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Another Auld Lang Syne


It’s impossible to get excited about a new year when I look outside and see this. Winter has come so early this year.

My New Year’s Resolution for 2010 is not to make one.  Not very original, but better than the alternative: (1)  I’ll forget that I made one  (2)  The pressure of living up to some good intention like saving my money, getting more exercise or losing weight will send me over the edge into blithering insanity, or (3) the fact that I’ve added one more requirement to my over-scheduled life will tick me off in the morning and I’ll get all rebellious and cranky. 

While absolutely NOT a resolution, this is the year I get the shelf of plays and short stories edited and shopped around.  Hopefully I’ll remember.  Zoloft is readily available….

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December 31, 2009 at 11:21 am 12 comments

My Christmas Wish


My Christmas wish this year is that everyone will know the happiness and joy that comes with this special season and carry it with them all year long. Here in my small town the need for holiday help was unprecedented and the community stepped up and filled that need. But people are hungry, cold or lonely the other twelve months of the year too, so I wish that all of us will remember to generously give to our food banks, clothing closets and shelters all year long and not just at Christmas.

Have a blessed and safe holiday season. I’ll be back on the 26th.

December 23, 2009 at 10:03 am 8 comments

The Demons Among Us

This little face belongs to Iliana. Forgive her messy hair, we’d just come in from the snowy back yard  when I snuck up on her and snapped her picture. She’s afraid of cameras, small children, fast movement…and a host of other things she’s never seen before. Sweet little Iliana was born in a puppy mill and then used as a breeder for at least five years. We aren’t sure if she escaped or was dumped in the parking lot where Pap found her on a rainy day earlier this fall, but what we have discovered is that she was probably kept in a cage for her entire life.

Of all the heinous creatures that share this planet with us puppy mill owners and pedophiles are absolutely the worst. This little girl was riddled with every kind of bug and worm, wasted down to skin and bones, and then had her hair hacked off with what appear to have been gardening shears. For that alone her previous owner should be flogged. We haven’t had her trimmed properly yet because she’s still so thin and scared of everything. How you could do this to any dog is beyond my understanding, but to enslave this dog is nothing less than demonic.

When Pap brought her home and handed her to me wrapped in a towel, she curled up into my neck and went to sleep. She didn’t weigh as much as a tea cup, every little bone clearly defined under her fur. It took us two days of constant feeding for her to stop worrying that the bowl would ever be empty and eating until she threw up. She wasn’t house trained, leash trained or familiar with toys. She wouldn’t stop pacing through the house until we borrowed a dog crate and put it in our bedroom with the door open. It broke my heart when she went right in and layed down with her face on her paws.

We are several months and many visits to the vet past those dark days and Iliana has gained some weight, taken possession of half the toy basket (Walker was delighted to share with her) and now sleeps on our bed. She loves to run around outside and is doing much better at remembering THAT is where we poop (instead of under my dining room table.) Her progress isn’t really the subject of this post though.

Every time I find something else that scares her, or points out that she spent one third of her life in torture, I wish that there was some magical cosmic fairness fairy that would do to these puppy mill owners exactly what they’ve done to these dogs either by design or neglect.

December 22, 2009 at 1:45 am 6 comments

Slippery and Elusive Time

What is it about getting older that time slips away like so much water down a drain? Here it is almost Christmas and my last visit to the blog was in the beginning of summer! Eighteen months out of the traditional work force and I think I’ve finally quit freaking out about “filling the void”.

Summer was filled with grandkids, gardening and working on a play for Christmas. Fall was filled with cleaning up the mess after a summer with grandgirls, auditions and rehearsals. Now here we are in winter. The Christmas play is just memory. The girls are back with their mother and looming in my personal future is a baby shower (Princess) and a wedding (also Princess), the spring play and a new venture.

Missed you all.

December 21, 2009 at 10:18 am 7 comments


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