Don’t Ever Say Dogs Have No Feelings

So last Friday when I went to pick up Nate, Garrett beats him to the car. Garrett walked outside to check mail anyway and on his way, decides to come down to the car and give me a hug. It is very chilly out, probably in the mid 40s. Yet there he is in his bare feet with his favorite Batman throw blanket around his shoulders. I give him a hug and we talk for 10 or 15 seconds and I admonish him that he “… shouldn’t be out here in bare feet!” so I shoo him away and back into the house.

Next, I see Nate come out the door. He starts walking down tentatively and I can see why. He has Ginny in his arms. 

Many times I’ve asked Nate not to bring her down to see me because it was hard on Ginny and it was hard on me. But he insists on doing it anyway. So I dash up the hill in front of the house to meet him before he gets too far.

Ginny takes one look at me and her tail starts wagging a mile a minute like a flag in a tornado. Nate hands her to me and she licks my face, licks my face some more, and cuddles up against me — something she’s hasn’t done in a long, long time, if ever.  I talk to her and rub her tummy, gently scratching her, and tell her I love her.  She rests her head on my shoulder like a small, little Yorkie hug.  Then I give her back to Nate after one more scratch and a snuggle so that he could return Ginny to the house.

What is most charming about it was the sight of that little Yorkie tail start to thrash wildly back and forth as soon as she recognized me. She was so excited to see me! Of course, she couldn’t stay, but I really did want to take her home with me for a visit. She’s such a sweetie and I had no idea she would recognize me at a distance and get so excited to see me. 

It really warmed my heart to see Ginny so enthusiastic about my presence, especially after losing Katie, my cat in Virginia the same day.  It was a really, really sweet, adorable moment in what was otherwise a fairly lousy day.

Katie at 8 weeks-ish

Katie on Oct 30th, 2020

“Don’t Say I Never Did Nuthin’ For You.”

While this has already been posted to Facebook, I am reposting it here so that I can find it once Facebook has relegated it to the distant past. This is the most remarkable thing. Some weeks ago, Garrett was going through some Pokemon cards and came across this guy, Cresselia. Cresselia is described as “Those who sleep holding Cresselia’s feather are assured of joyful dreams.” Garrett read me the description and I said “I need one of those ’cause I … Continue reading

On The Nineteenth Anniversary of 9/11

Just like last year, I wasn’t sure that I could post this again today. In the last few days, I started to see the 9/11 remembrance posts popup on Facebook. Most of me was convinced that I’d had far more than my share of sadness this year, so I avoided those posts, scrolling past them as fast as I could. Another part of me felt exactly as I described in the first two italicized paragraphs just below this one, written … Continue reading

A Previous Facebook Rant Which Still Applies Today

This is a repost of an earlier post that I made when I was pissed off at everything. Well, tonight, I’m pissed off at everything again, so you get this rerun instead of something original. Deal with it. It’s time for a rant and my rants mean run-on sentences. Grammar police, you might want to look away. I’m not going to single anyone out but yes, I’m going to bitch about something that some of you like to do that just … Continue reading

Reposted: Dan’s Ten Rules for Critical Thinking on the Internet

This was originally written and posted in 2015. It would appear that not much has changed. Feel free to add your own rules in the comments below.   1.  One statistic can never tell the whole story. 2.  A meme does not constitute an argument.  It is an advertisement for a particular point of view. 3.  Do not agree or disagree with anything based solely on Rule 1 or Rule 2. 4.  Always seek and cite multiple original sources. 5.  … Continue reading

A Letter to My Father

I ran across this from nearly ten years ago. Since it’s Father’s Day today, I thought that I’d run this again since I still feel the same way. Dear Dad, A month ago today, when last we spoke, we exchanged handshakes and snappy salutes. I noticed again that afternoon, as I always do, your silver U.S. Army Infantry ring, worn and smooth from the decades of wear, never imagining the next time I saw it, it would be surrendering it … Continue reading

A Facebook Rerun

I posted this in late May on Facebook. I’m reposting it here so that if Facebook loses it I can find it here. Last monday, I got to spend time with Nate and Garrett after a two-week absence. Knowing that I would be leaving again a few days after, I created a poster for them. When I got to the house in Ohio, I sat everyone down and presented these to the boys to post in their rooms, should they … Continue reading

“Road” Trip to Mars!

Back in September of last year, I stumbled across a NASA website describing the new Mars Lander scheduled for launch July 20 at 6:15 a.m. PDT (9:15 a.m. EDT).  NASA offered the chance to send your name aboard the Mars Perseverance Rover etched into a chip placed on the rover.  I thought this was a terrific idea for the family, so I registered the four of us and, lo and behold, we four were among the 1.2 million names that … Continue reading