Dear Son

Prudence is common sense

Mark Zuckerberg
The murder of an innocent man recorded live on Facebook makes a dog bite seem irrelevant.


Mark Zuckerberg
Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg made a public statement about Facebook’s commitment to be a safe place.


It would gross negligence to not have a doctor’s opinion for the dog bite.

You’d do it for a child or grandchild, right? Just to be sure of no freak situation where saying everything is fine could come back to haunt you.

The word is prudence.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Speaking of child and grandchild, the reason i went to the fence to say hello is because our new neighbor was in her yard with her daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Context: with the sun going down and plenty of yard work to do before it got dark, even a few minutes diversion could put me behind on this project.

Plus, our yards are big and we were far enough apart to easily avoid an encounter.

i felt it would be unneighborly to not say hello, since i had not met her Family.

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My Goal In Life Is To Become The Kind Of Person My Dog Thinks I Am

Carter, March 2010, RIP

Dear God, if I can work tirelessly to become the kind of person my Dog thinks I am, it would seem you would be well pleased.

If I fall seven times, please give strength to rise eight.

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Video Sharing

Amazing Grace Happens

Amazing Grace happens all day, every day, if we only have eyes to see.

From my Houston, Texas hotel room, sipping a cup of Folgers, my sister’s Facebook update shared this 38 second You Tube clip. It’s easy to think being away for a week is a big deal. In the grand scheme, it’s not, and this soldier’s homecoming with his Dog is proof.

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Twistee Treat To Do

Who Wants Ice Cream?
Who Wants Ice Cream?

I still have the post-it note up on my office wall, near the phone.

Crazy, isn’t it? I mean the things we think about and the things we do.

So, in the midst of the fairly intense topic the past few days, I’m going to switch gears today, and revisit a topic from ten days ago.

Something like 14 months ago, we thought our beloved Canine Son (Yellow Lab) Carter was going to die, perhaps in less than one week.

I asked our son, “What do you think we should do with Carter before he leaves us?”

“Take him for ice cream at Twistee Treat”, he said, without hesitating.

And that’s exactly what we did. In hind sight, that trivial post-it note probably didn’t need to be written. I mean, what Father would forget to do something as important as honoring this “last request”?

And then there’s the next question, “Why does this adult (50) still have a stupid little post-it note hanging on his office wall?”

The Gift That Visit Brought Us

Happiest Dog in the World
Happiest Dog in the World

We’ve been talking about a beloved Family pet, our Yellow Lab, Carter.

Virtually all pet owners understand the remarkable bond humans forge with their pets. And it’s especially strong in a pet relationship where there are no children.

Here’s the gift we received from what we thought was our very last weekend with Carter. We were staying at Mitchell’s Sand Castles, which is pet-friendly and on a quiet end of Sanibel Island. It was our 22 visit.

After a nice day on the Sanibel beach, with Carter at our side all day, we had a nice dinner in our cottage. I was walking contemplatively through the dark and tropical setting, taking the trash up to the road.

When around one dark corner, I was mildly startled by another man, standing by the road. Unusual, and a little freaky.

We said casual greetings and then he asked me, “Were you the guy with the Yellow Lab on the beach this afternoon?”

“Yeah, that was me.”

He said, and I will never forget this, “I’ve never seen a dog wag it’s tail so much. You must have the happiest dog on earth.”

There was a reason we went to Sanibel for Carter’s last weekend (so we thought) on earth.

It was so I could meet the total stranger out by the road, waiting for his pizza delivery guy.