Friday, March 19, 2010

Is your dog a terrorist?

I think Bodhi's okay--technically he's Scottish, but I worry about Sam the Lab and Atticus . . .

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Still loving Mary Oliver--Almost a Conversation

Almost a Conversation

I have not really, not yet, talked with otter
about his life.

He has so many teeth, he has trouble
with vowels.

Wherefore our understanding
is all body expression—

he swims like the sleekest fish,
he dives and exhales and lifts a trail of bubbles.
Little by little he trusts my eyes
and my curious body sitting on the shore.

Sometimes he comes close.
I admire his whiskers
and his dark fur which I would rather die than wear.

He has no words, still what he tells about his life
is clear.
He does not own a computer.
He imagines the river will last forever.
He does not envy the dry house I live in.
He does not wonder who or what it is that I worship.
He wonders, morning after morning, that the river
is so cold and fresh and alive, and still
I don't jump in.

~ Mary Oliver ~ Link to purchase this poem at:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The US Census . . .

Okay, so you're going to take it, right?

I got my warning to be looking for the forms in the mail yesterday, and yeah, you bet I'm going to take it. As a country, we need to get a good idea of who we are, how many we are, and how many representatives we get to send to Washington. Depending on how invasive the questions are, I'll probably even answer most of them.

Andy Rooney says the First Question asks you to identify the person in your home who is "Person #1," as opposed to "Person #2." Yeah. Good luck with that one. At my house, Person #1 is a cat-- if you don't believe me, just ask him. But don't forget the lion tamer gloves . . .

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Barnes & Noble Round Rock Signing

Barnes & Noble Round Rock Signing
My friend Pantera with Tahoe & Me

Tahoe and a new friend at the signing