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Cat Goddesses

    My beloved and I are happy to announce that on Wednesday we welcomed another member into our family. Yes, our oldest daughter (O.D.) and son-in-law have done their…

Siri is trying to kill me

Recent developments, a.k.a. Mother’s Day, have gotten me to thinking about this whole “mother” thing and how I may be reaping the rewards of unmotherly selfishness. As it happens, I…

Pretty Nearly Top Puppy

Janet Hanks If you are not blessed with dog ownership, perhaps you’re not aware that all dogs are pack animals. They require a hierarchy in order to function, and one…

One wild and precious life

This hasn’t been a good week for our little town. We have lost a lot; we have lost promise and a part of our shared future. I would like to…

Puck and Puckette

About 10 years ago, we caved to pressure from our youngest daughter, Suz, and got her the birthday present she really wanted – a parrot. We didn’t get her a…

Miami International Airport

My Beloved and I returned this weekend from a stint of practicing medicine (him), and translating (me) in the Third World, and, like so many others who have done this,…

Amateur night at the groomers

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Amateur Night at the Groomers, brought to you by the Flat Rock Grille and Animal Hospital. I’m your host, Wendell Stitched, and…

Time to rant like a phlebotomist

Have you ever found yourself on the helpless end of someone’s diatribe, where you can’t escape without doing yourself bodily harm? Try sitting in the phlebotomist’s chair when she’s getting…

Sleeping at the Momlite Motel

One of my favorite Bailey White books is called Sleeping at the Starlite Motel, and it’s a series of essays about her adventures in the homes of various relatives. Some…

Do a grouch a favor today

Have you noticed that there’s something in Valentine’s Day that brings out the worst in people?  People who don’t have a sweetheart complain that nobody brings them candy or flowers. …

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