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Sunday, Sweet Sunday

I admit it. I love musical comedies. An old drama nerd, I've been in dozens of musicals and when I sit down to write I go to Amazon Prime and listen to the literal soundtracks of my life. One musical that might be a bit obscure to some is called Flower Drum Song. My sister [...]

Sunday, Sweet Sunday2019-02-17T09:17:51+00:00

Sunday, Sweet Sunday

I admit it. I love musical comedies. An old drama nerd, I've been in dozens of musicals and when I sit down to write I go to Amazon Prime and listen to the literal soundtracks of my life. One musical that might be a bit obscure to some is called Flower Drum Song. My sister [...]

Sunday, Sweet Sunday2019-02-17T08:32:17+00:00

National Do A Grouch A Favor Day

Today is National Do A Grouch A Favor Day and I’m sure we have all have some grouches in our lives. Maybe we call them by a different name such as curmudgeon, crank, grump, sourpuss, bellyacher, grouse, crosspatch, malcontent, crab, and grumbler. My father-in-law was a world-class grouch on the outside, and, like most grouches, [...]

National Do A Grouch A Favor Day2019-02-17T09:29:50+00:00

Houdini and the Bird Seed

It's always something. We have a fenced yard. We have an escape artist. At first, we suspected he was part deer because as short as he is he could clear part of the fence in a single bound. We added a line of trellis to the top of the fence and lived happily ever after. [...]

Houdini and the Bird Seed2019-02-15T07:00:55+00:00

National Responsible Pet Owners Month

The month is halfway over and I failed to mention that February is National Responsible Pet Owners Month. Adding a dog to your family is life-changing. The change is usually positive but it can also turn out badly. The good news is that being a responsible owner ups the odds that you and your dog [...]

National Responsible Pet Owners Month2019-02-12T09:31:11+00:00

Your New Best Friend

Some days writing these posts are just too easy and today is an obvious one. Today is National Make a Friend Day. Once again, I'm sure they mean a two-legged friend, but what better friend is there than a dog? There's a reason they call them "man's best friend." Up until last year, I was [...]

Your New Best Friend2019-02-11T10:39:33+00:00

Dogs Need Dental Care, Too.

When we decided to get a dog last year I did what I do best and that is research. I love learning as much as possible before making life-changing decisions. Trust me, a dog is more life-changing than I knew. I learned about choosing a dog that fit my lifestyle instead of simply going for [...]

Dogs Need Dental Care, Too.2019-02-10T08:45:11+00:00

A Shelter Is Not a Home

I've been involved with NEW PAWSibilities for over a year and I have never seen our available dogs at such a small number. You guys are amazing and we thank you for adopting so many dogs who now are warm and safe and happy in their new homes. However, that doesn't mean our current dogs [...]

A Shelter Is Not a Home2019-02-06T08:59:00+00:00

Volunteers Are Love In Motion!

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. When I moved to Wisconsin I had no idea of how I would spend my time. I've always worked, started with babysitting at age 12, and have never stopped. After unpacking, seeing doctors, working on an old house, and settling [...]

Volunteers Are Love In Motion!2019-02-04T17:16:53+00:00