A Virginian and my cousin by birth, a world
traveller by choice, Roy credits his good health to the many
oranges he plucked fresh from the trees in Southern California
where he spent his youth.
As childhood playmates, he and I spent hours
together riding horses bareback through the fields of our
family dairy farm on the Oregon coast. He gallantly rode Glassy,
a Welsh pony with a bony backbone. I ignored Roy's discomfort
as I thumped my heels against the plump sides of Mickey, our
other Welsh pony, and galloped into the sunset....