“I like to say I’m more conservative than Goldwater. He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax. I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.”
— Pete Seeger Continue reading
Our season of festivals ends each year with a contest. You can’t win by being the best. The results have no value except to amuse. It’s a celebration of imagination, combining art and adaptive mechanics. It’s a Kinetic Sculpture race! No advanced degrees required. Continue reading
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Finnegan, our new service dog trainee, has different virtues than Spice, our certified guide dog. He’s a “designer dog” cross between a Goldendoodle and Standard Poodle. Continue reading
In my back yard Continue reading
Forget about the wars, revolutions and the gubmint listening in on your cell phone calls! You’ve found a peaceful spot where you can sit and listen to birds sing, where gentle waters flow as you read.
I am fixing some problems I have procrastinated about, and feeling dumb because I didn’t address them before. We didn’t cook much until I began dieting. We didn’t know how to clean the oven. We are now entering our third day in the process of cleaning the oven Continue reading
How would you like having to nurse your twins in a stranger’s yard?
People love habit. Having the feeling of knowing what comes next is comforting. But you can’t fix problems or grow from a place of complete safety. You have to take risks, spend resources, embrace the insecurity of undetermined outcomes, and dream of better things that might be. Continue reading
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Our second guide dog puppy, Spice, was the first one to complete her work to become fully certified. Guide Dogs for the Blind operates two campuses on the West coast, one in Oregon where we were going, and one in California. Mary and I (the puppy raisers) and the Brodys (former playmates) drove down the night before. We had the same kind of joy and anticipation parents get when their children graduate from college, ready to enter the working world. Continue reading
A newsy, catch-up post
When the world is full of danger, fear and catastrophe, it’s a good time to plant. At my house, we make improvements slowly. We’ve been looking over our property borders for two years, considering what might make them more inviting to our senses, and to neighboring wildlife. Continue reading
It was time to shake up my routine. I decided to take a half-day off to do fun, unusual things my wife would also enjoy. We began by arriving for the Grand Opening ceremony of our little town’s Farmers Market. All the newspaper said was “9am Goat Parade” Continue reading
In Search of Ancient Oscars
Did you know the word “quiz” originally meant an odd person? That’s from the Oxford English Dictionary. In the days before the Internet I used to read dictionaries and reference indexes while in residence upon the porcelain throne. Some prefer magazines, I’m told. Continue reading
Like the weather in my region, I’m in a holding pattern. I haven’t felt the need to write much lately. I’m recharging my psychic batteries, reading, dreaming, and waiting for it to get warmer and dryer so I can enjoy more outdoor activities.
The Gun Control petition I reprinted yesterday went viral. It gathered more than 200,000 signatures in support, and the author, Staci Sarkin, will be going to Congress in person to present it.
There’s some current woo-woo about the world ending on December 21st, because that’s when the Mayan calendar “ends”. I wouldn’t put much stock in the prophetic abilities of the Mayans. They stopped calculating their calendar because they were too busy dealing with the invasion of the Spanish, and two centuries of drought, both of which decimated their culture, neither of which they saw coming. Continue reading
Our front deck is 35 years old. It’s been rained on often enough over the years to penetrate the paint and sealant and cause rot. We considered how to repair and replace it, and talked with local carpenters over the past two years. Continue reading
An important part of raising potential guide dogs is exposure to any kind of travel a blind person might undertake. People who live in northern Washington use ferries. Continue reading
This little Lab is our guest for a few days, and our regular guide dog trainee Spice is staying with another couple. Her name is Pippa. Continue reading
Agent O (Men in Brown – 1895)
My outfit took a turn toward spywear, an appropriate expression of my personality. I found an African metal object in my box of odd accessories, stuck it on the coat as a badge, and became a Victorian paranormal operative. Continue reading
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Our guide dog puppy-in-training has made it to the halfway point. Continue reading