In a Grateful Frame of Mind

Today is a soft day. It feels like someone is praying for me or that angels are in attendance. For several days I have been pondering what to write for this blog, and the word that keeps surfacing is gratitude—gratitude for being able to sit at my dining room table while the pups take their […]

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marcy mary to the rescue

I know you are all bored out of your minds reading all these blogs about the puppies, Teddy and Sadie, when you would much rather hear about me. The past few months have been challenging for the canine nation. We have been taken on endless walks (file that under “too much of a good thing”), […]

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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO HAVE PUPPIES? Part II

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the utter shock and joy of owning two puppies after a twenty-year hiatus in puppy parenting, likening it to having twin human infants. Well, I’m here to tell you it is—but tiny canines develop at warp speed. Just when you are thinking of calling the puppy farm and […]

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Technical difficulties

Due to technical difficulties—namely, my poor, aging Mac laptop—there will be no blog post this week. In the meantime, I’m working with my own personal version of tech support. He assures me that he knows what he’s doing …

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A Different Kind of Independence Day

I still believe good things are coming, but it seems too many “good times” have set back our progress in containing the coronavirus. I have no doubt that we will defeat this plague, but in the meantime it would not be wise to “let the good times roll,” like we did in 2019.  Doesn’t the […]

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What is it like to have puppies?

I have had the oddest feeling that time is standing still. The past is hazy, the present is somewhat overwhelming, and the future offers hope. But to get there, we have to negotiate an abyss filled with puppy pads, dog treats, bleary trips out into the starry night, immunizations, puppy food choices, and the all-important […]

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Searching for Summer

I’ve been looking for signs of summer and trying to capture that carefree essence that defines the season. Where we live, the weather in June is definitely transitional. A blanket of fog appears many days, and sometimes the sun never appears. I’m reminded of the Carl Sandburg poem: The fog comes on little cat feet. […]

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Change in the Wind

I would like to say there is a freshening wind blowing from the sea, but the truth is that a hot, dry Santa Ana wind is bending the trees and parching my skin. The temperature is in the 90s. The air conditioner has kicked in, and I’m perched at the dining room table, thinking about […]

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At a loss for words …

It is unusual for me to be at a loss for words, but today I am. This is the third time I have tried to write this week’s blog. Oh, there were words in the previous iterations, but somehow they did not seem worth reading. So here I sit looking out the window. Today, the […]

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Friend, Foe, or Something In Between?

I was recently asked why I liked crows.  It’s kind of a long story. I didn’t always like crows. When I was a child, my mother would throw stale bread to the birds—who actually ate it, unlike our upscale birds, who require wild bird seeds or avian sunflower seeds. I can still see my mom throwing […]

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