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Jan 30

Birch, Anise, and Clove

Yesterday I told you all where we went, but today I plan to talk about WHY we went there. Since March of last year, Key and I have been taking scent work classes. The basic idea is that the dog learns the handler wants him to find particular odors, then does his best to find …

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Dec 25

Lump of (char)coal

My post last week clearly offended the Christmas spirits. As I guess they are listening, I take it all back. The current plan about annual Christmas is wonderful and I will never DREAM about complaining about any nonexistent complications that come with this WONDERFUL holiday. As proof of my sincerity, I offer… A new Christmas-themed …

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Dec 18

Okay… new plan.

There comes a point in every holiday season where I have a nearly overwhelming urge to declare myself ruler of the universe and do away with the whole Christmas situation. In fact, if I was running for public office, my platform would be: Christmas once every four years (like the Olympics) Eliminate Roman numerals (this …

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Sep 07

A certain age

The saleslady said “Ladies of a certain age shouldn’t wear red” An odd thing to ban Why not black, or gray, or tan? It’s true that my complexion no longer shows The smoothness that society poetically calls glow. My breasts may tend to slightly sag Another thing society deems bad So why should red now …

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Sep 07

Red moon

The red moon greets me on the horizon Pale from smoke At first there is no noise Yet the crickets coo and hum My feet scuff on the trail There is no light The merest shade of not black A suggestion that maybe the black and white of the canvas can change I have yet …

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May 20

Public Service

I don’t know about you, but I talked to a lot of people who felt like this was an especially long week. I know I’m thinking: “TGIF!” So, to brighten your day and get you ready for the weekend (which by all accounts will be lovely) here are 15 random flower photos from my walk …

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Apr 27

I know you’re taunting me

In general, I don’t believe in complaining about the weather. There is nothing I or anyone else can do about it, and my time with God is usually spent having conversations like this: “God, please give me the strength not to strangle office-mate Opal when she tells me that story AGAIN!” Still, this “spring” has …

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Apr 20

Goodbye, Finn

Today I said goodbye to my darling Finn. October 14, 2001 – April 19, 2017 2001 I got Finn from a rescue. His parents had come in during a drug best, and they had gone to a friend of a friend’s rescue. Finn was one of the two surviving pups. How could I not fall …

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Jan 16

Beginning the 2017 birding year

Because of the pneumonia, I missed the Salem Audubon Society‘s New Year’s birding trip around Minto Brown. Today was their regularly scheduled monthly outing to Ankeny. While I am still not feeling 100%, I know this trip usually involved more driving than anything else, so I resolved to get up and go see what I …

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Nov 21

Why I’m okay with losing 72 friends on Facebook

I think I’m making an understatement when I say that this presidential election has been hard on Americans. No matter what “side” you are on, you didn’t remain unscathed. I made it through the election without unfriending anyone, though I will admit to unfollowing a few and checking “hide” or “do not post” on even …

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