Today’s Fodder

My Facebook post: “Took Miles to a barbecue with a bunch of compound archers today. Ate antelope and venison shot and cleaned by a fifteen-year-old girl with her bow, who also prepared our meal. Meanwhile, the younger kids played with sticks in a blazing fire lit in a drought-ridden, no-burn area. Saw that picture again of the rattlesnake shot and left dead with a squirrel in his mouth. (To the bowman’s credit, after he removed his arrow; he ate the snake, but discarded the squirrel.) May be time to switch my son to a recurve bow.”

Had that been a paragraph from my autobiography; it would have read something like this:

I was raised in a family of big game hunters, although the stench or mere thought of freshly skinned and cleaned venison still turns my stomach to this day. Perhaps all that’s because of my lifelong love of animals. But more likely it has to do with the memory of my father slitting a deer–dangling, eyes wide-open and lifeless while hung from the Oak tree in the yard. It came as no surprise to me that Daddy slowly slit the animal’s throat just as my first date ambled up our lane in his Toyota Carolla.

Author: Tonia Allen Gould

Tonia Allen Gould is the CEO of Tagsource, a 25-year-old Consumer Promotions and Marketing Agency, she's founder of the Finding Corte Magore Project, and children's book author of Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore. Here, on this blog, she writes about whatever compels her at the moment. In her book, she explores the concepts of perseverance, hard work, bullying, and finding a place to call home for young readers. The impetus of the Finding Corte Magore project stems from Tonia's background - growing-up below the poverty line, in rural Indiana. A product of Indiana's foster care system, she is the first to say that books, a solid education and teachers, taught her there was a life for herself, tangible and within her reach, she just had to reach out and grab it. After publishing her first book, she decided she wanted to find an island and make it real, by naming it after the fictional place in her book, “Corte Magore,” and utilize it for social and environmental good. Today, the 29-acre island of Corte Magore at Hog Cay, Nicaragua- through a joint partnership with Ambassador Francisco Campbell, the Nicaraguan Ambassador to the U.S.-will be utilized by the Finding Corte Magore Project to work to keep Nicaraguan children in school. The Finding Corte Magore Project works virtually to connect a global community of students and institutions with the plight of educationally and economically repressed Nicaragua. The project involves showcasing and managing one of the country's own beautiful islands in its educational and environmental initiatives. The goal of The Finding Corte Magore Project is to create social awareness coupled with building a sustainable, positive and long-term educational impact on the country's children who have an on-average fifth grade dropout rate. In addition, Tonia is a promotional products industry veteran. She is the founder and CEO of 25-year old Tagsource, LLC (AKA TAG! The Creative Source). She currently serves on the BOD for the Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC), is an "Industry Voice", a recipient of a PPAI Golden Pyramid, and has been named on ASI’s Hot List. She is the recipient of Supplier of the Year award through the Women’s Business Enterprise Council West, as nominated by Fortune 500 companies.

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