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  • Duty of care

    This big, lovely dog, Harvey, came into our lives in late May.  He likes to put his head on my lap, and each night before I turn off my light, he gets…

  • Rolling with the black dog

    Today something wonderful happened. Mid-afternoon Sunday, two last plants that lived on the porch since April were finally planted, two of the horses trimmed, chooks and ducks seen to, laundry pulled from the…

  • Then. Now. When?

    When I was a kid, I used to walk home from school and sit in a chair across from my mom in the living room. We would spend a good hour talking…

  • What changed a life

    You often hear that phrase, “that moment changed my life” or “she/he changed my life”. It is a definitive event, or person that came along at the right time and acted as…

  • Testing the limits

    We have a dog named Spud. When we adopted him in 2011, we were going to call him Suds because he was so bubbly. But I kept calling him Spud by accident.…

  • Staying on the streets

    I read two thought-provoking articles in Dame magazine in the past week on very different topics. One was about the freedom of childhood, now often denied by over-vigilant parents. The other was about…

  • A wonderful gift

    My camera is acting up again, and tonight, in an attempt to clean it, I accidentally smudged the CMOS sensor with grease or something. I’m more than a little cranky with myself.…

  • This girl can

    I saw this video and I thought it was brilliant. It’s only a minute and a half. Have a look: I thought these women were fabulous. I’m in that boat now, and…