Marian P. Merritt - Lagniappe

Where the Bayous Meet the Mountains

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wild Horses couldn't drag me away...

Yes, the title of this blog was taken from a song titled "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones from their 1971 album Sticky Fingers. It is said that the song originated as a song for Keith Richard's newborn son Marlon. It was 1969 and Keith regretted that he had to leave his son to go on tour. The song has recently re-emerged to entertain a new generation by Susan Boyle of Britain’s Got Talent fame.

But do we really know the power and strength of Wild Horses?
Are they still around?
I always think of this song when I see these awesome creatures.

A few days ago while doing Stormwater Inspections at Oil & Gas facilities, I was fortunate to see several wild horses out in the Piceance Basin of Western Colorado.

Amazing animals! Interesting how they continue to thrive amidst the heavy oil & gas exploration and producing activities in the area.

On one lucky day I got to see this little fella/gal (not sure which) "Horse puppy" cross the road to follow the rest of the herd. He/she stopped in front my vehicle and stared for a second before trotting off to catch up with mama. What a blessing!

The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) conducts an annual horse round-up to manage the land and the herds.

Interested in adopting one of the wild horses?

Check out the BLM website for full details:

Nice to know they still exist and are doing well. According to BLM statistics the herds can double every four years. So each year they are rounded-up and evaluated. While Colorado doesn't boast the largest number of these wild animals, Arizona and California do, there are approx. 700-800 in basins throughout the state. I must say, it's always a treat to see them galloping through the sage brush.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Life Goes On...

Indeed it does, regardless of what we do, think, or feel. Life continues on. All we can hope for is that we’ve made some type of positive impact in the lives we’ve encountered along the way. An impact of good, not harm. And left a lingering note that God loves ALL his children and wants them back. I hope those who are lost will find their way back into the arms of a loving God who can forgive the most grievous of sins in a repentant heart. I pray this with a driving passion that overwhelms.

This Easter time, reflect on the sacrifice that was made for each of us and make a vow to pray ceaselessly for those who are lost. Those who struggle to find purpose in a world that has no purpose.

This prayer of St. Francis has usually hung at my work place or in my Bible. It’s such a powerful way to ask God to use each of us. But most importantly, when we pray this prayer we’re asking God to make us like Jesus.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon:
where there is doubt, faith ;
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
where there is sadness, joy
O divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

He is Risen, Indeed….