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We remember all our “firsts”.

First bike. First car. First kiss. First concert. First day of camp.

Our parents remember our first steps, first words and first day of school.

A lot of our firsts are almost predictable. There’s an unofficial time table or we see them coming.

But what about the last time? That’s more unpredictable, sometimes heartrendingly so.

The last time you played Barbies or Legos or slept with your teddy.

The last time you went to the library or swimming with a parent.

The last walk you took with your father.

The last time you heard your mother laugh.

The last Thanksgiving with your grandmother.

This list will be different for everyone but the premise and poignancy are the same. We can’t know and it’s something we should be mindful of.

I don’t have any definitive answers but I think it’s about being grateful and appreciative (not exactly the same thing) and in the moment and not taking anything for granted. Because it can change in an instant-the blink of an eye.

I used to think the answer was to live each day as if it were my last and cramming as much into every day as possible. That just led to years of sleep deprivation. 🙂

One thing I know to be true-when I am gone the people I love will know they were loved. “I love you” will be my final words to them. How do I know?

Because it’s the last thing I say to them every single time.

Because you never know when it is the last time.

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“No animal should ever jump up on the dining-room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation.”

Fran Lebowitz

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of
his tongue.”


“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are

Ann Landers

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they

Will Rogers

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.”

Bern Williams

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves

Josh Billings

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.”

Andrew A.Rooney

“If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have
known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.”

James Thurber

“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times
before lying down.”

Robert Benchley

“I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.”

Rita Rudner

“Dogs need to sniff the ground; it’s how they keep abreast of current
events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of
late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are
often continued in the next yard.”

Dave Barry

“Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.”

Franklin P. Jones

“If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise.”


“Outside of a dog, a book is probably man’s best friend; inside of a dog,
it’s too dark to read.”

Groucho Marx

“Ever consider what they must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul — chicken, pork, half a cow. They
must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth!”

Anne Tyler

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and
get used to the idea.”

Robert A. Heinlein

“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.”

Aldous Huxley

“God… sat down for a moment when the dog was finished in order to watch it… and to know that it was good, that nothing was lacking, that it could not have been made better.”

Rainer Maria Rilke



Apr/2009 at 12:55 am Leave a comment


I put it on the charger to see if that would work.

It lit up long enough to take this picture (how? why?) and then went black again.


If you are trying to reach me, I hope you have my other, UNLISTED number.

And if you know how to fix this mess, please call me on it FAST!

UPDATE- I am trying a restore from the computer. Very slow.

MUCH LATER– The phone is working but the trust is gone.

Apr/2009 at 11:58 am Leave a comment


I wasn’t going to write about this, but then I got outed by a friend in the comments.

Brief time line:

Crown came off molar

Palm Sunday- Tooth cracked-lengthwise.

Gets inflamed

Thursday- Dentist says tooth cannot be saved. Go to oral surgeon to get his opinion.

Good Friday- Oral surgery

Blur of pain, grossness, soft foods.

Wednesday- Solid food. Big mistake.

Thursday- Queasy, bruised and jaw feels fractured.

Tomorrow- Follow-up with surgeon.

So, Easter dinner was canceled at my house and baskets (which  I enjoy) did not get filled. It was all a bit depressing and I am looking forward to Mother’s Day and having my family around me again. I was very grateful that the surgeon was able to fit me in before the holiday weekend.

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Because they can.

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