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My Chew Bone

Written in 2009 while working on the www.lincoln55plus.com seniors paper.

From time to time, my wife and I take care of a neighbor’s Golden Retriever while his

Ma and Pa travel to visit family or go out on a golf weekend. Although I have no personal knowledge of Brodie’s breeding lineage, to me, he is pure gold. He has all the great traits need- ed to be nothing but loved. He always wants to be near us and sleeps in the bedroom all night. He sits on our feet to be in touch while we scratch his ears. Brodie gets along famously with our two dogs and even our cat. He is respectful of other’s pet food and he loves exploring our back yard. AND he loves his rawhide chew bones.

One chilly morning, I was fas- cinated to watch Brodie and our big ol’ yellow lab, Amy, laying in the grass, chewing on their respective rawhide. They faced each other as if at a dining table with their paws to the front and crossed to hold the bone in place. The chewing was intense and completely focused. There was a perfect harmony in their time together as they needed nothing but space and a little time to gnaw and chew.

I stood there for full 15 minutes wondering if either would break away from the task at hand to look for some other object of interest. Instead they remained dedicated to their work. During that time, I had several thoughts about what they were doing. I realized that chewing was good for their

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teeth but that was certainly not important to them. I assume the rawhide had a good flavor but decided that there was more to it.

Chewing on a bone must have an inherent challenge. The rawhide starts out stiff but begins to soften as they work on it. Then a tooth catches hold and progress is made, little bits at a time. The rawhide bones provides a push and a pull while the dogs try to transform it into – into – into what. Into nothing?

And then it dawned on me!

The Lincoln 55+ Seniors Paper is my personal rawhide bone. It has a form that starts out rather stiff but seems to offer up something – like clay that wants to be molded into a form. So I chew and I chew and it begins to soften. Soon, it begins to give off an essence that something is about to hap pen. Maybe a new ad will reach the right people and the businessman will report that the ad is paying for itself. Or the Lincoln Artist Guild will report a 25% increase in membership. Maybe a group like the Oscher Lifelong learning folks will double their membership and secure a million dollar endow- ment. This old bone has some pretty nice flavors.

So I chew and chew and once the paper has reached it highest state, I start to deliver them to all the businesses in Lincoln. This is a good flavor also as I visit with store owners. They report how well liked the paper is. And the people I see often claim they read the paper cover to cover. And some that I meet are potential advertisers or have a story to tell. All are more good flavors. And then the 15,000 papers are all gone – just like the chew bone. But I am left with great memories of the flavor and the challenges met and the wonderful thought of that next chew bone. Move over Brodie and Amy. I need some room at the table.

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast

Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,
or listened to rain slapping the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,
or gazed at the sun fading into the night?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.
Do you run through each day on the fly,
when you ask “How are you?”, do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
with the next hundred chores running through your head?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.
Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow,
and in your haste, not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,
’cause you never had time to call and say hi?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.
When you run so fast to get somewhere,
you miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
it’s like an unopened gift thrown away.
Life isn’t a race, so take it slower,
hear the music before your song is over.

Wild poliovirus is still a threat in parts of the world

wild poliovirus is still a threat in parts of the world, with 10 cases in Afghanistan and three cases in Pakistan this year so far.

On 15 August, 2018, Rotary announced nearly $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016.

Full story – https://www.endpolio.org/rotary-announces-us-965-million-to-end-polio-0

 

funding will support efforts to keep 12 vulnerable African countries polio-free:

・Cameroon ($98,600)
・Central African Republic ($394,400)
・Chad ($1.71 million)
・Democratic Republic of the Congo ($10.4 million)
・Guinea ($527,300)
・Madagascar ($690,000)
・Mali ($923,200)
・Niger ($85,300)
・Sierra Leone ($245,300)
・Somalia ($776,200)
・South Sudan ($3.5 million)
・Sudan ($2.6 million)

There are the 7 Types of Love –

 We all seem to crave a romantic love, but few of us realize that it is far from being timeless and universal. Romantic love, rather, is a modern construct, one that emerged in tandem with what we read in novels. But there are many other ways to love, not all of which are consistent or consonant with romantic love. By preoccupying ourselves with romantic love, we tend to neglect other types of love that tend to be more accessible and that may, in the long term prove more healing and fulfilling. Here are seven types of love which are loosely based on classical readings, especially of Plato and Aristotle, and on J.A. Lee’s 1973 book Colors of Love.  Click to learn more

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1. Eros
2. Philia
3. Storge
4. Agape
5. Ludus
6. Pragma
7. Philautia

9 Questions That Will Help Strengthen Your Relationship

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Dr. Susan Edelman is a psychiatrist and associate professor of sociology at Stanford University who, like many others, believes that communication is the key to a long and stable relationship. What distinguishes her from other experts in this field is her focus on questions and not just any…

Dr. Edelman argues that not every type of conversation and any kind of question contributes to strengthening the relationship because it is not always easy to explore sensitive topics in depth or to find out what our partners think without being perceived as snooping or critical. She, therefore, suggests using the 9 questions below, which will help you get to know your partner in depth and make it easy for them to open up to you. If you use them regularly and adjust the way you relate to the spirit of these questions, you will have a strong relationship in which you can talk about everything and raise important issues without fear.

1. What do you find hard to share with me?
2. What are the five things that you’re happiest for right now?
3. How do you see our relationship?
4. How’s your relationship with your family?
5. What achievement made you feel proud?
6. What is your worst memory?
7. What would you change about yourself?
8. What was the last thing you cried about?
9. What does your perfect day look like?

full text —> http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=30438

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Excuses to Cheat On your Diet

It’s Cheat Day: 10 Excuses Every Girl Makes So She Can Cheat On Her Diet

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Starting a diet is easy. For the first seven minutes, you feel wildly confident, motivated by the thought of you in a bikini and the admiring looks you will get.

Precisely 11 minutes later, you are hungry. You worked out, you tell yourself, so that gives you about 300 “free” calories.

You start thinking about food. You look at photos of food on Instagram. Soon, you are using your expert powers of self-persuasion to convince yourself a diet cheat is actually a good thing. It will boost your metabolism! And you’ll get right back on track straight after one little treat.

Woe is you. As all girls know, dieting is hard, boring and, worst of all, it’s often futile.

 

My Favorite?  -keith    “It’s free!”  I love free food (…) and have been to known to eat a day’s worth of food in free samples.

Read on for all 10 —> https://www.elitedaily.com/women/10-excuses-girls-give-cheat-diet/664898

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