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What are Green Eggs and Ham?

Updated on January 20, 2017

At Texas Motor Speedway

Shyron talking with Buddy Lazier
Shyron talking with Buddy Lazier | Source

Working for a newspaper, the perks

The perks for working for a newspaper, are more than a salary. There are the people you meet and the experiences, like meeting Tony Stewart and Buddy Lazier at Texas Motor Speedway, Buddy was the winner of the Indy 500 in 1996,

But my favorite is meeting and becoming friends with Maurine Pearson, owner of the Pearson Ranch, where her father raised Arabian Horses.

I wonder if Buddy would let me drive this?

How I would love to drive this!!!
How I would love to drive this!!! | Source

Remember the words of Dr. Seuss?

Would you eat them on a boat? Would you eat them with a goat?

Would you eat them out to sea? Would you eat them up a tree?

Would you eat them here, would you eat them there, would you eat them anywhere?

I would not eat them on a boat? I would not eat them with a goat?

I would not eat them out to sea? I would not eat them up a tree?

I would not eat them here, I would not eat them there, I would not eat them anywhere?

I do not like green eggs and ham you see!

I do love Dr. Seuss!


The Pearson Ranch

The FlowerPlex PipeLine Newspaper was a neighbor of the Pearson Ranch and, Doe, the paper’s editor was friends with Maurine Pearson, and she invited Doe and her staff to visit her ranch.

So.. When my stepson Kevin and his family called to say they were coming to visit from out of state, I decide to take Maurine up on her invitation. I called Maurine to ask if it were possible to bring my family for a tour of the ranch.

She said she would be delighted to give us a tour of the ranch and show us her menagerie. I knew that she rescued abused and abandoned animals, as well as running a working ranch. She no longer raised horses, after her father expired, she began to raise emus.

Saturday, the day of Kevin and family’s visit. My son and his girlfriend picked-up Kevin, Jan and Little John at the airport and we all met at a restaurant where I told them of my plan for the tour of the Pearson Ranch the next day.

My son Walter was excited and had visions of horseback riding but he seemed to be the only one interested. I thought just wait, the kids will love it.


Our visit to the ranch and meeting Dougie, Hooter and Maurine

Sunday, we all went out to I-hop for breakfast, then back to the house for jackets, the weather had turned cool and we did not want the babies to catch cold.

As we were leaving home, I saw a good size turtle crossing the road, because I did not want it to get run over I picked it up and put it in a wash pan, to take with us to the ranch, thinking I would leave it there.

We arrived at the ranch and rang the bell and the gates opened and after we passed through the gates closed. We drove up the long driveway to the garage, where three golf carts were waiting for us.

Before we went out to see the animals we went inside the huge garage and Maurine told us about her excitement of the night before. Her animals were being stalked by coyotes, her dog Dougie was in charge of protecting the pigmy goats, donkeys, and other animals.

Approximately twelve coyotes were circling, and ready to attack, When Dougie charged and after killing five of them the others ran off without their anticipated meal.

We piled in the golf carts and set off, 1 year old Zane, 2 year old Little John, 3 year old Zacquiri, 9 year old Shaunna; sons Walter and his girlfriend Karen, Kevin and his wife Jan.

Maurine Pearson and her animals
Maurine Pearson and her animals | Source

Meeting the animals

First stop was a small house with a special room that had an incubators that had several sections for more than one baby emu.

Marine said that after her father passed away, she sold the horses and decided to try her hand Emu ranching.

Maurine explained that EMU chicks were hatched and treated just like human babies; they are placed in incubator play pins with stuffed animals and toys for companionship. She showed us eggs that had not yet hatched; they looked like giant, textured Easter eggs painted a beautiful jade green. I thought “Green Eggs!” The once famous horse ranch is now an Emu ranch.

Then we went to the Emu breeding pen and Maureen went inside and we waited outside. The males all gathered around her, each one vying for her attention.

They made the most beautiful sound: the males made a drumming sound and the females a humming or maybe it was the other way around, together the sound was phenomenal, like a beautiful far away symphony.

Next stop was the yearling pen. This time Maurine, Walter, Zacquiri, Shaunna and I went inside. The others stayed outside and Hubby was filming our adventure, It was very interesting but, Zacquiri found the rocks more interesting.

Why do most little boys like to throw rocks?

The next stop was the pen with the pigmy goats, donkeys and “DOGS” (big, beautiful, snow white dogs) inside an electrified fence.

Maurine opened the gate and went in with Zacquiri on her heels and he headed for the dogs trying to hug them all at once and, each one trying to be the closest to him, Walter and I ran in after him.

One of the goats butted me in the thigh almost knocking me into the electric fence and I was relieved to get out with just a bruised thigh.


Come on dogs, come on Dad, lets go see grandma!
Come on dogs, come on Dad, lets go see grandma! | Source

The Pit Stop

We made an unplanned pit stop, one golf cart, Hubby’s videos camera and both babies ran out of juice, and both babies needed changing. So we headed back to the garage refreshments, diaper changes and a freshly charged golf cart.

With everyone refreshed we were on the way to the duck pond, past the hanging tree.

Maurine brought lettuce for Hooter, a big duck, and two loafs of bread, one for the other ducks and one for a donkeys, who loves to show us how smart by opening the loaf by shaking it till it burst open.

Hubby kept asking, what kind of dogs are those? Maurine told me several times and I didn’t want to ask her again.I would wait and maybe ask Doe, when I was back at work.

Maurine heard Hubby asking and told him, Dougie is a snow white, Akbash.

The Akbash Dog is native to western Turkey in the region known as the Akbaşh, and it is primarily used as a livestock guardian dog. When Maurine said, she breeds the Akbash, I could see the light in hubby’s eyes, I thought uh-oh, hubby wants one of Dougie’s pups.

Everyone enjoyed the tour, in spite of the cold wind, Little John and Zane had cold hands but seemed content to be in the arms of Jan and Karen. Even hubby, big John was glad he came along.

Going home with green egg shells and an emu Ham

Maurine, our beautiful and gracious hostess gave us gifts when we were leaving. Green Emu egg shells and feathers for each of us, T-shirts for Shaunna and Zacquiri and a frozen Emu Ham for us to have for Thanksgiving.

At the pond Maurine had mentioned that turtles were eating the ducklings and cygnets, I was so glad I had forgotten the snapping turtle in the van. When we got in the van we found that the turtle had gotten out we had to round it up and get it back in the pan, and we found a pond without ducks or swans to endanger, and left it there.

Thanksgiving Day I prepared the traditional turkey and the Emu Ham, Maurine had given us. How to describe the Emu ham? Take the best ham (pork) remove all the fat, and I do mean all the fat and you have an Emu Ham.

I wonder if Dr. Seuss in from Australia?

Emu Ham and Green Eggs.


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      Shyron E Shenko 11 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, I hope all good things for you also with Blessings and hugs, my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 11 months ago from North Texas

      Such an interesting time you must have had as a reporter! Hope you will have a peaceful beginning to the New Year tonight, and that 2017 will be a year of abundance -- of good health, great happiness, much love, and prosperity.

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      Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you so much for the comments.

      Hope all is well with you

      Blessings and hugs

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      Back to share this great article. Hope all is well with you. Blessings and hugs my friend!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, I hope you had a good thanksgiving.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Such interesting times you have to remember! I wonder if you ever miss this job? If I don't talk to you before Thanksgiving have a great holiday with Walter and family. Blessings and hugs and Happy Thanksgiving!

      Sharing this of course

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the return visit, comment and sharing this again. Yes I have driven our race car on the track to qualify it, and drove it on the street after the slicks were changed to regular street tires and the lakers were closed.

      I am patiently waiting for the cooler weather.

      We hope that you are well also. Tomorrow I have to take my son to the hospital, so I will not be on here.

      Blessings and hugs to you also.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Thought I would visit this article again. I seem to remember you mentioning that you had driven a race car. I think that would be interesting to read about.

      This reporter job you talk about here has to have been very interesting, never a dull day.

      Sharing this article again.

      According to reports we are to have just a couple more awful hot days and then we will drop from 100 degrees F., down into the low 90s or even the upper 80s. I guess that's a step in the right direction if it comes to pass.

      Hope all is well with you both and that you're taking care of yourselves. Blessings and hugs for you . . .

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      I think you must have enjoyed this job a lot getting to meet lots of interesting people and do things you probably wouldn't have had the opportunity to do otherwise.

      We have freedom of speech in this country, though some people might like to shut it down. Anyone has the right to complain and some aren't allowed to vote -- prisoners, children, etc. Anyone who is affected by the idiotic rules public officials, elected or not, come up with, has the right to complain.

      Have you heard that Preacher John Hagee has said welfare recipients don't deserve to live? He claims to be a Christian, but I don't see any Christianity in him. I don't believe he would say such immoral hateful things if God lived in his heart. In fact, people who don't know Christianity will be repulsed by him and think if that's God's way, no thank you, I don't want any. He is driving people away from God, the worst sin of all -- equal to the sin against the Holy Spirit that is unforgivable. If he can speak and not be muzzled, why shouldn't everyone else have the same right?

      Hope things are 'developing' well. Take care. Blessings and hugs to you both.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you so very much for the comment, pin, up votes and for sharing. It was very interesting, I don't think the little ones will remember this, but I did enjoy it very much.

      Going for mammogram this morning, then to vote so I have the right to complain about whatever goes wrong.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This sounds like a very interesting time and what a lot of great experiences you must have had! Pinning this to AH and sharing on HP. Voted up and awesome, too.

      Hope your week is going well . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Peg, I am finding that out. My friend Helen said "When you retire you won't know what to do with yourself."

      Well at this point, I don't know when I had time to work, (at a paying job).

      Thank you Peg for the comment.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Kevin, thank you for the comments, for sharing, commenting and pinning. I really appreciate you.

      Shyron

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      That was something Shyron, green eggs and ham. lol It sounds like you all really had a nice day though. I guess that was a disappointment, at least at first, to Walter about the horses. I was wondering what happened to that turtle, I found out. I voted it up, shared and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Lol, Shyron. Retirement means working for no paycheck, not sitting around with nothing to do.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Peg, sorry it took so long to get back to thank you for your comment. I have a lot going on here and with have yard work and working in the garage and house, it leaves little time for writing.

      Who ever said that when you retire you will have lots of time for things you want to do, has not retired.

      Thank you again my dear friend.

      Shyron

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Sad to see when history fades away. Recently they tore down a wooden railroad tressle on Hwy. 78 that had stood for over a hundred years. It broke my heart to see the timbers piled up like so much firewood.

      I appreciate you, too.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Peg, thank you for the wonderful comment.

      Yes it was a wonderful adventure, but it was a bit chilly that day. I don't know where Maureen moved to but we have lost touch after she sold the ranch to a developer. There was a lot of history related to the ranch that will fade away, no one left to talk about it.

      I just saw a hugh turtle, to big for me to pick up, but it was headed toward the creek and did not need my help.

      I am so glad you enjoyed my adventure.

      I really appreciate you.

      Shyron

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Wonderful adventure for your family at this ranch. I loved hearing about the incubating room and it made me remember the toys our friends always put in the emu hatchling's pens. They are a curious little bird and really need some company until the second bird comes along.

      How kind of you to rescue that snapping turtle. I've stopped on the highway and found a few of them. Usually, someone stops along with me who has gloves or a shovel to keep from being snapped by the turtle's powerful jaws. We released ours into nearby creeks.

      Those Akbash dogs are legendary in protecting the flock from harm and they are so friendly. This was such an enjoyable read.

      We've been to the Texas Motorplex many many times as my hubby is an amateur race car enthusiast. He's RacerX here on HubPages.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you so much for reading this again and for your comment, votes and for sharing< I really appreciate you, and all that you do.

      Blessings and I hope that all is well with you my friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you so much for reading this again and for your comment, votes and for sharing< I really appreciate you, and all that you do.

      Blessings and I hope that all is well with you my friend.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      A great story and an interesting visit, not to mention all the other interesting things you must have gotten to do as a result of being a reporter. Voting this up and awesome/interesting again, and pinning to AH, sharing too.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      This was a wonderful experience for the adults as well as the kids.

      Thank you Rebecca for you comment.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, I sure did have a lot of interesting experiences, like interviewing Terry Bradshaw's brother, when he was running to be mayor of my town. Craig is nothing like Terry at all.

      Thank you for the comments, votes sharing and pinning. Thank you for being my best friend.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Sounds like a great ranch to visit. What fun!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      You must have had a lot of interesting experiences as a result of researching and interviewing for your newspaper reports.

      Voted up and AI. Pinned to AH. Sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you DDE, for you visit and you comment, we had a wonderful time, by the time we left the Ranch it was getting cold, but everyone enjoyed it.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      What are Green Eggs and Ham? Sounds a wonderful time spent at the beautiful ranch free from it all, an excellent write up here.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much Au fait, for your comments and you friendship, I really appreciate it.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Must have been so interesting to spend a day on the ranch and to meet some of the people you've met as a result of your working for a newspaper. Voting this up and awesome and sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for your comment and sharing. You know I appreciate you.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      A good and interesting hub. Sharing with my followers. Up, etc.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Richie, If you read my hub you would know, Emu eggs are green and the meat of the emu is called ham.

      The only truth you spoke is Seuss is a genius!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Aunt Jimi for your comments. I met all the local officials.

      But Buddy and Tony were all the bigger celebs that I met.

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      Aunt Jimi 4 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Guess you had a great family day on the ranch, but I'd like to hear more about your job working for a newspaper. Did you meet any other celebs besides car racers?

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      You are right truthfornow. Thank you for stopping by.

      Unfortunately, the editor was very ill and she had to sell the paper, but I did meet a lot of interesting people that I still keep in touch with.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Really cool that you get to meet all kinds of people on your job and sounds like you and your family had a wonderful day.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Brett, appreciate you comments and you helpful tip on the missing H. I will fix that right now.

      My brain works without a filter (lol,) I will have to explain that some time.

      Yes it was a fun trip.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      A fun hub. Sounds like a great trip and liked your connection to green eggs (makes me wonder how your brain works though lol :-p). Would like to try some of that ham, a very interesting concept ... probably quite healthy though.

      Also, though that you should know the title "THE PEARSON RANC" is missing the H, as Google love titles I though I should mention it.

      Sharing, pinned, tweeted, up and interesting.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for your comment.

      We had a fantastic time.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Sounds like you had a great time with the family, and it must have been interesting to see a working emu ranch. With all the different (TV) programs about emus, I don't believe I've ever heard about the sounds they make.

      Voting you up and AUI. Will share!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Jo!!!! So good to hear from you, miss you! Thanks for your comment. Happy New Year to you!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Jo!!!! So good to hear from you, miss you! Thanks for your comment. Happy New Year to you!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      I am so glad you had a nice time. I dream of the day when we can have enough space to care for all our animlas. We are a rescue home too.

      10 cats and 1 dog. We found a good home for two brothers. Trouble and PIA. So we have 8 cats now. Happy New Year! :) Just thought I would stop in and tweet for you.