Hey, Barnyard fans, I have just moved the entire barnyard to a new website. Please see us all at
We'll all be waiting for you over there!!
(Reilly says 'hey')
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
When you have no control over a situation make your goals reachable AND FLEXIBLE. Don't fall like the mighty oak, but bend like the reed. Learn to live with the word 'alternative'.
If he had to chose between finding the Holy Grail or finding
cheap gas Reilly thought that finding the Grail would be
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Competition can be a good thing...or not. Like all endeavors, there is a dark and ugly side to competition. Striving to do our personal best is always good for us, but once we let our egos take over and make winning an obsession then we have tipped the scales into nastiness. You don't have to be the winner at everything!!
The computer beat Reilly at chess, but it was no
match for him at kick boxing.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Thinking outside of our experience is how we grow and mature. Because an idea doesn't feel comfortable doesn't mean that it will go away if we ignore it. Use an archeologists approach to thinking - keep digging until you find something.
Gerald usually got the last laugh, but it was only because
he was a slow thinker.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Don't be so hasty to purchase the latest or greatest thing-a-mabob out there. Fads come and go quickly, leaving us with closets full of junk, and landfills full of toxic stuff. If it wasn't available last year and you didn't need it then you probably still don't need it.
Mimi liked her fruit ripe, but Lydia felt that green bananas
were an investment in the future.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
A good resolution this year is to find time to stop and think everyday. Think and ponder upon every aspect of your life and the life of your family and community. Do not plug in your electronics while you are thinking - go solo, unplugged, free from technology. You will discover an exciting world inside your mind.
Sitting atop the barn Mimi would too often get lost in
thought because it was uncharted territory for her.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Shakespeare said that mockery was 'the truth disguised as humor'. Verbal abuse in any form is a deadly weapon and has no place in ANY relationship. Make your language kind and simple.
Mitch's only superpower was sarcasm and he wielded
it like a champ. Mitch was not allowed to roost in the coop.
Or play in any reindeer games...
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
We are at our cruelest when we use the hurt or misfortune of others to amuse ourselves and our friends. Too often laughter is purchased with pain.
Somewhere in the meadow, near the pond, the old farmer
was frantically searching for his teeth.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
In spite of all the Ho Ho Ho's and Fa La La's not everybody finds the holiday season festive or bright. It is a holiday that is hard on those with tender hearts. Reach out and give them the gift of love and warmth.
There was nothing so depressing or ego bruising as
Riley's yearly stint as Santa.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
We are never without hope. Even the bleakness of winter has special moments of warmth and comfort. Look for them, they are close.
As the winter wind blew the snow into their world the girls
were grateful for the weapons-grade hot chocolate waiting
for them back at the barn.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
We live in a world of bounty. Our lives are full and there is much to be grateful for. Even during times of stress and difficulties we have reasons to give thanks.
Pilgrim was color blind, the great advantage being that
his Rubik's Cube was always complete.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Don't assume anything. Don't assume you are covered for disaster, that help will be readily available during or after a disaster, or that you will quickly recuperate after a disaster. Don't assume there won't be a disaster. Get ready NOW.
Lydia's plumbing was a wreck because she did not, after all,
have a garbage disposal.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Success is 90% drive and ambition and 10% talent. There are a lot of successful people out there that have a lot less talent than you, but their dazzle comes from their perseverance and their non-stop efforts to do anything to succeed. They jump ALL the hurdles.
More than anything in the world Jason wanted to be a
rock star, but learning to play an instrument had
proved trying. Even the triangle thingie was too complicated.
He was destined, poor soul, to flipping burgers.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
When we contemplate the vastness of the universe it is not realistic to consider ourselves finite and small, of no value or import. We can see across the universe and know the temperature of the sun. We have made the heavens our own - we are a little less than the angels.
Reilly took a moment to ponder the universe and to consider
that it was infinite. This was disturbing because he was
always misplacing things.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Be sensitive about the difficult questions. Know when to ask, when to keep quiet. When your cruise ship guests are washed up on the shore of a deserted island that is NOT the time to ask them to fill out a comment card.
Stepping carefully over Reilly's broken arm Mimi asked
him if he wouldn't mind giving her and Lydia a lift back
to the barn.
Monday, November 1, 2010
"Statistics" can be misleading. When you hear about 80% of the population being for or against something try to remember when you were polled about it. Yeah, that's what I thought. Media numbers come from some mysterious place that you and I have never visited.
Mimi's exercise numbers were excellent because she took
her pedometer to the hardware store and attached it to
the machine that shakes paint cans.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
There are moments in life when it is ok to NOT be practical. Allow yourself to experience a small indulgence once in awhile. It won't kill you.
Joyce's frugality and practicality made her house one of
the less popular stops during Trick or Treat.