
southerly wind, blew his breath
over it and created the horse."
- Bedouin Legend

Short Stories



BookI wrote a short story about a horse I met almost fifteen years ago. His name was Whitehorse and he had melanoma, a kind of cancer.  He died peacefully on a cold winter night, and my vivid recollection of the events that transpired with his passing still haunt me. Until that night, I’d never really understood what it meant when someone said “that horse had a lot of heart.” Whitehorse enlightened me and I had to tell his story.

The Heart of Whitehorse won the grand prize in the 2005 Angel Horses short story contest and will be published in  a collection of short stories about horses, all of which  are certain to inspire and uplift. Look for the book entitled Angel Horses, tentative release date the fall of 2006.


On sweltering summer day in the Ozarks, a young Mariah Jean sets out with her new horse, and heads for the creek where she likes to swim. He’s a little more than she can handle and the path he chooses is one she doesn’t know. But the lure of exploration is irresistible and the pale Missouri moon is rising before she realizes she’s lost.

What she discovers in the darkness of the ghostly woods, and what she learns about the horse she’s riding will change her life forever . . .

Missouri Moon is my latest short fiction work-in-progress. As soon as it’s finished I’ll post the whole story. Please check back for more of Missouri Moon.


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