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    Animals,  Dog Wisdom,  Happiness,  Thinking

    When Self-Nurturing Bites Back

    I’m a big fan of self-nurturing. I believe in ninja-level self-care. Who knows what I need better than I do?  (And how else would I have survived more than two decades as a human services provider?) Family court, criminal court, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, mental illness and addiction. Each is a lot on its own. Unfortunately, as we become more experienced, those issues begin to pile up. To overlap and intersect — also a lot. And, from an employee point of view? It’s a part…

  • Animals,  Fiction,  Friday Fun,  Thinking

    Queens Put the ‘Fun’ Into Fundraising

    Some of us first encountered drag queens at the movies. (Remember when we used to *go* to the movies?) I think you’ll agree that lovely, loving movies like To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, Tootsie and even Hairspray left us hoping that everything the queens wanted would come true! I have a fond memory of watching The Birdcage with my former mother-in-law and her homophobic son. (FORMER is a very key word in that previous sentence as homophobia was the least of his many…

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    Animals,  Nature,  Thinking

    Becoming a Pig Spotter on I-95

    There’s something to be said for local knowledge. Some of my southern relatives have a level of fear when they think about driving on the hilly, curvy roads of the northeast. Our California friends thought I was silly to want a wildfire app on my last trip to that side of the country. And then there are those who take tornadoes and hurricanes as much in stride as I do snow storms and secondary roads. Useful local knowledge does not need to be limited to dramatic…