Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
It's not much of a life, but its all mine. Most days I'm pretty content with my little brood. Other days I wish for more. One of the things I know for sure...I am lucky to be here at all, so I must learn to live where I am and not worry about anything else. It's all pretty good when snuggled up in bed and surrounded by my best friends. They never let me forget that no matter what - they think I'm okay.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Boulder Heights is where I grew up. Sugar Loaf Mountain is where the Betasso Preserve lives. That was a cattle ranch my Dad's family owned for generations. My uncle deeded the land to the city as open space.
Most importantly, people need to stay out of fire fighters way. They can't do what they need to do when people are trying to run to their homes. I know it's a natural fear response, but really. I, at one time, lost everything I owned. Not because of natural disaster, but because of my own horrible behavior. What I learned on the other side of that - it's just stuff. I am glad to hear that people are taking care of their families and their pets. Let the rest go, please. It is terribly sad, and it takes time to heal, but heal they will if they allow time to work.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
...a television reporter who showed up to portray the dogs in a negative light asked the veterinarian why there were so many media reports about these dogs going bad. The African American vet countered, “Why do you think there is still racism in America?” The reporter was dumbfounded.
Good answer...and it is the solid truth. Media is one of the worst offenders of sensationalizing bad news and most of the time they get it wrong.
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10 On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.
~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them.
Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters.
We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
The neat thing about all of this is that I now get a chance to live and participate in life. Because I'm sober, I have choices I didn't have while drinking. I am grateful that I discovered this other way to live my life before it was too late, and I'm glad I'm am of sound enough mind to really be able to appreciate it and be grateful for it. I look forward to many more vacations. It would be great to have a traveling companion. That may or may not ever happen. No matter what I will make the most of it.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
My comment to the post:
Thank you Monika Courtney for your well spoken rational thoughts about the media's responsibility and poor reporting. Credit also to the Denver Post for being willing to take a look and publish the truth. It's about time. I did a tremendous amount of research on the Pit Bull "type" dog before making a decision to keep my dog who was a stray given to me by friends. What I found are incredible heroic acts by reasonable human beings to dispel the myths surrounding these dogs. I found grass roots organizations taking on the establishment to save innocent lives, and I found a fantastic dog, who has become an incredible friend, terrific hiking buddy and loyal companion to me, my family and yes, other dogs and cats around me. I am glad that I found out the truth or I would have missed an incredible experience to have this pure joy in my life. I feel sad for the dogs that suffer at the hands of irresponsible and often criminal human beings because they happen to be a "strong breed". The web is replete with stories of these dogs unbelievable acts of kindness in spite of the hand they've been dealt. Fabulous resources are BAD RAP, and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary who have shown, because a compassionate judge ruled Michael Vick's dogs victims, a capacity to heal and help heal others through their therapy work. I have never been more impressed with an animal than I am with the Pit Bull "type" dog. They are fantastic animals who have been the victims of a holocaust, and the media is greatly responsible for publishing human beings inability to take responsibility for their failings. Human Beings are responsible for abusing them, using them wrongly and that's why it is dog fighting is a felony. No matter what breed or type of dog you have, please love them. They give us so much and expect so little.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
It finally got hot enough in the valley that hiking in Bangs Canyon and Devils Canyon became unavailable. So I talked my best friend Dana into heading up to the Mesa with Callie and me and hiked Crag Crest. Round Trip is ten miles, starting at a little over ten thousand feet and climbing to somewhere over 11,300. We didn't do the round trip since we only had the morning available, but I think we will. It was just the kind of hike we both like and Callie had a blast too!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
He is a truly impressive human being, coming from the streets and dog fighting to fighting for the proper treatment for our best and loyalist friends.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Virtually without exception, Americans supported the initial focused invasion of Afghanistan to crush al Qaeda and prevent its return to sanctuary in Afghanistan. We were a nation out for vengeance and right was on our side. In addition, the national economy was booming (that is, before the dot.com bubble burst).
In that almost-decade's time, things have changed. Mostly, around 2005, our mission changed. We decided to broaden the mission to include the creation of some kind of stable, self-sustaining democracy in that perpetually troubled land. History will show that was a big mistake. History will also show that the new President Obama would have been well-advised to adopt the original, not the replacement, mission.
Not only are we struggling to succeed in Afghanistan, our own economy is in deep trouble. Probably close to 15% of American workers are unemployed. Our friends and neighbors are in trouble and have been for months and sometimes years. Our war of necessity that became a war of choice is costing hundreds of billions of dollars needed to employ our workers and get our country back on its feet. We are funding our foreign wars with money borrowed from our children and the Chinese.
There is now a great cry for austerity, largely from people who will not put the Afghan war on the budget cut list and who themselves are not suffering and will not suffer from austerity. Sometimes even great countries cannot do everything. When those occasions arise, our own neighbors and fellow Americans must come first. History's road is littered with the wreckage of empires that tried to rule the world even as they were collapsing at home.
We are failing the fundamental duty to our nation created these 221 years ago.
I am not a democrat, but article is absolutely right on the money. And I doubt the failure runs along party lines.
Monday, June 28, 2010
I encourage everyone to support these tireless organizations who do their very best every single day to make the world a better place.
Dogs Deserve Better
Best Friends Animal Society
Animalrescuesite.com - buy cool items and feed shelter animals. They also have the stats. 8 million homeless animals a year go through shelters, 4 million are euthanized. This is a sick reality of how human beings continue to ruin the world and think they have the right to exploit whatever catches their interest at the time.
Your local animal shelters
http://vickdogsblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/pb-j.html This is a blog dedicated to the survivors of Michael Vick's Bad Newz Kennels. It is so heartwarming to see. All of these dogs have gone to great lengths they didn't even know about to crush the myth of the pit bull breed. Amazing! I am so glad there are people out there who can do that work and I hope that someday dog fighting ends for good around the world!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Mount Garfield in the distance. It was a beautiful day and we could see the fog moving out of the valley. We were in Devil's Canyon about ten miles from Garfield.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about the one's who don't!! Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
"But more than anything else, they show us that what's right in front of us is not all there is. There's something else going on out there...And that is grace."
I am a grateful recovering alcoholic who loves reading other alcoholics and addicts stories of recovery and success. Christopher Kennedy Lawford wrote a fantastic book about his destruction and redemption in "Symptoms of Withdrawl". I related to his story though his drug of choice was heroin and mine was tequila. I have his other book, published last year, "Moments of Clarity" and I am enraptured. Reading the stories of other addicts always gives me hope and reinforces in me my commitment and desire to stay sober and help other addicts achieve sobriety. In reading the stories I was taken back to my own despair and hopelessness. My feelings of having no way out, not wanting out, yet wanting out so desparately. Not being able to find my way, feeling like there was no help, but it was all around me. Destroying everything and everyone that came into my path. Those are incredibly painful memories. My drinking career was relatively short by some standards, but infinite in others, and it was destructive, unbelievably destructive. Even when I wasn't a drinker, full or part-time, my life never made sense to me. I clung to everything to try and make myself safe. I tried to control everyone and everything around me. Then I began drinking, and I began drinking more, and more, until I was drinking full time. And the consequences were severe and I learned my lesson. I got sober, and I got sober for the right reasons, and I am grateful. And now my life makes sense to me and I am at peace.
I talk on a daily basis with other recovering addicts in formal and informal settings. We seem to have a common theme: to be accepted. I don't know how that got twisted in our heads that alcohol or drugs could make us acceptable, but it seems to be a recurring topic. I have a co-worker who is struggling with the painful emotions of her sons addiction. I finally said to her one day, "once he figures out he is valuable, he will get sober because he will know he is worth it." And then she told me the story of why he thinks he's not valuable and it breaks her heart. I know that feeling and it was suffocating. "I'm not worth it, I'm not important, I'm not valuable." And then the other side I had unbelievable grandiose thoughts about who and what I was and wanted to be. None of it made any sense and is the classic addict thought pattern. What a relief to walk into the rooms of AA and be accepted. Finally. No matter what, I am accepted, and I know I am valuable. No matter my twisted thoughts about anything, I am accepted. I learned that I am valuable, even if in a small sense of the word and world. I belong right where I am and everything happens for a reason. In this book, the purpose is to bring addiction into the open. There is a stigma and I understand that stigma. No one wants to be around an addict who is active. I know this alcoholic was explosive. But we need to understand it at a deeper level and reach out to those who are still suffering because they are suffering in ways normal people can never imagine and they need our compassion. I am grateful Lawford wrote this book and others were willing to share their stories and I hope it creates a dialogue of openness. So does he.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Denver Post - Two people were indicted late Monday by the federal grand jury in Denver for the death of a dog and subsequent cover-up.
Buddy, a German shepherd mix, was dragged three miles up a steep, snowy road at the Colorado National Monument.
Steven Clay Romero, 37, of Grand Junction, did "knowingly torture, needlessly mutilate and needlessly kill" the dog, according to the indictment.
The grand jury alleged that Romero tied a rope around the bumper of a vehicle and tied the other end of the rope around Buddy's neck and dragged the German shepherd mix until it died.
Romero's sister, Marie Lockhart, 32, of Fruita, was also indicted.
The grand jury alleged that Lockhart knew that Romero had killed Buddy early on Dec. 30 but lied when questioned by law enforcement.
If this case actually makes it to trial they may have to change venue to a U.S. Territory. I've never seen a case garner so much attention and selecting a jury will be incredibly hard. I think this case shows the depth of human evilness and tears at our conscience. It was premeditated and horrific in its execution. I know it would kill me if something like this happened to Callie, and I am overly protective of her. Buddy was some one's beloved pet, he was no less. Just because he was a dog doesn't make him less valuable. If anything, he should be a lesson in what people are capable of and how low they will go. I so hope that someday we figure out how to permanently stop these cruel acts. This is no better or no worse than human beings using dogs for fighting or mercilessly beating them. Animals are our responsibility. We owe them the duty of caring for them in nothing less than a caring and compassionate manner. Dogs would never treat us the way we have treated them.