Cops, Dallas, and Life With A Badge

I woke up this morning to a world gone mad, and I'm not sure how to proceed with my day.So I write. Without thinking too much, without editing my emotions, and without worry that I might say something that will offend you.You'll get over it, and if you don't then you can find another blogger to read. I really don't care.Because twelve police officers were shot in Dallas last night, and five are dead. And the entire police community in America is changed forever.Again.I’m the d … [Read more...]

Banners, business, and God Bless America

I was a little surprised yesterday when I noticed that a story about a local cafe owner and her kerfuffle over a banner that reads "God Bless America" was trending on Facebook.Jennifer Aquino is at odds with the Town of Penfield over a banner she hung on her Five Mile Cafe back in June. And if you believe everything you read on social media, the town was unpatriotic in its insistence that she remove the banner just as we readied to celebrate Independence Day. In fact, a Fox News story … [Read more...]

Musing on pregnancy, abortion, and becoming a human

I was listening to the radio yesterday, something I don't usually do, addicted as I am to podcasts like "RadioLab" and "Welcome to Nightvale." But a local talk show was on, and I left it on, because when I do listen to talk radio I make sure to listen to both conservative and liberal perspectives. I like to hear many sides of an issue as I ponder where I stand on it and how my decisions affect other people.Anyway, this local host was talking to her guest about abortion and she made a comment … [Read more...]

5 ways to keep your dog happy this Fourth of July

While humans are celebrating Independence Day with picnics and fireworks, many of our dogs are freaking out over the crowds and loud noises, sending many dogs under the bed - or over the fence and down the road, until they're lost. Or worse.With the Fourth of July just around the corner, here are a few tips to help keep your dog safe and stress-free.1) Don't feed Rover picnic food. While he might really enjoy a burger or a hot dog (or other things he can steal from your plate), changes … [Read more...]

A rare full moon on the summer solstice

I felt it yesterday like a heavy, wet, angry blanket descending on my entire being: a full moon is imminent. I knew it without looking at the calendar or even seeing the moon the night before to know where in the moon phases it was.Over the last few years, I've noticed my body being more and more in tune with the moon. Maybe it's happening more, or maybe I'm just noticing it more. A lot of people says it's all in my head, that I'm cuckoo, that I see the calendar and then look for things to … [Read more...]

Animals, humans, and Yellowstone National Park

In the wake of the story about a three-year-old who breached the barrier at the Cincinnati Zoo last weekend, resulting in the euthanization of a 17-year-old west lowland gorilla named Harambe, a video surfaced this week of a woman at Yellowstone National Park being butted by an elk after she tried to take a photo and got too close for comfort.It's one of several recent stories highlighting the problem of adult humans - grown ups who should know better - interfering with the wildlife. … [Read more...]

A gorilla, a boy, and life in the balance

By now you've probably heard the story about Harambe, the 17 year old west lowland gorilla who was shot by zoo keepers at the Cincinnati Zoo after a small child fell into the gorilla enclosure. I caught bits and pieces of the story over the holiday weekend, but it wasn't until this morning that I was able to devote some attention to the matter.I finally saw the video.Originally, I didn't want to touch this story with a 10 foot pole, mostly because I didn't think that I could add … [Read more...]

My birthday, Memorial Day, and Mars approaching

Today is my birthday - yay! - and it's also Memorial Day, the one day a year we collectively honor and mourn the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. In fact, in nearby Waterloo, NY, it's the 150th anniversary of the first public Memorial Day celebration.Growing up, my mother always joked that the town threw a parade for my birthday, but we always knew what the day was about. She never passed by a veteran selling paper poppies without making a donation - spare … [Read more...]

A belief in a God bigger than any book or religion

Josh Grisetti has a lot to say about God in his new book, "God In My Head." Or, to be more clear, what God said to him.The two met while Grisetti was at the dentist and doped up on nitrous oxide and a dangerous combination of drugs he had lying around the house and took before the appointment in an attempt to ward off pain. The trip, or hallucination as he sometimes refers to it, spanned two hundred years and during it God answered Grisetti's spiritual questions and showed him the mysteries … [Read more...]

Update on Lucy, the chicken with vertigo

Last week, I told you about my chicken Lucy, who was diagnosed by a vet with vestibular disturbance.In other words, Lucy had vertigo.I didn't want to share the photo of her in the corner last Friday, because it upset me to see Lucy in such distress. But now that she's on the mend you can see how sick she was. She'd tuck her head between her legs, and then shake her head vigorously on the ground, probably to try and make sense of her reeling world. Once we separated her from the flock, … [Read more...]


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