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New Year Encouragement, Smart Ass, Garden Trends

Updated: Jan 8, 2019

The years seem to fly by and here we are with another one at our doorstep. Cynthia Brian offers quips and tips from several of her favorite sources to bring you a year filled with joy and fulfillment of your dreams, goals, and desires.

Sports car? Italian villa? Inappropriate love interest? Not for author Margaret Winslow, an overworked college professor in New York City. She met midlife aging not head-on, but ass-on, fulfilling a childhood curiosity about donkeys by answering a for-sale ad for a “Large White Saddle Donkey” in the American Donkey and Mule Society’s magazine, The Brayer. Her midlife decision to adopt Caleb, a 700-pound white Andalusian donkey, upended her life — and her understanding of herself. Her book is Smart Ass.

In 2019 we shift our focus from ME to SHE, as in Mother Nature. The report examines the intrinsic connection we have with nature and how we are banding together to save the planet. We will begin to develop a healthier relationship with technology, get outside and back in touch with our roots. Cynthia Brian shares the trends for 2019 by the Garden Media Group.


Margaret Winslow is a field geologist with over thirty years experience in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Her fascination with donkeys in rural areas evolved into a quest to fulfill a long-forgotten childhood dream of owning one. She holds a Ph.D. in geological sciences from Columbia University. Her National Geographic–funded fieldwork on earthquake hazards and archaeological settlement patterns in Alaska and Chile are featured in the award-winning PBS series “Fire on the Rim.” She is professor emerita of earth sciences at the City College of New York and resides in the lower Hudson Valley. Her donkey, Caleb, boards nearby with fifty horses and ponies, where he continues to steal the show every day. During the holiday season Winslow is frequently asked, “Could my church borrow your donkey for a nativity show?” More information at

Caleb is much in demand and is a huge draw at local charity horse shows and races, as well as churches and libraries. He receives typing assistance from his owner and can be reached through

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