The Gratitude Box

I had a very trying morning the other day. Nothing major, just a whole flock of irritations. So I knew I was not in the right frame of mind when I sat down to write this blog.  While I was waiting for my ancient Mac to open Word, I noticed a small box that had […]

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Looking for the Pot of Gold …

March 17 is Saint Patrick’s Day, and I’ve decided to let you in on a little secret. My mother wanted to name me “Kathleen Mavourneen” after the old Irish ballad, but my older sisters prevailed and I ended up with “Kathleen Helen.” (I think I prefer “Mavourneen.”) My heritage is not all Irish, but I […]

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The Blue Butterfly

The last line of my previous blog read, “I think it is going to be a rough re-entry.” Little did I know how prophetic those words would be … On February 2, we celebrated our grandson Zeke’s birthday at Leo Carrillo Beach with a barbecue. Friends and family gathered on a gorgeous California winter day.  […]

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A Thanksgiving Feast for all Creatures: A Blog by Marcy Mary (Part I)

“Finally!” Hattie, my 14-year-old human sister, said as she levered her stiff body out of the van. The rest of the family, both two- and four-legged, echoed her sentiment. After all the humans had extricated themselves from the van, Hattie, Pinky, and Joey released Rex, Kotty, and me from our crates. We all stood there […]

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Meet Cali: Our Newest Family Member

The invitation was for dinner and a “surprise.” We approached the front door of our son Chris and his wife, Marlene’s, home and heard an unusual sound—barking!  “They did it!” I said to my husband, John, excitedly.  “Finally,” he responded with feeling.  The door opened, and running excitedly around the whole family’s feet was Cali, […]

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Why I Love Dachshunds (and a Recipe!)

“You do know on a 1–100 scale of canine intelligence, dachshunds were rated in the high nineties?” Greg informed me. Greg was our daughter Jennifer’s new husband. “Well, I know that! They are extremely bright, among having other interesting qualities,” I said.  “You’ve got it wrong. One is the most intelligent, and 100 is …” […]

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