Monthly Archives: March 2010

Anam Cara

“Gypsy” For a long time, our house has been a nursing home for elderly animals.  The cats were all the same age, within a few months of each other.  The dogs (coming as litter mates two years later) were the … Continue reading

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The Call of Place

“Loch Lomond, Scotland” Why do certain locations draws us to them?  What makes a place feel like home even if we’ve never lived there? I’ve experienced this phenomena a few times, but never so strongly as in Scotland.  For decades, … Continue reading

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Equal Billing

I wrote about my dog Tucker the other day (and thank you to everyone who responded, those who know him and those who don’t).  No sooner had that blog hit than I started to hear this familiar whiny grumble in … Continue reading

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Tending the Old Man

My dog Tucker is eleven and a half years old, and in his decline.  I see it progress a little each day (difficulty seeing; a hesitation before going down a set of stairs; increased arthritis; his hindquarters collapsing as we … Continue reading

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Job Well Done

My body aches this evening, but it’s one of those good aches, the kind that means I’ve been using my body for something other than a place to hold up my clothes. It was so gorgeous today — nearly 70, … Continue reading

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On the Night Sky

Last night, just before bed, I took my dog Tucker out for his final stroll around the yard.  He’s an old guy; it takes some time.  While he was wandering, I looked up at the sky. I make a point … Continue reading

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