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Remembering Those Who Passed

We Will Miss You We lost a lot of good friends at the sanctuary this year. Yes, we have a lot of animals left—46—but that doesn’t take away from the ones we lost. I wrote about a few of them in these posts: Luigi in Everything Has A Purpose, Cool Pig, in Toughest Decision of […]

The Wisdom of Parents

The Wisdom of Parents There are a lot of things we never thank our parents for. I’m not talking about the money it took to raise us, or the time we took from their lives, or even the love they gave, or the sacrifices they made. I’m talking about the wisdom they imparted. In particular, […]

A Tribute to Mother-in-Laws

Stereotypical Characters I was reading a book the other night and the author—in order to elicit sympathy for the hero—painted the mother-in-law as an extremely annoying…bitch. No other way to say it. It got me thinking about mother-in-laws and how they always seem to draw the short straw. You can’t argue it. Mother-in-laws get a […]

Giving Thanks Part II

Giving Thanks For the holiday season I thought I would try to focus a few blog posts on the “Giving Thanks” theme I started before Thanksgiving. I’m going to try to add them as additional posts and not interfere with my normal Thursday listing. With that in mind, here is my second one. Blog Tours […]

Writing Tough Characters

What My Animals Teach Me About Writing. There are thousands of books for sale that offer advice on writing, but I don’t buy any of them. I have all the advice I need right here on the animal sanctuary. There is nothing like several dozen animals to teach you about…well…damn near anything. It seems like […]




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