You always need to keep the compassion turned on, for the owner as well as the animal. Sometimes the animal just doesn’t have enough sense to stay out of trouble, and sometimes we’ve just provided such a dangerous environment that it’s hard to stay safe. It’s really not fair to blame a pet for his […]
Between thirteen-hour days, night meetings, CASA volunteer work, and hauling 18-foot spars to Camp Lewallen, I’ve gotten a little behind on my paperwork this week, including the blog. My desk still looks like a mare’s nest, but hey, "A clean desk is the devil’s workshop", and at least the critical stuff is caught up…finally. I […]
I’ve had lots going on in the past week, some interesting stuff, but just too many long days. By the time I get squared away, it’s time to hit the rack. I hope to be posting again this weekend.
Before I went to the Wild West Arts Convention, I was doing a hard cardio-vascular workout every day, and going to the gym twice a week to lift weights. When I returned, I came down with a bad bronchitis that lasted for a couple of weeks, more or less. I still didn’t have much wind […]
Lots of summer birthdays in my family. I recently turned 54, as did my wife. One brother just turned 47 and the other will soon be 50. Mostly I’m glad to be here. Sometimes, though, this Dilbert cartoon speaks to me. Many happy returns of the day… to all of us.
Last Saturday evening, the Sons of the Western Bootheel travelled to Trail of Tears state park for a concert. We were really surprised to find that it was much more hot and humid in the hills than it had been at home in the swamp. By the time we hauled our equipment about a half […]
It was a beautiul day in the Missouri Bootheel on Saturday. It could not have been more perfect for a motorcycle ride, and I finally managed to shake loose and take one about 5:30. Just couldn’t seem to get squared away much before that, even though we closed at noon and it was my birthday. […]
The Sons of the Western Bootheel will be singing cowboy songs and telling stupid jokes this weekend in two performances that are free and open to the public. Saturday evening at 7:00 PM we’ll be at Trail of Tears State Park north of Jackson, Missouri. On Sunday, we’ll be at Bollinger Mill State Park at […]
Sometimes you meet people who don’t want to get a check-up because "they’re afraid the doctor might find something". This has always struck me as strange — this notion that if nobody notices the problem, there really isn’t a problem. This might be true for a cosmetic defect, but if you’ve got a major medical […]
A couple of weeks ago my daughter, Blair, graduated from college. From a freshman year that was all about getting into that special sorority, to graduating summa cum laude as a plant science major, it’s been quite a trip. She was persuaded to take honors courses based on her big ACT score and being the […]