Saturday, July 30, 2011


From my vet friend’s wife…

Dog's Purpose? (From a 6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found that he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought that it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try to live. He said, People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life – like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'' The six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher, you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011




(and some shouldn't have children either)

1. Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson on being a role model: "I wan' all dem kids to do what I do, to look up to me. I wan' all the kids to copulate me."

2. New Orleans Saint RB George Rogers when asked about the upcoming season: "I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first."

3. And, upon hearing Joe Jacobi of the 'Skin's say: "I'd run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl," Matt Millen of the Raiders said: "To win, I'd run over Joe's Mom, too."

4. Torrin Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach, John Jenkins: "He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings.."

5. Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann: "Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."

6. Senior basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh : "I'm going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes." (Now that is beautiful)

7. Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach: "You guys line up alphabetically by height.." And, "You guys pair up in groups of three, and then line up in a circle."

8. Boxing promoter Dan Duva on Mike Tyson going to prison: "Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton "

9. Stu Grimson, Chicago Blackhawks left wing, explaining why he keeps a color photo of himself above his locker: "That's so when I forget how to spell my name, I can still find my clothes."

10. Lou Duva, veteran boxing trainer, on the Spartan training regime of heavyweight Andrew Golota: "He's a guy who gets up at six o'clock in the morning, regardless of what time it is."

11. Chuck Nevitt , North Carolina State basketball player, explaining to Coach Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice: "My sister's expecting a baby, and I don't know if I'm going to be an uncle or an aunt." (I wonder if his IQ ever hit room temperature in January)

12. Frank Layden , Utah Jazz president, on a former player: "I told him, 'Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?' He said, 'Coach, I don't know and I don't care.'"

13. Shelby Metcalf, basketball coach at Texas A&M, recounting what he told a player who received four F's and one D: "Son, looks to me like you're spending too much time on one subject."

14. In the words of NC State great Charles Shackelford I can go to my left or right, I am amphibious.

15. Amarillo High School and Oiler coach Bum Phillips when asked by Bob Costas why he takes his wife on all the road trips, Phillips responded: "Because she is too damn ugly to kiss good -bye."

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Funny how things work… I was near the end of doing today’s gratitude list when the phone rang. It made the list all that more relevant. And then the phone rang again. Every now and again something happens that reminds me of how fortunate I am. Some days I am privy to several events at the same time. The last 2 days have been days of crisis – not for me, but for others around me. In some instances I can be of help, in others the best I can do is just listen. In listening to these folks, I am reminded of how fortunate I am at this time in my life. I have not always been able to see my blessings, and many of these blessings may seem stupid to some, but, just for a moment, imagine life without them. Imagine not being able to see! Not being able to dress yourself.

Another example, owning a cat (or 2) might seem silly, but it has been proven that the companionship of an animal is comforting and can even lower one’s blood pressure. I have cats even though I dearly love dogs, but I know dogs cost more and require more care (Mom! Gotta pee! – at 2 AM, and it is raining, snowing, nor'easter, something, not to mention I don’t walk all that well – and lord help me if I needed to pick an animal up.) I can handle a cat. It would not be fair to own a dog. I am grateful I figured that out before I hurt some poor dog just by owning it and not being able to care for it. That would be selfish.

Anyway, I digress… after the last 2 phone calls, I am grateful that I am clean and sober, that I don’t have to call people up and lie to try to get money out of them, and am actually grateful this person does not need the money because of all the reasons she stated… sigh. All I want to do is run in and grab her kids and give them a good home free of the chaos in their lives. But, I can’t do that either. Sigh.

Anyway, my gratitude list:

July, 2011

1. I was able to get up by myself and walk to the bathroom.

2. I dressed myself.

3. I have clean clothes to wear.

4. I was able to fix my own breakfast.

5. I have enough food to eat.

6. I have food to share.

7. My garden is still producing veggies.

8. I have water (and hoses) to water my garden.

9. It is hot, but my air conditioner is running.

10. I do not have to work out in the heat.

11. I can see.

12. I can hear.

13. I can speak.

14. I have a roof over my head.

15. My house is paid for.

16. I have running water and plumbing.

17. I have electricity.

18. I have a comfortable bed to sleep in.

19. I have a little cat (or 2) to keep me company.

20. I can still afford to feed and medicate my cats.

21. I have a computer that works.

22. I have a vehicle that works.

23. I can read.

24. I am able to help others.

25. I have many friends.

26. I belong to several groups that help others.

27. I have my own property, no one is crowding me. (can’t even see my neighbors!)

28. People depend on me.

29. Although I don’t have much, I am content.

30. I am at peace with myself.

I guess I could add I don’t have to do the things other people do to try to swindle them out of money by lying about my kids not having any food, or the electricity being cut off, or not being able to afford my son’s medicine…

Gratitude List part 2: the negative and the positive list!

1. I don’t have to lie to people to get money (drugs, booze).(hmmmm, or power? Thinking about politicians willing to hurt ordinary Americans for $$ and power.)

2. I may not have much money, but I am comfortable. (so far)

3. My needs are few.

4. I have learned to be content with what I have.

5. I have provided for myself and do not have to depend on someone else’s money. (so far)

6. I have had a good life.

7. I have had a good education.

8. I have studied with the Dalai Lama and have felt his peace and compassion.

9. My pleasures are simple,

a. good music

b. flowers in the garden

c. a cat’s purr

d. tomatoes growing 5 feet from my back door

e. picking enough beans for supper

f. a little cat pestering me to get up on my lap

g. fresh baked berry pie (my own berries)

h. a glass of iced tea

i. watching the sunrise

j. seeing the sunset

10. I have known love.

11. I am able to love, and have many friends.

12. I can laugh and can take being laughed at!

13. I have seen places around the world that no one will ever see again.

a. The capital of Montserrat (now buried in volcanic ash)

b. Much of the island of Montserrat that is now buried.

c. I have climbed Soufriere, now spewing volcanic ash and bits of lava.

d. I have climbed the pyramids in Giza, (now forbidden.)

e. I have walked the streets of old Baghdad (1960s)

f. And Beirut before so much of it got blown up.

g. And a hundred small towns in Turkey before paved roads and Tourism moved in.

h. I have watched from the river bank as a team of camels pulled my car out of the river (now they have bridges… where’s the challenge in that?)

i. I was part of the excitement when the first mound was opened at Gordium. (google it)

j. I have been in a number of tombs in Egypt that are now closed to the public.

k. I was at Aswan before it was cut apart and relocated.

14. I realize the world changes like the river, and I am grateful I have had a chance to see so much of it.

15. I am grateful I have so many Muslim friends and am welcome in their homes.

16. I am grateful I am not filled with blind hate and prejudice.

17. I have never killed anyone and have never been in a place where I might feel that need.

18. I never had to serve in a war. (I would have to be a medic!)

19. I have helped care for a number of wild creatures. They don’t seem to be afraid of me.

a. My house has sheltered owls, possums, a red-tailed hawk, turtles, squirrels…

b. I have fed numerous other critters at the wildlife center.

20. I have looked for parasites in hawk poop (and held the hawk to give it shots!)

21. I got to live on an island in Maine as a kid.

22. I lived in Turkey as a teenager.

23. Today I help Turks new to America learn English.

24. I am most grateful that I have the ability (and the desire) to help others.

25. I am grateful I have learned to ask for help when I need it. (OK, when I desperately need it. Sigh)

26. I am grateful I don’t need a lot of help yet but

27. I am grateful that I realize that I cannot do everything – or solve the world’s problems

28. I am grateful I have a few good people I can depend on

29. And that I understand the value of being dependable.

30. And I think this list is long enough for now, but, I know I could keep on typing… but I do have other things to do.


GOOD QUESTION. Why is Blogger being so ________ whatever the word is - cantankerous comes to mind. I canNOT post any comments - not even on Blogs that normally have no problem accepting a comment with one click.
Troutbirder - no can do...
Sissy - I gave up...
And this morning - the frog and penguinn was not working.

I stopped trying after that.

For most of you, I have your email addresses... and some of you who can no longer post comments either have emailed me. So, what improvement has Blogger made now that has screwed so many of us up?

Maybe after I get my Lesson Plans done today I will crank up the laptop with the REAL OLD version of Blogger and see if that works any better.

Monday, July 18, 2011


OK, WHAT THE HECK are Rosiedendrums? We used to have a neighbor up in PA who had her own words for things... as many other families do, we adopted unusual (read wrong) words and phrases, which included some of her pronounciations, but had to remember NOT to use those words around other folks. Some words were simple, de-TOWER, for detour, for example. Anyway, we made a quick run up to the Poconos last week, stayed in my Uncle Jesse's house to avoid all the stairs at mine, and basically raced from one thing to another, the main purpose in being there was to see my Aunt Kathryn and a couple of my cousins. True, we had a couple other chores to take care of, but little time for just fun stuff. However, the rhododendron were in full bloom, and they were awesome. In many cases, they lined the roads, towered over us and there was no place to pull over to take a picture. Plus, it was actually dark under there! It seemed strange to have the flash pop up when it was a sunny day, so it made for a lot of contrast in the pictures. However, I knew I would not have a chance to get back for a cloudy day shot.
The rhododendron goes all the way up the mountain, as far as you can see. The camera just could not take it all in.So, after the visit with Aunt Kay, I really needed some place soothing for a little moment or two. We went home, packed a sandwich, and headed down to the creek at Rockport. This creek empties in the Lehigh River. In years past we have hiked up (or down) to a waterfall, but, not this year. The old bod just would not do it. So, I took a few shots of my favorite creek and some of the rhododenrdons near it. First, the creek - this year, with little water, and a couple years ago with lots of water. The trickle and the torrent!

Higher up the creek, near the bridge... One of the things I also love to see is how fern and even trees grow out of the rocks. Shoot! I have trouble getting fern to live in pots!
One morning we took a quick run down into Hickory Run. Another quickie on this Total Quickie Trip. sigh. This is in Hickory Run. The water this year was so low, there was NO water to drive thru this year. I have never seen it dry before. It is unusual to see little "islands" in the pools above the falls. But the reflection of the rhododendron was nice even in the shallow water.
And why, you might ask, Why was this trip so fast? Hadji is diabetic, as some of you might remember... and HAS to eat a LOT of certain foods... and does not do well under stress. He lost 8 oz. while we were gone - Monday to Friday. That is a lot for a little cat. I am glad to say, it took only 3 days to put it back on him. He came home and ate and ate and drank and drank! No, it is not a Spoiled thing - it is his LIFE!

This post was originally done on the laptop, since I find it easier to upload my pictures on it and it has the OLD Blogger which allows mw to move pictures around more easily... BUT, even tho I have gone back to re-edit this 7 or 8 times now (but who's counting) even tried to edit it on the new computer, Blogger insists on the big empty space between the old and new pics of the creek coming down the mountain side. Go figure.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


NOW IT IS YOUR TURN! Figure out the key words, google them and scroll a little.
The critter is there! Can you find out what it is?

Saturday, July 09, 2011


HOW DO YOU TAME your Dragon when it is less than an inch long??? I am sure I can find this little guy in a book in the back room, but I sure don't have time. KNow what he is?

Monday, July 04, 2011



This morning I not only have not been able to comment on several blogs (but got thru on others) but then BLOGGER decided to not even let me post on my OWN blog. So, I am going thru the back door by using Live Writer which worked yesterday. SO, if you are a regular reader on my blog, and you know I read yours – I am not ignoring you… BLOGGER is just making it impossible to post a comment. Apparently I am not the only one having this problem, and some bloggers have changed their settings which has made life easier for some of us – but not everyone. so, we shall see if this works.

Meanwhile, if you are having a holiday, be safe. Stay off the road if possible. Relax at home.

Sunday, July 03, 2011


Got a few minutes to waste? Of course you do, you are reading my blog! DUH! So, since you are wasting this time, play with this a time or two. Remember the old game of 20 questions? Here is a computerized version.

Think of someone who is famous before answering the questions.

Go ahead, give it a try…