A HOUDINI–HOUNDINI MYSTERY

Great dog story from itenerantneerdowell

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“Summer 2014, Deck Construction–Maggie’s in Foreground”

Maggie was (is) a good little girl dog–some would even say, a very good dog.  Tan and white, friendly, with pet parents that loved and cared for her.  She pranced through her yard–flag-like tail held high in the air.

When did my dog catch the wanderlust?  Was the desire to break free, go out and explore new horizons, always there? Maggie had everything–or so everyone thought.  But, somehow, it wasn’t enough.  What made good dogs do bad things?

Game after game of spirited backyard chase took place with her canine cousins. Maggie ran around a large shrub, hid underneath low branches–dared the others to come closer. When my daughter’s dogs, Phantom and Bogart approached–she’d jump out.  Ha, gotcha–chase me more, more.

It was nice weather for late November.  The newly constructed deck and back entrance–with large windows, were perfect for dog watching.  I could monitor any…

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Pantiless Party Performance

Surprise partyConnie and Marilyn were adorable little girls, born a little over a year apart.  Born fouth and fifth of five children, we all doted on them, with the exception of my brother Billy, who was displaced by all that cuteness.  Mother dressed them in pastel shades of the same style dresses as much as she could.  Connie was fair and blue-eyed with cotton white Continue reading

The Least You Can Do

Reblogged from Joeyfully Stated. This woman is a genius!

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A long, long time ago, we were homeless and living with another family. I bet most of you never read that post, because it only has six likes. At any rate, that was the darkest time of our marriage, a time during which we were least happy with life and least happy with one another.

The darkness fell after I had come home from lunch and maternity clothes shopping with Beauty Queen, to find The Mister sat on the couch, let go from his job.
Occasionally, The Mister comes home earlier than expected and yes, I do freak out, each and every time.
*kiss kiss* “WHY ARE YOU HOME?!?” I scream.

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At any rate, during this dark time, I cared for our children, the child of the residence, the house, and our one baby, while The Mister worked to get us out of our predicament. Now and again, I…

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HIV/AIDS From the Perspective of a Nurse

Excellent article from Ten years a Single Mom

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When I was 20 I became a Nurse.  This was 1987.  When I was in Nursing school, we weren’t even taught about HIV/AIDS…it was that new.  These were the days before gloves were even used.  I remember there being only one box on my Med/Surg unit and it was located in the dirty utility room.  All care was given with bare hands.  We got all forms of bodily fluid on our hands daily and just went over to the sink and washed it off.

As I worked, I began to see the hysteria on the news.  It was a “gay man’s”, disease and thought of by most with contempt.  There wasn’t HIV, only AIDS because the tests to detect the virus were not being widely used and were inaccurate at best.  Generally, the first indication of the disease was at the point where it is was a death sentence.  People…

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