Thursday – Old Dog Friends

[date Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:47 AM]


This is Max. He is Nancy’s dog (neighbor to the east). A typical example of Yellow Lab excellence. This picture was taken to record the 26th snow clearing of 2008 (I’m at 10 snows and 8 clearings so far this winter). Max, being a lab, came over to help out, and see if there might be a treat lying around:

Max was over 12 years old then: his time has come. He is incontinent,more or less deaf, and his sight is failing. His hips are a source of pain and instability. He no longer recognizes me. True to his breed, his magnificent nose still works well – he hobbles over to check out the usual “caches” of scraps and food that I used to leave out for him. His incontinence has made me reluctant to do so.

I didn’t include a recent picture because he’s not that handsome now.

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Friday – A Fishy Day

[date Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 11:36 AM]


Catholic or not (Fish Friday myths and reality statements abound on the Intertubes), the expression “something’s fishy about this”, or as Shakespeare stated “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” usually means a corruptness is in the offing.

Had Shakespeare expressed the sentiment slightly different (something fishy in the state of Denmark) it would allow a different interpretation, for who is the national symbol of Denmark? You got it, the little Mermaid –

Certainly fishy-like, but more of a unique or pleasant surprise….. nay, not strong enough. More like a bloody miracle!

It is with this thought in mind I present to you a sign. A sign of a miracle. Perhaps, indeed, a miracle itself!

Here is an incredible bit of video (from ) of Austrian MP Ewald Stadler addressing the ambassador of Turkey –

A must see on this fishy Friday.

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