but it can teach us which leaders to follow.
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"In his previous books, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz introduced us to the delightful menagerie at Bedlam Farm, including Izzy, the unforgettable border collie rescue. Now, in Izzy & Lenore, Katz delves deeper into his connection with the beautiful, once-abandoned dog, learning yet again about the unexpected places animals can take us. Affectionate and intuitive, Izzy is unlike any dog Katz has encountered, and the two undertake a journey Katz could not have imagined without the arrival of a new companion: a spirited, bright-eyed black Labrador puppy named Lenore.As trained hospice volunteers visiting homes and nursing facilities in upstate New York, Katz and Izzy bring comfort and canine companionship to people who most need it. An eighty-year-old Alzheimer’s patient smiles for the first time in months when she feels Izzy’s soft fur. A retired logger joyfully remembers his own beloved dog when he sees Izzy. As Izzy bonds with patients and Katz focuses on their families, the author begins to come to terms with his own life, discovering dark realities he has never confronted. Meanwhile, Lenore–quickly dubbed the Hound of Love–arrives at Bedlam. Her genial personality and boundless capacity for affection steer Katz out of the shadows, rekindle his love of working with dogs, and restore his connection to the farm and the animals and people around him.Humorous and deeply moving, Izzy & Lenore is a story of a man confronting his past, embracing the blessings of his current life, and rediscovering the meaning of friendship, family, and faith. Katz shares an uplifting tale of love, compassion, and the rich and complex relationships between dogs and their humans." (Amazon)
Visit Jon's Bedlam Farm Journal: http://blog.bedlamfarm.com/
Friday, October 24, 2008
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Thursday, October 16, 2008
I only have one question: Are Joe the Plumber and Joe Six-Pack the same guy?
He sounds perfect for the job...He'll carry around 6-packs of beer, passing them out to all needy Americans. But more importantly, being trained as a plumber, he can deal with all the "crapola" in Washington.
That settles it. I'm voting for Joe!!!!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Check it out: http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/iditarod/iditarod.html
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Saturday, October 11, 2008
According to the UT Traditions website:
"The official mascot is Smokey, a rather pleasant blue tick coonhound that has been on the job since 1953. After a student poll revealed a desire to select a live mascot for the University of Tennessee, the UT Pep Club held a contest in 1953 to select a coon hound, a native breed of the state.
Announcements of the contest in local newspapers read, "This can't be an ordinary hound. He must be a 'Houn' Dawg' in the best sense of the word." The late Rev. W.C. Brooks entered his prize-winning blue tick coon hound, Smokey, in the contest. At halftime of the Mississippi State game, the dogs were lined up on the old cheerleaders' ramp at Neyland Stadium. Each dog was introduced and the student body cheered for their favorite. Smokey was the last hound introduced. When his name was called out, he barked.
The students cheered and Smokey threw his head back and howled again. This kept going and soon the whole stadium was in a roar and UT had found its mascot. The dog is a native breed of Tennessee and a line of dog used for hunting raccoons. The present Smokey is the nineth in a line of such canines and is appropriately called Smokey IX. Rev. Brooks of Knoxville supplied UT with the canines until his death in 1986 when his wife Mildred Brooks and family friends took over the care-taking role."
Friday, October 10, 2008
"Some days you're the dog,
some days you're the hydrant."
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
All 3 dogs love to chase balls, however, Sassy is the only true "retriever". She brings the ball right back, lays it at your feet, and immediately starts barking for you to throw it again. Buddy gets the ball and then wants you to chase him.
Zack also loves to chase the ball, but his motives are different.
Zack destroys tennis balls. He starts by pulling off the fuzzy cover, which usually gets stuck in his teeth in the process. He then chews on the ball until he pops a hole in it. It makes Sassy so mad, she gets in his face and barks.
Just a few of the dead tennis balls I have found in the dog exercise area.
If you have any old, flat tennis balls, we gladly accept donations.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I may not presently have a family, but I had 2 wonderful parents, a loving step-father, and grandparents, all who I loved and miss very much. Beginning today, I will post old family photos on Sunday.
(I realize I could have cropped the edges of this photo, but I wanted to retain the original, aged appearance).
My Parents, 1950
My parents met on a blind date in Savannah, my mother's hometown. My dad was from Erie and stationed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, just across the Savannah River. Mother always said it was "love at first sight" for her, but I think Daddy is the one who looks "smitten".
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I went to a great football game last night. North Hall defeated White County, 13-10, in an exciting game! The turnovers by both teams kept fans (at least 2 of us) on their feet.
It was Dunn's second field goal of the game, as the senior kicked a 46-yarder as time expired in the first half to give North Hall a 10-3 lead."
I would also like to congratulate White County's kicker, Mark Bardenwarper, who kicked a 22-yard field goal. When I taught Mark in 2nd grade he played football and challenged others to run races at recess everyday. I remember Mark as always being a good athlete and a great sport even at that early age.
Updated in the Times:http://gainesvilletimes.com/news/article/9519/
Here's a cool article concerning high school football above the Arctic Circle in Alaska:
Friday, October 3, 2008
In case you're interested, there are no "SNOW DAYS" for Alaska school children. The only time school is cancelled is if temps hit -50 or below. Can you imagine?
Thursday, October 2, 2008
For those of you who might not be as SUPER excited about the VP Debate tonight, here is a suggestion. On Q100 this morning they introduced the “Debate Drinking Game”. Before the debate you make a list of likely phrases uttered by the candidates. When you hear those, you take a drink. It's that simple. This should make things much more interesting for those of you who need it to be. Some of you, I know, can be interested without a boost!
“The Great State of Alaska”
“Shake Up Washington”
“The Good Ol’ Boys”
If Biden goes over allotted time.