Dogs in Cars

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2014-09-07 13.38.30To the person in the silver Honda parked in the “shade” at Edward’s Apple Orchard on Sunday, September 7, 2014.
Did you think it was OK because you left your little dog water? Did you think it was OK because you left the windows “open a crack?”
Did you think it was OK because you’d parked in the “shade?” The sun has a funny habit of changing angle when our planet turns…especially in the fall when shadows lengthen and autumn begins. Did you think that meant because it was only 72f it would be that temperature in the car and so it was OK to leave a baby in the car?
OK, I admit…it’s just a dog. And most likely, it wasn’t a “baby.”
Lucky for the dog, the sheriff’s deputy agreed with me…it is NEVER, EVER acceptable to leave a dog in a car the way you did. OK…

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Dogs in Cars

2014-09-07 13.38.30To the person in the silver Honda parked in the “shade” at Edward’s Apple Orchard on Sunday, September 7, 2014.
Did you think it was OK because you left your little dog water? Did you think it was OK because you left the windows “open a crack?”
Did you think it was OK because you’d parked in the “shade?” The sun has a funny habit of changing angle when our planet turns…especially in the fall when shadows lengthen and autumn begins. Did you think that meant because it was only 72f it would be that temperature in the car and so it was OK to leave a baby in the car?
OK, I admit…it’s just a dog. And most likely, it wasn’t a “baby.”
Lucky for the dog, the sheriff’s deputy agreed with me…it is NEVER, EVER acceptable to leave a dog in a car the way you did. OK, on a rare day, with temps below 55f and a breeze and a quick stop at a store to grab milk or bread?! A stop at school where you run up to get the kids…? A questionable “maybe.” But with the great “in the car” setup, water dish, etc., there are suspicions that it’s a bad habit.
I hope the deputy found you. I hope he gave you bloody hell for being an idiot. I hope your dog gets better treatment from this day forward.
Sadly, if you’re like most people, it won’t happen that way. You’re convinced you did nothing wrong and some cranky old nosy-poker had no business making your dog their business! If your dog is lucky, you will have had the crap scared out of you by knowing some butt-in-ski has made a report and…had taken a picture of the tiny Chihuahua you made part of your life.
Hopefully, this was a one time, “I’ll NEVER do THAT again!” experience.
Please, let it be that…

Meals and more for nickel allergy

Meals and more for nickel allergy.

Howling at the Moon

There’s nothing so wonderful as howling at the moon when the mood comes upon one!

La Luna must be just so high and at the perfect angle in a cloudless sky!

Your voice must hit just the perfect pitch to arouse the spirits of the night!

Tip up your chin and let the song burst forth! 

And in the darkest night spirits bright give hope to all that be. 

Lose the labels that limit you

This is an amazing blog that I really find encouraging. I hope you do, as well!

Thanking the Spoon

As I wrote in my last post, Nichiren Buddhism teaches that each of us has innate brilliance. And I often tell delegates on my training courses that we are all magnificent works in progress. When we deeply respect others, we get this point and are able to see their potential, (even though right now they may be manifesting more of their dark side than their brightness.) This approach makes for more harmonious families at home, more productive departments at work, more forgiving friendships in the pub and better football teams on a Saturday morning.

As Daisaku Ikeda explains: “We are unlimited beings. Our struggle to surmount our obstacles and sufferings and fulfil our dreams is always finally the struggle to overcome the limitations we have accepted within our own heart.”

The problem is that we’re hardwired to stereotype and label people, including ourselves. “He’s a complete jerk.”…

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Autumn

Frost and bright sunshine illuminating the morning lightens my heart and refreshes my spirit. But for the aches and pains that come with the autumn of human life, it would be the most beautiful season of all. Yet in that pain and the dimming of the sun there is an awareness; a weightless lifting of burdens. 

Each of us faces our own obstacles and demons, some even in the denial of such. It would be easy to dismiss our suffering and that of our neighbors by saying things will get better, by and by. Maybe they will…or perhaps, not. 

What is important is that we are not alone. 

Human beings gather together in social groups creating families and so much more. We use one another. We care for one another. We defend and love one another. When that effort ceases, when we step apart, when we no longer light the fire or sing the songs or pound the drums that once united us…decay will set in. 

Hope is the only cure. Peace is the only goal. Love is the only purpose. We cannot abandon one another for selfish gain. We cannot exploit the young, the old, the weak or disabled for our own needs. 

Some live in such desperate fear of words and rhetoric that the value of the wonder those words can create is lost.

Whether the Seven Virtues or the Ten Commandments or the Nobel Eightfold Path, humanity, through philosophy and religion has attempted to tradition and law that elevated man to a state of life where true happiness can be found.

Man cannot abandon one another allowing anger, greed and arrogance to control us. We must never allow the pursuit of our own goals to overshadow the well being of our brothers, whether they are in our own city or around the world. 

Leech Lake

Leech Lake

Big Rock Resort, Walker, Minnesota

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Fair Queen 101

There are only a few paths one can take in life to become a queen. The easiest is to be born a princess. Then, of course a girl might have the opportunity to marry a prince. But by far the most fun and interesting path of all is to chose to become one and that is the case with pageant queens. The Boone County Fair has a pageant for such princesses.

This year congratulations go out to both Jenna Joy Rodberg, 17, of Belvidere, for her success at winning the title of 2012 Boone County Fair Queen in addition to winning Miss Congeniality and Emma Rose VanAcker, for making it to the top as Little Miss Boone County. Rodberg was among 14 contestants for this year’s title.

Growing up in the country in a farming community, county fairs mean a great deal to the people who live there. But it can be an especially exciting experience for young girls who have grown up in one of Boone County’s small cities, towns or villages and get the chance to become the queen of the Boone County Fair.

Former pageant winners and organizers have a unique perspective, the one from inside, on how these girls and other young women compete for and win the coveted titles. Ones that not only come with prizes and crowns, but the promise of a year of hard work to come.

“You grow up and you come to the fair every year and it seems like the celebrity dream. By the time you’re all grown up you want to try it,” said 2011 Boone County Fair Queen Kelly Kristina Boyce when asked why she aspired to be part of the pageant. That said, Miss Boyce also noted that the ensuing year was a full one. “I’ve made 37 appearances throughout the year, I was at Hometown Christmas, the HarvestFest, and all those things,” Boyce said. “I was also out to Edward’s Apple Orchard one day.”

In the Boone County Fair Queen pageant there is no talent portion, there is only the speech. “They have a one minute platform speech about something they feel strongly about that they know well,” said pageant director Sharyn Geske. “We go through the summer timing them; stay in that one minute period. If you go downstate, you can’t go over that [minute]. If you do a loud buzzer goes off. You stop talking. You can’t say thank you, you can’t say anything. It’s very important that they learn that.

If you win at the state fair, you go to every other state fair, you go down for Ag Day; you’re with the governor at certain times. They are our representative. It’s very important to be a representative of your own county.”

Girls try pageants for many reasons, not the least of which are prizes and scholarships. But, sometimes, it’s for friendship. One young lady noted that was her motivation. “I wasn’t really in it to become queen. I had a friend that wanted to be in it and didn’t want to do it alone. I had a lot of fun meeting other girls from our school district. I was never one who had to be in something to be in first place. She quit but I found out it was fun and wanted to see it through to the end.”

Miss Boyce explained that for her, it was very different from showing horses. She also has big plans for the future and has put her $1000 scholarship to good use. “I am a junior at Illinois State University now, studying athletic training for a Bachelor’s Degree and plan on going to grad school for physical therapy,” said Boyce. She hopes to specialize in pediatric physical therapy.

When asked what it takes to win, both Boyce and Geske agreed that it was there is often a special spark that the judges notice that determines the winner. It isn’t the dress or the bathing suit or even the pretty hair style, but the person that shows through. “It doesn’t really matter what it looks like,” said Boyce, but more the confidence a girl shows during that portion of the competition.

According to Geske, the interview by three judges is one of the most important aspects of the pageant. Girls attend weekly practices for the event, at least three hours a week beginning in May, and going through the summer, right up to fair time.

The 2012 first runner up was Faith Stauersboll, 20, and second runner-up was Raquelle Sample, 18, both of Belvidere.

Who wants to be a queen?

What does it take to become one?

When in a lifetime does a person have that chance?

Where can they demonstrate their ability and talent to do the job?

Why would they want to be queen?

How can a person make it happen and win the title of queen?

If you are a girl that would like to earn some rewards and is willing to do the hard work and follow the rules, you could be Queen of the 2013 Boone County Fair!

Hot Fun in the Summer…

People in the Midwestern United States are experiencing one of, if not the hottest, driest summers in recorded history. The rest of the planet has seen like seasons with the hottest, coldest, wettest, driest ones on record as well. 

When I first heard about “global warming” I was as skeptical as anyone, believing that in the bigger picture of geological/meteorological time, it was just another high point. Over time the next two decades as I watched the demise of forests, lowering of water levels in the Great Lakes region and elsewhere and the rise of average temperatures around the world, it became clear that our planet was undergoing a man-made change. 

This catastrophe could have been averted, but man is often an arrogant, insufferable beast. A few of us rang our bells and beat our drums, but we couldn’t be heard beside the cacophony of change falling like rain into the coffers of those determined to create corporate person-hood. 

Now we are left to cope with what our ignorance has wrought. Big hats in the rodeo are now, suddenly all about having the rich cure the problem instead of requiring them to pay a reasonable, comparable tax. Their avarice and greed are unsurpassed and yet the masses, who have the power to stop them, allow it to continue. 

Until and unless a people stands up and takes responsibility, the Earth will languish and become a desert. We must do what is necessary to heal our beloved mother lest she cast us off and heal herself in her own time. Not tomorrow. Now.

VOTE!

Simply put, vote!

We continually try to reinvent our culture of independence by electing people we think will represent us to govern us. This year we will attempt to crawl out from under the rock of some of the nastiest political fights in our country’s relatively brief history.

Sadly, many of us blame each other when people elected to those offices fail to live up to our expectations rather than firing them!

What really matters in the long run is making your voice heard. There is one way anyone of age and legal status can do that; by voting. Vote in any and every election available to you. When you do not vote, you are throwing the sacrifice of every person who has fought for that right, in their face. From soldiers to suffragettes, individual warriors fought hard for your right to cast a ballot.

We continually try to reinvent our culture by electing people we think will represent us, to govern us. Now is the time to make that happen.

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