Puppies Recall, Children Fly

Tom masters gradI’ve learned many things from having a new puppy. The most important being that there is a very big difference between raising puppies and raising children.

Yes, I know, that sounds like it should be obvious. But that’s the problem. I don’t think it is. And I don’t think I’m alone in this.

After all, puppies and babies are both bundles of joy that we love to cuddle and kiss and snuggle.

And they both need us to dote on them, love them and teach them how to live as members of our society.

Like many people do, I often think of my new puppy as the second baby I never had. And I often treat him that way too.

So what’s the problem?

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Who Are We Really Keeping In The Closet

A parent group in the Anoka-Hennepin school district is protesting the district’s implementation of LGBT awareness measures, including the continued support of a student-led GSA, as part of a plan to decrease bullying and suicide among LGBT students.

According to this news article, the plan actually caused outrage.



And then I realized.

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Puppy Training Tales

Paco, my German Shepherd puppy, never ceases to amaze me with his brilliance.

It took him all of five seconds to teach me my first trick: Fetch.

I, on the other hand, had been retrieving his bones for him (which, I might add, I did with amazing alacrity) for well over five minutes before I even realized he’d hoodwinked me.

In my defense, he was VERY sneaky about it. He did it under the guise of being a supremely obedient puppy.

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A Freedom Yet To Come

Celebrating freedom, and looking forward to celebrating another freedom, a freedom that is yet to come.


The world is my oyster. Or so I am told when I am young.

I can grow up to be whatever I want to be, for I am free to follow the path of my heart.

But that isn’t necessarily true.

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