Archive for August, 2006

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Aug. 31 is Blog Day! — My thanks to Ricardo for …

August 30, 2006

Aug. 31 is Blog Day! —

My thanks to Ricardo for passing along the news that tomorrow is Blog Day 2006, a day dedicated to touting your favorite blogs and satiating your curiosity with recommendations from other bloggers. It may just be a viral marketing campaign, but it sounds like fun to me, so I’ll be participating!

For those of you who might be interested in last year’s event, here’s what I found online from Steven Streight of Blog Core Values. Happy blogging!

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The Relunctant Passenger — I think that the pic…

August 30, 2006

The Relunctant Passenger —

I think that the picture says it all. Jon, God bless him, deleted the close-ups, but I was able to download this picture today of my daughter and her friend holding BC (Banished Cat, formerly CNN – Cat with No Name). Amazing the things we do to animals!

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Pets at the Wheel — Does anyone remember Toonces…

August 29, 2006

Pets at the Wheel —

Does anyone remember Toonces the Driving Cat? He is actually now one of my friends on myspace, though I can’t confirm (nor deny) his claim to be the actual Toonces of SNL fame.

One would hope that those watching the show (or others like it) would have realized that animals should not actually be allowed to drive cars. Unfortunately for at least one Beijing driver (the one who was hit by the out-of-control car, not woman who actually thought it might be a good idea to let her dog drive), this was not the case. My question on your Tuesday is this: Are the Darwin Awards coming out anytime soon?

“Guilty of DWC — driving while canine” (MSNBC, Aug. 28, 2006)

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"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know ev…

August 29, 2006

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.”
Milan Kundera
From A Quotable Canine by Dratfield and Coughlin

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What Would Lassie Do? — Several years ago, I had…

August 28, 2006

What Would Lassie Do? —

Several years ago, I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing Bernie Siegel, M.D., noted author, speaker and founder of Exceptional Cancer Patients (ECaP), an organization committed to healing the mind, with the hope that the healing of the body will follow.

Siegel quickly became one of my top ten favorite people with his insight and sense of humor. (Yes, I — like many other bloggers — am a former journalist, just don’t tell my English teacher; she’d have a coronary if she knew that I write like this in this blog!)

At the time, the phrase W.W.J.D. (What Would Jesus Do?) was running rampant in Evangelical Christian circles, primarily among the teen group who loved to wear bracelets, T-shirts and hats with the reminder that we should (according to them), be more like Jesus. This feat seemed, and continues to seem, a little far-fetched for my personal abilities.

However, in talking to Bernie that day, he told me that a friend of his had made him a bracelet inscribed with W.W.L.D. on it. Laughingly, he told me that when he is confronted with a situation where he’s trying to do the loving thing, he asks himself, “What would Lassie do?”

To be honest, I’ve only seen clips of the Lassie movie and 1950’s TV series, but I know that I’ve seen enough to know that if I were taking care of people the way Lassie does that the world would be a better place!

My trouble is that I tend to favor the “take a nap” answer a bit more than I probably should! Why is it that if humans take naps they are labeled as lazy, and when dogs and babies nap, they’re getting a much needed rest?

Remember George Costanza’s setup under his desk? A little nap can go a long, long way. I must be very tired for a Monday morning to be talking about naps already. Time for more coffee!!

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Love is my Religion — Last night on my way home…

August 26, 2006

Love is my Religion

Last night on my way home from work, I heard this tune for the first time.

Being the curious cat that I am, I googled it this morning only to find that the phrase is also part of a letter written by John Keats , though I think Ziggy Marley means it in a more universal sense than the highly emotional, death-knocking-his-door, completely love-addicted Keats. (As a complete aside, who wouldn’t want to receive the letters he wrote to Fanny Brawne?!)

Take out the “let’s go fly a kite” line (which reminded me of children skipping through the park with Mary Poppins), and I think that it’s a right nice little song. I can’t help but wonder if we all spent a little more time actually loving — and not indulging ourselves in the “guilty pleasures of negative emotions” as my MIL says — how different the world might be.

In the ’70s, I think the version of this song was “What the World Needs Now” by the incomparable Burt Bacharach (whose commercial for Geico completely cracks me up!).

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Cat Haiku — Because the cat has been horribly ig…

August 24, 2006

Cat Haiku —

Because the cat has been horribly ignored lately, I present to you the witty and talented Pat Welch from her book Catku:

Cat Haiku

The food in my bowl

Is old, and more to the point

Contains no tuna.

Most problems can be

Ignored. The more difficult

Ones can be slept through.

Am I in your way?

You seem to have it backwards:

This pillow’s taken.