In honor of the passing of the inimitable Mary Oliver:
One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice -- though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles "Mend my life!" each voice cried. But you didn't stop You knew what you had to do. though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations, though their melancholy was terrible. It was already late enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of the clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do -- determined to save the only life that you could save.
As you may have noticed, the HiCaliber Facebook page is back up to tie up some loose ends: 1) to close out any remaining merchandise orders and 2) to remind everyone that adoption contracts are still in force and will be transferred to another entity. — Michelle’s Team
We know, we know. The HiCaliber Facebook page disappeared. Michelle disappeared. So what the heck is going on? Someone said once that patience is a virtue, but that person wasn’t used to a 24 hour news cycle and drones delivering Amazon packages on the same day. So, we get it.
For starters, let us introduce ourselves. We are a group of Michelle’s friends who support and love her. We love her ability to get a horse to trust her immediately. We love her wacky tattoos and her humor. We love her not-very-well-known cooking skills. Has she made mistakes? Yes. We love her anyway. That’s how love works. We love that in the midst of those mistakes, she never failed the horses.
If you contact the site, you will get a response from “Michelle’s Team.” We don’t think she’s wild about this handle because it makes her the center of attention, and boy is she over that. Over. It. But she’s busy handling other stuff and we made an executive decision. Sorry, Michelle!
To start, we thought we would answer some questions that have rolled in:
Why are we anonymous? Very few people are aware of how extreme the levels of bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, stalking, and yes, death attempts became. Some of the highlights were publicly shared, but most of the information wasn’t. (And yes, law enforcement was involved). Bottom line: no thanks. We assume that some internet sleuths with nothing better to do will try to figure it out and eventually will, but until then why help them out?
Where is Michelle and why isn’t she saying anything? She will, promise. Michelle’s silence has been nothing more than a bi-product of the all the chaos of the last few weeks. She is concentrating on what is most important right now, but we’ve told her about all the messages of love and support that came in ever since this site was discovered, and she is grateful. She will tell her story, in due time. Pinky promise.
Yeah, but why is the Facebook page down? Well, the rescue has closed (although its contracts are still enforceable, please be aware!). It doesn’t need a Facebook page. But even if it were still open, Facebook is kinda over, going the way of MySpace and Friendster. (Remember them?). It’s just a clunky, ineffective way to connect with people, filled with bots and trolls who take up space and make a buzzing noise that is impossible to cut through. Even before the rescue’s closure, its principals were looking at different ways to communicate with its supporters.
The hunt for that new method is still on, and while we have some ideas, we would love to hear from you about it. WordPress is still new to us and frankly kinda counterintuitive. (We just learned how to add tags and categories, and there was a lot of swearing and exasperated sighs and we aren’t really into it and it still doesn’t seem like it worked). So send us a message or comment below with ideas about the best way to connect. (While we figure it out, if you are a WordPress genius, we would love to hear from you).