Prayers for Rain

All around me in Washington State and Oregon, there are wildfires burning.

The biggest one is about 3 hours away from me by car and is estimated to span 18,000 acres, though firefighters think it’s bigger than that. They’re saying this may be the biggest wildfire the state has ever seen.

The air quality reporting system here sucks. The air quality team says it’s “Unsafe for Sensitive Groups”. I’m not entirely sure how they know since only one of their air quality monitors is actually working. The others are all turned off or busted. What I can tell you is that I’m not an asthmatic. I don’t suffer from migraines. I just have seasonal allergies and my eyes itch and my head aches and my nose runs when I stand outside, all of these are reasons why I don’t go camping. I can’t stand to be around wood smoke for too long.… [Read More]

With Love, Always.

The ad said that she was older and well-trained. There was no photo, but an elderly Labrador in need was something that I couldn’t let get past my notice when my friend sent me the link from Craigslist. I had to help. Convincing my husband wasn’t hard. The ad said “old.” That was all he needed to hear. I had wanted a third dog for quite some time, had a couple of brushes with adopting, but it never worked out. By the time the ad came along, I had settled on the idea that I would not have three because we were in the midst of the Summer of Cheese.

That was what we called the last summer we would get to spend with our beautiful Lucy. She was dying of cancer. I was afraid that adopting another dog and adding stress to her life would kill her. This dog needed help though.… [Read More]

Porter MacGillikitty

Yesterday afternoon, I received a series of frantic texts from my daughter, who is still living at home while attending college to become a veterinarian. They went something like this:

“(Attached Photo of Elderly Cat in Shelter) Can I bring him home?”

I replied, “No, but he’s cute!”

“But he’s 10 and he’s been here a LONG time. He really needs a home.”

“Your timing really couldn’t be worse. I can’t.”

“Can I put an adoption hold on him?”

“I can’t agree to that. Your dad is pretty set against the idea, we would need to discuss it. I don’t want to drop this on him.”

“But, he’s perfect!”

“You can bring it up at dinner tonight, ok?”

There was a long pause. I assumed that she was driving home but the next text I got read:
“Please don’t kill me.”

I was furious until the minute she got in the door carrying the box and said it again, “Please don’t kill me.” I blame my friends for this.[Read More]

30 Years of Macintosh

Mac Keys by Bill Jones

My first experience with a computer at all, was with an Apple IIe, for you youngsters who don’t actually remember the 80s, those came around before the Macintosh. I had seen computers on TV. I’d heard about them from friends who had computers, but the first time I touched a keyboard, I touched an Apple product. I was 11 years old. That moment, when I sat down in front of a computer for the first time and realized that I could pull things out of my mind and make them reality with this piece of equipment, changed my life forever. I was constantly thinking, “Why would you do that on pencil and paper? Couldn’t a computer do that for you?” I wasn’t the only one thinking that way. Slowly, but steadily, this sort of thinking brought us to where we are today. Apple’s computers for education program changed the world, one kid at a time.… [Read More]

Texas Judge Removes Kids From Parents For No Good Reason

Wow. Just wow.

For no good reason, other than the fact that a social worker cannot grasp why the mother isn’t insane for home schooling 7 kids, these children were removed from their home, possibly permanently traumatized in the process, will require years of therapy… not to mention the emotional trauma that the parents are going through wondering about the safety of their children.

I’m wondering when the opinion of a social worker, about something other than the health and well-being of children, became grounds for removing kids from their parents. If this is the way things are going, I have one thing to say to every parent in America right now: Be very afraid.

What’s stunning to me, is that this happened in Texas. I’d completely understand if it happened, oh just about anywhere else.

Read the story here.