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“The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. Take joy!”

Fra Giovanni in 1513 in “Letter to a Friend”.

In the extreme north of the north of my home town are small, humble neighborhoods full of horses. I drive by this enchanting but poor neighborhood several times a week.

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One day recently I drove by the horse field and witnessed a foal struggling to stand up.

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With my deep apologies to Grizzly Moms and a “meh” toTiger Moms, I have to present another natural example of motherly love. While visiting the horse field I discovered the phenomenally fierce love of Mama Horses. The above photo captured this Mama horse charging after a horse that got too close to her baby.

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I find beauty everywhere I look for it. Lately it has been difficult to focus on it. The New Year started mildly enough but then the world seemed to go off track. The day that a madman shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords a Pandora’s Box of evil and hatred opened up.

All the hatred in the world can’t conquer love and goodness. I’ll just keep focusing on that.

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