It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
Here I am with my sister Susan, who initiated my love of books by reading aloud from The Secret Horse. We're Soup and Salad. I now live on a farm near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with my husband Mark, three dogs, two horses, and six barn kitties. Besides being a constant gardener I am reading all the time and writing quite a bit. www.amazon.com/author/sallypfoutz www.smashwords.com/profile/view/SalGal53
n a hillside, dreaming, as the sun rose in the sky, a sister and brother and their granddad, imagine wild animals they could be: zebras running with the herd; a cheetah, whose leaping quick strength dazzled the forest like a fiery rocket; songbirds, a seagull, a great blue heron; a lion, and a Bengal tiger, and finally smooth fish, lovely fish, snazzy, dazzling trout fish. Most of the animals so magnificently illustrated by painter, Doris Weeks are endangered, or suffering loss of habitat.
Now available in paperback
Missing Person is now available as an ebook and newly released paperback.
Also available, a newly released edition of Red-tail. www.amazon.com/Red-tail-Sally-Pfoutz/dp/1521725292
A murder mystery buried within a tale of lust and love, revenge and redemption, Red-tail illustrates how life turns on a dime. Yet it's possible to find your way, whether you're a teenager who cuts herself, a married man yearning for his youth, a married woman searching for love, or an elderly man who causes a terrible tragedy; as long as you can forgive yourself and others. Red-tail was first issued as an original paperback in 2002. Newly released in 2017.
My friend Linda just sent me this picture. She is with her mother in NJ and her mother had just finished the book she was reading so Linda gave her mine, and this morning Linda found my book on the dining room table with this post-it note.
Dying to Live: An Amish Man Fakes His Death
to Find his Life Now Available in Paperback 5* review
This is a very entertaining book about a young Amish man who left his community and went out on his own. The character is well developed and believable and his thoughts about the big changes in his life are very engaging. It was hard to put the book down. There are a lot of very interesting facts about the Amish included in the book. The section of the book describing how the author met the "real" character and heard his story was an unexpected and enjoyable surprise.
This novel is based on the true story of my friend and farrier, Levi Hochstetler
Augusta, Wisconsin 1996
Late one August night in small white frame house in a very strict Old Order Amish community that does not have electricity, running water, or telephones, a man starts a bloody trail across the bedroom floor next to the double bed where his young wife sleeps soundly. The blood trail snakes down the narrow staircase through the kitchen out onto the front stoop and onto the gravel drive where it ends in a pool, so that Levi Hochstetler, age 21, will appear to have been taken violently from his bed.
After awhile something wakes up Levi’s wife Rosanna. Perhaps it is the putrid smell of blood, or the barking dogs outside. She assumes her husband has gone to the outhouse but even in darkness she can see something on the floor. She sits up in bed, switches on the flashlight and discovers the blood trail leading to the stairs and down. Shocked and horrified, she climbs out of bed and steps cautiously over the splashes of blood, escapes outdoors, and races across the dark yard to the house next door where her in-laws hear her urgent cries for help. After tearing through his son’s house to see the blood trail with his own eyes, her father-in-law, Joe, must run across a cornfield in the dead of night to call the police on the neighbors’ phone.
When the police arrive, the house and driveway are immediately strung with alien yellow crime tape. Levi’s wife, parents, siblings, friends and neighbors are questioned exhaustively. At the break of day, police and bloodhounds search the farm buildings, grounds, and surrounding woods and cornfields. An aerial search ensues.
Levi is missing and presumed dead.
In the picture below, Levi is working on my retired racehorse, Zanzy, in 2012.
My poetry collection is now available in paperback from Amazon. Originally published as a chapbook in 2011 by Wild Leaf Press, this paperback is reissued with permission of the editors.
When the moon nibbles
at the edge of the delicate sky,
you become the nester.
The one most chosen to be stranded with.
You make the fire, draw the water,
bring the animals in from the storm.
I wouldn’t say you are my sunny child.
I don’t have one of those, towheaded,
easily beguiled. You simply are the sun.
You light a fire in rain soaked woods.
You change a tire for the city boy
wringing his hands, depending on you.
On Sunday evenings when there’s
nowhere to go, you sing a song about a river
that brings tears to your father’s eyes.
Your song calls all the great spirits, Jefferson,
White Antelope. For you, they drink from a new
cup and our past becomes beautiful for a moment.
You coerce your stubborn horse with words,
no silver spurs for you, no switch, just
“Come on Danny, catch up.” It’s the lawyer
in you. Words ferry you along windy roads,
across rutted ravines, through dark haunted woods.
You recognize the frightened fawn, solitary buck.
You startle the secret snake, cloaked toad. When
the night sky becomes a glittery display, it’s all
for you. Even shooting stars want your attention.