Connecting with Val Willis: The Magic of ‘My Horse, My Passion’

Monday, June 30, 2008.

Val Willis with the original work 'My Horse, My Passion'Val Willis is connected to an extraordinary number of people through two things:

  • My Horse, My Passion: Riding tips for all ages, a book written by her daughter, Kenra, when Kenra was 11 years old; and,
  • Val’s energetic way of spreading good cheer to as many people as possible.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, we discover how a children’s book and an energetic soon-to-be 88 year-old woman has changed people’s lives.


If you would like more information about this book or to order copies, contact Val Willis at:

Thank you to This American Life and everyone at PAB2008 for the inspiration and motivation to create this program.


Comment by Terry Doherty

June 30, 2008 @ 11:36 am

What a wonderful, inspirational way to start my Monday. Once again you’ve put together some wonderful audio journalism!

Comment by Just One More Book!!

June 30, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

Thanks, Terry!

We’re glad you stopped by!

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Comment by Cora Koculym

June 30, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

Just last Monday as I listened to a CBC show on podcasts, I heard you interviewed about this show. Although I found the idea for your show to be very interesting and felt you were doing a great service, since I am no longer involved with younger children and never listen to podcasts, I did not think I would ever listen in. Well – tomorrow the alumni website for high school shuts down ane I went on it to jot down a few things I wanted to follow up. One of these was to contact the mother of a late friend of mine from 5th grade. So, I went surfing on the web for “My Horse My Passion” and here I am. The interview with Mrs. Willis was delightful to hear. Would it be possible to contact her? Or at the very least, could you forward a communication to her from me? Kenra taught me to ride and draw horses. I can still do a recognizable impression of dobin on paper, but regrefully, any skills I had in the saddle have probably been long forgotten. However, I will never forget my wonderful times on horsebakc and my wonderful and talented friend. Kenra.

Comment by Just One More Book!!

June 30, 2008 @ 4:49 pm


What an amazing coincidence! I’m so glad you found and enjoyed this piece of audio.

I’ve added Val’s contact information to the end of this post.

Thanks for listening and for taking time to share your own story.

Comment by Tim Coyne

June 30, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

Hey you two.

Wonderful work.

It’s just as great for what you left out as what you left in. Lean editing. Nice music choice. Wonderful story. Congratulations on all of your hard work. It paid off and you made it sound easy in the process.

And I don’t have any kids or any interest in kids books. What the heck am I doing listening to this?;)

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Comment by Linda Wagar

November 16, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

THis woman should be cloned, she is doing what she should be doing, what she loves !!! SHe inspires me to buy a whack of these books and give them to everyone I know, kids,teenagers, adults, grandparents, the Grinch…. Val, you ROCK!!! I want to be just like you when I grow up!!!! Thank you for the ongoing inspiration!

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